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art/sci update July 2013: Ohio Third Frontier awards $3.1 million to college researchers

Posted on July 15, 2013


Ohio Third Frontier program funds physics research projects

Researchers affiliated with the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Physics have received more than $3 million in funding from the Ohio Third Frontier program.

Michael Martens, associate professor of physics, will work with Robert Brown, Institute Professor and Distinguished University Professor, and research associates Tanvir Baig and Mihai Cara on projects to commercialize new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologies at two Ohio companies. One of those companies, Quality Electrodynamics, was founded by Hiroyuki Fujita (GRS ’98).

In addition, Folio Photonics, a startup founded by Kenneth Singer, the Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics, and Brent Valle, a postdoctoral scholar in physics, received a grant for its prototype optical data storage disc. Read more.

Chemistry faculty member
earns NSF CAREER Award

Carlos E. Crespo-Hernández, the Frank Hovorka assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, has won a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation. The grant will fund his research into genetic mutations that lead to the development of skin cancer.

Crespo-Hernández is investigating how ultraviolet radiation from the sun affects compounds found in human cells and in medicines. The changes to these compounds, in turn, trigger the genetic mutations. Read more.

Graduate student receives fellowship
to aid pre-dissertation work in Brazil

Doctoral medical anthropology student Frank Manzella will spend the next year in Rio de Janeiro learning Portuguese in preparation for his dissertation research, thanks to the support of the prestigious David L. Boren Fellowship administered by the National Security Education Program.

The fellowship will support his pre-dissertation fieldwork, a pilot study during which he will talk to adolescents and gather their “illness narratives,” or stories related to how their living conditions have affected their health. Read more.

CAS in the News

Five Questions with Jenifer Neils

Jenifer Neils, the Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History, wears many hats. In addition to her work as a faculty member in art history and classics, she’s chair of the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Among her endeavors, she is collaborating with an artist colleague on a long-term research project to reconstruct the lost painting on the interior of the gold and ivory cult statue of Athena in the Parthenon.

Neils recently participated in The Daily‘s Five Questions series. Read more.

Alumnus credits graduate school
training with preparation for role

Case Western Reserve/ Cleveland Play House alumnus Andrew Gorell (GRS ’12) is returning to Cleveland this month as Zazu in the touring production of The Lion King.

In a recent interview, Gorell told The Plain Dealer, “Every day I think, ‘I couldn’t have done this without Case.’” Read more.

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Issue 31 / July 2013

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s All [in] Day of Giving!

Because of you, we broke the university’s single-day record for gifts: 795.

And thank you to everyone who contributed to the College of Arts and Sciences last year! The resources you’ve provided are critically important to our students, faculty and staff.

Read more.

Alumni events

Mark your calendar!
Homecoming/Alumni Weekend 2013 is scheduled for September 26-29, 2013.

Reunion activities are planned for graduates of class years ending in 3 and 8. If you’re interested in volunteering as a class representative, please contact Sharon Jordan-Davis at

Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University chapter events are scheduled monthly! Find out when events near you are happening and join up with fellow alumni.

View full alumni events calendar

Upcoming events

2013-14 Eldred Theater Season

Betty the Yeti

Oct. 4-13, 2013

Black Comedy

Nov. 15-24, 2013

The Bald Soprano

Feb. 14-23, 2014

Measure for Measure

April 11-20, 2014

Complete season information

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