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art/sci update July 2017


Thank you for supporting the college!


Since the Forward Thinking campaign began at CWRU in 2008, your generous support has helped the college raise over $210 million toward our goal of $300 million! This year, along with generous donations to the College Fund, we celebrate the addition of two endowed professorships, two endowed scholarships and 12 endowed gifts supporting research, lectures, academic prizes and department-specific discretionary funds. Thank you for your support!


PRIME launches at CWRU 

CWRU has launched PRIME (the Post-baccalaureate Readiness Instruction for bioMedical Education Program) for pre-med students looking to bolster their candidacy for medical school. PRIME, a joint initiative of the School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences, can be completed in one or two years, depending on the individual student’s needs. It is geared toward students who have not yet fulfilled all of their pre-med requirements and students who need to improve their undergraduate GPA and their foundation in key pre-med content.
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New chemical solution shrinks digital data storage

Emily Pentzer, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, worked with graduate students in her research group to find a space-saving way to store digital data. In a recent paper, the CWRU chemists demonstrated that commonly used polymer films containing two dyes can optically store data in a quaternary (four-symbol) code, potentially requiring about half as much space as current systems. Read more.



The Dharma of Dollars

Deepak Sarma, a professor in the Department of Religious Studies and a specialist in Indian religions and philosophy, discusses “the connection, imagined or otherwise, between money/material accumulations, Hinduism and Hindu practices” in the online journal The Common Reader. Read more.



Kori Kosek receives President’s Award for Distinguished Service

Kori Kosek (pictured on the right), department administrator for the Department of Psychological Sciences, was one of three recipients of the President’s Award for Distinguished Service this spring. The award is presented annually to three non-faculty staff members whose contributions have had a transformational impact on colleagues, students or visitors. Read more.


Cameron Macaskill

Cameron Macaskill graduated in May 2017 with three majors: English, international studies and political science. With support from a variety of university programs and offices, she has worked and studied in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana and South Africa. After completing intensive language study in France this summer, Macaskill will design and facilitate a youth poetry camp in Cape Town in collaboration with two local poetry organizations. Read more.



Homecoming registration is live!

Homecoming and Reunion Weekend is October 5–8—less than three months away! All graduates are welcome at this festive gathering of alumni, students and family members. Alumni whose graduation years end in 2 or 7 are encouraged to join their classmates for a special reunion event on the evening of October 7. Take a look at the complete schedule of college events and be the first among your friends to register!



Media Mentions

Greater Good Magazine
Amy Przeworski, associate professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, and Jessica D. Nasser (GRS ‘16) published a study assessing how effectively two different practices—mindfulness and “present-moment joy”—help worriers. Read more.

Cleveland 19 News
Peter Whiting, professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, discusses the negative impact of climate change on water quality in the Cleveland region. Read more.

Henry Adams, the Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History, comments on artist Andrew Wyeth on the occasion of a major exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Penn. Read more.

Development News

Maltz Performing Arts Center Update


Since the opening of the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center (MPAC) in 2015 with the Violins of Hope concert, 35,000 attendees and performers have passed through its bronze-studded front doors. MPAC’s magnificently renovated Silver Hall has already provided rehearsal and performance space to more than 800 music students in its first 18 months. Student performances are quickly making MPAC a destination spot for community access to the sounds of classical, jazz and gospel music. Simultaneously, MPAC has become a home for the exchange of thoughtful and diverse ideas by housing both the Think Forum lecture series and the William M. Skirball Writers Center Stage series. All of this activity is the result of the completion of Phase 1 of the Maltz Center project: the magnificent renovation of Silver Hall.

As the anchor institution for CWRU’s West Campus, this historic landmark has begun preparations for Phase 2, which will include new facilities for the college’s theater and music departments. Plans include rehearsal studios, practice rooms, and costume and scene shops. The marriage of art and technology will foster in-depth experiential learning for students and contribute to the university’s overall academic environment.

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Upcoming Events

July 10
College of Arts and Sciences
Science Café Cleveland

July 12
Institute for the Science of Origins
LUHD – Origins of Life with Nita Sahai

July 17-19
Skeletal Research Center
The Business of Regenerative Medicine: Leadership, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

July 20
Institute for the Science of Origins
Art & Science at the Happy Dog: “Illusion vs. Reality”

July 25
Institute for the Science of Origins
Darin Croft on Evolution at the Happy Dog

August 14-16
Skeletal Research Center
Adult Stem Cell Therapy & Regenerative Medicine Conference

August 20
Dittrick Medical History Center
Mixer: Garfield Monument Tour, Concert and Picnic at Lake View Cemetery


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