Student, Faculty and Program Highlights

April, 2009

 

FACULTY:

The following faculty received COS Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Awards:

Number of Students Supported

Name of Person Submitting

Department

Title of Proposal

Funded

1

Shukla, Girish

BGES

Therapeutic Potential of Human microRNA in Prostate Cancer

$10,529.00

1

Shukla, Girish

BGES

Small Nuclear RNAs in Nuclear Precursor Messenger RNA Splicing

$7,029.00

2

Yuan, Fasong

BGES

Assessing the Bioavailability of Particulate Phosphorus in the Cuyahoga River

$9,922.00

2

Borner, G. Valentin

BGES

Analysis of genes required for meiotic chromosome segregation

$10,300.00

2

Li, Bibo

BGES

Characterization of the interaction between Human RAP1 and TRF2 using yeast 2-hybrid analysis

$8,292.00

2

Kalafatis, Michael

Chemistry

Identification Of New Anticoagulant Molecules

$17,125.00

1

Bayachou, Mekki

Chemistry

Cholesterol and Cardiovascular Disease: The effects of increased Cholesterol Levels on the Membrane-bound Protein Involved in Cardiovascular Regulation

$8,557.00

2

Ball, David

Chemistry

Computational Chemical Research into New High Energy Materials Based on Alkylazo Compounds

$10,302.00

1

Sun, Xue-Long

Chemistry

Synthesis of Antithromobotic Glycoprotein Conjugates

$9,657.00

2

Pesek, Todd

Health Sciences

Traditional Healing and Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the Q’eqchi’ Maya, Belize, C.A.

$7,568.00

1

Lammers, Andrew

Health Sciences

The biomechanics of stability during locomotion and maneuvering on a tree branch trackway in the Siberian chipmunk

$2,628.00

2

Reinthal, Ann

Health Sciences

Use of computer gaming to obtain task specific upper extremity practice in individuals with stroke who have completed traditional rehabilitation

$3,540.00

2

Streletzky, Kiril

Physics

Measuring Rotational Diffusion of Proteins, Viruses, and Biopolymers

$8,738.00

1

Vitali, Jacqueline

Physics

Structural Studies of the Pyrimidine Pathway

$3,534.00

1

Zurcher, Ulrich

Physics

Nonlinear Dynamics of Aneurysm

$2,929.00

1

Streletzky, Kiril

Physics

Environmentally Sensitive Polymeric Microgels as Drug Delivery and/or Biosensor System: a chemical physics study

$8,057.00

2

Park, Ernest

Psychology

Disinhibition in dyads contemplating moral dilemma situations

$4,100.00

2

Doane, Lisa Stines

Psychology

Treatment Preferences for PTSD

$6,351.00

BGES:

  • Dr. Anton Komar is the editor of the book, Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms which will be available October 4, 2009.

HSC:

  • Dr. Xiaoxing He has been awarded a Pfizer’s Medical and Academic Partnership (MAP) Xholar’s Grant in Health Policy.  She will receive $130,000 over a two-year period.
  • For the years 2006-2008, the Department’s first time takers of the NBCOT exam pass rate is 91.5% (47 of 51 students passed on the first try).  The national average is 87%.
  • For repeat takers – only one student in that time period has not passed the exam yet, giving the department a 98% overall pass.
  • For 2009, 14 students have passed so far.  No one has failed that the department is aware of. 

 

STAFF:

  • Kristy Tokarczyk received the Outstanding Educational Research Award and $600 in travel funds for her presentation of "Academic Advising as Social Capital: Professional Academic Advisors' Perceptions of the Relationship between Advising and Retention" at the Educational Research Exchange Conference on Friday, March 6, 2009.

 

STUDENTS:

BGES:           

  • Nida Degesys wrote an abstract about her SI experience in BIO 200 which has won in the category of Medical Education.  As a result, Nida has been invited to give an oral presentation of this work at the annual convention of the American Medical Student Association / Foundation (AMSA). 
  • Ken Safranek, Student Orientation Coordinator in COS Advising, was recently selected to be a Storm Water Summer Intern with the Ohio EPA for this summer.  Of over 200 applicants, only four interns were selected with a very intense application process.  Ken will be working in NorthEast Ohio mainly issuing permits and best management practices at construction sites.  As an environmental science major in COS, he is hoping this will turn into a full-time job to fulfill his dream of working for the EPA.  Ken is scheduled to graduate from CSU in December of 2009.

 

HSC:

  • Eight speech and hearing grad students went to Elite Academy to assist with student hearing and language screenings. The principal “was extremely impressed with the group and commented on how professional they were and how efficiently they got the job done!”

 

ALUMNI:

BGES:

  • Former M.S. student in Dr. Michael Walton’s lab and undergrad researcher with Dr. Ralph Gibson, Robbie Bear, received the 2008 H. Henley Haymaker Teaching Excellence Award from Kansas State University’s Division of Biology.  Bear has also received a 2008 William L. Stamey Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State. He joined Kansas State in 2004 as an Instructor of Biology after teaching at McCook Community College in Nebraska.  He is a 1995 graduate from CSU.

PSY:

  • Former MA student Anthony Austin, currently a doctoral student at Ohio University, was selected for a Fulbright award.

 

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