September 2011 Alumni Newsletter

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


Dr. Meredith Bond, Dean

Dear Friends,

It has been an exciting start to my career at CSU.  My agenda has included meeting with key stakeholders, faculty, alumni, administrators and students, and getting involved in projects from fundraising to cultivating ideas around the future of the college, and identifying opportunities for growth and cultivation.

While advancement in research and fundraising are top priorities, training scientist and health professionals, meeting with students and improving retention and graduation are also critical goals that will continue the significant gains achieved in recent years by the College of Sciences and Health Professions. I believe this is all possible through the dual strategy of focusing on scholarships and engaging alumni and friends. The College of Sciences and Health Professions has approximately 11,000 alumni. The number of alumni donors for the last fiscal year was 261.

As an effort to energize both strategies, and demonstrate my commitment to the success of our students, I pledge to match 100% of payments made through June 30, 20121 to new endowed scholarships for students in the College of Sciences and Health Professions.  I welcome alumni and friends to contribute to the success of our students and ensure the relevance of our college.  Endowed scholarships support the success of so many Cleveland State University students.

I look forward to listening to alumni, and getting to know your concerns, connections, and desires, and together, as champions of Cleveland State University, developing and actualizing additional strategies for the College of Sciences and Health Professions.  Please feel free to email me at


Dr. Meredith Bond, Dean
College of Sciences and Health Professions


1Between $2,500 and $5,000; up to $25,000

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PROFILE: Dr. James M. Schuerger Endowed Scholarship

The Dr. James M. Schuerger Endowed Scholarship at Cleveland State University was established to provide scholarships to underrepresented graduate or undergraduate University students with financial need pursuing a psychology major. The endowment was established to provide scholarships for students in the College of Sciences and Health Professions to recognize the significant legacy of Professor James M. Schuerger.

For over 30 years, Jim served as a teacher, mentor, advisor and educator to hundreds of students. Dr. Schuerger educated students in the application of psychology in school and industry, personality structure and measurement, and family violence. Dr. Schuerger is a well-respected author throughout the academic world.  He is well-known for his work with Raymond Cattell at the University of Illinois. Dr. Schuerger is professor emeritus and remains a much loved and respected professor at Cleveland State University. After his retirement in 2003, Jim has continued to teach classes and conduct research creating a legacy of caring and dedication. 

The endowment was established through the leadership of Thomas E. Hopkins, ’82 and David Watterson, Jr. ’72 as well as additional gifts from family and friends.

To recognize Jim’s service and commitment, please consider making a donation to this scholarship. Online donations can be made safely at: 


2011 Scholarships Awarded

Dr. James M. Schuerger Endowed Scholarship
The Dr. James M. Schuerger Endowed Scholarship was awarded to Hadiya Adams and Audrianna Rodriguez.  Hadiya is a second-year graduate student enrolled in the Experimental Research Program. She plans to pursue a doctorate in Clinical Psychology when she completes her Master’s Degree at CSU, and has academic and clinical interests in cross-cultural research. Hadiya is dedicated to developing stronger systems of mental health support for culturally and ethnically diverse children, adolescents, and communities.

Audrianna is a senior; she is interested in pursuing a career in Clinical Psychology.  Her record of extracurricular activities is impressive, including involvement in the Young People Initiative (YPI), which is a service-oriented community organization. Audrianna also serves as a peer mentor at CSU helping freshmen students adjust to campus life. She was recently inducted into PSI CHI, the honorary group for students interested in Psychology.

Irene Frangos Endowed Scholarship
The second annual award from the Irene Frangos Endowed Scholarship Fund was awarded to Katherine Turner. Katie has earned 148 credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.86.  She is majoring in Biology in the Medical Technology Track with a Minor in Chemistry. Katie has been working with Dr. Kalafatis, who recommended Katie for the scholarship. According to Dr. Kalafatis, Katie is an outstanding student, wants to obtain a Ph.D. from CSU, and will continue working on the Kalafatis cancer project.

Other Scholarships & Awards
Eileen C. & Carlos F. Cortes Endowment Fund - Lisa M. Burg
Leah S. Gary Endowed Scholarship - Rosalie Kennedy Sullivan
Genesis Scholarship - Deirdre Newburn and Kim Sedio
Thomas L. Lewis Award for Outstanding Seniors in Geology - Nicole Glazer
Lubrizol Scholarships - Brianne Repassy, Haadjer Benmerzouga, Veronica Starr, and Jasmine Manouchehri
Tarun K. Mal Award for Outstanding Seniors in Environmental Science - Courtney Brennan
Patterson Scholarship for Math - Steven Thomas
Lynn Viola Award - Richard Jason Lawrence, Marquina Chatman, and John Skalla


Viking Collaborative

The Viking Collaborative is a new web initiative that will be launched soon.

