June 2012 Alumni Newsletter

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

The College of Sciences & Health Professions (COSHP) concluded an exciting academic year.  New student admissions were up for both undergraduate (1.2%) and graduate (59%).  COSHP awarded our most recent scholarships – the Abe Bonder & Evelyn Darnovsky Bonder Scholarship, Marilyn Mount Scholarship in Physical Therapy, and the John C. Vitullo Endowed Scholarship.  We are so very grateful to these donors and all the others show have established or contributed to student scholarships.

Faculty was also recognized for outstanding teaching and research - Dr. Petru Fodor from Physics received the 2011 Jearl D. Walker Outstanding Teaching Award and Dr. Greg Lupton from Mathematics received the 2012 Outstanding Research Award.  Further, we continue to build the strength of the College by adding new faculty members.  

As I complete my first year as Dean of COSHP at CSU, I want you to know that I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting the students, alumni, donors, and community members. The College is on an upward trajectory of research, scholarship, and teaching. I look forward to more and better things in the years to come.

We continue to look for exciting new ways to support and engage alumni.  I encourage you to get involved.  If you have ideas for events and outreach, please feel free to email me at m.bond40@csuohio.edu.  Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the College of Sciences and Health Professions and Cleveland State University.

Enjoy the short summer months,

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


Giving Opportunities

2012 Annual Fund

Cleveland State University (CSU) and the College of Sciences and Health Professions (COSHP) transform men and women who, in turn transform the economic and civic life of Northeast Ohio and beyond. We provide higher education to many students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to improve their lives and achieve their dreams. The vast majority of our students juggle their education with full-time jobs and family responsibilities. They are hardworking, committed, and serious about obtaining the college degree that will lead to improved quality of life and increased earning capacity. They leave CSU prepared to make significant contributions to the local economy and to community life.

COSHP programs focus on educating future researchers in both basic and applied science and health, clinicians in an array of health and social service professions, and teachers in mathematics and science. Our goal is to create a student-focused center of scholarly excellence. We expect to be known as a place of opportunity for those who wish to learn and who seek a better life for themselves and their fellow citizens. Within this student-centered supportive environment, we are committed to developing the minds and talents of all who enroll in our courses.

I invite you to be an example to other alumni and friends of the College by making a financial investment in our College and its students through a donation to the annual fund. The current economy is challenging for all of us, and students are more dependent than ever on support from donors like you. Your support is an investment that pays dividends by transforming students’ lives through education and will continue a tradition of academic excellence and take that excellence to new levels. Your gift ensures a bright future for the 17,500 students who seek to fulfill their dreams through education.

If you are interested in learning more or making a gift, please contact me or Carol Carbary, CFRE at c.carbary@csuohio.edu or 216/875-9992 or click here to make your gift online.


Upcoming Alumni Events

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News You Can Use

$590,000 Grant to Health Sciences

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Susan Bazyk, Professor, Health Sciences was awarded $590,000 for a three-year project entitled “Every Moment Counts: Promoting Mental Health Throughout the Day” from the Office of Exceptional Children (OEC), Ohio Department of Education (ODE).  The focus of this project will be on preparing school-based occupational therapy practitioners to integrate a public health approach to mental health into practice.  Model programs fostering positive engagement and interaction during lunch, recess and after-school activities for students with and without disabilities and mental health challenges will be developed and implemented throughout the state.

Congratulations 2011 & 2012 Speech and Hearing Program Scholarship Recipients

Howard A. Mims Memorial Scholarship
Krista Cleland
Kelsey Lester

Phillip and Mildred Lieberman Scholarship
Erika L. Mangan
Evin Simon

 

CSU-NEOMED Entering Fall Students

The CSU-NEOMED program is now open! For more information, click here http://www.csuohio.edu/sciences/preprof/premed/neoucom.html


Dean Bond with some of the CSU students entering NEOMED this fall.

 

New Book by COSHP Alumnus

Tad Fitch explores Titanic’s journey from shipyard to sinking in honor of 100th anniversary.

On a Sea of Glass

One hundred years since Titanic famously struck an iceberg and sunk to the bottom of the North Atlantic—taking nearly 1,500 people with it—the ship and its stories continue to fascinate.

