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CWRU professors weigh in on Trump

Srivatsan Uchani, Staff Reporter
February 10, 2017
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Accompanying Donald Trump’s rise to power has been a surge in terms like “fascism” and “nazism” on social media by his critics. After one of the most polarizing and controversial presidential elections in recent memory, many people who had hoped for a respite from political bickering with t...

200,000 ways to tie a tie

200,000 ways to tie a tie

Chris Nguyen, Staff Reporter
September 23, 2016
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The marriage of art and science is not a novel concept; yet whenever such a companionship arises, it never fails to amaze people how beauty can arise from intensive study. Harsh Mathur, a professor in the Department of Physics for 20 years, brings together these two fields in an interdisciplinary union. ...

Student working on cancer biology uses cellular pathways to study tumor suppression

Sruthi Meka, Staff Reporter
April 22, 2016
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According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed type of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death for men in America. In the laboratory run by Robert Silverman in the Department of Cancer Biology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research I...

Deconstructing spinal cord injury to understand potential cures

Sruthi Meka, Staff Writer
April 8, 2016
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When asked which function they would like to regain, many individuals with spinal cord injuries say that they would like to regain the ability to have sex, with their desire to restore bladder function coming in as a close second. “That’s something I guess I wouldn’t understand as someone who...

Recycling as a journey, a student’s career

Recycling as a journey, a student’s career

Kushagra Gupta, Opinion Editor
April 1, 2016
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Fourth-year student John Brogan found his passion while being hassled as he canvassed for a door-to-door environmental campaign. As he collected signatures, fundraised and encouraged some less-than-enthused constituents to write to politicians, he had to think hard about how to get his message across...

Professor studies health disparities among minority men

Sruthi Meka, Staff Reporter
February 26, 2016
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African American men have the highest incidence rate of both prostate cancer and colorectal cancer. African American men also tend to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer at a younger age than any other population. Understanding the relationship...

Gravitational waves discovery creates opportunity for further study

Christopher Gittings, Staff Reporter
February 19, 2016
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On Feb. 11, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) made a historic announcement at the National Science Foundation. For the first time ever, humans have managed to detect the the presence of gravitational waves, reinforcing the principles of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity...

Researcher takes on falsified medicine and supplements

Jeniece Montellano, Social Media Editor
February 19, 2016
Filed under Headlines, News, Spotlight On: Research

Back in 2008, there was a big public health scam in China. Manufacturers were selling infant formula with the compound melamine in it to mask the fact that they were watering down the formula to save money and maximize profit. Melamine increases the nitrogen content, making it appear as if the fo...

Researcher studies benefits of “kangaroo care” in newborns

Sruthi Meka, Staff Writer
February 12, 2016
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For Susan Ludington, the Carl W. and Margaret Davis Walter Professor of Pediatric Nursing, the bond between mother and infant is something spectacular to witness. Kangaroo care, the primary subject of Ludington’s research, is a method of care that can help facilitate the bond between mother and...

A fly on the wall

Sruthi Meka, Staff Reporter
February 5, 2016
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As a neuroscientist with an established interest in entomology, Assistant Professor of Biology Jessica Fox wields a distinctive approach to research. Her laboratory's current work involves using insect flight as a model for how sensory systems process information, which holds broader implications for...

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