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Graduate Education Office (GEO) Newsletter

August 4, 2021
in this issue: 

1. GEO Leadership Corner
2. BGSO Announcements
3. BioOhio Forum on Science Policy this Friday

4. Masks Required Indoors Starting Aug. 4
5. COVID-19 Testing in the HEC
6. Genetic Counseling Training Program Fall Virtual Open House
7. BGSS Call for Abstracts
8. Orientation - Grad Studies
9. CBHI Annual Meeting


GEO Leadership Corner


The CWRU School of Medicine is proud to sponsor a new non-credit course entitled "FDA Regulation in Entrepreneurship and Clinical Research Management".  The goal of this course is to provide a foundational knowledge in and understanding of moving your technology through the FDA approval process.  

The course will include a series of instructors, including both local experts as well as nationally renowned experts in FDA regulation and law.  The course will be held on Tuesdays beginning Sept 14th from 4-5:30 in person in BRB 105 with live streaming available for those unable to attend in person.

Although targeted toward faculty, post-docs and senior staff with a background in science and technology, the course will also be open to graduate/professional students in these areas.  Course cost is $1000 but CWRU and affiliate faculty/staff receive a 50% discount.  A limited number of graduate/professional students will be able to attend the course for free.

If you are interested in participating, and can commit to attending all 10 sessions, please register by Sept 7th via this link.  Space is limited, so register early for the most availability. Click here to download flyer.

Questions can be directed to me.

Cheryl L. Thompson, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Educational Initiatives, School of Medicine
Associate Professor
Department of Nutrition

Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

BGSO Announcements


Graduate Student Council (GSC) 2021 Representative Election

Vote for a nominee to represent the biomedical graduate students in the 2021 Graduate Student Council.  Click here for more details and to vote.  Votes must be submitted by Wednesday, August 26th.



Upcoming Events & Announcements

BioOhio Forum on Science Policy

Friday, August 6th

BioOhio’s Friday Forum Series brings federal & state legislators, policymakers, political insiders, and advocates from all political parties and points of view in discussion with Ohio's bioscience industry through virtual town hall events. Our August 6th Friday Forum welcomes Dr. Lyric Jorgenson, Ph.D., the Acting Associate Director for Science Policy and the Acting Director of the Office of Science Policy at The National Institutes of HealthClick here for more details and to register.
Masks Required Indoors Starting Aug. 4

We write today to announce that all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to campus must wear masks indoors starting Wednesday, Aug. 4. 

As much as we regret the need to resume a health and safety protocol that ended barely a month ago, climbing case counts in Cuyahoga County make this step the only responsible one for our community.

Over the last seven days, the county’s positive cases per 100,000 residents increased by more than a third over the previous week—moving it into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “substantial transmission” category. Four of the six counties contiguous to Cuyahoga also are in this category, which is the second-most severe of the CDC’s four levels.

The CDC recommends that people in areas with substantial or high transmission levels wear masks in public indoor settings (i.e., those not within your own residence). The CDC previously advised that masks should be worn outdoors if 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. As with our previous mask requirement, those who are alone in enclosed indoor spaces may remove their masks.

As disappointing as the recent data is, we also see signs that people in Ohio and the country increasingly recognize the urgency of being vaccinated. On Friday, for example, our state logged 14,826 doses—a figure not seen since late June. And vaccinations nationally have been growing significantly over the past three weeks; yesterday the seven-day average of newly vaccinated people in the U.S. hit its highest level since July 4. 

Finally, a full 92 percent of you have complied with the university’s vaccine verification policy as of this morning—an increase of six percentage points since last Tuesday. This ongoing progress demonstrates our community’s commitment to keeping the campus safe; it also gives us great hope that this mask requirement will be able to be relatively brief.

As always, we will closely monitor COVID-19 developments and public health guidance, and will update you promptly regarding protocols—in particular prior to first-year move-in and the start of the semester. 

We thank you for your patience, perseverance and, most of all, for protecting yourself, your family, and our community.

Eric W. Kaler

Ben Vinson III

COVID-19 Testing in the HEC

As part of Case Western Reserve’s COVID-19 protocols for this academic year, we began baseline entry testing for health sciences students last month in Samson Pavilion. 

All faculty, staff and students are required to participate in three consecutive weeks of baseline surveillance testing for COVID-19. While you do not have to begin that process this week, we wanted to provide the opportunity while testing is available at the HEC. The deadline to complete all three tests is Friday, Sept. 10.

See the schedule for COVID-19 testing on the third floor of Samson (and elsewhere on campus).

You do not need an appointment to be tested, but you should arrive at least 30 minutes before the end of testing on that day. Finally, you should not come to campus if you have COVID-19 symptoms

We are conducting entry testing for three reasons:
  • to identify infected individuals to be able to provide them guidance and support—and, if students living on campus, housing where they can recover without infecting others; 
  • to notify members of the campus community who may have been exposed, provide those individuals guidance and support—and, if students living on campus, quarantine housing while health services determines whether they are infectious; and
  • to assess the extent of COVID-19 infections within the campus community to inform the university’s response.
The testing site at Samson Pavilion also will have vaccinations available for those who need doses.

For more information, please visit the testing page of the university’s COVID-19 site.

Thank you in advance for your efforts to protect the health and safety of the university community.

Sara Lee, MD
Executive Director, University Health & Counseling Services

Megan Koeth
Director of Resiliency: Emergency Management, Business Continuity and Emergency Communications

Genetic Counseling Training Program Fall Virtual Open House

Thursday, October 14, 2021
7:00 PM- 8:30 PM

The Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling is a two-year academic program comprised of didactic coursework, laboratory exposure, research experience and extensive clinical training.

