March 2011 Alumni Newsletter

Greetings from the College of Sciences and Health Professions at Cleveland State University!


Dear Friends,

Bette Bonder, Dean

It is hard to believe that another year is nearing its end. The College began the year with a new name, the College of Sciences and Health Professions, reflective of the incredible breadth of activity that goes on here.

That name is particularly appropriate as we formalize our relationship with the Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM). We are in the process of implementing a program by which students at CSU can receive early admission to NEOUCOM as they pursue their studies here. We will be admitting our first cohort of students for Fall, 2011. The program we are designing with NEOUCOM has a number of unique features. In particular, we are designing a curriculum to educate primary care practitioners to provide care in urban settings.

When the College began in 2004, enrollment was around 2,000. In Fall, 2010, we were over 3,000. Every Department in the College grew. In keeping with tradition, our students have a remarkable record of achievement. A few of their achievements are listed in other sections of this newsletter, as are the achievements of some of our many very accomplished alumni. These students and graduates have had a major impact on the community, and they are avidly sought after by employers. In fact, CSU and the College of Sciences and Health Professions are instrumental in meeting the personnel needs of the region’s growing health and biomedical economic endeavors.

Our faculty, too, have had a year of remarkable achievements. We now have several faculty who have received renewal funding from the National Institutes of Health. This represents a great leap forward as we continue to build the College research portfolio. Faculty have also received awards from the National Science Foundation, the Wright Center for Sensor Systems Engineering, and the Department of Defense. Findings from their research has the potential to improve the quality of life and health of the region’s and the nation’s citizens.

The coming year will bring a new and significant set of challenges. While the College continues to grow and thrive, the budget has not kept pace. And you know that the State budget is in dire straits. This means that the College faces a significant reduction in funding. Over time, the State share of our budget has diminished, and next year it will fall dramatically. In the past several months, the University as a whole, and the College, have undertaken a careful planning process to address the budget shortfall. This has been a challenging process, one that has potentially chilling effects on our students’ ability to afford an education as tuition climbs to replace lost State funding. It also has a chilling effect on faculty productivity, as the budget shortfall also affects the College’s ability to provide support for the pilot research vital to securing external funds. Our many friends and supporters have stepped up to increase their gifts to the College. This year saw the addition of several new endowed scholarships as well as growth in our endowment. Unfortunately, we have a very long way to go. 

The next newsletter you receive will include a message from the new Dean of the College of Sciences and Health Professions. As most of you know, I am stepping down in June to return to teaching. My five years as Dean have been filled with wonderful experiences and great satisfaction as I have watched our students and faculty thrive. I feel certain the College will be in good hands as a new Dean takes the helm. And I thank you all for your support of the College as it has continued its remarkable journey.

Bette Bonder
Dean, College of Sciences and Health Professions


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 2010-2011 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.


News You Can Use

President's Fund for Teaching Innovation

College of Sciences and Health Professions faculty have been awarded three out of eight grants through the President's Fund for Teaching Innovation. All are very interesting, innovative projects that have great potential to enhance student experiences and success.

David Anderson - Wimba Classroom in Freshman Teaching Labs

John Holcomb and the faculty of the Department of Mathematics - On-line Summer Development for Better Mathematical Placement

Fasong Yuan - Fostering Undergraduate Research to Enhance Learning Experiences for Majors in Earth and Environmental Sciences  

Congratulations to Drs. Anderson, Holcomb, Yuan, and their colleagues as they embark on these important initiatives!


Research Day 2011

Research Day will be held Friday, April 15, 2011 in the Physical Education Building Lobby and Fenn Tower Panel Hall.

The College of Sciences and Health Professions invites submission of abstracts for Research Day poster session from all students and faculty on current research, teaching, and service topics. Click here for more information.

10:00am – 12:00pm Poster set-up (Physical Education Building Lobby)
12:30pm – 3:45pm Poster Session (Physical Education Building Lobby)
Poster authors should plan to be at their posters during these times:
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm  Odd numbered posters
2:15 pm –3:30 pm  Even numbered posters
3:45pm – 4:00pm Poster take down
4:00pm – 5:30pm Keynote Speaker and Presentation of Outstanding Research Award
(Fenn Tower Panel Hall)




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Dr. Bibo Li received a major R01 grant award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Characterize function of T. brucei RAP1 and TRF in antigenic variation and telomere integrity”.  The project seeks to understand how the parasite responsible for sleeping sickness is able to evade the host’s immune system. Funding for this part will last 5 years; the total award is $1,775,000.