The Viking Collaborative highlights the difference makers throughout the CSU community (alumni, donors, students, faculty and staff) and tells their stories. If you know of anyone who deserves to be highlighted - someone who is making an impact in his or her community, email Carol L. Carbary, CFRE, at

Witness the Transformation: Campus Tours & Lunch with Dean Meredith Bond

Description: Campus Tours

Description:,0000014207/image.jpg"If there were a prize in Northeast Ohio for the most-improved college or university campus, Cleveland State University would win it hands down." - The Plain Dealer, Oct. 17, 2010

In appreciation of your continued support of Cleveland State and the College of Sciences and Health Professions, you are invited for a personal tour of CSU’s campus to witness the transformation that has taken place in recent years. With a new student center, 600 dorm rooms and a flourishing Euclid Corridor, CSU’s campus is becoming the center of vibrant downtown neighborhood.

Tours are being held on the following days in October starting at 11:00 a.m. followed by lunch with Dean Meredith Bond:

Tuesday, October 4th
Wednesday, October 12th
Thursday, October 20th
Monday, October 24th

Please RSVP to Carol L. Carbary, CFRE, at or call 216.875.9834 two days prior to the campus tour.  Directions and parking information will be provided upon RSVP.  Family, co-workers and fellow CSU alumni are welcomed to join you.

Departmental News


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Dr. Mike Walton and several of his students and collaborators in the ULTRA-EX project
presented at the 96th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Austin, TX, Aug 8-12. The meeting theme was "Earth Stewardship: Preserving and protecting the earth's life-support systems". Mike was an organizer and participant in a day-long symposium "Stewardship in Urban Ecosystems: Ecosystem Processes and Services in the ULTRA Network", followed by an evening workshop sponsored by the ULTRA network. His presentation ("Re-purposing Vacant Lots for Urban Ecosystem Services") covered the challenges of Cleveland's land vacancy problem, and the efforts of ULTRA to provide scientific support for utilizing vacant lots as resources for ecological restoration and improving urban sustainability. He highlighted two aspects: (1) the Vacant Lands Rapid Assessment Procedure, or VLRAP, a tool that guides community development folks, decision-makers, and planners in assessing the potential for urban landscapes to provide ecosystem services like storm water mitigation, carbon sequestration, tree canopy for heat island mitigation, habitat features for biodiversity or habitat corridors linking existing green-spaces, and urban agriculture; and (2) the project that seeks to develop methods for actual quantification of ecosystem services in urban landscapes, with a focus on urban agriculture (ecological function of soil communities, availability and function of biocontrol and pollination services).

The talk was very well-received - Cleveland's urban ecological issues stand out in stark contrast to other ULTRA sites where urban expansion, rather than urban contraction, is the major theme. Cleveland also stood-out as one of the ULTRA groups that is most strongly integrated with regional resource management and decision-making processes. While a number of presenters spoke of how their work may at some point serve decision-making (e.g., how ULTRA can help cities deal with climate change was one major theme), it was clear that the Cleveland work was well-integrated with land use and city development processes from the get go.

The Cleveland work came up in other talks and panel discussions throughout the day in the context of (1) an example of innovative efforts to quantify ecosystem services and their role in social and economic revitalization, (2) as an illustration of the breadth of challenges that can be addressed by ULTRA and urban ecology generally, (3) and as a good example of linkage of science to municipal sustainability planning. Tom Baerwald, the NSF program director, mentioned the Cleveland group in his summary of good and exciting approaches and products that have come from the ULTRA-ex program.

Klaire Freeman, a M.S. student of Dr. Walton's, presented a poster entitled "Urban hymenoptera: Diversity and abundance in vacant lots and urban gardens in Cleveland, Ohio". The principal finding of Klaire's work was that several families of parasitoid wasps that provide important biocontrol services for agriculture that are abundant in vacant lots are significantly fewer or absent in urban gardens.

Anton Schermaier presented his MS work on the new invasion by the non-native Asian earthworm Amynthas. His talk, "Estimating biomass and diversity of earthworms within the Cleveland Metroparks and how they influence plant and soil communities."  His work has showed that negative effects of earthworms on native plant communities can be detected even in urban parks that are already significantly impacted by deer, invasive plants, land use, etc. But, perhaps the remarkable and novel finding of his work was that the new invader Amynthas either engages in competitive interactions with other worms or has different tolerances or habitat preferences than the other worms that have been here longer - sites occupied by the older invaders lack Amynthas and vice-versa. This result will be of great interest to ecologists and resource management folks.

