Faculty member and colleagues identify stem cell product that reverses nerve damage from multiple sclerosis
Arnold I. Caplan, professor of biology and director of the Skeletal Research Center, is a co-author of a study that may hasten development of a new treatment for multiple sclerosis. The study, published in the online version of Nature Neuroscience, found that hepatocyte growth factor, secreted by human adult stem cells, spurs restoration of nerves and their function in rodent models of the autoimmune disease. Read more.
Psychologists find children’s imaginations have increased despite less playtime
Psychology professor Sandra Russ and Jessica Dillon, a fifth-year doctoral student, have found that while children are leading busier lives and have less playtime, their imaginations have not suffered. This outcome, the opposite of what the researchers expected, was reported in the Creativity Research Journal. Read more.
Dittrick Center offers Saturday hours
The Dittrick Medical History Center has added Saturday summer hours beginning June 9. The museum will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays in June and July, and the first three Saturdays of August. Among its collections are rare books; artifacts and images on anatomy, endoscopy and surgery; and the Percy Skuy Collection on the History of Contraception. Admission to the museum is free.
CAS in the News
MFA alumni show their talents
on the New York City stage
Imagine having just minutes to make an impression on a group of agents and jump-start your career. That’s what the recent graduates of the CWRU/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program experienced during the 2012 Graduate Showcase in New York City. Read more.
Biology faculty member, graduate students earn prize for innovative class
“Dynamics of Biological Systems,” taught by biology professor Hillel Chiel and three graduate assistants, has been awarded the Science magazine Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction. Professor Chiel pairs biology majors with engineering, physics or math majors and has them concentrate on building academic and collaborative skills as they apply math to biological questions. The magazine established the prize to encourage innovation and excellence in education. Read more.
Sociology professor wins Fulbright award
to research children’s issues in Iceland
Sociology associate professor Brian Gran is the recipient of a Fulbright award that will allow him to travel to Reykjavik, Iceland, to study institutional efforts to protect children’s rights. In addition to research, Gran will teach a course at Reykjavik University on “Law, Social Policy and Children’s Rights.” Read more.
Check out photos from our spring events, including our first young alumni Mix and Mingle, on our Flickr account.
Issue 18 / June 2012
Save the date!
Alumni Weekend Volunteers
The college is looking for class reps who graduated in years ending in 2 or 7. Contact Sharon Jordan-Davis for more information.
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Wade Oval Wednesdays
Institute for the Science of Origins
Sex Determination and the City & the Blush Varietals
2012-2013 Eldred Theater Season
The 2012-2013 Eldred Theater season includes four diverse shows that range from musical comedy to historical drama:
The Rocky Horror Show
Dancing at Lughnasa
Fifth of July
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