December 2011 Alumni Newsletter

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

2012 is fast approaching.  As I look to the excitement of the year ahead, I realized that our future is a direct result of the hard work of alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students, all contributing to the success of the College of Sciences and Health Professions (COSHP).  Archimedes once said, “Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth.” The work, support, and  contributions of each one of you is indeed, the equivalent of moving the earth.  In an economic downturn, enrollment for COSHP is up 7.5%.  Undergraduates and graduates alike realize that job opportunities in the sciences and health professions are available at the end of their training.  Indeed, COSHP is among the leading Ohio colleges for job placement. Faculty members and students continue to receive increasing numbers of competitive grants for their innovative research.  Students commit to excellence – Ms. Krista Freeman, was selected as Fall 2011 Valedictorian for the College of Sciences and Health Professions, and Valedictorian for the University. Krista will receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. We are pleased to announce that in challenging fundraising times, COSHP program and scholarship endowments are increasing, with two new endowed scholarships created since our last newsletter. 

Through our collaborative work, 2012 will bring additional students, additional research funding projects and outreach to the community.  We are making a difference! As Margaret Mead stated: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

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Best wishes for very happy holidays,

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

Make your gift by December 31

Thank you for supporting the College of Sciences and Health Professions (COSHP) and Cleveland State. Private support from alumni like you helps us provide deserving students with scholarships, research assistantships and travel to national meetings. Your support is an investment that pays dividends by transforming students’ lives through education.

As you may know, in 2010 we changed our name from the College of Science to the College of Sciences and Health Professions to indicate inclusion of the School of Health Sciences, in addition to the Departments of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences (BGES), Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology. This year, we have more than 3,000 students, making COSHP the second largest among CSU’s Colleges. Four programs – psychology, biology, health sciences and pre-physical therapy – rank in CSU’s top 15 for undergraduate enrollment. And faculty in our Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease ( are conducting groundbreaking research that may someday help rid the world of cancer, heart disease and other illnesses.

CSU and the Northeast Ohio Medical University are partnering to provide medical education to train primary care physicians to serve urban areas. A post-baccalaureate/M.D. program is underway; a baccalaureate/M.D. program begins in fall 2012.

Our goal is to provide the best education in STEM disciplines in the state of Ohio, the training of our Allied Health professionals, and advancing research to help cure diseases rampant in the greater Cleveland area. To succeed in our mission, we need your help and support. I hope that you will consider supporting this year’s Annual Fund with a leadership gift in the amount of $1,000. Gifts are payable in monthly installments and by credit card. Annual Fund gifts enable us to provide a more affordable education to our students. Every day, Cleveland State University and the College of Sciences and Health Professions are giving students the education they need to succeed. Your support is critical to that success. Please make your gift today by visiting All gifts, regardless of size, are important.

Best wishes to you and your family for a safe and joyous holiday season. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 216/875-9992 or

Carol L. Carbary, CFRE
Director of College Development and Alumni Relations

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News You Can Use

Awards for COSHP faculty

Greg Lupton (Mathematics) was awarded a prestigious grant by the Seiman's  Foundation for collaboration in pure mathematics. Together with colleagues from NASA-Glenn, Dr. Jim Lock (Physics) received an R&D 100 Award. The 2011 awards are given by R&D Magazine for the 100 most significant multidisciplinary inventions in the United States in 2010.


Federal funding of state of the art instruments to support research

Faculty have been very successful in obtaining federal funding for two expensive instruments – Dr. Xue-Long Sun (Chemistry) obtained funding for a powerful 400MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) instrument, for determining chemical structure of novel drug candidates; in collaboration Dr. John Turner (Chemistry), Dr. Miron Kaufman (Physics), and Dr. Orhan Talu (Chemical Engineering), Dr. Pedru Fodor (Physics) was awarded $472K to develop an electron microscope facility at CSU. This will support a growing need in the College for high resolution imaging.