Researchers Find New Hope for Treatment of Chronic Leukemia – While testing a new drug designed to treat chronic leukemia, researchers at Cleveland Clinic discovered new markers that could identify which patients would receive maximum benefit from the treatment. This information was released in the online edition of Blood, a weekly medical journal published by the American Society of Hematology. Sayed Al-harbi, a BGES doctoral student, was the lead author.

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)--a cancer of the white blood cells that is incurable with standard treatment--is the most common type of leukemia in the Western Hemisphere. Conventional chemotherapy is effective at controlling CLL for many years, but the disease always relapses. CLL is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth and division due to a defect in a process called programmed cell death, or apoptosis. A group of proteins called the Bcl-2 family is responsible for this defect.

Journal Reference: S. Al-harbi, B. T. Hill, S. Mazumder, K. Singh, J. DeVecchio, G. Choudhary, L. A. Rybicki, M. Kalaycio, J. P. Maciejewski, J. A. Houghton, A. Almasan. An anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family expression index predicts the response of chronic lymphocytic leukemia to ABT-737. Blood, 2011; DOI: 10.1182/blood-2011-03-340364

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Dr. Don Lindmark published a new microbiology laboratory guide: ‘Introductory Microbiology Laboratory Manual for Students of Allied Health’, Kendall Hunt, Dubuque, IA, 2011. This text was also peer reviewed.

Dr. Lindmark also hosted and supervised Kathleen Gibson's undergraduate research that led to her receiving the ‘Outstanding Undergraduate Chemistry Research Award’ from the Chemistry Department and to a publication: KATHLEEN GIBSON, B. GUNASEKERA, D. LINDMARK and A. O’CONNER. Methods for Assessing the Toxicity of 3-3’-Dichlorobiphenol (PCB 11) Using Vibrio fischeri. ACS, LA, CA (3/20/11)

Dr. Lindmark was also invited to complete the following lectures – LINDMARK, D.G. Trichomonads and Giardia: Carbohydrate Catabolism with little or No Oxygen, 60th International Meeting of the Society of Protistology, Canterbury, UK (7/23/10); LINDMARK, D.G. Presenter of Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor David Lloyd, University of Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales (7/24/10); and LINDMARK, D.G. Regarding Hydrogenosomes and Metronidazole, Lehman College, Bronx, NY (12/6/11).

The following articles were accepted for publication – H. VAN KEULEN, I. TSARUKYANOVA, T. A. PAGET, B. GOLDBERG, D. LINDMARK, K. HARRIS, E. JARROLL Protein nitrosylation a regulator for metabolic switching and encystment in Giardia. 60th International Meeting of the Society of Protistology, Canterbury, UK (7/23/10); and KATHLEEN GIBBONS, B. GUNASEKERA, D. LINDMARK and A. O’CONNER. Methods for Assessing the Toxicity of 3-3’-Dichlorobiphenol (PCB 11) Using Vibrio fischeri. ACS, Anaheim, CA (3/20/11).

Environmental Science undergraduate Peter Bode was awarded a merit-based Ohio Environmental Science & Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Scholarship by the Ohio Academy of Sciences (

Dave Biro Jr., a geological sciences major and recent CSU graduate who has had his eye on the sloping Irishtown Bend for years used a research paper this spring to confirm his suspicions that the slope is slipping fast. Biro used computer mapping to show that three areas around the bend on the Cuyahoga River have moved more than six feet in some spots from 2006 to 2010. Full story at

Pictured: Riverbed Street in Cleveland's Irishtown Bend area continues to slip toward the Cuyahoga River. Photo by John Kuntz, The Plain Dealer

Dr. Julie Wolin was quoted in The Plain Dealer regarding her project to place and monitor floating planters in the Cuyahoga River to help fish move between lake and river.  The data on stream flow and the number of aquatic organisms visiting the plants is sent to a team at Cleveland State University, where grad students crunch the numbers on stream flow, plant growth and the survival of other aquatic organisms. "It is my professional opinion that if we can design a [basket] model that floats with the changing water level, that these will be successful, since they are protected in the recessed areas of the bulkhead," said CSU professor Julie A. Wolin. We still need to see how the plants and floating islands and B-mats survive over the winter." Dr. Wolin has a contract with the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission to help with planning and to monitor the success. The full story can be found via the link below.

