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SUMMER 2013 | ISSUE 106

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Department Chair
Mary D. Barkley

Associate Chair
John D. Protasiewicz

Managing Editor
Robert C. Dunbar

Production Editor
Brian W. Brauchler

Special thanks to College
of Arts & Sciences staff:

Arthur Evenchik
Karyn Newton
Sarah Robinson
Brian Thornton



The Case Chemist, Issue 106 (pdf)

Summer 2013
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  Mary Barkley, Department Chair


From the Corner Office


Excitement Around Campus

The 2012–2013 academic year had a refreshing air of good things happening around University Circle. In fall 2012, we welcomed the largest, brightest freshman class in university history, 1,371 students. Our classrooms and labs are bursting at the seams. Strosacker, Schmitt, and Ford auditoriums have been upgraded to HD technology-enhanced classrooms for our large lecture courses. The university target for enrollment has settled on an entering class size of 1,250 students. We have started offering more sections of introductory lecture and lab courses to accommodate the enrollment increase. Construction proceeds apace on the new Tinkham Veale University Center, rising in the previous Freiberger Field behind Kelvin Smith Library and Thwing Center on the north campus. The $50 million project addresses long-standing aspirations for a campus center with the scale and style worthy of a major university. The design is aggressively green, and the architecture is striking. You can watch construction in real time at case.edu/universitycenter/webcam.

The new Uptown residential, retail, and cultural district on Euclid Avenue in the heart of University Circle is open for business. Check it out at uptowncleveland.com. This diverse and exciting enclave features a pedestrian mall, grocery store, bookstore, retail shops, restaurants, and upscale apartments. The new Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) at the intersection of Euclid and Mayfield and the adjacent Toby’s Plaza are a stunning, inviting landmark. The Cleveland Institute of Art will be consolidating its campus in Uptown. Meanwhile, Case Western Reserve is partnering with the Cleveland Museum of Art to purchase the Cleveland Institute of Art Gund Building and surrounding property on East Boulevard.

University Financial Update

The $1 billion capital campaign, Forward Thinking, is running far ahead of schedule with about 80 percent attainment, thanks to the incredible generosity of our donors!

The university recently completed a major strategic planning effort to succeed the previous five-year Strategic Plan. See case.edu/strategicplan for information on the process. Two chemistry faculty members (Mike Kenney and I) served on the working groups. Departmental and college strategic planning is ongoing.

BA in Chemical Biology

Our new chemical biology BA degree received final approval from the Ohio Board of Regents in January 2013 and opened for enrollment in spring 2013. So far, 10 students have declared the chemical biology major. The course requirements reflect the department’s vision of what is necessary and exciting for a chemistry-oriented student planning a career in the life sciences. We expect the new major to attract some of our traditional chemistry BA students as well as other biology-oriented students.

A new biochemistry lab course, CHEM 306, was developed for the chemical biology major and taught for the first time in spring 2013. The first and only biochemistry lab offered on campus, this course gives students hands-on experience with modern techniques and equipment for immunoassay, protein purification and analysis, enzyme kinetics, and proteomics, among other topics.

Graduate Programs

Under the leadership of Mike Zagorski, our MS program has received a major face-lift. With increased publicity and strengthened program structure, it has proven popular, with about 12 incoming full-time master’s students enrolled each year.

The Ohio Board of Regents reviews the state’s PhD programs on an eight-year cycle. Our doctoral program was reviewed this year for the first time. Following a comprehensive self-study penned by Tony Pearson, we had an on-campus external review by Professor Joseph Francisco from the Chemistry Department at Purdue University. Dr. Francisco met with groups of faculty, doctoral students, and administrators during his one-day visit. He gave our PhD program a favorable review, while suggesting ways to address national trends in federal funding and employment.

Special Grants

Blanton Tolbert received a grant from the Center for AIDS Research at Case Western Reserve University for biophysical and biochemical studies of HIV transcription.

Carlos Crespo received an ACS Project SEED grant for work with economically disadvantaged high school students. Six students from the Cleveland area spent eight weeks doing chemistry experiments in our labs; two of these students were back for a second summer.

