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June, 2010


Greetings from the College of Science!


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Bette Bonder, Dean

We have just completed a hectic, but very productive, Academic Year 2009-2010. More than 200 students graduated this year from the College of Science. We have embarked on activities in support of the President’s health initiative, and have made changes in leadership in several departments.

Since President Berkman’s arrival last summer, he has been concerned with the disconnect between the centrality of health in our mission, and programming, and the relatively low visibility of health in our administrative structure. After much discussion, we are pleased to announce several important changes, pending approval by the Board of Trustees at its June 14 meeting. This agenda will include:

  1. An independent School of Nursing
  2. A School of Health Sciences within the College of Science
  3. Re-naming the College of Science the College of Sciences and Health Professions

I am excited about these changes as CSU is extremely strong in the sciences and health fields and the College of Science is a leader in these efforts. Our faculty members are accomplished and our programs are highly regarded. This initiative will help highlight those strengths.

In addition, I am pleased to announce three new department chairs:

  1. Former Associate Dean Dr. David Anderson will be succeeding Dr. Michael Gates as the Chair of the Department of Chemistry
  2. Dr. Kathleen McNamara is succeeding Dr. Fred Smith as the Chair of the Department of Psychology
  3. Dr. John Holcomb is succeeding Dr. Gregory Lupton as the Chair of the Department of Mathematics

It is with mixed feelings that I announce the retirement of Dr. Steven Slane. Steve joined CSU 35 years ago as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. He has served as Chair of Psychology and Interim Chair of Health Sciences. He joined the Dean’s Office four years ago as the Associate Dean.

On a final note, our fiscal year ends June 30, 2010. As of April 30th, the College of Science had received $330,245 in philanthropic contributions – 79% more than at the same time last year! This is outstanding news, but only a short distance in the journey to provide student scholarships, faculty support, , and research funds. Your donations help support unexpected costs and opportunities not covered in our budget. Please consider making a gift by June 30th and help us meet our goal of raising $500,000 in private donations for the College of Science. To make a gift online, please click here. Or, you may contact Carol L. Carbary, CFRE, at (216) 875-9992, or Thank you for your continued support.

Bette Bonder

Upcoming Alumni Events

Prizes Can be Yours

Prizes can be yours when you participate in CSU Alumni Association activities! Just register for and attend one or more of the events and/or programs listed on the 2009-2010 calendar.

1st prize: $400 value; certificate for a Continuing Education class of your choice

2nd Prize: $200 value; certificates to the CSU Bookstore

3rd Prize: $150 value; a CSU Viking Pride basket

4th Prize: $100 value; certificates to the CSU Bookstore

Reserve your seat now for all events at 216.687.2078 or email To view a calendar of upcoming events, click here.

College of Science on Facebook!

The College now has its own page on Facebook, titled "College of Science - Cleveland State University". This will replace the Scientia student newsletter and provide more up-to-date communication to alumni, donors, friends, students, parents, and more.

In its first full week of existence, the COS Facebook page had 122 visits, and has an ever-growing list of Fans. Join now!

Magnus Has A License

Motorists beware. Magnus, Cleveland State's colorful mascot, has gotten a license. Sort of. His image is prominently featured on a new specialty plate that also bears the name of "Vikings" in CSU GREEN.

CSU License Plate

The cost of the distinctive Cleveland State plate is your annual renewal fee plus an additional $35. But $25 of the added charge comes directly back to the University and will be used to support student scholarships.

Alumni, faculty and staff can take advantage of this opportunity to show their Viking Pride. We certainly see enough "red" around Ohio and it is due time that we start showing how great green is!

Go Vikings!

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Research Day 2010

The 6th annual College of Science Research Day was held Friday, April 30th, 2010 at Cleveland State University's Fenn Tower and Woodling Gym. Research Day is an opportunity for College of Science students and faculty to present and share information about their scholarly activities. Research day abstracts and pictures can be found using the following link:

