The Observer

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

Senior Jessica Lin studied how a drug designed to lower blood cholesterol can reduce tumor growth.

Kushagra Gupta, Staff Reporter

March 27, 2015

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

Mark Turner's Red Hen lab is used by researchers all around the world to do research on a variety of linguistic and media related topics.

Kushagra Gupta, Staff Reporter

March 20, 2015

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...

Colleges Against Cancer looking for submissions for April 3 research fair

Gabrielle Buffington, Staff Reporter

March 20, 2015

On April 3, Case Western Reserve University will be hosting its first ever Cancer Research Fair, run by Colleges Against Cancer (CAC). The event, which runs from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Thwing Center Ballroom, will showcase students who are currently doing research on different cancer types with poster displays. CAC...

Viruses and the science of smell

Kushagra Gupta, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2015

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

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...

Student designs research program on obesity interventions in urban youth

Kushagra Gupta, Staff Reporter

February 5, 2015

The weekend is always a great time to relax, but few students spend theirs as Precious Amoako does: dancing. As the president of the African Students Association (ASA), she has the privilege of planning the organization’s annual Culture Show, featuring dancing and plays on Apr. 11. Currently, she spends...

Professor develops exercise pamphlets to help patients with MS

Assistant Professor Matthew Plow's new pamphlet is modified to help patients with multiple sclerosis manage fatigue through exercise.

Aneeka Ayyar, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2015

Matthew Plow, assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University, has implemented a new exercise plan that he hopes will help people suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a degenerative disease that currently has no cure, although a lot of research has been done to find ways to slow it...

Colon cancer: Two different tumor worlds

Dr. Sanford Markowitz

Kushagra Gupta, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2015

In his youth, Dr. Sanford Markowitz loved science. In college, his majors were chemistry and physics, and it was the latter he thought he would continue to study. As an upperclassman, however, Markowitz decided that medicine called to him. Now, he exclusively focuses on colon cancer as a doctor and researcher. Markowitz...

New study focuses on the oft-ignored “T” in LGBT

Psychology professor Amy Przeworski and graduate student Jennifer Birnkrant created a survey that is looking to learn more about the experiences of transgender children and their parents.

Aquene Kimmel, Opinions Editor

January 23, 2015

The recent death of 17-year-old transgender girl Leelah Alcorn brought attention to the need for greater acceptance and support of transgender people. How to accomplish that support, though, remains unclear. A new study through the Case Western Reserve University psychology department aims to change...

Professor writes about reform in juvenile justice initiatives

Alexander Wheaton, Staff Reporter

January 16, 2015

Are there better ways than jail to reform juvenile criminal offenders? That is what Gabriella Celeste, professor in the Schubert Center for Child Studies, examines in her new brief, “Getting it Right: Realigning Juvenile Corrections in Ohio to Reinvest in What Works,” which sheds light on the state’s...

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