Carlos Crespo received a CSURM Fellowship for the 2013 Photochemistry Gordon Research Conference.

Graduate student Katie Doud in Greg Tochtrop’s group was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) fellowship.

Comings & Goings

  Raul Juarez

  Richard West

The newest addition to our faculty is Blanton Tolbert, an assistant professor in our research focus area of chemical biology (see A New Face below). We were also very fortunate to appoint two new lecturers to help with the increased enrollment in our introductory courses. Raul Juarez is a fresh PhD from Marvin J. Miller’s group in the chemistry department at the University of Notre Dame. Raul received his BS in food science from the Universidad de las Américas, Puebla (Mexico). Richard West (PhD ‘12) did his PhD in Jim Burgess’ group. Richard received his BS in chemistry from Wayne State University.

Darlene Khalid joined the office staff as a secretary; she worked previously at Cleveland State University. Garnetta Stallworth replaced Angelia Peterson as our accounting clerk. Garnetta came with years of experience in Research Administration at Case Western Reserve University.

John Hays (PhD ‘80), our longtime facilities manager, suffered a severe stroke in September 2012 that left him paralyzed on the left side. Many of you may remember the excellent support he provided for computers and instrumentation during his 28-year service to the department. Kathryn Howard, a research assistant in my group, stepped in to take over his duties.

Mike Kenney, inspired by his strong interest in technological teaching innovations, took a half-time appointment in Information Technology Services. Mike has kept a firm foot (and office) in chemistry, and continues to be a mainstay of undergraduate education in the department.

Rob Dunbar retired as emeritus professor, seen off with a high-class retirement dinner at L’Albatros restaurant. Rob plans to continue his long-distance collaborative research with the FOM Institute in the Netherlands.


Research Spotlight: Blanton Tolbert


Research in Blanton Tolbert’s group focuses on the molecular mechanisms of host-virus interactions, particularly determining 3D structures and developing quantitative models of protein-viral RNA complexes that function in gene expression. In projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, Blanton uses NMR to probe solution structures of RNA molecules from HIV. His group recently published the first high-resolution NMR structure of an HIV RNA that regulates biochemical splicing. The structure suggested how HIV recruits a human protein to a specific genetic locus. The group used calorimetric titrations coupled with mutagenesis to validate the structure. Blanton is also a faculty member of the Center for HIV RNA Studies at the University of Michigan, an integrative team of scientists that aims to advance knowledge of the late-phase replication of HIV RNA. Blanton’s work could lead to the identification of novel therapeutic targets against HIV.


A New Face



  Blanton Tolbert

Blanton S. Tolbert was appointed assistant professor in July 2012. Blanton earned his PhD in biophysics from Rochester University in 2007, where he worked with Ravi Basavappa and Douglas M. Turner. He did postdoctoral work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Associate with Michael F. Summers. In 2009, he was appointed assistant professor in the chemistry department at Miami University. Blanton made a fast start at CWRU with two new NIH grants and help from a postdoc and three graduate students, who also moved from Miami University. See the “Research Spotlight” box for a look at his research interests.


Faculty Honors and Awards


Greg Tochtrop was promoted to associate professor with tenure.

Carlos Crespo was appointed to the Frank Hovorka Assistant Professorship in Chemistry.

Geneviève Sauvé was awarded an American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACSPRF) Doctoral New Investigator grant for synthesis and structurefunction relationship studies of polymers containing core substituted naphthalene diimides.

Last year we were thrilled with the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award to Geneviève Sauvé. This year the outstanding success of our junior faculty was doubly recognized with not one, but two of these highly prized five-year grants.


  Carlos Crespo

Carlos Crespo received a 2013 CAREER Award to test two paradigm-shifting ideas: (1) intramolecular reactions play a larger role than reactive oxygen species in DNA damage and (2) intersystem crossing rates in organic molecules are not always smaller than internal conversion rates. His funded research will have impact on the use of DNA scaffolds as advanced devices, lightharvesting and photonic materials, and templates in photosensitized solar cells.

