The Observer

Researchers use spice to fight cancer

Kushagra Gupta, Staff Reporter

December 5, 2014

Dr. Afshin Dowlati, professor of medicine in hematology and oncology at the CWRU School of Medicine, recently published a paper with several collegeaus that showed circumin, an ingredient in the spice turmeric, killed cells of the cancer mesothelioma. He first found that hyperactivation of STAT3,...

International health professor named one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014

International health professor named one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014

Adithi Iyengar, Staff Reporter

December 5, 2014

Case Western Reserve University’s own Brian T. Grimberg, assistant professor of international health, was recently named one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014 in Foreign Policy magazine. Grimberg was honored for his groundbreaking work on early malaria detection. “We have a real chance...

Researcher spends nine months working in maximum security prison

Researcher spends nine months working in maximum security prison

Mark Patteson, Staff Reporter

November 21, 2014

A co-worker once told Joseph Galanek, “No one ever plans to come work in a penitentiary. It just happens.” Coming out of college with a degree in psychology and a keen interest in abnormal psychology, Galanek found himself working as a mental health specialist for a county jail in Florida. “It...

Dark matter may be bigger than we thought

Kevin Wang, Staff Reporter

November 21, 2014

Case Western Reserve University researchers are hoping to unravel the mystery of dark matter. Physics Professor Glenn Starkman and recently graduated doctoral student David Jacobs theorize that dark matter, the hypothetical matter used to help explain gravity, is macroscopic and can be constructed using...

Researcher uses a plant grown vaccine to help fight breast cancer

Kushagra Gupta, Staff Reporter

November 14, 2014

At fifteen, Dr. Nicole Steinmetz was at an international figure skating competition in Columbia, thousands of miles away from her home in Germany. So far out of her comfort zone, Steinmetz had to learn to be independent at an earlier age than most. She believes that this helped to give her the self-reliance...

CWRU appoints bioethics professor as new Vice President of Research

CWRU appoints bioethics professor as new Vice President of Research

John Brogan, Staff Reporter

November 14, 2014

Suzanne Rivera, an assistant professor of bioethics, was recently promoted to the vice president of research. Effective this month, she will support all of the research and scholarly activities happening on campus. “I’ll be working closely with all the deans to better understand their specific...

Researcher finds LGBT patients face discrimination at the dentist

Researcher finds LGBT patients face discrimination at the dentist

Alexander Wheaton, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2014

William Jacobson, a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, recently published a study showing that members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender community face financial barriers and discrimination at the dentist. Jacobson’s study was inspired by his...

How hand movements will get you through organic chemistry

John Brogan, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2014

Sometimes, a simple hand movement can say more than words. Case Western Reserve University cognitive science Professor Fey Parrill has devoted his research work to how gestures like facial expressions and hand movements enhance human communication. She specifically focuses on how people can use gesture...

Assistant professor wins award from National Institute of Health

Assistant professor wins award from National Institute of Health

Adithi Iyengar, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2014

After the National Institute of Health review panel voted unanimously on her research proposal, Rong Xu, assistant professor of medical informatics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, received one of the Director’s New Innovator Awards. Xu is studying the side effects of...

The CWRU ghost researcher

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

October 17, 2014

Michele Hanks went from crying on Disney World’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride, to sitting by “the hanging tree” at Chillingham Castle in England, in the middle of the night. Alone, her eyes and ears covered, she waited like bait. Michele Hanks’s new book “Haunted Heritage: The Cultural...

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