The Observer

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. However, a cultural shift has occurred tobacco use to marijuana use, and several researchers at ...

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 Fellow in Chemistry and a senior instructor in the department. Her research focuses on the ways...

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 and figured out how it works to cause tears in their new study published in the ACS Chemical Biolog...

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 between nutrition, or wellness, and vocal health. Currently, Perlin is completing her literary rese...

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 Processes competition facilitated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, th...

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 elections in recent memory, many people who had hoped for a respite from political bickering with t...

200,000 ways to tie a tie

In a talk, Professor Harsh Mathur explained how to use the knot theory to discover 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 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

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...

Student researches impacts of fairtrade bananas

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

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 for bananas and social justice. The mission of IRTF, a Cleveland-based non-profit organization t...

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 exploring the world was one of his favorite pastimes. It taught him how to confront a new environment...

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