Anna Samia received a 2013 CAREER Award to develop new composite materials and magnetic imaging technologies to investigate the mechanical and chemical degradation of plastic materials used in artificial joints. Her funded research will mimic how implants age in the body and test how the microstructure of the polymer implant affects its wear properties while it is simultaneously subjected to chemical stress.


2012 Distinguished Alum



  David Fries

David C. Fries, PhD ’70 (Sundaralingam, Post-doc with Fackler). Although unable to attend the Awards Luncheon, he supplied a video capturing his career and philosophy. His original intention of pursuing an academic career was deflected by the attraction of industry, and then venture capital and entrepreneurship. Seventeen years with GE led him on to venture capital activities, and ultimately to running the startup Productivity Solutions. A two-year trial of retirement was unsuccessful, and he is again immersed in chemistry-related entrepreneurial activities. He gave us incisive wisdom about the entrepreneurial world, and reminded us that "it all comes down to family".


Alumni Updates


Paul D. Adams, PhD ’00, was recently promoted with tenure to associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Arkansas- Fayetteville.

Stefanie C. Avsenek, MS ’64, is retired from Lubrizol and living in Mayfield Village.

Robert J. Belner, BS ’46, MS ’48, PhD ’55, retired in ’83, and celebrated 65 years of marriage with Marilyn in August 2012 in Fort Myers, FL, with children and grandchildren attending.

William D. Von Benken, MS ’69, retired from teaching chemistry at Euclid High School in 2010.

Carli A. Carnish, BA ’04, MN ‘11, is currently studying adult gerontology at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Lawrence C. Cerny, BS ’51, MS ’53, and his wife are developing a personalized freeze-dried blood service and are looking for support.

Margaret Sunday Christoph, MS ’49, worked seven years for Standard Oil (Ohio) doing research, and taught chemistry for 40 years. She writes from Elkton, Md.

Brian A. Clamp, MS ’88, is a science instructor at Morningside High School and an adjunct professor of chemistry at Irvine Valley College in California.

Anthony P. D’Addario, PhD ’71, is a part-time consultant and does lab inspections and expert witness testimony in San Diego.

Allen P. Franks, BA ‘59. LLB ’63 is retired in Margate, Fla, as president of IAS Inc. His career activities included director of research at Reichold; chemical sales, Sovereign Chemical Co.; patent attorney, Goodrich; and chemist, PPG Industries.

Karen Friday, BA ’69, MS ’69, MD ’76, moved to California in 1990 to work at Syntex Pharmaceuticals. She was in the U.K. with the development group from 1993-1995 when Roche took over. She was with Roche Bioscience until she left to return to academia as a cardiologist at Stanford School of Medicine, where she remains today.

Robert Howe, BA ’78, remains active as the director of a small medical group in Wilburham, Mass. He also maintains an interest in music performing in a local symphony. His research on the history of the oboe received a 2012 publication award from the American Musical Instrument Society.

Eun Hoo Kim, PhD ’10, has joined the research lab of Nobel Laureate Dr. Ei-Ichi Negishi at Purdue. Eun is working on expanding Zr-mediated chemistry for industrial applications.

Francis M. Logullo Sr., PhD ‘65, is happily retired from DuPont in Hockessin, Del.

Irving Malkin, BS ’54, MS ’60, retired as a manager of electrochemical research from Diamond Shamrock Corp in 1982. He is an emeritus ACS member.

Glenn R. McElhattan, MS ’63, writing from Franklin, Pa, retired in 2007 after 39 years teaching at Clarion University of Pennsylvania (following 9 years at Rocky Grove High School). He was the Clarion University Distinguished Faculty recipient in 1994. He reports that grandson Ben Sturtz is a doctoral student in chemistry.

Ronald R. Oetgen, BA ’60, MS ’62, PhD ’65, has been tutoring chemistry at Roanoke College.

Lee R. Rice, BS ’65, travels to jungles and deserts on fieldwork as vice president of exploration at IBC Advanced Alloys Corp.

Margaret Hall Ridge, MS ’44, is retired and in assisted living in Danvers, Mass.

