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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.

Grad Student Marvin Pollum Receives Photobiology Travel Award

Date posted: May 12th, 2014

Marvin Pollum, a 3rd year PhD student in The Crespo Research Group, received the Frederick Urbach Memorial Student Travel Award to present his research work at the 37th American Society for Photobiology’s conference in San Diego, California. …Read more.

Grad Student Shu Situ Wins Community Service Award

Date posted: April 18th, 2014

Congratulations to Ms. Shu Situ, a 3rd year PhD student in Dr. Samia‘s research group, for being selected as the 2013-2014 Lenore A. Kola Graduate Student Community Service Awardee. …Read more.

ACS Project SEED Fellow Briana Sealey’s Research Experience Featured in Imagine Magazine

Date posted: April 7th, 2014

American Chemical Society Project SEED fellow Briana Sealey’s summer research experience was recently featured with an article by The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth in Imagine Magazine. …Read more.


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. 

Grad Student Wins $2,500 at PITCH U Competition

Open to students of all levels at Northeast Ohio colleges and universities, PITCH U provides students an opportunity to compete with peers, win prizes, and present their business ideas in 90 seconds to a panel of real investors. Marvin Pollum won top prize at the PITCH U competition here at Case held on November 7th. Pollum gave a 90 second pitch about his group’s research into PDT for skin cancer.


Chemistry Grad Wins Award for Best Poster

Chemistry PhD Candidate Marvin Pollum wins Best Poster at the ASP Virtual Poster Symposium. Click here for details, or click here to view the poster.