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Rekha Srinivasan Wins the J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring

Date posted: May 6th, 2016

The J. Bruce Jackson, M.D. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring recognizes the positive impact Case Western Reserve University faculty and staff have on the lives of students.

Crespo-Hernández Honored with Diekhoff Teaching Award for his Dedication to Students

Date posted: May 6th, 2016

The John S. Diekhoff Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching is awarded annually to two faculty members that have made exemplary contributions to graduate students through work in the classroom.

Department Postdoc Listed in Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 in Science

Date posted: January 7th, 2016

Robert Gilliard specializes in synthesizing novel molecules with a variety of different methods. He’s coauthored 16 papers, working with some of the best chemists in both Europe and the United States. He’s also a gifted teacher, and has received a number of awards for both his teaching and research.

Lasting Impact: CWRU Ranks 11th Most Influential in Science

Date posted: November 11th, 2015

A new ranking of national universities based on their “lasting contributions to society” puts Case Western Reserve 11th in the country, just behind Carnegie Mellon and ahead of Princeton, Dartmouth and Cornell universities. …Read more.

Dr. Srinivasan Awarded WISER Faculty Advisor of the Year 2015

Date posted: April 21st, 2015

Instructor Rekha Srinivasan was nominated as Faculty Advisor of the Year by the Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER), part of the CWRU Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. …Read more.

Undergraduates Win 2nd Place SOURCE Poster Award

Date posted: January 30th, 2015

Congratulations to undergraduate students Hannah Jenkins and Kelsie Leary of the Crespo group, who tied for second place in the Intersections: SOURCE Poster Awards on 5 December. …Read more.


Crespo Group – Research Highlighted by Royal Society of ChemistryRSC Back Title Page

The Crespo Research Group’s recently published work, Photochemical etiology of promising ancestors of the RNA nucleobases, in a high-profile themed collection on the “Prebiotic Chemistry and the Molecular Origins of Life” was highlighted by the Royal Society of Chemistry in the Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics journal.

Department Postdoc Named to SciFinder’s 2016 International List of Future Leaders in Chemistry

Robert J. Gilliard, Jr. was named to SciFinder’s 2016 International List of Future Leaders. In August 2016, this select group of international Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers will build their careers, help shape the future of research information and experience the 252nd ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Philadelphia, PA. To learn more about Mr. Gilliard and the SciFinder’s 2016 International List of Future Leaders click here.

A protein-RNA Structure Hints at How Viruses Commandeer Human Proteins

Dr. Blanton Tolbert worked with PhD student Christopher Morgan, former PhD student Carrie Rollins and postdoctoral researcher Jeffery Levengood (along with Jennifer Meagher, James Delproposto and Jeanne Stuckey from the University of Michigan) to produce the first image of an important human protein as it binds with ribonucleic acid (RNA), a discovery that could offer clues to how some viruses, including HIV, control expression of their genetic material. For more information, follow the link here for a short summary of the research. 

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