Departmental News


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  • The Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences held its annual ceremony to honor the top graduating seniors on May 7th. Awards are for strong academic performance coupled with research or other special service to the field. The Doretta C. Thielker award for biology majors was presented to Megan McGervey and Claire Stansbury. Claire graduated in December and also received a COS Outstanding Senior Award at that time. Megan is the May, 2010, CSU valedictorian. The Tarun K. Mal award for majors in environmental science was presented to Max Koran, Ken Safranek, and LeeAnn Westfall. All three are pursuing graduate studies at CSU. LeeAnn was and is a driving force in the Student Environmental Movement, whose many achievements include implementing the Green Roof, to be named the Huber-Westfall Green Roof in honor of her and our last year's Mal Award winner, Erin Huber. The Thomas L. Lewis Award this year was an honorary award made posthumously to Charles Truett, a retired banker and Project 60 student who loved geology, achieved the highest scores on most exams, and contributed numerous hours to helping and tutoring his younger classmates. Charles died tragically in a bicycle accident this past year. We were happy that his widow, Eleanor could be present to receive the award. We were also glad that Sancheta Sarkar-Mal, Dr. Mal's widow, could be present at this year's ceremony. The list of past winners includes many doctors and academics, including Dr. Beth Sersig, who, with her husband Dr. Christopher Brandt, recently established a scholarship for the department.
  • Dr. Barsanjit Mazumder is completing the renewal of the NIH (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute) RO1 grant. It has received the top 8 (eight) percentile score in peer review. In the last funding episode of NHLBI, grants within the top 12 percentile were funded. In this grant the genetically engineered mouse model created in the lab will be used to study human cardiovascular disease caused by accelerated inflammation.
  • In a recent review article published by Nature nearly a full page is dedicated to Dr. Mazumder’s work on translational silencing and its importance to control inflammation. This will certainly help to increase the visibility of the research program. (Ref: Paul Anderson, Nature Reviews Immunology, Volume 10, Page 24-35, January 2010).

Journal of Immunology (A leading journal in Immunology and Inflammation research with very high visibility) is publishing a research article by Dr. Barsanjit Mazumder in the April 1st 2010 issue. Dr. Mazumder is the lead author in a collaborative initiative between his laboratory at CSU, the Cleveland Clinic and the University of South Alabama.

  1. William M. Reniff, BGES ’76, of Mentor, has been named vice president for finance and administration at Baldwin-Wallace College. Reniff was most recently vice president of finance for the MetroHealth System. At B-W, Mr. Reniff is responsible for the budgeting and financial management activities of the College, including oversight of the annual operating and capital budgets, long-range planning, and maintenance of the campus.
  2. Anton Komar’s application for a Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP) Research Grant has been approved for funding. Total project costs are $900,000 for 3 years.

Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP) Research Grant: “Structure of nascent peptides and kinetic control of co-translational folding on the ribosome” Komar A.A. Principal Applicant; Rodnina M.V. (Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany) co-applicant; Schwalbe H. (Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany) co-applicant.

The HFSP supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms; topics range from molecular and cellular approaches to systems and cognitive neuroscience. A clear emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring biologists together with scientists from fields such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering to focus on problems at the frontier of the life sciences.

HFSP application is extremely competitive and involves a two-step process. Research teams first submit a pre-proposal/letter of intent; if further chosen, they then submit a full (25 page) proposal.

For the 2010 award cycle, HFSP received 673 pre-proposals, invited 84 teams (including Dr. Komar’s group) to submit full applications, further selected 55 for consideration and awarded funding to 25. The proposal was ranked 7th out of 25 proposals funded this year. This is an international world-wide competition.

The majority of the awards went to the researchers in the top world universities and centers such as Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton, Oxford University UK, Cambridge University UK, Scripps, Columbia, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, RIKEN Institute, Japan and others. We can also add CSU to the list above.