Page Salenger, BA ’84, is a nephrologist in private practice in upstate New York. He is the Medical Director of Rubin Dialysis Center in Clifton Park and head of the nephrology division at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y.

Lewis J. Schupp, BS ‘52, MS ‘54, PhD ’55, is retired in Kirtland from G.E. (Nela Park), where he was a research chemist for 32 years. He served 31 years on the Kirtland School Board as president.

Allan Z. Schwartzberg, BS ’51, has retired from his role as a clinical psychiatry professor at Georgetown Hospital.

Michelle Shea, BS ’07, is excited that she was accepted to medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical College.

Ken Thompson, PhD ’68, is retired but now teaches photography and leads workshops in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Richard M. Zirkin, BS ’52, MD ’56, is retired as a part-time pathologist in West Broomfield, Mich., and spends his winters in Florida.


In Memoriam


James Gianelos, BS ‘51
Alan Bruce Speigel, MS ‘67
Jackson Wisner, PhD ‘57


Support the Chemistry Department


You can contribute to our success by making a gift to the department. Your gift will allow us to continue to offer opportunities for our students to excel academically and to conduct cutting-edge research. Please give online at giving.case.edu. Thank you.






We want to hear from you!


We are proud of the accomplishments of our faculty, students and alumni. Let us know about job changes, awards, honors and life events. Please email your news and contact information updates to contact-cas@cwru.edu.

Alternatively, you may mail your updates on a letter or postcard. We ask that you please include your name, today's date, your CWRU degree(s) and year(s) (e.g. BS '78), address (city, state), employer, position or title, and the news about yourself.

        
ATTN: Robert C. Dunbar
Department of Chemistry
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH  44106-7078








SPRING 2012 | ISSUE 105

Case Chemist newsletter thumbnail

Department Chair
Mary D. Barkley

Associate Chair
John D. Protasiewicz

Managing Editor
James D. Burgess

Production Editor
Brian W. Brauchler

Special thanks to College
of Arts & Sciences staff:

Arthur Evenchik
Karyn Newton
Sarah Robinson



The Case Chemist, Issue 105 (pdf)

Spring 2012
Adobe Acrobat software is required. The newsletter is designed for print as a 5.5"x8.5" booklet.

Full text available below.








  Mary Barkley, Department Chair


From the Corner Office


Capital Campaign

During Alumni Weekend in October, the university launched a $1 billion fundraising campaign, "Forward Thinking: The Campaign for Case Western Reserve University." Chaired by university trustee Frank Linsalata (CIT '63), this is the university's first capital campaign since 1995. President Barbara Snyder made the announcement at the BlueBash, a campus-wide celebration attended by 3,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. Of particular importance for the College of Arts and Sciences, Dean Cyrus Taylor announced a $20 million pledge from an anonymous donor to create an endowment for the natural sciences. All of the science departments are very grateful for this extraordinary commitment to the college. You can read Dean Taylor's reflections on this transformative gift at http://newartsci.case.edu/magazine/a-message-from-the-dean/.

University Financial Update

President Snyder continues her excellent stewardship of Case Western Reserve with renewed efforts to control costs, increase revenue, and strengthen our core mission – academic excellence. On the revenue side, the university raised $126.2 million in cash and pledges from alumni and friends in fiscal year 2010-11, breaking its all-time record by nearly $3 million and surpassing last year's total by more than $10 million. This exceptional fundraising success is a tribute to the amazing generosity of our alums and friends despite uncertain economic times. We thank you for your continuing investment in the university and in the Department of Chemistry.

Vice President for Research

Robert Miller, a renowned professor of Neurosciences and Vice Dean of Research in the School of Medicine, was appointed Vice President for Research. Although common at research universities, the VP for Research is a new position at Case Western Reserve. A priority for this position is to facilitate the submission of program-level grants with interdisciplinary teams drawn from multiple units of the university as well as from other institutions. Given the increasing tendency of funding agencies to support multi-investigator grants rather than traditional individual investigator grants, Bob Miller's leadership is a real benefit to our faculty. You can read more about Bob in The Daily at http://cwru-daily.com/news/?p=3033.