6th Annual Basketball Night

The College of Sciences and Health Professions 6th Annual Basketball Night for alumni, students and staff will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2012. Please join us for dinner and a CSU Viking Men’s basketball game.  The Vikings will play Valparaiso at 7:00 pm.  Dinner will be served on the fourth floor of the Wolstein Center from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.  The College will provide tickets for CSU alumni, students, staff, faculty and up to four guests.  Click here to make a reservation!


Enjoy Viking basketball in the Alumni Grand Stand

Celebrate the season in the new Grad Stand (Section 119) with your CSU Vikings! Be a part of exciting Viking basketball action in the new, alumni "Grad Stand." Sit with family, friends and fellow CSU graduates and enjoy the thrills of NCAA basketball at alumni-only discounted prices. Section 119 of the Goodman Arena in Wolstein Center is hosted by Cleveland State University Athletics and the Cleveland State University Alumni Association.

Alumnus Bryan Sokolowski won the alumni contest for naming section 119 in Wolstein Center the CSU Grad Stand. He graduated in May 2007 with a BS in Biology. He is an Environmental Enforcement Specialist II for the Cleveland Division of Air Quality - Ohio EPA.


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

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The BGES department was awarded two major grants from the: NIH R01 and NIH R15 for $284,000.

Tackling Climate Change - building a sustainable environment for Cleveland: ecologists from the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, (BGES) In a collaborative with the Cleveland Metroparks, National Forest Service, the Botanic Gardens, Cleveland Natural History Museum, and Kent State University, and supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Urban Long-Term Research Area (ULTRA) Exploratory Award (ULTRA-Ex), are investigating the potential for Cleveland urban landscapes to provide sustainably ecosystems (e.g. storm water mitigation, carbon sequestration, tree canopy for heat mitigation, habitat for biodiversity, habitat corridors linking existing green-spaces, and urban agriculture) for the future.

Klaire Freeman won first prize in the student poster session of the meeting of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry held at CSU last week (Sept 15 and 16). Her poster was titled, “Urban Hymenoptera: Diversity and Abundance in Vacant Lots and Community Gardens in Cleveland, Ohio.”

Biology Honors Student Carolina Parada won a second place award at the November Undergraduate Research Symposium & Poster Competition at CWRU with a presentation entitled "A Novel Pancreatic Protein Nbl1 functions as a BMP Inhibitor." Her work at LRI is part of Dr. Jensen's effort to cause stem cells to develop into in vivo insulin-producing Beta cells. She also won an award at the CSU Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Research Club (GSIRC).


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Dr. Bin Su, and colleagues in the Department of Chemistry, submitted a patent application for a new anti-cancer drug with 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.

Three faculty form the Department of Chemistry were inducted into the Cleveland State University Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors in the first annual ceremony held on October 31, 2011 at Cleveland State University.  They were honored for patents received from work at CSU:  Professor Baochuan Guo for novel methodology detecting small differences in DNA sequences; Professor Michael Kalafatis for drugs that inhibit thrombin generation in the treatment of clotting disorders; and Associate Professor Mekki Bayachou for a nitric oxide sensor. Drs. Bayachou (2nd from right) and Kalafatis (5th from the right) are shown in the group picture above.

The Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Research Club (GSIRC) in the Department of Chemistry hosted the 5th Annual Cleveland State Interdisciplinary Research Conference (pictured above).  GSIRC is an organization of graduate and undergraduate students that provide forums for students to share their research finding via actively hosting, promoting and participating in technical symposia and scientific expositions. It also promotes student/industry interactions.  Chemistry Associate Professor Dr. Mekki Bayachou serves as its faculty advisor. This year’s conference was held at Cleveland State on October 15, with over 50 posters  and 12 oral presentations given by undergraduate and graduate students from Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University, the Cleveland Clinic, and Notre Dame College covering the disciplines of chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, mathematics and psychology.  Award winners included chemistry graduate students Pete Psarras for his oral presentation and Ghaith Altawallbeh for his poster presentation. The keynote speaker was Dr. Margret Groh, Director of Business Development from BioEnterprise.