Erin Huber, a recent Environmental Science graduate and previous recipient of the department's Tarun Mal award, founded and heads the DrinkLocalDrinkTap initiative to raise the appreciation of local water resources both here and abroad. She recently returned from a trip to Africa with the goal of understanding water use and resources there as well as to contribute to improving a local well. The trip was reported upon by WEWS ( and will be the subject of a documentary. Information on the initiative is available at Erin will also be talking about her trip at Ingenuity 2011.



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Chemistry faculty Dr. Xue-Long Sun (PI), along with co-PIs Dr. John Masnovi and Dr. Bin Su, as well as co-PI Dr. Nolan Holland from Biomedical Engineering program, received a Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation to purchase a 400MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) instrument. This instrument will be used for chemical structure determination in the synthesis of novel drug candidates, biomaterials, organic electrical conductors, and other organic compounds. The instrument will be purchased and installed in the Fall 2011 semester.

Dr. Aimin Zhou received a two year R15 grant from the National Institutes of Health to support his research in elucidating the mechanism of disease in inflammatory bowel disease.  The title of the grant is “The role of RNase L in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel diseases”. The objectives are to determine the role of RNase L, an interferon-inducible enzyme, in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel diseases and elucidate the molecular mechanism by which RNase L mediates the expression of inflammatory genes.

Inventor Dr. Bin Su, along with co-inventors Dr. Yan Xu and Dr. Aimin Zhou, all of whom are faculty members in the Department of Chemistry, submitted a patent application for a new anti-cancer drug. The title of the patent is “Amide Derivatives of Benzene-Sulfonanilide, Pharmaceutical Composition Thereof and Method for Cancer Treatment Using the Same”. The candidate class of drugs is a new class of compounds that target tubulin. It has particular application in the treatment of breast cancer, colon cancer, CNS cancer, leukemia, melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer, ovarian cancer, renal cancer, and prostate cancer. The compounds have been shown to maintain activity in drug resistant cancer cells. Overall, the new agents have many advantages over current tubulin inhibitors and have great potential for use in anti-cancer treatment.

Doctoral graduate student Drew Mantheni was chosen to be the keynote speaker in the Pharmacy Symposium session of the national North American Thermal Analysis Society Conference held in Des Moines Iowa in August 2011. He has six publications in research journals in the years 2010 – 2011, working under the direction of Dr. Alan Riga.

Check out the website of Dr. Xue Long Sun’s research group. Research interests focus on the binding and mimicry of cell-surface molecules for bioanalytical, pharmaceutical and biomedical applications. The long-term goal of the research program is to contribute to biomedical science and technology through basic science research.

The main research interests in our groups are in the following three areas – (1) Functional glyco-affinity ligand engineering: For proteomics and glycomics, pathogen and biomarker identification, and antimicrobial drug development applications; (2)
Cytomimetic antithrombotics: To explore vascular pathological and surgical interventional sites-local/targeted antithrombotics; and (3) Biological and cellular chemistry: To develop site-specific/chemo- and bio-orthogonal and live cell compatible approaches for biomolecules, biomaterials and cells modification and functionalization.

Pictured (l to r): Yong Ma, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow; Jacob Weingart, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow; Rui Jiang, PhD. Postdoctoral Fellow; Val Gruzdys, Undergraduate Student Senior Research; Hailong Zhang, MS, PhD. Student; Chandra Sekhar Boyapati, MS Graduate Student Thesis Study; Pratima Vabbilisetty, MS, PhD. Student; Satya Narla, PhD. Student; and Xue-Long Sun, Ph.D., PI

J. Weingart, Xue-Long Sun, “Glyco-Functionalized Quantum Dots: Synthesis and Biomedical Applications” in ACS Symposium Series Book. Ed. Xuefei Huang and Joseph Barch (ACS Books), 2011, in preparation.

H. Zhang, Y. Ma, Xue-Long Sun, “Chemical Selective and Biocompatible Liposome Surface Functionalization Approach” in Methods in Molecular Biology Book Series: Bioconjugation Protocols, 2nd Ed. Sonny S. Mark Editor (Humana Press/Springer Science), 2010, in print.



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Yuping Wu received funding from the National Institutes of Health through the Lerner College of Medicine at CWRU to continue funding for the project entitled "Nitrative Stress in Developing Heart Failure."  This funding, $34,029, brings the total award to date to $68,058.  The total anticipated award is $170,145.