Now, in time for the 100th anniversary of the sinking, a new book gives readers a chance to experience Titanic’s story like never before. On a Sea of Glass: The Life & Loss of the RMS Titanic (Amberley Books, 2012) is more than a retelling of the sinking—it follows Titanic’s journey from the grand vision of its designers to its ill-fated first voyage and into the inquiries and aftermath of the disaster. Featuring rare first-hand accounts from survivors and never-before-published pictures and information, it tells Titanic’s whole story with a comprehensive study of the maritime and social history that created the ship and a gripping narrative celebration of the lives of both famous and unsung passengers and crew, eradicating significant errors in the historical record in the process.  

Tad Fitch (Cleveland, Ohio) is a Titanic and maritime historian.  He is one of the coauthors of Report Into the Loss of SS Titanic, A Centennial Reappraisal.  His work has appeared online at the Encyclopedia Titanica and in the Titanic Historical Society’s journal The Titanic Commutator. CONTACT Tad Fitch at tgf80@aol.com or 440.376.4144.

Visit atlanticliners.com for more information.

 

Transit of Venus Event

The Transit of Venus event on June 5th brought families together at Edgewater State Park for an en evening of science, by interacting with experienced professional and amateur astronomers, while having an opportunity to look through large astronomical telescopes. Participants were able to view Saturn, the Space Station, our Moon and to witness this rare astronomical event in the sky!  Physics Professor Dr. Jay Reynolds was the emcee for the event, which drew in multiple media outlets and hundreds of sky-watchers! You can view pictures from the event here!

 

COSHP Alumna Erin Huber Recently Featured in Ugandan Water Well Success Story

A two-year-long water well project, headed by northeast Ohio clean water boosters, has met with success in rural Uganda. Erin Huber, founder of the water sustainability organization, Drink Local. Drink Tap., is presently in Uganda, and reports that a well drilled this week has produced water which is now being tested for safety. Huber first traveled to the Lowerro district of central Uganda last summer with a small team to scout the well location and arrange for drilling engineers...read the full story here.

BIOLOGY, GEOLOGY, AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES:
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Kudos!

Peter Baker recognized for 30 years of service to CSU.

Robert Krebs recognized at the McNair banquet as the first McNair faculty mentor of the year.

Barbara Modney nominated by students in her class and recognized as an outstanding teacher.

 

2012 Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair

BGES awarded three prizes:

  • Best Project in Biology: Grey Wilson (Notre Dame Elementary) "Fruit Fly Genetics"
  • Best Project in Environmental Science: Ashlee Cordell (Columbia High) "Water and Recycling"
  • Best Project in Earth Science: Lauren Huang (Solon Middle) "Do different metropolitan environments affect wind speed?"

Biology Honor's students Scott Fulton and Benjamin Wolfe working in Dr. Doerder's laboratory presented their research at the Midwest Protozoology Society Meeting at Bradley University in Peoria, IL on April 21.  Scott's title was "Distinguishing between Tetrahymena americanis and Tetrahymena hegewischi".  Ben's title was "Analysis of a non-coding intergeinc region in the mitochondrial genome of Tetrahymena thermophila".

David Cronin, BGES graduate and part-time lecturer, was also listed as one of the 50 CSU Outstanding Teachers, along with Drs. Modney and Doerder, so BGES had three.

 

Tenure Announcements

Carri Gerber, Ph.D. '00 under the supervision of Paul Doerder, has been awarded tenure at the Agricultural Technical Institute of The Ohio State University in Wooster, OH.  Carri teaches a variety of biotech courses as well more general courses.  Carri joins Deborah Smith (Ph.D. '90) and Joe Deak (Ph.D. '94) who teach locally (Tri-C and Lakeland Community respectively).

Margot Freer-Prokop (PhD '05) and Geza Varhegyi (PhD '06) are Assistant Professors in the Biology Department at Tri-C.

CHEMISTRY:

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Forensic Chemistry
Certificate Program in Forensic Chemistry Inaugural Awardees


Chair David Anderson with certificate awardees Elizabeth Rozsa and Steve Manzuk

Spring semester marked the awarding of the first two Certificates in Forensic Chemistry to Elizabeth and Steve Manzuk. Elizabeth graduated with the American Chemical Society-Accredited Bachelor of Science Chemistry degree in Spring 2012 and Steve is post-baccalaureate student who serves as a Lieutenant in the Cleveland Fire Department. David Anderson.  The program is run in partnership with Lake County Crime Laboratory, in which the Supervisor of Chemistry and Toxicology Douglas Rohde oversees a 12-week internship and teaches a Forensic Chemistry course. Doug is a CSU alumnus (Master in Chemistry, 1992), an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Chemistry. He has been featured on CNN news nationally, as well as local Cleveland TV news. Dr. John Turner is the on-campus faculty member who oversees the forensic program.