The Urban Long-Term Research Area planning group (NEOECO-ULTRA), led by Dr. Michael Walton, will have a major presence at the national Ecological Society meetings in Austin, TX , August 7-12. NEOECO-ULTRA is slated for a symposium presentation on “Re-Purposing Vacant Urban Lands for Ecosystem Services” and will participate in the workshop panel. Individual members, both students and faculty, will also present individual projects.

The work of Dr. Barsanjit Mazumder was selected for discussion at the upcoming KeyStone Symposium on Immunoregulatory Networks, April 1-6, 2011 in Breckenridge, Colorado. The event is a highly visible and prestigious international symposium on Immunology; it is organized by the leaders in the field. The talk will be presented by his doctoral student Darshana Poddar. Darshana is also a winner of a $1200 travel fellowship from the Keystone Symposium. 

The department will again sponsor prizes for the best presentations in Biology, in Environmental Sciences, and in Earth Sciences at the Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair (NEOSEF) to be held at CSU, March 11-14,.

Dr. Jeffrey Dean gave a seminar at the Department of Neuroscience at Case Western in January entitled "Use of vision and lateral line for prey-capture by the African Clawed Frog".

Dr. Pete Clapham and CSU will be hosting the AmericaView Fall Business meeting in October of this year. AmericaView is the national organization of states and universities dedicated to improving access for students, researchers, and the public to satellite and remote sensing data; OhioView is the state organization.

Bob Krebs and his students and collaborators published several studies on the mussels of northeast Ohio (Borden and Lyons were graduate students, Steiner, Gouch and Hook were CSU undergraduates; Crail is a Ph.D. student at Toledo):

  1. Krebs, R. A., W. C. Borden, E. R. Steiner, M. S. Lyons and B. M. Walton. 2010. Determinants of mussel diversity in Lake Erie tributaries. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 29: 506-520.
  2. Gouch, D. A., M. S. Lyons, and R. A. Krebs. 2010. Evidence for decline in the Unionidae of the East Branch Rocky River, Ohio. Kirtlandia 57:82-86.
  3. Krebs, R. A., J. D. Hook, M. A. Hoggarth, and B. M. Walton. 2010. Evaluating the mussel fauna of the Chagrin River, a state listed “scenic” river in Ohio. Northeastern Naturalist, 17: 565-574.
  4. Crail, T. D. R. A. Krebs and D. T. Zanatta. 2011. Unionid mussels from nearshore zones of Lake Erie. Journal of Great Lakes Research, in press.

Support for Dr. Krebs’ continued research has been received from the Lake Erie Protection Fund (for Prescott's work and an undergrad, Samantha Lawson), from the Geauga Parks (Lawson) and from the Great Lakes project (for student summer research over the next two to three summers):

  1. 2010-2011 - The Lake Erie Protection Fund. Protecting mussel habitat on Lake Erie's coast ($14,707).
  2. 2011-2013- Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act FY 2010: Conservation of native freshwater mussel refuges in Great Lakes coastal zones, Funded in full. This multi-investigator collaborative grant asked for $381,000.
  3. 2011-2012 – Geauga County Parks - Interconnectivity of the mussel fauna in the Geauga County highlands: a study of the adjacent headwater streams within the Chagrin, Cuyahoga, and Grand River watersheds ($5, 983).

Together, these awards and publications reflect numerous active collaborations for mussel and environmental research across the Lake Erie watershed, with direct connections to the NOAA, the State Park systems, and the regional Metroparks as well as numerous universities.



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Dr. David Ball has been selected to serve as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO from the end of June 2011 to the end of May 2012.



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A poster of an Occupational Therapy (OT) student study on Spirituality in OT was accepted for American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) conference in Spring 2011.

OT Students Laura Kovach, Liz Elsessor, April Fisher, Jessica Hansen, Dan Bobinski will be published in Work, A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation sometime in 2011.

Beth Ekelman was promoted to Associate Director, School of Health Sciences. Dr. Andrew Lammers is the new Director of the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, and Dr. Karen O’Loughlin is the new Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Stella Iwuagwu was given a Professional Award by the National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America in recognition for her work on motivating nurses in Nigeria and empowering them to become effective advocates for the right to health.

The Gerontolgy Graduate and Undergraduate Certificates will be hosting a "Careers in Gerontology" Workshop for students on April 13, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.  Several Community Leaders in Aging Adult Services will be on a panel to discuss career opportunities.

Alysha Walter, DPT Class of 2010 – Ohio Physical Therapist Association (OPTA) Scholarship to attend the American Physical Therapist Association (APTA) National Student Conclave.

Dr. Kathleen Pantano had two research abstracts accepted for presentation at the World Congress of Physical Therapists in Amsterdam, Holland, June 2011.

Physical Therapy student Duncan Shepherd is one of the 2010 recipients of the Minority Scholarship Award from the American Physical Therapy Association.



