Greetings from the College of Science at Cleveland State University!
From the Dean: Update on the College of Science
Many of you know that the University system in Ohio has undergone significant change in the past year. Our new Governor, Ted Strickland, has appointed a Chancellor to a newly identified state system of higher education. Both the Governor and the Chancellor intend to both enhance higher education in Ohio and to improve efficiency. One strategy for accomplishing both goals is to encourage mission differentiation, that is, a strategy by which every institution will identify its unique strengths and build on them.
Cleveland State University’s identified role is “focused on contributing to the region’s growing health care and biomedical economy” (Strategic Plan for Higher Education 2008-2017). For the College of Science, this is great news. Given our outstanding health programs and increasing excellence in biomedical research, the College is well positioned to become a leader in the region, the State, and the country.
CSU is also committed to engaged learning. As the area’s public university, we have long seen ourselves as an integral part of the community. The College’s students and faculty are actively involved in hands-on service and research. Those opportunities are increasing rapidly given this new emphasis on engagement.
We continue to seek ways to expand this vital role as we identify community and student needs and meet them through new programming. This year, we received approval for a Ph.D. program in Adult Development and Aging. Housed in our Department of Psychology, this is a joint program with the University of Akron, taking advantage of the expertise at both institutions to offer students an outstanding educational experience. Given the aging population in Northeast Ohio, we expect graduates of the program to make a significant contribution to our understanding of health and wellness for older adults here. This Ph.D. program nicely complements our redesigned undergraduate and graduate certificates in gerontology, and our inclusion in the Western Reserve Geriatric Education Center.
Another new program awaiting approval by the State is a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical science. Given our collaboration with the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in pharmacy, and the emergence of a strong pharmaceutical industry in the area, this bachelor’s degree has the potential to meet an important workforce need.
As you will see in the rest of this newsletter, the College of Science has had another highly successful year. Enrollments were strong, faculty, staff, and students enjoyed numerous successes, and as we hear from our alumni, and we learn about their activities, we find that they, too, have many successes as well. Let us hear from you as well.
Have a wonderful summer.
As has been the case for the past several years, the College enjoyed healthy enrollment at both the Undergraduate and Graduate levels. Enrollment was up for every term of the academic year. Enrollment increases were, however, quite different by department, with Health Sciences growing extremely rapidly, Chemistry showing healthy growth, Mathematics, Psychology, and Physics essentially holding steady, and Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences showing a slight decline.
College of Science 2008 Outstanding Research Award Recipient
Dr. John Oprea
Department of Mathematics
Cleveland State University
John Oprea is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University, and a Master of Science and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.
Prior to assuming his position at CSU in 1985, Dr. Oprea held positions at Ohio State University and Purdue University. In 2001 and 2004, he also served as Professeur Invité at the Universit´de Lille.
Dr. Oprea has a strong publication record of nearly 200 articles published in key, high-impact journals, such as Topology; the American Mathematical Society; and Mathematische Zeitschrift. Additionally, he has published a number of books and conference proceedings volumes based on international conferences he helped organize. His textbook Differential Geometry and Its Applications has been translated into Polish.
A great deal of Dr. Oprea’s research has been conducted through long-term collaborations, which have often involved conferences, workshops, or invited research visits. As a result of these international collaborations, he has traveled extensively and has gained international recognition for his work in Algebraic Topology and Symplectic Topology. Recently, his research with Yves Félix of l’Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) is focused on algebraic models for spaces. Their activities have so far resulted in a workshop at UCL which attracted an elite group of experts and research students from throughout Europe. In 2003 and 2006, they conducted two intensive study periods together at the MFO (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach), one of the premier mathematical research institutes in the world. Building on the algebraic models for spaces project, this dynamic team now proposes to develop a general algebraic model for configuring spaces, a topic of immense importance and interest in applications of mathematics to engineering, physics, and other areas.
Dr. Oprea was awarded the prestigious Lester R. Ford Award for an article on Foucault pendulum published in the American Mathematical Monthly (a publication of the Mathematical Association of America geared to undergraduate math students), perhaps the most widely distributed and read math journal in the world. His book, The Mathematics of Soap Films is published by the American Mathematical Society in their Student Mathematical Library series, which aims to present a wide variety of lively and contemporary topics accessible to advanced undergraduates and suitable for capstone courses or independent study.
The faculty, staff and students of the College of Science are delighted to recognize Dr. John Oprea as the co-recipient of the 2008 College of Science Outstanding Research Award.
College of Science 2008 Outstanding Research Award Recipient
Dr. Anton Komar
Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences (BGES)
Cleveland State University
Anton Komar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences (BGES). He earned a Bachelor of Science degree (with honors) and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Moscow State University in Russia.
Prior to assuming his position at CSU in 2005, Dr. Komar held positions at Moscow State University, the University of Regensburg in Germany, the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow; CNRS Molecular Genetic Center in France; the University of Bern in Switzerland; the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University; and the Healthcare Council of the Gerson Lehrman Group in New York City.
Dr. Komar’s research interests are in the initiation of protein synthesis, protein folding and the design of chimeric proteins for therapeutic use. His research is paramount to our understanding and treatment of diseases such as cancer, atherosclerosis and Creutzfeldt Jacob disease (the human version of “mad cow” disease).
He has authored and co-authored 40 published articles in premier scientific journals such as Science, cell, Mol Cell, Blood, EMBO J., Molecular Cell Biology, The Journal of Biology Chemistry, and RNA. His papers have been cited 711 times according to “Scopus” (the largest abstract and citation database of research literature). Dr. Komaralso serves as a reviewer for ten journals, typically reviewing 15 manuscripts annually. The National Science Foundation (NSF), the Cancer Research Foundation (UK), the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Fund (established by NSF) frequently call upon Dr. Komar to review grants.