 

A Real-Life CSI Case Solved: Lake County Crime Lab and CSU Department of Chemistry

Chemical test (Prussian Blue/ UV method ) done at CSU indicates the presence of cyanide in nutritional calcium supplement tablets taken by victim (black color). NMR analysis was also done at CSU for impurity analysis to determine the source of the cyanide.

The partnership of the Department of Chemistry and the Lake County Crime Laboratory not only involves the educational program but also assistance in solving crime cases. CSU was involved in the Lake County Crime Laboratory’s effort in solving a high-profile homicide case in 2005, which garnered national attention. A critical component to solving the case involved the analysis of a bottle of calcium supplement capsules taken from the accused home. Chemical analysis (see picture above) and nuclear magnetic resonance studies done at Cleveland State confirmed capsules containing cyanide in the calcium supplement bottle, eventually leading to conviction in the 2010 trial. Chemistry Professor Dr. John Masnovi collaborated with Doug Rohde of the Lake County Crime in performing the chemical analysis.

 

General Chemistry Symposium at Cleveland State University

Drs. John Kotz (left) and Andrew Jorgensen (right) were keynote speakers at the General Chemistry Symposium held at Cleveland State in Spring 2012.

This Spring marked the Department of Chemistry’s first General Chemistry Symposium.  In attendance were faculty and instructors from twelve of Ohio’s leading universities, colleges, and community colleges. Dr. Jerry Mundell, who is the Manger of  General Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, conceived and arranged the symposium. Guest speaker Dr. John Kotz began the morning talks with a seminar entitled Writing Textbooks for the Twenty-First Century. Dr. Kotz is a world-renowned educator who has published 14 textbooks, with his general chemistry textbooks being read by over one million students.  Dr. Andrew Jorgensen, who has lectured and written extensively on the chemistry of climate change, addressed the subject of sustainability as the keynote speaker of the afternoon session.  Throughout the symposium topics of other speakers covered areas from research experience to enhance learning (REEL) to eLearning technologies and standards in distant learning to math remediation methods.  An example of eLearning technology was incorporated into the afternoon panel discussion when one of the panelist made his presentation from Colorado using the interactive Wimba program.

 

Three Chemistry Faculty Promoted to Full Professor

Chemistry faculty Drs. Mekki Bayachou, Xue-Long Sun, and Aimin Zhou were promoted to full professor.

Dr. Bayochou is a professor in the analytical chemistry division. He does innovative research in bioelectrochemistry, biosensors and functional biomaterials. Dr. Bayachou has a successful track record in garnering external funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Energy (DOE), as well as grants from the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. Dr. Bayachou was recently awarded a patent from his Cleveland State work in the development of thrombotic-resistant materials for medical devices.

Dr. Sun is a professor in the pharmaceutical sciences division. He has been instrumental in the initiation of the new Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree program which started in Fall 2009. His areas of research include development of novel drug delivery systems in antithrombotic therapy, work in glycobiology, and researching the chemistry of immobilizing biomolecules on surfaces applicable to microarrays, biosensors, medical device implantation, drug delivery, bioimaging , etc. In the past two years Dr. Sun has been successful in garnering significant external funding from NIH (R01 grant), the National Science Foundation (NSF) (MRI instrument grant), and the Ohio Board of Regents.

Dr. Zhou is a professor in the clinical chemistry division. Dr. Zhou’s focal area of research is investigating the role of RNase L in various biological processes. Dr. Zhou has been awarded grants including:  a R15 grant from the NIH in 2011 to study the role of RNase L in inflammatory bowel disease, as well as a NIH R21 grant to study the role of RNase in cardiovascular disease, and grants from the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland  and from the Ohio Research Scholars Program to study RNase’s role in diabetes and in adipocyte differentiation and insulin resistance, respectively. Dr. Zhou has several patents.

SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES:

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Speech and Hearing Program

Myrita Wilhite,  AU.D,  CCC-A has been promoted to serve as the Director of the Speech and Hearing Program.

Brigette Culliver was recently hired as the Clinic Administrator of the Speech and Hearing Clnic.

Dr. Barb Prakup involved Speech and Hearing majors in providing Voice screenings in the Voice Lab for World Voice Day on April 16, 2012.