Five chemistry graduate students were awarded “The Helen Moss Cancer Research Foundation Scholarship” to attend the Eight International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology held at Case Western Reserve University November 10-12:  Ye Feng, Valentinas Gruzdys, Hanan Mohammad, Katherine Turner, and Simuli Wabuyele.

Tenia Harris, a CSU undergraduate student and a McNair Scholar, won the first place award from "the Undergraduate Research Symposium" poster competition at Case Western Reserve University.  Tenia worked with another undergraduate Tri-C/CSU student Diane Zoldak from Chemistry professor Yan Xu’s lab this past summer.  The competitors are undergraduate students from local universities and colleges.  The project title was “Measuring Human Photosynthesis: Determination of 25-hydroxyvitamin D2 and D3 in Human Serum using Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)”.


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Programmatic Accomplishments
The Department of Health Sciences became the School of Health Sciences in 2010.  The transition acknowledges the explosive growth Health Sciences has experienced and its prominence in the mission of the University.

A number of new appointments occurred in 2011.  Beth Ekelman was appointed to the newly established position of Associate Director of the School of Health Sciences.  Andy Lammers was appointed to the position of Director of the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) Program, Karen O'Loughlin became the Director of the Physical Therapy Program, and Myrita Wilhite was named Interim Director of the Speech and Hearing Program.

The Speech and Hearing Program was awarded an eight-year accreditation by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2011.  All of the professional programs in the School of Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Speech and Hearing) are fully accredited.

The Physical Therapy Program is celebrating its twentieth annual Prestige Speaker Day on October 24, 2011, with Katherine Sullivan, PT, PhD, from University of Southern California, featured as the guest speaker.  The Occupational Therapy Program will host its 14th annual Distinguished Speaker Day on October 27-28, 2011.  Roger Ideishi will address the students, staff, faculty, and community on his work on Promoting Community Inclusion.

The School of Health Sciences promoted Todd Pesek to Associate Professor with tenure in 2011.  Susan Bazyk and Glenn Goodman were promoted to full Professor.

Beth Ekelman assisted in the development of the Urban Health Concentration for students interested in the MD Program at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and that will be used as concentration for the BSHS Program.


Faculty Awards and Recognitions
Susan Bazyk received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching at the CSU Convocation in October 2010.

Beth Ekelman received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Service at the CSU Convocation in October 2011.

Amee Shah served as a consultant for MSNBC and was featured in three stories on accents and articulation that aired in 2011.  

Karen O’Loughlin received the 2010 CSU COSHP Outstanding Staff Award

Susan Bazyk published 1 AOTA Practice Guideline, and 1 OT Practice article also based on her work in mental health promotion in children and youth.

Susan Bazyk is the new editor for the Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section newsletter (2011-2014).

Susan Bazyk is a member of  2 AOTA Work Groups – a) School Mental Health; and b) RtI (Response to Intervention).

Susan Bazyk was appointed as a Facilitator of the Connecting School Mental Health and PBS Practice Group for the IDEA Partnership.

Beth Ekelman earned a Ph.D. from Capella University in Public Service Leadership.  She completed her dissertation entitled “The Well-being of College Students with Disabilities:An Occupational Perspective”.


Susan Bazyk edited Mental Health Promotion, Prevention, and Intervention with Children and Youth: A Guiding Framework for Occupational Therapy, that was published in 2011.

Lammers, A.R. and Zurcher, U. 2011. Torque around the center of mass: dynamic stability during quadrupedal arboreal locomotion in the Siberian chipmunk (Tamias sibiricus). Zoology 114, 95-103.

Lammers, A.R. and Zurcher, U. In press. Stability during arboreal locomotion. In Biomechanics, InTech Open Access Publisher.

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.

Glenn Goodman and Bette Bonder completed the 3rd rendition of a book chapter on Preventing Occupational Dysfunction Secondary to Aging.  It is scheduled to be published in 2012 in the 7th edition of Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction.


Dr. Katie Pantano presented the results of 2 research projects 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 ligament injury”.

