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Graduate Education Office (GEO) Newsletter

June 9, 2021
in this issue: 

1. BGSO Announcements 
2. Volunteers Needed for Vaccines

3. CWRU / CCF Clinical Scribing Partnership is Now Accepting Applications
4. Forge Biologics Virtual Recruiting Event - June 15th
5. Virtual Graduate Student Award Ceremony! 7:00pm Wednesday June 9
6. Leading Experts Discuss Global Efforts to Combat AMR
7. Upcoming Seminars


BGSO Announcements


2021-2022 BGSO Executive Board
Congratulations to the new BGSO Executive board:
President – Alyssa Hubal
Vice President – NaShea Kendrick
Secretary – Kristi Lin
Treasurer – Farrah Gao
Social Chair – Adaku Onwuka
Recruitment Chair – Sarah Nock
Communications Chair – Nisha Kamath


Upcoming Events & Announcements

Volunteers Needed for Vaccines

Volunteers are again needed to help work at the on-campus vaccine site and volunteers must be available for the entire shift time. 
To learn more about CWRU's vaccine site, please visit

  • Sat, June 12  10:30am - 1pm
  • Mon, June 14  3:30 - 6pm
  • Weds, June 16  9:30am - 1pm

 CWRU / CCF Clinical Scribing Partnership
CWRU / CCF Clinical Scribing Partnership is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Academic Year! This program is a supplement to your program’s curriculum designed to give students exposure to hospital-based outpatient clinical workflows, documentation and other educational opportunities – acting as a Medical Scribe in clinic with a Physician Mentor. Students complete 16-24 hours per week of scribing and medical observation with their assigned clinical preceptor in clinic. In their additional time, students work part time positions at the clinic, participate in research, and have access to other various education opportunities available at CCF. Students receive MD / DO Committee Letters of recommendation and a clinical competency certificate of completion at the end of the program. Tuition for the program is $750. Questions can be sent to Program Director Anthony Mandela at
Application Deadline: July 15th
Click here to access the application link.

Forge Biologics Virtual Recruiting Event
Forge Biologics is hiring!  Whether you’re a recent graduate or a seasoned pro considering a change, we are extending an invitation for a virtual recruiting event on June 15th from 7-8pm EST. 

During this broadcast, you can expect a behind the scenes look at what life at Forge Biologics is like. We’ll share some cool videos and have candid conversations with key members of our Forge family.

For more information on Forge Biologics, please check out their website and LinkedIn page.
Click here for event details and registration.

Virtual Graduate Student Award Ceremony
It's time to celebrate our amazing students and their continued outstanding work on campus, around Cleveland, and beyond throughout this historic year! To honor our students, the School of Graduate Studies will again hold our annual Graduate Award Ceremony as a virtual celebration you can stream at your convenience from anywhere in the world!!

Nearly 100 students are being honored by awards from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, the School of Medicine, and the School of Graduate Studies, presented by faculty from each school. We will also honor this year's winners for the prestigious John S. Diekhoff Awards to Faculty for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring with comments from the student led selection committee.

Please join us this Wednesday, June 9 at 7:00pm EDT (11:00pm GMT) when the 2021 Graduate Student Awards Ceremony will be broadcasted on the University's Livestream site (Channel S1) and cheer all of our incredible students! Please feel free to share with any friends, families, or colleagues who may wish to join us.

Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences Webinars

Join the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences for their upcoming webinars.  They are integrated within one of the nation’s top-ranked schools of medicine, putting us at the center of change in how clinical and research teams are trained. We invite you to explore our programs and get to know our faculty, who are nationally and internationally recognized. While we come from many walks of life and academic backgrounds, we share a commitment to cultivating the next generation of health leaders and scientists to ask challenging questions and apply leading-edge approaches to solve the most difficult problems in biomedical research.  Click here for more details.

Leading Experts Discuss Global Efforts to Combat AMR

AMR remains a global public health concern, and it’ll take scientists from around the world to combat it. At World Microbe Forum, join experts Pilar Ramon-Pardo, M.D., Ph.D., Kitty Van Weezenbeek, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, Francesca Latronico, Ph.D., and Maria Mesplet, Ph.D., MBiotech, CES as they weigh in on the current epidemiology and drivers of AMR and the role surveillance plays in tracking AMR pathogens. Plus, there’s so much new science to explore – from nearly 4,000 abstracts covering new research to 500+ cutting-edge scientific sessions with content curated just for you in 8 ASM tracks and 7 FEMS topics – this groundbreaking meeting will cover the full spectrum of microbiology from global perspectives. Register now and save with low registration rates.

Leadership and Professional Development Skills for

Biomedical Sciences
MGRD 425

What does it take to be a leader in Biomedical Sciences?  This course is designed to give graduate students in the biomedical and health sciences an opportunity to reflect on their professional skills and develop skills in the area of leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, creativity and problem solving.  This course that will be offered from 08/23-12/03/2021.  If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Thompson.
CWRU Resources Available to Students
We all need a little help sometimes.  If you find yourself in need of assistance, here are some resources available to students from CWRU:
Source: Katie Gaffen, Department of Nutrition

New Virtual Mental Health Option for CWRU Students—
Wherever They Are

CWRU has announced a new initiative to help ensure that students living outside of Ohio can access mental health care during these trying times called CWRU Care. CWRU Care is a 24/7 mental telehealth care service that undergraduate, graduate and professional students can access from wherever they are.
Through CWRU Care, students can access two kinds of appointments: TalkNow Visits, which are available 24/7 and provide immediate support, and Scheduled Visits, which is a scheduled option for students to speak to a licensed counselor based on their needs and schedule. International students will only be able to use the 24/7 TalkNow visits, and not the scheduled option.

For more information about the program or to make an appointment, please visit

Upcoming Seminars

Monday, June 14th

Neurosciences Seminar
Carlos Manlio Diaz Garcia, PhD
Department of Neurobiology
Harvard Medical School

"Defining the cellular metabolic responses to brain activity using fluorescent biosensors"
11a Zoom

Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

Paulina Getsy
Physiology & Biophysics Dissertation Defense
Wednesday, June 11th
"Ventilatory Responses after Loss of Chemoafferent or Sympathetic Inputs to Respiratory-Control Structures
Lucas Osborn
Molecular Medicine Dissertation Defense
Tuesday, June 15th
"The Microbial Metabolism of Dietary Input in Cardiometabolic Disease Pathogenesis
Kristen Gelenitis
Biomedical Engineering Dissertation Defense
Monday, June 21st
"Selective Neural Stimulation Prolongs Muscle Output, Improves Exercise Performance After Paralysis
Hannah Swahn
Genetics & Genome Sciences Dissertation Defense
Monday, June 21st
"Role of Epithelial-Selective ETS Factors Mapping to CHR11P13 in Human Airway Epithelial Health
Yehe Liu
Biomedical Engineering Dissertation Defense
Tuesday, June 22nd
"System and Process Optimization for Biomedical Optical Imaging
Katie E Sears
Molecular Medicine Dissertation Defense
Tuesday, June 22nd
"Controlling Neural Territory Patterning from Pluripotency Using a Systems Developmental Biology Approach
Anahita Daruwalla
Pharmacology Dissertation Defense
Friday, June 25th
"Understanding Carotenoid and Retinoid Biochemical Diversity Using Novel Archaeal and Eukaryotic Model Systems
Neel Patel
Systems Biology & Bioinformatics Dissertation Defense
Friday, July 2nd
"Characterizing Global Regulatory Patterns of Transcription Factors on a Systems-Wide Scale Using Multi-Omics Datasets and Machine Learning

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