Dr. Amee Shah has been featured on msnbc.com in an article "Loud talkers: Why Do Some Voices seem to be set at top volume?"

 

Master of Occupational Therapy Program

The MOT Program enrollment is expanding by 50%, effective Fall 2012.  We will be accepting 45 students for the class of 2014!  Approximately $1 million dollars in capital improvements are being spent to build a new lab and lecture space and to double the size of the Adapted Computer Laboratory in the Michael Schwartz Library. 

Susan Wayne and Glenn Goodman have worked closely with Genesis Rehab Services to establish two $5000 scholarships for Occupational Therapy students interested in working with older adults.  This scholarship is in its second year of funding with an annual renewal pending availability of funds.  Deirdre Newburn, Kimberly Sedio, Vicki Fariello, and Jacob Kaple are the first recipients of this award.  In addition to the scholarship, Genesis is funding travel to the American Occupational Therapy Association Student Conclave, and providing fieldwork experiences for these students.

 

Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Health Sciences Programs

Todd Pesek published an article in 2011 with an MSHS student, Amanda Relph: Relph, A. and Pesek, T. 2011. Açaí, Euterpe oleracea: rethinking treatment for inflammatory conditions. Nutritional disorders and therapy 1: 103. doi:10.4172/jndt.1000103

Dr. Todd Pesek published his book, Eat Yourself Super One Bite at a Time (Morgan James Publishing) in February 2012.

Dr. Ana Begovic Juhant has an article, co-authored with Stella Iwuagwu, in press in the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology.

Begovic-Juhant, A., Chmielewski, A., Iwuagwu, S., & Chapman, L. A. Impact of body image on depression and quality of life among women with breast cancer. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, to be published this year in Vol 30, Issue 4.

Dr. Begovic Juhant also reports an increased interest among undergraduate students in both undergraduate Certificate in Gerontological Studies, and the Certificate in Culture, Communication, and Health.

Dr. Mike Hammonds will be running the first Neuro Blitz, a review of neuroanatomy and physiology for anybody interested, on July 9th from 12-5pm. This event will be held in the anatomy/neuroscience laboratory, SR 184, on CSU’s main campus. Contact Dr. Hammonds at ratxpert@gmail.com for more information.

Dr. Andrew Lammers runs a weekly journal club for undergraduate students in Health Sciences, Biology, or any other science field. The topic varies each semester – biomechanics, neuroscience, and this summer, muscle physiology.

 

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Recent publications by CSU DPT faculty members & students:
Dr. Ann Reinthal, PT, PhD, NCS & Student Lisa Funk, DPT Class of 2010. Stein DE, Reinthal MA, Funk LA. Outcomes of a community yoga class for older adult women. Poster presentation at International Association of Yoga Therapists Symposium on Yoga Research. Lenox MA, September 2011

Dr. Ann Reinthal, PT, PhD, NCS & student Amber Alt, DPT Class of 2014.  Sanka, S. Reddy P, Alt A, Reinthal A, Sridhar N. Utilization of a Wrist-Mounted Accelerometer to Count Movement Repetitions. Proceedings COMSNETS 2012, IEEE, Bangalore, India, January 2012.

Dr. Ann Reinthal, PT, PhD, NCS & students Michelle Kellicker, DPT Class of 2010 & Jeffrey Swiers, DPT Class of 2014.  Reinthal A, Szirony, Clark C, Swiers J, Kellicker M and Linder S. ENGAGE: Guided, activity-based gaming in neurorehabilitation post stroke. Stroke Research and Treatment. In press.

Dr. Kthleen Pantano, PT, PhD.  Ducher G, Turner AI, Kukuljan S,  Pantano, KJ, Carlson, JL, Williams NI,  De Souza, MJ.  Obstacles in the Optimization of Bone Health Outcomes in the Female Athlete Triad.  Sports Medicine, 41(7): 587-607, 2011.

Platform Presentations by DPT faculty:
Kathleen Pantano, PT, PhD at the World Physical Therapy Congress (WCPT) in Amsterdam, Holland, in June 2011. “Comparison of an external versus internal focus of attention when teaching motor tasks designed to prevent anterior cruciate ligaent injury”.“A multidiscipline survey of knowledge, attitudes and behaviors regarding the treatment and prevention of the female athlete triad.”