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  • Charbel Abou Diwan, PhD, Clinical Chemistry Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine was selected to receive a Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Award from the Academy of Clinical Physicians and Scientists for 2010. Dr. Diwan will present a paper at the Annual Meeting of ACLPS to be held in Nashville, June 3-5, 2010. Dr. Diwan graduated from CSU in the ComACC accredited Clinical Chemistry program and worked for Mekki Bayachou.
  • Charbel Abou Diwan, PhD, Clinical Chemistry Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine was selected to receive a Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Award from the Academy of Clinical Physicians and Scientists for 2010. Dr. Diwan will present a paper at the Annual Meeting of ACLPS to be held in Nashville, June 3-5, 2010. Dr. Diwan graduated from CSU in the ComACC accredited Clinical Chemistry program and worked for Mekki Bayachou.
  • At the Meeting-in-Miniature of the American Chemical Society, two of the four major research awards went to Departmental students. The competitors included students from CSU, CWRU, Kent, Akron, Oberlin, Baldwin-Wallace, John Carroll universities. In addition, the award for the Best Undergraduate Presentation went to Valentinas Gruzdys (in Dr. Sun's lab) for his presentation "Chain-end functionalized glycopolymer for protein conjugation."
  • Congratulations to Simuli Wabuyele for her presentation "Quantitative Determination of Securinine, a Potential Anticancer Agent, from Securinega suffruticosa Plant Leaves by LC‐ITMS".
  • Congratulations to Kerri Smith for her presentation "Mass Spectrometric Determination of Antineoplastic Agent HMBA in a Human Breast Cancer Mouse Model."
  • Dr. Xue-Long Sun is the recipient of an NIH R01 grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The grant proposal was entitled "Recombinant and Chemo-/Bio-Orthogonal Synthesis of Liposomal Thrombomodulin." This a four-year grant for $900K in direct costs, plus another $348K in indirect costs, and it officially began on 9 March of this year.
  • Dr. Sun also served as the Guest Editor for a March, 2010, special issue of Medicinal Research Reviews (Wiley InterScience, impact factor 7.26) on "Carbohydrate Recognition and Applications."
  • One paper [Sun, X-L., Stabler, C.L., Cazalis, C.S., & Chaikof, E.L., "Carbohydrate and protein immobilization onto solid surfaces by sequential Diels-Alder and azide-alkyne cycloadditions", Bioconjugate Chemistry, 17: 52-57 (2006)] was the most cited paper in that journal (impact factor 4.58) within the last three years.
  • Jamila Hirbawi, was selected by the NHLBI to be highlighted in the Journal for Minority Medical Students. Annually, the NHLBI selects one student (nationwide) to highlight in their publication.
  • From Angel Roque (Chemistry major with Biology Minor, Dean’s List):“As a Canadian citizen, Cleveland State University has become my home on the other side of Lake Erie. Basketball originally brought me to CSU and the passionate coaching staff, energetic players and outstanding athletic family made it possible for me to fit in comfortably. Time management, self-motivation, heart, courage, passion, mental strength, determination, perseverance and leadership are all valuable characteristics I have developed as a CSU student-athlete on the women’s basketball team. A quality education as a chemistry major is also a valuable trait I have acquired here at CSU. The incredible professors and other generous faculty have allowed me to sincerely enjoy my time spent on campus. Everywhere I go and everyone I meet, I tend to ask myself: “When you leave, how will you be remembered?” My ultimate goal in life is to make a difference; impact someone’s life. Cleveland State University has allowed me to do that. Engage. CSU promotes engagement in every aspect of the college atmosphere. Engage in it – take a risk, get involved and be committed and college will be an experience to remember. It worked for me!”

Michael Kalafatis, Ph.D. continues to receive press for CancerX:

Fox News:

Cleveland Business Connects magazine (June 2010):

Cleveland Plain Dealer article (5/30/2010):

Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial (6/3/2010):



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  • Duncan Shepherd, is one of the recipients of the 2010 Minority Scholarship Award. Duncan will receive $6,000 from the Minority Scholarship Fund, a segment of APTA's 501(c)(3) Physical Therapy Fund, and receive a certificate in commemoration of the Award. The students are invited to attend the Honors and Awards Ceremony at Physical Therapy 2010, APTA’s Annual Conference & Exposition in Boston, MA to receive the certificate.
  • OPTA's 2010 Federal Advocacy essay contest: Congratulations to students Lauren Skocaj, NE District Member, Cleveland State University and Michael Bogden, EC District Member, Walsh University! Participants were asked to submit an essay on why advocacy is important to the practice of physical therapy, why you would benefit from participating in the event, and why we should select you to participate.

As winners, Lauren and Michael will participate in APTA's Federal Advocacy Forum and Capital Hill Day in Alexandria, Va, where they will receive advanced advocacy training, hear from Congressional leaders, and lobby their members of Congress on issues important to the physical therapy profession.



