From influential guests on campus to research breakthroughs, 2019 was full of headlines at Case Western Reserve University. As we look forward to a new year, we wanted to take the time to look back at what happened at Case Western Reserve.
Cassandra Burke Robertson, the John Deaver Drinko – BakerHostetler Professor of Law and director of the Center for Professional Ethics, described the increasing use of denaturalization to take away citizenship from naturalized citizens, at times without the individual even knowing. She co-authored a piece on the topic that appeared in New York University Law Review.
Case Western Reserve had a strong presence at CES, an event that brings together some of the top players in technology and innovation. CWRU’s representatives included students showcasing their startups, Sears think[box], Interactive Commons and more.
This year’s Faculty Distinguished Research Awards went to Jill S. Barnholtz-Sloan, the Sally S. Morley Designated Professor in Brain Tumor Research; Gary Galbraith, professor of dance; Jonathan L. Haines, the Mary W. Sheldon MD Professor of Genomic Sciences; Roger Quinn, the Arthur P. Armington Professor of Engineering; and Jagdip Singh, the AT&T Professor of Marketing.
For the eighth straight year, Case Western Reserve University was among INSIGHT Into Diversity’s honorees for the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which recognizes institutions that have shown a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Now seniors, William “Sam” Nutt, a biochemistry and Chinese major, and Christine Smothers, a nursing student, received the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, which recognizes sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated a potential for careers in mathematics, engineering or the natural sciences.
The Health Education Campus’s centerpiece—the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion—opened in April, bringing together the university’s medical, nursing, dental medicine and physician assistant students, including those at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.
Yohannes Haile-Selassie, an adjunct professor and curator at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, was part of a research team that discovered a fossil from an early human ancestor. Beverly Saylor, a professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, was part of the team that determined the fossil’s age. Their work was the focus of two papers published in Nature.
The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University selected LeVar Burton for the 2019 Inamori Ethics Prize. Burton is known for his roles on Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: The Next Generation and has demonstrated dedication to children’s literacy and AIDS research.
Working with the School of Dental Medicine, Aviva Vincent, an instructor and researcher at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, examined how certified therapy dogs may help reduce fear in children at the dentist.
Dominique Durand, the Elmer Lincoln Lindseth Professor in Biomedical Engineering and director of the Neural Engineering Center at the Case School of Engineering, led research on what is believed to be a new form of communication in the brain.
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*This list does not include obituaries of the faculty, staff and students who passed away during 2019.