“A multidiscipline survey of knowledge, attitudes and behaviors regarding the treatment and prevention of the female athlete triad.”

Reinthal MA, Linder S, Szirony,K, Milidonis MK, Kellicker, M.  Use of Video Gaming as an Adjunct During Outpatient Stroke Rehabilitation to Obtain Upper Extremity Task Specific Practice and Improve Sitting Balance: A Pilot Study.  OPTA Annual Conference, Columbus OH; April 2011. [Awarded: Ohio Physical Therapy Association Best Platform Presentation]

Vitak K, O’Loughlin K, Bazyk S.  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. APTA Educational Leadership Conference, Clearwater, FL; 09/2011.

Susan Bazyk provided 3 National presentations, 1 state presentation, one full day workshop on OT’s role in mental health promotion in children and youth.

Sue Wayne presented “FW 101” with AFWCs from Xavier and University of Toledo at 2010 OOTA Conference.  Also, she is co-presenting 2 sessions at the 2011 OOTA Conference.


Stein DE, Reinthal MA, Funk LA.  Outcomes of a community yoga class for older adult women.  International Association of Yoga Therapists Symposium on Yoga Research.
September 2011; Lenox, MA.


Small grant awards
Milidonis M, O’Loughlin K, Vitak K.  Program Evaluation of Physical Therapy Services at the Free Clinic in Cleveland, Engaged Learning Proposals: CSU Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement, summer 2011; $2088


Student Awards
Duncan Shepherd, a student in the first Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) class received an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Minority Achievement Award at the APTA Annual Conference, Boston, MA, 06/2010.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Student Award Winners: October 2010:
Elaine Apicella Memorial Scholarship for Leadership Potential: Matthew Marcus
Marilyn B. Wagner Memorial Scholarship for Academic Achievement:  Julie Vaughan
Nancy J. Patton Scholarship for Academic Achievement: Brittany Jones
Dianne B. Cherry Memorial Scholarship for Leadership:  Alysha Walter

Ohio Physical Therapy Association (OPTA) Outstanding Student of the Year 2010:  Alysha Walter OPTA Scholarship to attend the APTA National Student Conclave:  Alysha Walter


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Ambulance routing for trauma calls – a role for the Department of Mathematics.  The Math Department is forming a partnership with the Northern Ohio Trauma Center.  Dr. John Walsh has completed a data analysis of trauma ambulance calls in the city of Cleveland to measure impact of new routing protocols and the closing of Huron hospital.


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Reaching out to local schools: CSU’s chapter of Society of Physics Students (SPS; faculty advisor Kiril Streletzky) 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 physics learning. The School Psychology program (Psychology Department) placed 8 CSU interns in local school districts, including Cleveland Municipal Schools, where they work full time providing services (academic support, behavior management, counseling, crisis intervention) to children in Grades K-12.


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Funding of Research in Psychology
Dr. Leslie Fisher, member of the Psychology faculty, received funding from the National Institutes of Health as co-principal investigator on a study of health care disparities. The project is a collaboration between researchers and institutions in the United States and India. Kathryn Judge, Associate Professor and Director of the CSU Adult Development & Aging Doctoral Program, 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.

Students Present Papers at National Professional Conference
Faculty and students recently presented papers at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in Boston, Massachusetts; students names are printed in bold type:

Judge, K., Yarry, S., Krestar, M., Powers, S., & N.T. Dawson. Acquiring new skills while enhancing remaining strengths (ANSWERS): A dyadic cognitive rehabilitation and educational skills training program for individuals with dementia.
Dawson, N.D., Powers, S., & Krestar, M. Psychosocial constructs from the perspective of an individual with dementia.
Powers, S., Krestar, M., & Dawson, N.T. Insight on memory loss through the eyes of the dementia patient.
Krestar, M., Yarry, S., & Dawson, N.T. Including individuals with dementia in the research process: Understanding the impact of scales and response categories used in surveys.
Yarry, S., Dawson, N.T., & Judge, K. A strength-based rehabilitation approach for individuals with dementia.
Culler, K.L., & Sterns, H.L. Person-centered planning for later life: Looking to the future, building on the past.