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  • John Oprea, Graduate Program Director, gave two VIGRE (Vertical Integration of Research and Education) lectures at Louisiana State University in February 2010 and a colloquium talk. John also gave an Invited Address at the Mathematical Association of America meeting held at Kent State University on April 2010. While there, John presented to Project Next (New Experiences in Teaching).
  • Actuaries in the U.S. and Canada achieve professional status by passing a lengthy and challenging set of examinations prescribed by the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) or Society of Actuaries (SOA).  With help from MTH course-MTH 491/591 Financial Mathematics taught by Professor Sally Shao in Spring 2010, first-year mathematics graduate student Nathaniel Black (Nate) passed SOA Exam FM/CAS Exam 2, on May 26, 2010, which shall give Nate a very good start to his career goal to be an actuary.  There will be a few more students in MTH 491/591 class planning to take SOA Exam FM/CAS Exam 2 in August, 2010.  
  • John Holcomb and Partha Srinivasan accompanied 6 undergraduate students to the Youngstown State student-run Pi Mu Epsilon conference this past Saturday. Students Tom Clos and Ian Morrison both gave very strong presentations. Also attending were Anthony DePompei, Brian Feister, Richard Felton, and Chris Mentrek.
  • Dr. Oprea had an article published in the journal Algebraic & Geometric Topology co-authored with Jeff Strom of Western Michigan University; Lusternik Schnirelmann category, complements of skeleta and a theorem of Dranishnikov, Algebraic & Geometric Topology 10 (2010) 1165-1186.
  • Math Club “Swarms” Fenn Tower:

  • Partha Srinivasan, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, was elected as a Councilor for the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Council for Undergraduate Research this semester for a term of 3 years. The main mission of this organization is to encourage undergraduate research, and to help form effective collaboration between students and faculty. It is a national organization with institutional and individual members from over 900 colleges and universities. Please let me know if you need any other information regarding this organization.
  • Two days after Hurricane Katrina, a student came to CSU asking to be admitted. Through the generosity of Jack Boyle, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Gideon Obi (a student originally from Nigeria) was admitted and all tuition fees waived. The Mathematics Department gave him a computer and the software needed to complete classes. A number of CSU people stepped up to give him clothing, and household goods. Mr. Obi graduated with a mathematics major (3.2 gpa) in 2006. Mr. Obi’s goal was to complete a math major, go to law school, and work for justice in his home country and here.  He has just graduated from Howard Law School and has a job with the World Bank. Mr. Obi has since been granted permanent residency.
  • Ohio MAA (Mathematical Association of America): Leah Gold, Assistant Professor, took 7 students to the Ohio MAA meeting at Kent State on Friday 4/16 and Saturday 4/17. Five students competed (separated into 2 teams) in the Student Team Competition (Prasenjit Bose, Tim Clos, Brian Feister, Joey Glaser, and Ian Morrison). They had a lot of fun, and one of the teams placed 8th out of 23 teams. Four students gave talks about their senior projects (Brian Feister, Richard Felton, Laurel Gaab, Ian Morrison). There were also wonderful talks by other students and mathematicians, including our very own Dr. John Oprea and Dr. Ivan Soprunov.
  • Choose Ohio First Success in Math multi-institution Poster Session: On April 9, 2010 students from all over northeast Ohio convened for a scientific poster session at the Great Lakes Science Center. Students from the six institutions participating in the Cleveland State University led Success in Math Choose Ohio First consortium came together to present their work. Forty-eight Cleveland State University students from a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines presented their work in sixteen posters. Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics and Health Sciences majors were represented among the CSU students. We also had Computer Information Science and most of our engineering disciplines represented. Students from our partner institutions also presented their work. University of Akron, Kent State, Tri-C and Youngstown students were also in attendance. Our poster session was held jointly with Igniting Streams of Learning, a program that involves high school students, so our students had the opportunity to interact with students from area schools and see some of the Science Center exhibits.



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  • A former physics student recently wrote about his positive experiences in the CSU Physics department, advising a current student – Prasenjit, and particularly highlighting the high caliber of the faculty:

“Hello Dr. Kaufman,
 A student of yours (Prasenjit) recently wrote to me about his positive experiences in the CSU Physics department, particularly highlighting the high caliber of the faculty. I was very grateful to him for doing so as it evoked memories of all those amazing times I had both learning and teaching (as a TA) in the department. Boy, it was wonderful hearing those names again and I thought I'd share some of those reminiscences with you.

