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art/sci update June 2017


Commencement 2017


 Congratulations to the Case Western Reserve University class of 2017! Commencement ceremonies took place May 21 and featured civil rights icon Fred Gray, LAW ’54, HON ’92, who urged the graduates, including 500+ new alumni from the College of Arts and Sciences, to use their degrees to “do the right thing.” Watch the highlights here.



Faculty members receive teaching and mentoring awards

Congratulations to the five members of the college’s faculty who were honored this spring as outstanding teachers and mentors.

Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
Richard Drushel, senior instructor, Department of Biology

John S. Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching
Erin Benay, assistant professor, Department of Art History and Art
John S. Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring
Catherine Scallen, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities; associate professor, Department of Art History and Art

Richard A. Bloom, MD, Award for Teaching Excellence in the SAGES Program
Michael Householder, associate director, SAGES

Jessica Melton Perry Award for Distinguished Teaching in Disciplinary & Professional Writing
Vanessa Hildebrand, assistant professor, Department of Anthropology



Robert Spadoni named Armington Professor


Robert Spadoni, associate professor in the Department of English, has been named the Armington Professor for 2017-19. A specialist in film studies, Spadoni was the subject of a recent profile in art/sci magazine. Read more.



Grammy Foundation grant awarded to study parent-child musical relationships

Lisa Koops, associate professor in the Department of Music and a specialist in music education, will be studying parent-child musical activities, such as singing together in the car, thanks to a grant from the Grammy Foundation. She will document eight Cleveland-area families to see how their musical practices, beliefs and perceptions influence the early development of their children. Read more.




Tulibona Namulemo 

Tulibona “Tuli” Namulemo found her passion for nutrition early in her college career. A member of the Student Dietetic Association, she taught nutrition to high school students for her senior capstone project. Now a graduate, Tuli is channeling that passion to work as a dietitian and personal trainer.
Read more.


Read art/sci magazine 

The Spring/Summer 2017 issue of art/sci magazine is now available online! The issue highlights the recently enhanced partnership between the college’s art history department and the Cleveland Museum of Art; breakthroughs in photochemistry by Associate Professor Carlos Crespo-Hernández; historian Jonathan Sadowsky’s exploration of a medical controversy; and ideas to promote dancer wellness by recent graduate Christina Coppel. Read more.


Art/Sci Grad Party

Congratulations to the class of 2017! The College of Arts and Sciences hosted a celebration for its graduating students, both undergraduate and graduate, at ABC the Tavern Uptown. View the event pictures here.


Media Mentions

Chemistry World
Emily Pentzer, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, and her research group have developed a new chemical approach to data storage. Read more.

The Gerontologist
Sociology professors, Eva Kahana and Kaitlyn Barnes-Langendoerfer, examine important public interest and policy implications of ageism in academia in their forthcoming article, Beyond Ageist Attitudes: Researchers Call for NIH Action to Limit Funding for Older Academics. Read more.

Thrity Umrigar, the Armington Professor in the Department of English, was interviewed on her new novel entitled Everybody’s Son. Read more.


Development News

Day of Giving

Join us for CWRU’s fifth annual Day of Giving on Wednesday, June 14. For 24 hours, alumni and friends will come together to support and celebrate the university. If you’d like to get involved as an advocate and help spread the word that day, please contact the development office at 216.368.5006 or email

Support the college’s annual fundraising campaign 

There is still time to make an impact before the end of the fiscal year on June 30. If you are celebrating a milestone reunion this year, consider making your gift in honor of your reunion to be counted among your classmates in the Reunion Giving Challenge.

Make a Gift



Upcoming Events

June 14
Social Justice Institute
Measuring World Peace: Michelle Breslauer and the Global Peace Index

June 16
Skeletal Research Center
Cancer Stem Cell Retreat

June 21
Dittrick Medical History Center
Herbal Powers! The History of Kitchen Medicine

June 21
Social Justice Institute
Exact Change

June 27
Institute for the Science of Origins
Glenn Starkman on Dark Matter at Life, the Universe and Hot Dogs

June 30
Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities
Emergent Universe Oratorio


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