Rasul Khan chaired a session in the "International Workshop in Sequential Methodologies" held at Stanford University in June 2011. He also presented a paper "Two-stage and sequential estimation of the scale parameter of gamma distribution with fixed-width intervals" (joint with Shelly Zacks of Binghamton University, New York).

Khan also chaired a session in the "International Workshop in Sequential Methodologies" held at Stanford University in June 2011. He also presented a paper "Two-stage and sequential estimation of the scale parameter of gamma distribution with fixed-width intervals" (joint with Shelly Zacks of Binghamton University, New York).

Greg Lupton has returned from sabbatical leave: he spent the year as a visitor at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne, Switzerland.  During Spring, Lupton gave presentations (with titles) at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (On the Toral Rank Conjecture); l'Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (Topological Complexity); University of Copenhagen, Denmark (Rational Homotopy and Function Spaces).  Lupton also participated in a week-long workshop at the Oberwolfach Mathematischesforschungsinstitut, Germany, during which he gave a presentation on String Topology.
Two articles by Lupton appeared recently: Whitehead Products in Function Spaces: Quillen Model Formulae, in the Journal of the Mathematical Society of Japan; and The Rational Homotopy Type of the Space of Self-Equivalences of a Fibration, in Homology, Homotopy and Applications.  He was also awarded a Simons Foundation travel grant, which provides him with $25,000 over five years to support collaborative research projects.

John Holcomb presented his paper, "Exploring Student Understanding of Significance in
Randomization-Based Courses" as an invited speaker at the International Statistics Institute 58th Congress in Dublin, Ireland on August 22, 2011.



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Andrew Resnick, "Use of optical tweezers to probe epithelial mechanosensation", J. Biomedical Optics 2010 January/February 15(1), 015005 1-8.

Dr. Resnick’s laboratory has two active peer-reviewed grants, and hopes to employ 2 graduate and 6-9 undergraduate students over the total period of performance. Title: "Fluid flow may be an environmental modifier of ADPKD disease progression" Period of performance: 9/1/11-8/31/14; Total funding: $332,343; Project summary: Our long term goal is to study the role of the primary cilium in transducing mechanical stresses into a biological response. As our first aim, we will measure the bending modulus of the primary cilium using optical trapping.  As our second aim, we will examine the hypothesis that chronic flows provoke various epithelial cell responses. Well-characterized cellular readouts (transepithelial sodium current and the ADPKD biomarkers polycystin2 and STAT6) will be used with flow patterns rationally chosen based on the Peclet and Strouhal numbers to clarify and quantify how the primary cilium senses the state of fluid flow.

Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) is a progressive disease, typically appearing in the 5th decade of life and is one of the most common monogenetic inherited human diseases, affecting approximately 600,000 people in the United States. The NIH award specifically seeks to learn under what conditions this disease progresses, and if there are therapeutic strategies that can act to slow the progression.

Title: "The Primary Cilium Mediates Cellular Mechanotransduction". Period of performance: 7/1/2011-6/30/2012; Total Funding: $19,797; Project Summary: My Laboratory actively studies how mechanical forces can change the phenotype of mouse renal epithelial cells.  The hypothesis addressed here is: direct mechanical stimulation of the cell's fluid flow sensor (the primary cilium) can result in altered cell physiology.  This project makes innovative use of laser tweezers, a non-contact method of applying a force.  This study will help provide a rational understanding of mechanotransduction, which is known to occur in many different tissues of the body.

Petru S. Fodor and M. Kaufman completed the article, “The evolution of mixing in the staggered herring bone micromixer”, Modern Physics Letters B 25, 1111 (2011). The efforts of a team lead by Dr. Petru S. Fodor was rewarded with a Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Fodor (PI) along with co-PIs Dr. John Turner (Chemistry), Dr. Miron Kaufman (Physics), and Dr. Orhan Talu (Chemical Engineering) have received an award of $472k to develop an electron microscope facility at CSU. This will support a growing number of research projects requiring high resolution imaging and provide our students with access to state of the art instrumentation.