Chemical Biology Major

This past spring, our Undergraduate Affairs Committee, chaired by Mike Kenney, hammered out the details of our new BA degree in Chemical Biology. It is currently wending its way through the various university committees and will ultimately be submitted for approval by the Ohio Board of Regents. Although it is not official yet, I can give you a sneak preview of the new curriculum: In addition to one-year introductory chemistry, physics, and biology courses, chemical biology majors will take one-semester foundational courses and labs in organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry. Our new chemical biology lab will be the first biochemistry lab course offered at the university, and we expect that many biochemistry majors as well as our chemical biology majors will enroll in it. The new one-semester foundational courses align us more closely with American Chemical Society guidelines for the undergraduate major. Chemical biology majors will also take two advanced chemistry courses as electives.

Safe and Sustainable Chemistry

You may have heard through the news about serious accidents in chemistry laboratories at other research universities. These incidents, while rare, are a wake-up call to everyone who teaches and works in labs and prompted us to renew the focus on safety. We formed a departmental safety committee that inspects all of our research and teaching labs several times per year and makes suggestions for improvement. Greg Tochtrop is working with the Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety on campus to adapt the Department of Energy guidelines for safe handling of high-energy compounds for our labs.

Special Grants

Through the Provost's Interdisciplinary Alliance Investment Grants program, Anna Samia received funding from the Institute of Advanced Materials (IAM@Case) for image-guided biomaterials development. In addition, Adriana Popa, a second-year graduate student in Anna's research group, was awarded a NASA Fellowship.

Carlos Crespo received an American Chemical Society Project SEED grant for summer research internshipsfor economically disadvantaged high school students. Three high school students from the Cleveland area spent eight weeks doing chemistry experiments in our labs. The College of Arts and Sciences provided matching funds in support of their research.

Comings/Goings

Tom Robilotto (PhD '10) departed at the end of the summer term to begin postdoctoral studies at Georgia Tech with Joseph Sadighi. Stephanie Ohtola (CWR '10) joined the office staff as a department assistant and continues the tradition of providing outstanding service to faculty, staff, students, and visitors.


Faculty Spotlight: John Protasiewicz


In his project "Conjugated Inorganic-Organic Materials Possessing Unique Electronic and Optical Properties," recently funded by the Chemical Synthesis Program of NSF's Chemistry Division, John D. Protasiewicz is exploring the development of new types of conjugated molecules and polymers. Some types of these technologically important materials, most of them based solely on arrays of carbon-carbon double or triple bonds, have been known for some time. This project seeks to expand the range of conjugated materials to include other double bonds, especially those involving the Group-15 elements phosphorus, arsenic, antimony, and bismuth. In addition to developing new synthetic methods to achieve these materials, John's lab will undertake photochemical studies, often in collaboration with former colleague M. Cather Simpson (now at the University of New Zealand, Auckland) to explore their properties. While contributing to the basic understanding of conjugated materials chemistry, this project will also have significant impacts on fields and applications such as sensor technology, organic light-emitting diodes, solar photovoltaics, molecular electronics, and other areas where energy (in the form of light or electricity) meets molecules and polymers.


Faculty Honors and Awards


Greg Tochtrop was appointed to the Frank Hovorka Assistant Professorship in Chemistry.


  Geneviève Sauvé

Geneviève Sauvé received a prestigious 2012 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for her work on developing n-type low bandgap conjugated macromolecules. Geneviève earned her PhD at the California Institute of Technology, where she worked under Nathan S. Lewis on dye sensitization of nanocrystalline titanium dioxide. She then served as a senior development chemist at PPG Industries in Pittsburgh. In 2002, Geneviève joined Richard D. McCullough's group at Carnegie Mellon University as a postdoctoral fellow and then research associate. She became an assistant professor of chemistry at CWRU in 2009.