Dr. Komar has successfully received outside grants to fund his research. He currently holds a National Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association in the amount of $260,000. This grant earned a percentile rank of 1.3 on a scale of 1-100 with 1.0 being the best score possible. Additionally, he is Co-PI on two pending grants, an NIH RO1 grant and a NIH RO1 EUREKA grant.
The faculty, staff and students of the College of Science are delighted to recognize Dr. Anton Komar as the co-recipient of the 2008 College of Science Outstanding Research Award.
Eight outstanding graduates of Cleveland State University were honored June 13th for their service, leadership and career achievements at the 18th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner. This year’s honorees were: Anand “Bill” Julka (George B. Davis Award), Ellis Z. Yan (Nance College of Business Administration), Dr. Christine S. Moravec (College of Science), Dr. Robert A. Cutietta (College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences), Dr. Roshanak Hakimzadeh (Fenn College of Engineering), Gregory L. Brown (Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs), Georgia A. Froelich (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law), and James A. Harmon (College of Education and Human Services).
Chronic lithium treatment magnifies learning in rats, in the Elsevier journal, Neuroscience (http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/homepage.cws_home). The paper is also featured in the December 19, 2007 print version of Neuroscience.
Potentiation of the NMDA receptor in the treatment of schizophrenia: focused on the glycine site, in the Springer journal, European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience (http://www.springer.com/medicine/psychiatry/journal/406). The paper is also featured in the December 2007 print version of EAPCN.
- October 25, 2007 France, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modélisation, “Physics of Electromiography Time Series and of Mixing in Industrial Processes”
- November 29, 2007 Turkey, Koc University, Math-Sci Seminar, "Potts-Percolation Model of Solids and Entropy of Electromyography Time Series"
- November 30, 2007 Turkey, Istanbul Technical University, School of Mechanical Engineering "Mixing in Microchannels: Entropy and Multifractals"
- December 20, 2007 Israel, Tel Aviv University, School of Physics and Astronomy, Condensed Matter Seminar, "Mixing in Industrial Processes and in Microchannels"
Biology, Geology, Environmental Science:
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Administrative Coordinator Richelle Emery recently was recognized with CSU’s Distinguished Staff Award.
Design a Life Conference
The College of Science hosted a conference focused on creativity and health, called Design a Life: A Community of Ideas. The two-day meeting, which drew more than 150 participants, focused on the role of creative activities on health and wellness. Keynote speakers were Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Dr. Elizabeth Yerxa, Professor Emerita from the University of Southern California. Participants had opportunities to try out activities from more than 40 workshops, including journaling, gardening, painting, knitting, and swing dancing, and to hear from panels of experts with regard to incorporating these activities in their lives and professional practices. The conference was cosponsored by The Cleveland Clinic, The Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Institute of Art, The Art Therapy Studio, Judson at University Circle, Lutheran Hospital, Euclid Hospital, Cuyahoga Community College, Ursuline College, and the Western Reserve Geriatric Education Center.
32nd Ohio Professional and Student Conference on Aging held at CSU
|Dr. Georgia Anetzberger|
The Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE) 32nd Annual Ohio Professional and Student Conference on Aging was hosted by the Nance College of Business and the College of Science at Fenn Tower on April 11th. The topic of the conference was “Global Aging: Lessons from Abroad for Ohio.” Presentations focused on how the United States can positively learn to manage its rapidly aging population by looking at examples of how other societies have addressed the needs of a significant older population. Dr. Georgia Anetzberger, OAGE President and Nance Assistant Professor of Health Care Administration, said that “the conference seemed flawless in its implementation. Everyone came through to make this a great experience, including the Conference Local Arrangements Committee, with representatives from CSU’s Colleges of Business Administration and Science along with other local colleges, universities, and agencies. In addition, all the units within CSU that helped make this event happen, including the Division of Continuing Education, Conference Services, and Catering Services, did an excellent job.”
Robert Butler, M.D., Pulitzer Prize winner, and Founder of the International Longevity Center, was the Keynote Speaker. He gave a presentation on his recently published book, The Longevity Revolution, which discusses important issues that American society will face as our population continues to age. Some important topics that he addressed at the conference were problems created by the shortage of qualified health workers, especially nurses. According to The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis of the Health Resources Services Administration, Ohio will face a shortfall of almost 32,000 registered nurses by the year 2020 (a 29% shortage). He also discussed how longevity can create wealth, providing economic justification for why the United States should increase its investment in programs for our aging population. Dr. Butler said that he was “particularly struck by the emphasis on international issues at the conference.” Dr. Anetzberger added, “the conference was very successful, and was a great opportunity to showcase all of the positive changes at our university.”
Meet the new Development Officer
Carol L. Carbary, CFRE, Director of College Development and Alumni Relations, joined the College of Science in February 2008. She has thirteen years of development experience at institutions such as CWRU, University Hospitals, Kent State, and served as Vice President of College Advancement at Notre Dame College in South Euclid. Most recently, she was Director of Development at Hillcrest Hospital (part of the Cleveland Clinic). She earned her CFRE (Certificate of Fund Raising Executive) in 2004 and lives in Cleveland Heights. She has a BA in Math/Physics from Wells College (NY), BS in Biomedical Engineering from CWRU, and an MBA from Kent State University. Carol is also quite involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Greater Cleveland Chapter – she is currently president-elect as well as Chair of this year’s 25th National Philanthropy Day celebration.
As a state-assisted public institution, Cleveland State University faces significant funding challenges. The College of Science is determined to provide the best possible education to our students. You can help by making a gift to your alma mater in support of scholarships, research, equipment, and more. For additional information, contact Carol L. Carbary, CFRE, Director, College Development and Alumni Relations, at (216) 875-9992 or email@example.com or click here to make your gift online.
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