Construction to begin
on Maltz Performing Arts Center
This month, the university announced that the board of trustees had approved plans to begin construction on The Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple – Tifereth Israel this spring. To date, CWRU has raised more than $59 million for the project; an additional $4 million needs to be raised to complete construction.
The board’s approval is a significant milestone, made possible by the generosity of more than 60 individual and institutional donors. A leadership gift of $12 million from the Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation launched the project in March 2010.
Read a message from Dean Cyrus C. Taylor about the Maltz Performing Arts Center.
Grant to support faculty chemist’s
research into HIV latency
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, has awarded Blanton Tolbert a $180,000 grant to support his lab’s research examining HIV in its latent state. The assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry received funding through the foundation’s Countdown to a Cure for HIV/AIDS initiative, which aims to “find a broadly applicable cure for HIV by 2020.”
In an interview with the Plain Dealer, Tolbert explained that once HIV infects a healthy cell, it has the ability to lie dormant. In this latent state, it evades antiretroviral drugs. By analyzing “the mechanisms of latency,” Tolbert’s research may lead to interventions that drive HIV out of hiding. Read more in the Plain Dealer story.
College of Arts and Sciences
students win awards
Devin Burke, a PhD candidate in the musicology program, won the outstanding student paper award at the Sixth Biennial Conference of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, co-sponsored by the the Haydn Society of North America.
Ellen Essien, a first-year student majoring in biology and medical anthropology, is one of four CWRU students selected to be Gates Millennium scholars. She has received a “good-through graduation” scholarship and the opportunity to participate in leadership training programs. Essien was one of 1,000 students nationwide selected for the scholarship in 2013.
Three students affiliated with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures took honors at the 15th Annual Japan-America Society of Central Ohio Japanese Speech Contest: Peng Sun, Adam Church and Vivian Chen. Read more.
Mathematician calculates the odds
of Cleveland teams’ failing to win a title
The Northeast Ohio Media Group, parent company of the Plain Dealer, asked Chris Butler, the Theodore M. Focke Professorial Fellow in the Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, to calculate the odds that a city like Cleveland, with three professional sports teams, would have failed to win a championship since 1964. During that time, Cleveland is the only city among those fielding NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball teams that hasn’t won a title.
Butler’s number crunching found that Cleveland had just a 0.4 percent chance of not winning a championship, assuming each team had an equal chance of winning a title each year. “This is not a realistic assumption for Cleveland,” Butler said. Read the story.
Diversity in doll body types is
important in children’s development
Eileen Anderson-Fye, the Robson Junior Professor in the Department of Anthropology, was interviewed about a new child’s doll that has a more realistic body type than the classic Barbie doll. Many dolls currently on the market adhere to stereotypical beauty standards, but Anderson-Fye says children need to see a variety of body types in media and their toys.
“A diversity of availability of images and toys is almost always associated with positive outcomes, and children understand there’s an enormous amount of human variation,” she told Healthline. Read more.