Geneviève's research focuses on developing new conjugated polymers with interesting optoelectronic properties for organic solar cell applications. To better evaluate her new materials, she integrates them into solar cells using the shared facilities at the new Materials for Opto/Electronic Research and Education (MORE) Center. Geneviève co-planned the MORE Center with Kenneth Singer in the physics department and contributed a large part of her start-up money towards equipment to make and characterize organic solar cells. To accomplish her research goals, Geneviève actively collaborates with faculty in the Departments of Physics, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. She has also received a 2012 Glennan Fellowship from the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) to develop laboratories for her popular new course, "Solar Energy Conversion," which is offered to both undergraduate and graduate students. Parts of these laboratories will also be adapted for use in our undergraduate laboratories to further expand opportunities for engaging and educating students about solar energy conversion.


2011 Distinguished Alum



  Pauline Ho

Pauline Ho, BA, Flora Stone Mather '69, was the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Alumna Award. Pauline is an accomplished senior executive in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. She was Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Pharmaceuticals Group, with Johnson & Johnson from 2003 to 2010. She retired in 2010 after 41 years of professional life, of which 37 were with J & J. In her award talk, she emphasized the success one can achieve with a good education as a foundation.


Alumni Updates


James W. Altschuld, BA '61, a Professor Emeritus from the Ohio State University, is still writing and editing in a variety of fields. Since retiring he is enjoying time with his wife, sons, and grandchildren.

Jolene Weinstein Appleman, BS '67, recently retired from Pfizer Inc. and is teaching pharmaceutical patent law at Fordham Law School.

Mike Bada, BS '94, is currently a research associate at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where he performs bioinformatics research. His lab focuses on knowledge representation and reasoning, information retrieval and extraction, and natural-language processing.

Michael Bokoch, BA '03, completed his biophysics PhD at Stanford in 2010, with a focus on membrane protein NMR. His thesis work was published in Nature. He has since graduated from medical school and has started residency training in anesthesiology at UC San Francisco.

John Brinkley, PhD '70, retired as Director of Research, Particles Division, at Thermo Fisher Scientific. He is now working as a volunteer in various watershed projects and environmental preservation.

A. Michael Broennle, BA '63, retired as a Senior Anesthesiologist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia after 37 years engaged in clinical practice and in teaching residents and fellows.

Dominick Casadonte, BS '77, recently stepped down after five years as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas Tech.

Paul R. Casner, ADL '71, is still in the Department of Internal Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Services Center in El Paso, TX. He is currently a Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Geriatrics.

Martin Deetz, BA '96, is working in Spring House, PA as an applications development leader for Dow Water & Process Solutions. He is helping to provide clean and sustainable water across the globe.

Virginia Amelia Mramor Erdy, BA '59, is retired. Formerly a chemist for Sohio and a high school chemistry and physics teacher, she also tutored community college students.

Brian P. Gersh, BA '76, visited our department in October. He is a principal consultant for Charles River Associates in Boston, and expressed an interest in talking with students who might consider a career in consulting.

Michael Guttman, MS '68, retired after 38 years of teaching chemistry at Miami-Dade College.

Meredith Earl (Hampton), BS '05, finished her PhD from the Inorganic Division at the University of North Carolina. She accepted a position at Liquidia Technologies working on vaccines research.

James A. Hathaway, BA '55, is retired. He enjoys traveling, and spends part of his winters in Costa Rica. He plays tennis, reads, and tutors students in math and chemistry.

Joseph A. Helpern, BA '77, holds an endowed chair in brain imaging at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he is a Professor of Radiology and Neuroscience, Vice Chairman for Radiology Research, and Director of the Center for Biomedical Imaging. He currently has two NIH grants focused on using MRI to study the biophysics of brain disease, including Alzheimer's Disease and ADHD.

Scott A. Iliff, BA '89, has a dental practice in Amherst, Ohio.

Marjorie Oberlin Kniola, BA '61, retired as Vice President in Information Technology from a large insurance company.

Christ A. Koconis, BS '58, is retired. He plays golf, travels, and volunteers for his local Habitat for Humanity.

Fred J. Kohl, BS '63 (CIT), PhD '68 (CWRU), now serves as NASA Project Manager for the International Space Station (ISS) Life and Physical Sciences research project.

Sarah Langhorst, BA '07, earned her DDS from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and has started a residency in general dentistry in Ann Arbor.