Students Receive Recognition
The Psychology Department extends congratulations to Leah Vandersluis and Brittany Bate, on being named as COSHP Outstanding Seniors for Fall, 2011!


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Dr. Sailen Barik (BGES) has published two invited articles, one in collaboration with Dr. Shukla (BGES; see under Dr. Girish Shukla), and the other with Dr. Saikh Jaharul Haque of the Lerner Research Institute of Cleveland Clinic:

Haque SJ, Majumdar T, Barik S. Redox-assisted protein folding systems in eukaryotic parasites. Antioxid Redox Signal. 2011 Nov 28. [Epub ahead of print] (Impact Factor 8.2).

Dr. Valentin Boerner (BGES) has been awarded a three-year R15 Federal grant (NIH) to study "Control of pairing and recombination during meiosis". His studies address the mechanism of chromosome segregation during gamete formation, a key factor for reproductive health in humans.

Dr. Roman Kondratov (BGES) has won a $1.4 million 5-year Federal (NIH) R01 grant to study "Circadian clock and dietary restriction". Dietary restriction delays the development of age-associated pathologies and increases lifespan in many organisms including humans. Dr. Kondratov's laboratory studies the molecular mechanisms of dietary restriction and its interaction with the circadian clock (the 24-hour 'body clock'). Dr Kondratov's research was recently featured in Crain's Cleveland Business.

Dr. Bibo Li (BGES) has been invited for the second time to review for the PTHE (Pathogenic Eukaryotes) study section of NIH. In addition, Dr. Li's student, Imaan Benmerzouga, won the first prize for her oral presentation at GSIRC in mid October.

Dr. Andrew Resnick (Physics) has a new publication:
Resnick A. "Chronic Fluid Flow is an Environmental Modifier of Renal Epithelial Function", PLoS ONE 2011 6(10): e27058. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0027058.

This discovery by Dr. Resnick significantly contributes to our understanding of ADPKD disease (Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease), a progressive disease that typically appears in the 5th decade of life and affects nearly a million people in the United States.

Dr. Andrew Resnick received $332K from NIH to study fluid flow in polycystic kidney disease. Other research areas of GRHD include: cardiovascular diseases, inflammation, cancer, Parkinson's disease, and parasitic and viral infections. We anticipate a natural synergy between the disease related research in GRHD and the education of medical students through our newly developed medical school partnership with NEOMED.

Dr. Girish Shukla (BGES) published five papers, one in collaboration with Dr. Sailen Barik (BGES):
Sikand K, Shukla GC. Functionally important structural elements of U12 snRNA. Nucleic Acids Res. 2011 Oct 1;39(19):8531-43.

Sikand K, Slaibi JE, Singh R, Slane SD, Shukla GC. miR 488* inhibits androgen receptor expression in prostate carcinoma cells. Int J Cancer. 2011 Aug 15;129(4):810-9.

Shukla GC, Haque F, Tor Y, Wilhelmsson LM, Toulmé JJ, Isambert H, Guo P, Rossi JJ, Tenenbaum SA, Shapiro BA. A boost for the emerging field of RNA nanotechnology. ACS Nano. 2011 May 24;5(5):3405-18. 

Sikand K, Shukla GC. AndroMirs: A potential missing link in androgen receptor-mediated development of castration-resistant prostate cancer (in press Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology).

Shukla GC, Singh J, Barik S. MicroRNAs: Processing, Maturation, Target Recognition and Regulatory Functions. (In press Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology).

In other news from Dr. Shukla's group:
Dr. Kavleen Sikand, Postdoctoral Fellow, accepted a Faculty Position as Assistant Professor in India's premier Postgraduate Institute of Medical Research, Chandigarh, India.

Dr. Shukla also served on two highly prestigious, nationally recognized grant review committees: Cell and Molecular Biology study sections of the Department of Defense (DoD) Prostate and Breast Cancer grants, and Molecular and Cellular Biology study section of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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