Dr. Ulrich Zurcher published several book chapters and journal articles: Zurcher, U. (2011). Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics for Living Systems: Brownian Particle Description. In Thermodynamics, T. Misutani, ed. (InTech Press, 2010). Lammers, A and Zurcher, U Stability during Arboreal Locomotion. In Biomechanics  (InTechPress, 2011) in press; Lammers, A and Zurcher, U. (2011). Torque about the center of mass: Dynamic stability during quadrupedal arboreal motion in the Siberian chipmunk (Tamias sibiricus). Zool. 114, 95-103; Zurcher U. and Kaufman, M. (2010). Radial Motion in a Central Potential for Singular Mass Distribution. Am. J. Phys. 79, 521-526; Zurcher U. (2011). Projectile Motion in the `Language’ of Orbital Motion. Eur. J. Phys.  32, 955-964. Zurcher, U. (2011). Approximate Orbits for the Central Force Problem:  Effective Angular Momentum. New Astronomy (submitted).

Dr. Miron Kaufman published a book chapter: Tipping Points in the Dynamics of Peace and War, S. Kaufman and M. Kaufman, chapter in Entrer en négociation, ed. A. Colson, Larcier, (2011).

Dr. James A. Lock published several articles: J.A. Lock and P. Laven, "Mie scattering in the time domain. Part 1.  The role of surface waves," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 28, 1086-1095 (June 2011); J.A. Lock and P. Laven, "Mie scattering in the time domain. Part 2.  The role of diffraction," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 28, 1096-1106 (June 2011); D.K. Lynch, D.S.P. Dearborn, and J.A. Lock, "Glitter and glints on water," Appl. Opt. 50, F39-F49 (Oct. 2011); A. Demir, E. Yuce, A. Serpenguzel, and J.A. Lock, "Geometrically enhanced morphology-dependent resonances of a dielectric sphere," Appl. Opt. (in press, Sep. 2011).

In Aug. 2011 the NASA-Glenn team of Paul Greenberg (team leader), David Fischer, and William Yanis, and James Lock (CSU) won an R&D 100 Award for the design, development, fabrication, and testing of the Multi-Parameter Aerosol Scattering Sensor.  The 2011 awards are given for the 100 most significant multidisciplinary inventions in the United States in 2010.

Dr. Kiril A. Streletzky has received 2011 Faculty Research Development award entitled: “Polysaccharide Microgels: Interaction with Small Proteins and their Uptake”. The award ($16,941.32, July 11-July 12) should help Streletzky’s group to obtain seed data for a major extramural research proposal on the same topic.

Physics Students

Two undergraduate students (physics majors): Krista Freeman and Prasenjit Bose presented their year-long research (advised by Drs. Streletzky, Fodor & Kaufman, respectively) at the National March Meeting of the American Physical Society held in Dallas, TX (Mar 21-25, 2011). Both students presented their research posters at this conference which is the largest physics conference in the US. Both students won several travel grants to attend this conference: from American Physical Society ($300), from CSU’s College of Science ($300) and from CSU’s Student Government Association. The research findings of the third physics student Kaitlin Vandemark has been presented at this conference by her advisor, Dr. Streletzky.

Nine undergraduate students (J.Adkins, P.Bose, J.D'Alessandro, J.Glaser, K.Freeman,  J.Orzel, A.Sandu, S.Sheridan, K.Vandemark) participated in undergraduate summer research at the Physics Department during summer 2011. In addition to working in the labs of their research mentors they attended biweekly research meeting where they presented their projects to each other and faculty members. All students will present their findings at the 5th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, to be held at CSU on Sep 8, 2011. Summer student research has been sponsored by CSU’s Engaged Learning Undergraduate Research Program and research grants of physics faculty.

CSU’s chapter of Society of Physics Students (SPS) has received the Marsh White Award from the American Institute of Physics to support their outreach effort at the Campus International School (CIS) in Cleveland. SPS organized monthly after-school activities at CIS that were fun and promoted learning physics. The report of these activities for the Spring 2011 can be found at the National site of Society of Physics Students:

CSU’s chapter of SPS is going to continue these outreach activities in the Fall '11 semester. Credit for this program 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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Faculty Presentations

Lisa P. Gaynier, Director of the CSU Diversity Management Master’s Degree Program in PSY, has been invited to serve as a panelist for a discussion of “culturally competent leadership at the international level” when the Academy of International Business convenes for its meeting in October.

Kathy McNamara, Professor and Department Chairperson, will address the Ohio School Psychologists Association on the topic of “contemporary ethical issues in School Psychology practice” during the OSPA Fall Conference in November.

Faculty Scholarship

Recently accepted manuscripts reporting research conducted by the PSY faculty include:
Laurene, K.R., Rakos, R.F., Tisak, M.S., Robichaud, A.L. & Horvath, M. (in press). Perception of free will: The perspective of incarcerated adolescent and adult offenders. The Review of Philosophy and Psychology.

