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Student researches impacts of fairtrade bananas

Student researches impacts of fairtrade bananas

Sruthi Meka, Staff Reporter
September 18, 2015
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Case Western Reserve University third-year student Paige Hughes has always liked bananas. In the InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF) she found an organization that combined her passions for bananas and social justice. The mission of IRTF, a Cleveland-based non-profit organization t...

From the White House to his own lab in Glennan’s basement

From the White House to his own lab in Glennan’s basement

Kushagra Gupta, Opinion Editor
August 21, 2015
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To shake the president’s hand is an honor that few receive. Earlier this year, senior Felipe Gómez del Campo found himself standing in the White House waiting to have that very rare and daunting meeting. He had been selected, along with four others, to visit the president’s home and be part of a...

Malaria: the story of a mother and her child

Kushagra Gupta, Opinion Editor
April 24, 2015
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When most students get out of their last class of the day, the last thing they want to do is spend eight hours in a laboratory. In contrast, Junior Arun Murugesan does this not because he has to, but rather by choice. However, finding the time for this is no easy task. Murugesan is currently balancing...

On the bubble

Kushagra Gupta, Staff Reporter
April 17, 2015
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Unlike many students, biomedical engineering major Pavan Kota didn’t have an epiphany senior year of high school or late in college about his future career plans. A junior now, Kota realized his discipline of interest the summer before he joined Case Western Reserve University. He had been interested...

Grow your own virus

Grow your own virus

Kushagra Gupta, Staff Reporter
April 10, 2015
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Somewhere in the University Hospitals Case Medical Center is a room that contains a group of large refrigerators. These are specialized refrigerators called incubators. They carefully control the humidity, temperature and makeup of the air inside them. If any of the controls falter, an alarm blares....

Senior nursing student investigates how transport may affect patient health

Senior nursing student investigates how transport may affect patient health

Kushagra Gupta, Staff Reporter
April 3, 2015
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Only a few students on campus spend 12 hours working in a surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU), but that’s what senior nursing major Katie Broderick does at the Cleveland Clinic three times a week. From 7 a.m.-7 p.m. she monitors patients recovering immediately after surgery. “It’s an exciting...

The search for cancer-fighting drugs and the discovery of a senior’s passion

The search for cancer-fighting drugs and the discovery of a senior’s passion

Kushagra Gupta, Staff Reporter
March 27, 2015
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Just like many first-year students, senior Jessica Lin was not sure what she wanted to do when she arrived on campus. Four years later, she has found her passion in medicine. This past summer, Lin worked in a neuroscience cancer lab in the medical school studying the effects of a library of drugs...

How researchers can take advantage of television broadcasts

How researchers can take advantage of television broadcasts

Kushagra Gupta, Staff Reporter
March 20, 2015
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Mark Turner is brimming with confidence, wearing a black hat that wouldn’t have trouble finding its way in academia. He is a kind soul, with a keen interest in the person sitting across from him, not the computer in front of him. Turner is the type to offer to buy coffee as if it’s a right, not simply...

Viruses and the science of smell

Kushagra Gupta, Staff Reporter
February 27, 2015
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Junior Kavya Pai isn’t your typical neuroscientist. Her concern isn’t just with neurons; it’s with a mix of two unlikely candidates: viruses and smell. Over the summer, Pai studied the islands of Calleja (IC) in mice, an area in the brain which is typically involved with smell. What she found,...

Junior designs process to help automate cell imaging

Kushagra Gupta, Staff Reporter
February 13, 2015
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Junior Dana Jeter always wondered why the little antenna that sticks out of a satellite dish is placed where it is. The answer is what got her interested in mathematics during a calculus class in high school. “It’s the basis for all science,” she said. “I didn’t know where I wanted to...

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