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Cigarillos use to smoke marijuana leads to tobacco exposure

Daria Ryabogin, Copy Editor December 7, 2017

The issue of smoking on college campuses has seen much debate. According to the activist group Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, 1,137 college campuses in the United States are currently tobacco-free....

Leaving lab research for the classroom

Lyndsey Cole, News Editor November 17, 2017

Professor Rekha Srinivasan, better known by her students as Dr. Sri, has been teaching at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) since 2005. She is the James Stephen Swinehart, Ph.D. Professional Teaching...

Why onions make us cry

Kevin Smith, Executive Editor November 2, 2017

Research from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has provided further insight into why onions make us cry. A group of researchers from CWRU and Cornell University studied its structure...

Fourth-year student investigates relationship between nutrition and vocal health

Maeve Salm, Staff Reporter October 6, 2017

Sarah Perlin, a fourth-year music and nutrition major, recently began brainstorming ideas for her capstone project. To accommodate her broad academic interests, she decided on exploring the relationship...

Engineering professor receives award for ALD research

Maeve Salm, Staff Reporter September 22, 2017

Dr. Chris Yingchun Yuan, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Case Western Reserve University, recently received the first place award in the Reusable Abstractions of Manufacturing...

CWRU professors weigh in on Trump

Srivatsan Uchani, Staff Reporter February 10, 2017

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...

In a talk, Professor Harsh Mathur explained how to use the knot theory to discover 200,000 ways to tie a tie.

200,000 ways to tie a tie

Chris Nguyen, Staff Reporter September 23, 2016

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...

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

Sruthi Meka, Staff Reporter April 22, 2016

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...


Junior Paige Hughes was drawn to fair trade-focused research by an interest in social justice.

Student researches impacts of fairtrade bananas

Sruthi Meka, Staff Reporter September 18, 2015

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...

A drug as a tool

A drug as a tool

Kushagra Gupta, Staff Reporter January 30, 2015

A traveler of the world, Dr. Youwei Zhang studied pharmacology in China, then Japan and finally the United States. As a child, he grew up in the countryside and was ripe with curiosity. He remembers that...

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