Bass, D.M., Judge, K.S., Snow, L., Wilson, N., Looman, W., McCarthy, K., Morgan, R., Abloorh-Odjidja, C., Kunik, M.  (in press). Prevalence and Predictors of Depression, Care-related Strain, and Unmet Needs Among Caregivers of Patients with Dementia. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Kathryn Judge, Associate Professor and Director of the CSU Adult Development & Aging Doctoral Program in PSY, was recently notified that she received grant funding for her research (Examining Direct Care Worker Turnover in Various Sectors of the Long-Term Care Industry in Ohio) from the Government Resource Center, Ohio Colleges of Medicine, Long-Term Direct Service Workforce Project. Dr. Judge also received funding from the CSU Faculty Research Development Program for her project, A Dyadic Intervention for Caregivers and Individuals with Severe Symptoms of Dementia.

Student Awards

The Psychology Department conferred several awards to deserving students in recent months. Luyen Thai and Ryan Plas received the Outstanding Undergraduate Psychology Student Award in May, 2011. Travel awards were made to Nicole Dawson (Ph.D. program), Maria Donaldson, Richard Jason Lawrence, Jessica Newell, and Amanda Valerian (M.A. program), and Sarah Hughes and Amanda Kravochuck (Psy.S. program). 



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Designated as an Ohio Center of Excellence, GRHD hired its first Director in August 2010, and has already established itself as the premier biomedical research center of the CSU. GRHD currently has 13 members, drawn from three COSHP Departments, namely BGES, Chemistry, and Physics. Together, the GRHD Faculty has accumulated a stellar record of service and performance, with a cumulative funding of about $9 million from various external sources (NIH, NSF, American Heart Association, Human Frontiers Science Program, Department of Defense, and Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation), over 3000 publications and 400 presentations, and many Journal covers, to name a few. The research interests of the GRHD Faculty are shown below.

Selected GRHD achievements in the recent past include the following.

Dr. Sailen Barik (BGES), who just completed his first year at CSU, was elected a full member of our Graduate Faculty. He served as a reviewer for the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and was invited to serve as an Ad-Hoc reviewer for Lung Cellular, Molecular, and Immunobiology (LCME) Study Section of NIH. Dr. Barik was also a Keynote Speaker of the Bio-Nanotechnology Conference (American Society for Microbiology), Montgomery, AL. His team collaborated with CalAsia Pharmaceuticals and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (both in California) to share a NIH SBIR Phase I grant.

Dr. Barik's group published the following paper in JVI, a top-rated virological journal: Swedan S, Andrews J, Majumdar T, Musiyenko A, Barik S. Multiple functional domains and complexes of the two nonstructural proteins of human respiratory syncytial virus contribute to interferon suppression and cellular location. J. Virology, in press.

Dr. Barsanjit Mazumder (BGES) served as an external Reviewer for Israel Science Foundation, Qatar Foundation, James and Esther King Florida Biomedical Research Program, Technology Transfer/ Commercialization Partnership, and was an invited speaker in University of Toledo. He was also interviewed by The Scientist magazine to comment on a paper published in July 6th issue of Cell Metabolism; his comments appeared in the News and Opinion Section of "The Scientist" at:

Dr. Mazumder's and Dr. Barik's groups published the following collaborative paper:
A. Basu, P. Das, S. Chaudhuri, E. Bevilacqua, J. Andrews, S. Barik, M. Hatzoglou, A. A. Komar and B. Mazumder. Requirement of rRNA methylation for 80S ribosome assembly on a cohort of cellular Internal Ribosome Entry Sites. Molecular & Cellular Biology, in press.

Dr. Anton A. Komar (BGES) was invited to contribute to a special issue of Biotechnology Journal devoted to co-translational protein folding. His review, which he wrote together with a graduate student in the lab (Sujata Jha), opens up a special volume issue: Jha S and Komar AA (2011) Birth, life and death of nascent polypeptide chains, Biotechnol. J., 6, 623-640.

Dr. Komar's team also contributed to two seminal articles in Cell Cycle:
Krokowski D, Gaccioli F, Majumder M, Mullins MR, Yuan CL, Papadopoulou B, Merrick WC, Komar AA, Taylor DJ, Hatzoglou M. (2011) Characterization of hibernating ribosomes in mammalian cells. Cell Cycle, 10, 2691-2702.

Komar AA, Hatzoglou M. (2011) Cellular IRES-mediated translation: the war of ITAFs in pathophysiological states. Cell Cycle, 10, 229-240.