Dr. Karen Vitak & Dr. Karen O’Louglin at the APTA (American Physical Therapy Assn) Educational leadership Conference, Clearwater Beach, Florida, October 2011.  Impact of a Combined Didactic and Experiential Clinical Learning Experience on Doctor of Physical Therapy Student Perceptions of the Physical Therapist-Physical Therapist Assistant Relationship.  Karen Vitak, PT, DPT, Karen O’Loughlin, PT, DPT, MA, Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA.  Cleveland State University. 

DPT Program Student Award recipients; awarded October 2011:
Elaine Apicella Memorial Scholarship for Leadership Potential: Erin Tighe, DPT Class of 2013
Marilyn B. Wagner Memorial Scholarship for Academic Achievement:  Matthew Kudla, DPT Class of 2013
Nancy J. Patton Scholarship for Academic Achievement: Julie Vaughan, DPT Class of 2012
Dianne B. Cherry Memorial Scholarship for Leadership:  Miljan Cecez, DPT Class of 2011.

MATHEMATICS:

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On March 30, the Department of Mathematics hosted with the Cleveland Chapter of the American Statistical Association Chris Franklin of the University of Georgia.  Professor Franklin is a national leader in standards of statistics education at the K-12 level.  She spoke to an audience of mathematics faculty, current teachers, and future teachers on the statistics standards contained in the new Common Core adopted by almost every state in the country.

On April 13 and 14, 2012, students from the Department of Mathematics traveled to the Ohio MAA conference at Xavier University in Cincinnati.  Sean Sheridan, Ryan Vitale, Michael Hardin, Joseph Glaser, and Tim Clos gave well-received presentations to faculty and students from across Ohio.

On May 3, 2012, the department inducted 10 students into the national mathematics honors society Pi Mu Epsilon.  Alexandra DiMasso, Kate Eckroate, Joseph Glaser, Michael Holden, Daniel Hollowell, Stephanie Knauff, Rebecca Ockuly, Shane Poloha, and Kyle Scarbrough exemplified the Pi Mu Epsilon standard of excellence in mathematics.  The Department also recognized four outstanding math majors.  These students were Dan Hollowell, Paul Sharaba, Sean Sheridan, and Ryan Vitale.

The Department of Mathematics and Metro Hospital completed the first semester of their partnership with MS students Hector Muniz and Bianca Downs completing their Mathematics Exit projects with data from the Northern Ohio Trauma Systems database.  Their work on stab wounds and trauma re-admittance rates involved collaboration with residents and physicians at Metro along with CSU faculty members Dr. Ariadni Papana, Dr. Linda Quinn, and Dr. John Walsh.  Their work has been submitted for national presentation.

PHYSICS:

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Dr. Jacqueline Vitali was selected to give a talk in the “New and Exciting Structures” session of the 42nd Mid-Atlantic Macromolecular Crystallography Meeting to be held at the University of Virginia, Charloteesville, VA with the topic “Structure of the catalytic subunit of M. jannaschii aspartate transcarbamoylase.”

J. Vitali, A. K. Singh, A. S. Soares and M. J. Colaneri “Structure of the Catalytic Chain of Methanococcus jannaschii Aspartate Transcarbamoylase in a Hexagonal Crystal Form: Insights into the Path of Carbamoyl Phosphate to the Active Site of the Enzyme.” Acta Crystallographica F68, 527-534 (2012).

Dr. Jacqueline Vitali gave a last minute poster presentation on this topic in the 56th Annual May Conference of the Cleveland Section of Society for Applied Spectroscopy, the Cleveland Section of the American Chemical Society Analytical Topics Group, the American Vacuum Society and the Microscopy Society of NE Ohio at John Carroll University, University Heights, OH on 5/23/12. 

PSYCHOLOGY:

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Lisa P. Gaynier, Director, the Masters program in Diversity Management will be one of 100 thought leaders across the US who was invited to participate in a program on June 7th at the U.S. State Department on Diversity and Inclusion and U.S. Foreign Policy.

Dr. Katherine Judge was invited to serve on an expert panel developing a White Paper that will be released in Fall, 2012 at a forum being planned by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. Dr. Judge will bring her expertise in Dementia care to this project, which seeks to develop consensus recommendations for non-pharmacologic practices to use with people who have Dementia. She will attend a June meeting in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Consumer Consortium for Advancing Person-Centered Living and the University of California-Los Angeles Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Dr. Andrew Slifkin received an Undergraduate Research award, which he will use to employ a student in Psychology to assist in his research project Visuomotor feedback and age-related changes in the structure of motor output.