Marianne Lalonde, BS '09, is co-advised by Joe Hupp and Karl Scheidt at the Northwestern University Department of Chemistry. She is studying applications and synthesis of porous materials. Fellow Case alums in her PhD program include Brian Jones, BS '08, Eliza ielazinski, BS '07, Jennifer Clay, BA '10, and Steve Wobser, BS '07.

Syed Mahmood, BS '04, BA '04, MPH '07, MD '10, is now in Internal Medicine at Harvard Medical School's Massachusetts General Hospital. Syed is enjoying Boston but still misses Cleveland.

Tony Masri, BA '03, returned to Cleveland for an internship in internal medicine at Metro Health Center, then joined the University Hospitals neurology residency program. He was the chief neurology resident until June. In July he began a sleep medicine fellowship at Stanford.

John A. Miceli, BA '64, MA '67, PhD '70, retired after 20 years of chemical regulatory responsibility, involving EPA, OSHA, DOT, NRC, and FDA guidelines.

David Mog, BS '64, thoroughly enjoyed his first year of retirement with trips to China, Tibet, New Zealand, and Hawaii. He volunteers as a tour guide for an environmentally-friendly school building. He is looking forward to seeing many classmates at his 50th reunion in 2014.

Amish Pandya, BA '97, recently moved to the Greater Chicago area, where he has a practice in general dentistry.

Philip E. Rakita, BS '66, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Academy of Science & Technology. He continues as Managing Director of Armour Associates, Ltd., and divides his time between western North Carolina and Paris, France.


  Arnold Rheingold
   Source: C&EN

Arnold L. Rheingold, BS '62, MS '63, won the 2012 ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry. Arnold has published an astonishing 2,100 papers on the structures of compounds. Overall he has published papers with 4,200 different coauthors including Nobel Laureates Roald Hoffmann, Richard Schrock and Richard Heck. A faculty member at the University of California, San Diego, Arnold has served as chair of the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry, on the editorial advisory boards of Inorganic Chemistry and Organometallic Chemistry and on the ACS Joint Board-Council Committee on Chemical Abstracts Service.

Emanuel M. Schreiber, BS '76, works in the Genomics and Proteomics Core Laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh, performing protein identifications using nanospray LC/MS.

Joseph T. Snodgrass, BS '80, is an Analytical Development Scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. He works to deliver significant treatment advances to hepatitis C and cystic fibrosis patients.

Henry C. Stevens, MS '50, PhD '51, is chairing the Akron ACS Award and John Crano (PhD '62) Memorial Award committees. He also teaches basic chemistry courses at the University of Akron.

Richard Wanderman, BA '65, has a medical practice and is President of DCT Enterprises. He has also published a book of poetry.

Stephen G. Weber, BA '70, is a Professor of Chemistry and Clinical Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He carries out research with graduates, undergraduates, and postdocs in bioanalytical and materials chemistry. He also spends time playing folk/blues on acoustic guitar and upright bass.


In Memoriam


Charles H. Springer MS '50, PhD '56
Birgit Jacobson MS '58


Support the Chemistry Department


You can contribute to our success by making a gift to the department. Your gift will allow us to continue to offer opportunities for our students to excel academically and to conduct cutting-edge research. Please return your gift in the enclosed envelope or give online at giving.case.edu. Thank you.






We want to hear from you!


We are proud of the accomplishments of our faculty, students and alumni. Let us know about job changes, awards, honors and life events. Please email your news and contact information updates to contact-cas@cwru.edu.

Alternatively, you may mail your updates on a letter or postcard. We ask that you please include your name, today's date, your CWRU degree(s) and year(s) (e.g. BS '78), address (city, state), employer, position or title, and the news about yourself.

        
ATTN: James D. Burgess
Department of Chemistry
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH  44106-7078









WINTER 2010-2011 | ISSUE 104
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Department Chair
Mary D. Barkley

Associate Chair
John D. Protasiewicz

Managing Editor
James D. Burgess

Production Editor
Brian W. Brauchler



The Case Chemist, Issue 104 (pdf)

Winter 2010-2011
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