"Dr. James Lock is without an exception, the very best teacher I have ever had, period! I advised Prasenjit to try to take every course that he happens to teach and to save all his great, detailed and amazingly insightful notes. It made focusing on the physics so much easier when you didn't have to waste half your brain on writing things down and could instead process and internalize everything right there in class. Homework from Dr. Lock was always about extending the classroom knowledge and carried their own thought-provoking lessons. E&M was particularly enjoyable and his course (and his notes especially) on Mathematical physics are useful to this day as I find myself referring to them constantly. His GRE prep course (which was really a seminar course on "all the physics you missed but need for grad school" but even more so, it was a smorgasbord of all the very profound concepts in physics that draw us to this subject in the first place). He had a clear and straightforward way of looking at things that I tried to emulate (and can only hope to have succeeded in) and above all, he never, underestimated the importance of good, clear and consistent notation in physics. It was from his courses that I finally saw laid to rest the deeply flawed notion that "learning the concepts" without being able to "do the math" is a sufficient indication of true understanding of a technical subject. It is necessary but can never be sufficient without the math. Well, Dr. Lock taught me all that math and his matter-of-fact expectation that we would master it all was the best encouragement a student could have. His difficult, yet fascinating exams were a pleasure to attempt to conquer - they embraced significance and abhorred tediousness but above all, they never insulted the student with low expectations.

"You yourself were an amazing mentor and I owe you a deep debt of gratitude for everything you did for me, from the moment I joined the program, to getting TA opportunities and to the great research experience I got working with you in Fluid dynamics (not quite a coincidence that my graduate research in is quantum fluids). Your logistic help at every turn and (what surely must have been) a good recommendation no doubt helped me get into the graduate school of my choice. You were also the best statistical mechanics teacher I've ever had.

"Dr. Ulrich Zurcher, who joined the department close to my departure was quite cool - his quantum mechanics class was the first truly modern treatment of the subject I'd come across (focus on spins and operator algebras as opposed to just the traditional wavefunction stuff). He gave me some great advice on the subject of grad school and was nice enough to contact and meet me when he happened to come out west for a conference. The small class sizes really made one-on-one interactions possible with the result that most of the advanced core classes were more like seminars than the traditional lecture format.

"Optics lab with Dr. Tom Taylor and Electronics lab with Dr. Ted Wood offered a wonderful way to learn analysis techniques and general lab skills (that even theorists should know :)). Once I switched to experiment, I found that those courses had instilled some basic but quite crucial skills in me. The electronics/machining work I did for Dr. Wood for upgrading some of the lab equipment with Brian Carpenter were extremely helpful. (I had some fun times with him! He taught me so much about USian culture with his own peculiar brand of humor :). His prophetic quip that he will "make a machinist out of me yet, for when the physics thing doesn't work out :)" is scary accurate in retrospect - well, the first part anyway. 

"The department appears to be growing rapidly. When I last looked at its website, I saw weekly seminars, interesting events and lots of young new faculty. The partnership with the Cleveland Clinic appears to be flourishing nicely! One of my best friends (you remember Edd?) graduated with a Masters in Medical Physics from CSU Physics and is now doing quite well in the profession. This is very pleasing to see. Renee, another close friend will be graduating soon and going on to a postdoc in physics education.

"If that wasn't enough, I remember having rewarding experiences with the CSU Math department during my time there, even going to a couple of math conferences with faculty support. In fact, I recall every single non-major class (some judicious choices of course :)) being quite fascinating and taught by people who could teach , and teach with panache! The encouragement and support I received at CSU and the wealth of friends I made from all walks of life remain unparalleled in my experience. I don't know yet when I'll graduate but my experiment is finally coming together. Building, testing and trouble-shooting it from scratch was an uphill battle but the kinks appear to be unraveling at last - in fact I cool down tomorrow (with high hopes that Murphy stays away).

"I just wanted to express my thanks for all the help and guidance and for the supportive and intellectually engaging environment that the department provided me at a crucial period in my life. I do miss Cleveland (and my colleagues in Berkeley think I'm crazy when I say this, but yes, I miss the weather too. Say what you will - it was never boring :) - and that is not an unsurprising figure of merit for someone who wants to pursue Physics as his profession! )

- best,
Aditya Joshi, PhD student, Packard group, Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley

  • During spring break 2010, undergraduate students Ryan McDonough and Krista Freeman travelled with Dr. Kiril Streletzky to the National Meeting of the American Physics Society (APS) held in Portland, OR. This is the main physics conference in US which brings together 7000-10000 physicists from around the world. Four papers were presented by the trio.