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Dr. Yuping Wu is co-author of a paper, “Gut flora dependent phosphatidylcholine metabolism contributes to cardiovascular disease,” to be published in Nature with Dr. Stanley Hazen et. al. from the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Brian J. Bennett from University of California Los Angeles, and Dr. Hooman Allayee from University of Southern California).

Dr. John Oprea and Jeff Strom (Western Michigan University) had their paper, Mixing Categories, accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society.

Dr. John Oprea and Daniel Tanre (Universite des Sciences et Technologie, Lille, France) were asked to organize and conduct an Arbeitsgemeinschaft on Rational Homotopy in Mathematics and Physics at the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (Oberwolfach, Germany) in April, 2011. More information is available at the MFO website:

Dr. Rasul Khan recently published an article titled "The recursive nature of Euler's formula for harmonic series" in "The Mathematical Gazette" (London), which appeared in November 2010.

Associate Professor Leah Gold accompanied six CSU students to the undergraduate Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics conference at Youngstown State University on Feb 26, 2011.  Student Russell Sundberg gave a presentation titled, "Nitric Oxide Diffusion and Reaction." His advisor is Assistant Professor Partha Srinivasan.



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The CSU chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) was awarded the 2009-2010 SPS Outstanding Chapter Award. The citation, reproduced below, talks about student participation in research and about student presentations at respected professional meetings:

"Cleveland State University has put together an excellent series of on-  campus talks by students, alumni, and other guests, of particular noteworthiness in a commuter culture. They sent several students to present research at diverse national meetings, showing a commendable commitment to fostering a sense of professional connections."

Our students have also received the Marsh White Award from the American Institute of Physics to support their outreach activity at the Campus International School. They organize monthly after-school activities that are fun and that promote learning physics.

Credit for these outstanding activities goes to the SPS officers (many of them honors students): Krista Freeman, Michael Hardin, Kaitlin Vandemark, Chris Mentrek, Lindsay Stanceu, Jim Pitchford, Prasenjit Bose and to their faculty advisor Dr. Kiril Streletzky, Associate Professor of Physics.



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Mental Health and Aging
Dr. Kathie Judge is featured in the “About Town” speaker series sponsored by the Division of University Advancement, with two presentations scheduled in March and April. Dr. Judge addresses the topic “Aging and Memory Loss: What You Need to Know” in programs held at Acacia Country Club (Lyndhurst) and Lakewood Country Club (Westlake).

Dr. Boaz Kahana serves on several committees of the Menorah Park Home for the Aged, contributing his expertise to efforts to assist middle-aged adults in caring for their elderly parents. Students enrolled in the Adult Development & Aging program (Ph.D) in Psychology benefit from visits to Menorah Park, where professional teams familiarize students with their responsibilities.

CWRU’s University Center on Aging and Health awarded a one-year pilot program to Amir Poreh (Associate Professor, Psychology) and his collaborator from CWRU’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing for their project focused on studying use of technology for health promotions.

Reviewer Award
Dr. Mike Horvath was honored by the Journal of Business and Psychology for his contributions as a reviewer of scholarly research papers submitted by experts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. He was one of only four winners selected from a field of more than 300 reviewers.

Alumni Accomplishments
Marlon Moore (2005) a graduate of the MA Psy Diversity Management specialization is being honored in two ways. He is the 2011 recipients of’s “Champions of Diversity” award.  Marlon will be honored at an awards ceremony at’s 11th Annual Multicultural Business Conference in Washington, D.C.  Moore will also be the Keynote speaker at Virginia State University's Annual Psychology department banquet.

Student Accomplishments
Two students enrolled in the Psychology  Specialist (School Psychology) Program recently presented a research poster at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists in San Francisco. Sarah Hughes and Amanda Kravochuck studied educators’ knowledge and use of a “response to intervention” process in K-12 schools.
Richard Jason Lawrence, a first-year student in the Clinical Psychology graduate program, and Amanda Valerian, a 2010 B.A. graduate majoring in Psychology, presented posters with Dr. Lisa Stines-Doane at the conference of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.

Dagmara Mach, a senior majoring in Psychology, is conducting research for her Honors Thesis, and received an honorable mention from the Cleveland Psychological Association for her work, which was presented in a poster session.


Giving Opportunities

As a state-subsidized public institution, Cleveland State University faces significant funding challenges. The College of Sciences and Health Professions is determined to provide the best possible education to our students. You can help by making a gift to your alma mater in support of scholarships, research, equipment, and more. For additional information, contact Carol L. Carbary, CFRE, Director, College Development and Alumni Relations, at (216) 875-9992 or or click here to make your gift online.


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