Dr. Naohide Yamamoto also received an Undergraduate Research award for his project Roles of afferent and efferent signals in space perception.

Dr. Katherine Judge was named Researcher of the Year by the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education. She received her award at the association’s April meeting at Youngstown State University.

Doctoral students enrolled in the Psychology Department’s Adult Development & Aging program presented papers in a Dementia Care symposium at the recent conference of the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education. Their paper topics were Predictors of psychosocial outcomes in individuals with Dementia (Nicole Dawson); The effects of memory loss on the lives of individuals with mild to moderate Dementia (Sara Powers); and Objective and subjective predictors of depression in veterans with Dementia (Maura Krestar).

More than twenty students and Faculty members presented their research at the College of Sciences and Health Professions Research Day in April.

Dr. Kathy McNamara was re-elected as the Ohio Delegate to the National Association of School Psychologists; her three-year term begins on July 1st. Dr. McNamara also was featured in a recent broadcast on WCPN, the local NPR affiliate radio station, in a feature on bullying among children and adolescents.

Graduate students travelled to Philadelphia to deliver research presentations at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists. Kimberly Vargas, Elizabeth Urmston, and Cecilia Kasten presented Family-School Collaboration and Student Learning with Dr. Colleen McMahon.

Greg Bolwell, a student enrolled in the Experimental Psychology specialization of the Master’s degree program, received the Best Student Paper Award from the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback; the award was presented at the society’s meeting in Baltimore in March.

CENTER for GENE REGULATION in HEALTH and DISEASE (GRHD):

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We are very proud to announce that Dr. Bibo Li (BGES), a GRHD member, has accepted an invitation to serve as a reviewer for the Pathogenic Eukaryotes Study Section (PTHE) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the term July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2018. NIH review committee members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline, their mature judgment and objectivity as well as the ability to work effectively in a group. We congratulate Dr. Li for this outstanding national recognition and honor!

Dr. Sailen Barik (BGES): Actively studying cardiovascular infections and inflammation, Dr. Barik has recently published a review article on redox-assisted protein folding, in collaboration with Dr. J. Haque of the Cleveland Clinic.  Proper folding of large protein molecules is essential for normal human health, and its dysfunction can lead to a variety of diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other neurological maladies. It is also important for parasites such as Trypanosome (causing African sleeping sickness, Latin American Chagas disease), Toxoplasma (brain infection, blindness, and miscarriage), and Leishmania (visceral leishmaniasis or Kala-azar). The first two parasites are being actively studied by GRHD members Dr. Bibo Li and Dr. Barik. This review summarizes our understanding of protein folding, assisted by Cysteine, a special amino acid that can bend the protein backbone by connect to each other via an oxidation-sensitive bond. The inhibition of such bonding and the resultant protein folding may be a novel approach to anti-parasitic drug development. Dr. Barik has also garnered a $590,000 National Institute of Health (NIH) grant to purchase a highly sophisticated Nikon Confocal Microscope, in which the Major Users include four GRHD members (Drs. Kondratov, Li, Mazumder, and Sun). This powerful microscope is capable of capturing detailed pictures of the inside and outside of living cells in still photography as well as fully automated video sequences. When installed, it will offer all GRHD members an unparalleled opportunity to visually observe how human cells function under various conditions of infection and disease. Dr. Barik was invited multiple times to serve as reviewer of manuscripts for various journals, including the Journal of Virology (the #1 cited journal in the Virology field), and to present a Continuing Medical Education (CME) seminar at the National Children's Hospital, Ohio State University, Columbus. Both of these recognize his expertise in viruses and antiviral immunity.

Dr. Anton Komar (BGES): Dr. Komar has pioneered our understanding of protein synthetic rates and the biological forces that regulate it. In just the past few weeks, he has published four major articles in this field in the following journals: Gene, Hemophilia B, PLos One, and the Journal of Biological Chemistry.  These articles are also the result of collaboration between his group at GRHD and leading external institutions, including CWRU and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Such team efforts and publications in high-profile journals underscore Dr. Komar's peer-recognition in this fundamental aspect of molecular biology. Dr. Komar was invited to present a 45 minute talk at the highly prestigious CECAM (Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire) Workshop in Lausanne, Switzerland, on May 29-31. Scientists from eight major countries were invited to present in this international conference, and Dr. Komar was one of only six representing USA. For details, click here: http://www.cecam.org/workshop-1-807.html


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