Dr. Komar was also a co-author of a recent publication in Science Translational Medicine, a top journal in the field, aimed at promoting “human health by providing a forum for communication and cross-fertilization among basic, translational, and clinical research practitioners and trainees from all relevant established and emerging disciplines”.

Gasparian AV, Burkhart CA, Purmal AA, Brodsky L, Pal M, Saranadasa M, Bosykh DA, Commane M, Guryanova OA, Pal S, Safina A, Sviridov S, Koman IE, Veith J, Komar AA, Gudkov AV, Gurova KV. (2011) Curaxins: Anticancer Compounds that Simultaneously Suppress NF-kappaB and Activate p53 by Targeting FACT. Sci. Transl. Med. 3, 95ra74.

This paper was previewed in Sci. Transl. Medicine and Nature, two top-tier journals.
Dr. Komar was invited to present (on behalf of his international research program team) at the highly prestigious HFSP (Human Frontiers Science Program) Awardees Meeting on June 5-8, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. The aim of the HFSP Awardees Meeting is to allow Research Grant holders, Long-Term and Cross Disciplinary Fellows and Career Development Award holders to meet and exchange ideas, as well as to report on work performed with HFSP funds. The title of the work presented by Dr. Komar is: “Protein Folding on the Ribosome: When the Protein Folding Code Meets the Genetic Code” by Jha S, Mittelstaet J. Buhr F, Schwalbe H, Rodnina MV, and Komar AA.
HFSP supports innovative, cutting edge research at the frontiers of the life sciences, and awards only about 20-30 extremely competitive projects each year across the globe. Dr. Komar's team was awarded the HFSP grant in 2010.
Finally, Dr. Komar reviewed many papers and grants for the German Ministry of Education and Science, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, Czech National Academy of Sciences, The New Eurasia Foundation, etc.

Dr. Bibo Li (BGES) was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure, and also became a member of Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. She was invited to Edit a new book "Telomere" published by InTech, in which she will also contribute one chapter. It is scheduled to come out early next Spring.

Dr. Li made several invited presentations: MetroHealth Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Cleveland; Symposium on Telomeres & Telomerase, Carnegie Mellon University; Midwest Neglected Infectious Disease meeting, Univ. of Notre Dame; Biochemistry Dept, CWRU; Telomeres and Telomerase, Cold Spring Harbor Meeting; John Carroll University, Beachwood, OH.

Dr. Li became an Editorial Board member of Frontiers in Cancer Molecular Targets and Therapeutics, and was also selected as a reviewer for the prestigious Pathogenic Eukaryotes (PTHE) Study Section of NIH.

Dr. Li's PhD student, Sanaa Jehi, gave an oral presentation in the International Kinetoplastid Molecular and Cell Biology Meeting, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA: Sanaa Jehi, Bibo Li “Characterization of the functions of Trypanosoma brucei TIN2 protein”.

Dr. Xue-Long Sun (Chemistry) was invited to become an Organizing Committee Member for the 2012 International Conference on Metabolomics & Systems Biology (February 20-22, 2012, San Francisco, USA), and became an Editorial Board Member for the International Journal of Organic Chemistry (Scientific Research Publishing Group, 2011-). See CHEMISTRY for Dr. Sun's other achievements, including award of an NMR equipment that will be useful for collaborative GRHD research.

Dr. Michael Kalafatis (Chemistry), an expert in blood clotting and cancer, served as reviewer on two Study Sections (NIH, AHA). Two of his students presented at the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) annual conference: Joesph R. Wiencek - "The Impact of the B Domain of Coagulation Factor V in Regulating Thrombin Generation"; Mahesheema Na - "Molecular Mechanism of Thrombin Mediated Activation of Coagulation Factor V".

Dr. Aimin Zhou (Chemistry) received a NIH R15 grant (See CHEMISTRY for details).

Dr. Andrew Resnick (Physics), the newest GRHD member, was invited to contribute to a biomedical imaging session during the 2011 Microscopy and Microanalysis annual meeting in Nashville, TN. The presentation focused on advanced imaging techniques to visualize the primary cilium in a live-cell context. Dr. Resnick also submitted a research paper to the Public Library of Science (PLoS) presenting his results that clearly illustrated the link between external fluid flow and a variety of cellular responses, including growth and differentiation, transepithelial sodium transport, and  polycystic kidney disease.  The results will be used to develop physiologically relevant tissue culture conditions and further explore the physiological role of the primary cilium. See PHYSICS for Dr. Resnick's other achievements, including recent NIH awards.

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