Student, Faculty and Program Highlights

Student Notes

Jamila Hirbawi, (Chemistry) doctoral Student of Dr. Michael Kalafatis, was awarded a prestigious four-year NIH doctoral fellowship to study Factor Va regulation of prothrombinase activity. 

Vincent Nerone (Health Sciences) is the first CSU student to be admitted to the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine/CSU 3+4 program in podiatric medicine.  Mr. Nerone was also awarded a Presidential Scholarship from OCPM. 

Karen Kayla O’Malley (Psychology) is the recipient of the Gerontological Society of America Social Research, Policy & Practice Award for the best undergraduate and Master’s Level Award for 2006.  She was recognized at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society on November 18, 2006. 

Students in the Clinical Chemistry Program who took both first place student awards in research were recognized at the last national meeting of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.  Another Clinical Chemistry student was one of 25 students at the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry given a distinguished abstract award.  This award is not just for students, so the competition included many senior researchers.

Faculty Notes 

Keith Kendig (Mathematics) conducted a professional enhancement program involving 25 university mathematicians from around the U.S. at CSU from May 15-19, 2006.  The workshop, “Conics: Searching for Beauty Reveals Deeper Truths”, explored the central position that conic sections have occupied in geometry since antiquity.  He has also published a new book, Conics

Barsan Mazumder and Anton Komar (Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences) were asked to present at the Translation Control Meeting organized by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  This is a very high profile, high prestige meeting and an internationally known laboratory. 

Karen O’Loughlin (Health Sciences) was honored by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association as the Outstanding Physical Therapist of the year.  The award acknowledges a physical therapist who has made significant contribution to the profession of physical therapy in the state of Ohio in one or more of the following areas: Clinical Service, Education, Research, Administration, Public Service or Contributions to the Association. 

Mekki Bayachou (Chemistry) was selected as an Advisory Board member to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Inorganic Workshop for the next three years.

Program Notes 

The Doctorate of Clinical Chemistry has been reaccredited.  It is the only accredited Doctorate of Clinical Chemistry in the U.S.  Many of the 57 graduates to-date hold positions at prestigious institutions such as the Mayo Clinic and Harvard. 

The Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, “Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program” to support female and minority doctoral students in its doctoral program.  The grant provides funds for four pre-doctoral fellowships for full-time study in cell and molecular biology, beginning Fall semester 2006.  The fellowships provide tuition for full-time study and stipends of up to $30,000 per year, based on need. Fellows will have access to additional funds for supplies, conference travel, and other eligible expenses.

The Master of Science in Physics degree program is offering a new specialization in Optics and Medical Imaging.  Currently, there is tremendous growth in optics, materials, and medical physics caused by rapid developments in the fields of superconductivity, electro-optic materials, nanotechnology, optical, acoustical, and NMR imaging, and tomography. The Physics Department of Cleveland State University offers a professional Master of Science degree in physics designed for applied scientists and engineers who wish to develop competence in these rapidly advancing fields. In 2001, the American Physical Society classified the Master of Science in physics program at Cleveland State as a “strong professional master's degree program”. 

CSU Department of Health Sciences Agreement with Cuyahoga Community College called the 2+2 Program.  Beginning this fall, Tri-C students or graduates who have earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in any of more than 20 healthcare fields will be eligible to transfer seamlessly to Cleveland State, where they can continue on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences. Students enrolled in Cleveland State’s Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program take core courses in culture and health, statistics, and health care ethics, among others. In addition, they must complete general education requirements and a minimum of 53 credits in an area of emphasis, such as health sciences, biology, bioethics, health communication, health education, urban studies, psychology, social work or sociology. Courses completed at Tri-C through the respective associate degree programs will be transferred seamlessly to CSU and applied toward their health science area of emphasis.


Cleveland State University Environmental Institute has just completed its third successful 10-week summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).  The program is under the direction of Dr. B. Michael Walton, Associate Professor in the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences and Director of the Environmental Institute.  The REU summer program gives undergraduate students interested in science an opportunity to conduct scientific research with University faculty.   

The focus of the REU program at CSU is urban ecology – the impacts of urbanization (cities and suburbs) on the environment.  Urbanization is a major cause of environmental changes throughout the world.  The effects of humans, their products, activities, and wastes can be seen in even remote wilderness areas and is a major factor in biodiversity loss- comparable in impact to climate change, deforestation, toxic pollution and human population growth.   

During the 10-week summer program, undergraduate students from CSU and other institutions conduct research in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park with CSU faculty mentors which are all scientists working on urban ecological issues in the region.  The students start with an intensive training period which includes a tour of the Cuyahoga River watershed, classes, and field exercises emphasizing practical skills and knowledge.  Guest lecturers from the Ohio EPA, U.S. National Park Service, and regional waste-water management agencies present seminars and conduct field demonstrations. 

Over the past three summers, the REU has trained more than 40 students from institutions in Nebraska, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Puerto Rico, Toronto, and several Ohio schools.  Many students are from underrepresented groups, and six student publications have resulted.  Many students have contributed to scientific articles and have presented their research at professional conferences.  Others have gone on to conduct endangered species conservation work, with two students participating in environmental work with the Peace Corps, and over twenty students have now enrolled in graduate programs in ecology, conservation biology or environmental law. 

For more information, contact the Environmental Institute at Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Avenue, KB 1100, Cleveland, OH 44115-2214; 216-687-4860;