    Ryan McDonough and Krista Freeman presented and contributed talks. This is an exceptional achievement for an undergraduate! Ryan McDonough presented based on his spring09/summer 09 research. This research was sponsored by the Research Corporation and Summer Undergraduate Research 09. Very few undergraduates get the honor of giving a talk at the APS meeting. His talk (1) was a big success and helped him to land good offers to prestigious grad schools such as Brandeis, Case, UConn, UMass, LSU, OSU, Kent, and University of Tennessee.

    Krista Freeman presented based on her summer 09/fall 09 research (sponsored by REU in Polymer Science at the UAkron and Summer Undergraduate Research). Krista also won a travel grant from APS to attend the conference in Portland. Her presentation (2) led to an invitation to a Gordon Conference that she personally received soon after APS Meeting. Gordon Conferences are considered to be as the most prestigious conferences in Physics. Attendees can only get to a Gordon Conference through a direct invitation and peer review consideration. Many physicist try very hard to into those exclusive meetings for years.

    Kiril Streletzky presented two papers: A poster (3) based on research collaboration with Case and the work of another undergraduate, Max Orseno sponsored by the Summer 09 Undergraduate Research; and a talk (4) based on the work of former undergraduate and graduate students (Imaan Benmezouga and John McKenna sponsored by Summer Undergraduate Research-08 and Research Corporation).
    Overall the conference was a great success to all. It was invaluable experience for Ryan and Krista. (Ryan, physics senior, got to meet his potential grad school research advisers and demonstrate his research credentials to them, Krista, a physics junior, got a taste for a real physics conference).

(1) "Polymeric Microgels as Potential Drug Delivery Vesicles", Ryan McDonough, Kiril Streletzky, Mekki Bayachou, Pubudu Peiris, Cleveland State University

(2) "Exploring the Effect of Preferential Hydration on the Dynamics of Lysozyme in Glycerol-Water Solutions", Krista G. Freeman, Cleveland State University, Alexander Agapov, University of Akron, Kiril A. Streletzky, Cleveland State University, Alexei P. Sokolov, University of Tennessee

(3) "The Structure and Gelation Mechanism of Tunable Guanosine-Based Supramolecular Hydrogels" Z Li, L Buerkle, CWRU, M Orseno, K.A. Streletzky, CSU, S Seifert, ANL, A.M. Jamieson, S.J. Rowan, CWRU

(4) "Effect of heating rate, polymer concentration, and cross-linking density on volume phase transition of microgels" Kiril A. Streletzky, John T. McKenna, Imaan Benmerzouga, Cleveland State University



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  • Phill Snow, who has just completed his bachelor’s degree, double-majoring in Psychology and in Mathematics, will enter a Ph.D. program at Lehigh University where he will study social/cognitive psychology. He will be supported by a "Presidential Fellowship" for his first year, and an assistantship for the following 4 years. (Phill was a recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Psychology Student Award in 2009.)
  • Brendan Finton, who has just completed the MA program in Clinical Psychology, accepted a position in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD. He is one of two graduates IN THE COUNTRY to be admitted to a Ph.D. program in psychology at USUHS. He will be a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy during (and after) his graduate training.
  • Ashley Miller, who has also just completed the MA program in Clinical Psychology, will enter the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Tulsa. She will be working as the project director of a program evaluation study—Women in Recovery—for the Tulsa Institute for Trauma Abuse and Neglect.
  • Ashley Murphy, who has also just completed her B.A. in psychology, will enter Cleveland State's master’s program in Community Agency Counseling.
  • Caitlin Martin, another May 2010 psychology graduate, will present a poster this fall at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in San Francisco. The title of her presentation will be “What is the impact of reactions to trauma disclosures on the relationship between interpersonal trauma and high risk sexual behaviors?” During the last year, Caitlin conducted honor’s thesis research on this topic under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Doane.

Ruthanne Lennox, 1996 recipient of the CSU Alumni Special Achievement Award, passed away on March 27, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. Ruthanne received her BA in Psychology from CSU in 1989.

A business associate and close personal friend informed the College of Science that Ruthanne: “was so proud when she received the honor initially. I found the program from when she was honored, while I was going through some of her personal effects. I re-read her biography many times in the last few weeks and found comfort in the words, as I reflected back on some of her accomplishments. I am quite certain that she would've been thrilled to be part of the alumni group being honored again during the 20th anniversary event...I know that the star you are designing for her will be a treasured memento for her family. Her dedication to building her business and providing opportunities for so many individuals over the years was inspiring…”

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