The mission of the Genetic Counseling Training Program is to prepare students with the appropriate knowledge and experiences to function as competent and empathetic genetic counselors in a wide range of settings and roles. With unprecedented advances in our understanding of the genetic and molecular control of gene expression and development, and in our ability to apply this knowledge clinically, the program strives to train students who can interface between patients, clinicians, and molecular and human geneticists.  Click here for more details.

Click here to download flyer.
Orientation - Grad Studies
Orientation for new fall and summer Graduate Studies students is being offered as an asynchronous Canvas course which is available to all new Grad Studies students. You can access the course from anywhere at any time. The course is live now. Attached below is a list of the orientation modules. If you would like to have access to view the online orientation Canvas course, please contact Graduate Studies.
Orientation Events
Other events will be offered during the weeks before and in the first week of classes. Graduate Studies will hold an in-person Welcome to Campus event on Tuesday, August 17 in the Tink, which will include ID card distribution, t-shirt giveaway, a scavenger hunt, food, and some optional sessions from campus services departments. In addition to this in-person event, we will hold some online welcome events and Graduate Diversity 360 sessions. Attached below is a list of the events currently scheduled.

ID Cards
Please see this document for ID card pick up details. 

Second-Year Students
Since many of our second year students have never been to campus, we will be inviting them to participate in orientation events. 

New Student Checklist
After accepting admission, all new students are directed to the New Student Checklist to complete items to help get them set up at CWRU. Please see attached for a sample of the New Student Checklist. 

SGS Orientation Events Fall21
SGS Orientation Modules FA21

Click here to download flyer.
Licensing Associate - Job Board Posting (CWRU)

The Technology Transfer Office has an opening for a Licensing Associate. Candidates should have 2 to 4 years of experience in technology transfer or related experience.
A Master’s degree in science, engineering and/or business is also required.  Click here to download job description and click here to apply.

ABRCMS 2021-Registration Waivers Available for Judges
ABRCMS is looking for senior-level graduate students judges for ABRCMS 2021 and will waive the conference registration fees: Judge Registration Waiver. They recognize that graduate students have the unique ability to relate and provide advice to undergraduates in a way others cannot. You are also focused on conducting and communicating research, which are important hallmarks of a judge. Awardees will be asked to:
  • Watch Judges Orientation webinar
  • Score and provide written feedback to approximately 15 assigned undergraduates (asynchronously Nov. 1-4)
  • Participate in the live ePoster chats (Nov. 10-12 from 1:55-2:40 pm EST)
Graduate students must be senior-level (passed qualifying exams) in order to be eligible. Applications are due by Sept. 1. If you have already completed your graduate studies, you may be eligible for the Judge Registration Waiver for non-students.

Artificial Intelligence in Oncology Symposium:
Precision Medicine and Cancer Disparities

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC) and Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics at Case Western Reserve University (CCIPD) invite you to join us for the third annual Artificial Intelligence in Oncology Symposium, November 8-9, 2021. For the health and safety of all attendees, this year's symposium will again take place virtually.

The 2021 Artificial Intelligence in Oncology Symposium: Advancing Science and Policy will bring together clinicians, biomedical engineers, computer scientists, executives, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs with expertise in precision medicine, AI, machine learning, and oncology. These experts will discuss technical advances in AI, the challenges and advancements in deploying AI in the clinic, the need for the use of AI to address health disparities, the current regulatory and reimbursement landscape for AI in medicine, and the potential of AI to impact global health. 

Click here for more details.

Upcoming Professional & Career Development Webinars in Aurora

CWRU has an institutional membership to Beyond the Professoriate events and their professional development e-learning platform, Aurora. 

A professional development e-learning platform designed by Beyond the Professoriate, which offers a variety of professional and career development programs and resources:

  • Live Webinars
  • Video Library
  • Professional Job Search Courses
  • Academic Career Courses
  • Job Search Assessment
Our CWRU institutional membership to Aurora means that you can access their content for free. Login using your CWRU network ID and passphrase.

Beyond the Professoriate is hosting a series of webinars in Aurora to support graduate student and postdoctoral professional and career development. 

August 13 - Graduating this year? Here’s what you need to know about finding a job

Did you know it takes 6 to 9 months to land a nonacdemic job? If you’re graduating this year, you want to start preparing for life after your degree. But how do you fit job searching into your already packed schedule? Join Beyond the Professoriate Founder L. Maren Wood, PhD to learn how you can set yourself up for career success after your degree or postdoc.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:
  • Explain the importance of the stages of PhD Career Transition.
  • Identify the components and timelines of an effective job search.
  • Develop SMART goals and a plan of action for your job search.
  • Identify resources in Aurora that can help you in your job search.
Use your CWRU network ID and passphrase to register for free at this link:

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Great Lakes Breast Cancer Symposium 2021

October 25-26, 2021 | Virtual
Join us October 25-26, 2021 for the Great Lakes Breast Cancer Symposium, hosted virtually by the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. This annual symposium highlights ongoing basic, translational, clinical and population studies addressing the biological mechanisms, management and prevention of breast cancer. Researchers from participating institutions will share their exciting work with a goal to develop cross-institutional collaborations.

Though this event is happening virtually, attendees will experience the conference using Whova, our official web-based conference app, to view presentations and ask questions in real-time, as well as network with others behind the scenes.

The Great Lakes Breast Cancer Symposium is made possible through the collaboration of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center (The James), the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and the WVU Cancer Institute at West Virginia University.

Click here for more details.

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.


Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

Joseph Marmerstein
Biomedical Engineering Dissertation Defense
Wednesday, August 18th
Nord Room 400

"Chronic Recording of Vagus Nerve Activity in Rats Using Carbon Nanotube Yarm Electrodes"
Pinunta Nittayacharn
Biomedical Engineering Dissertation Defense
Monday, August 23rd
"Ultrasound-medicated Drug-loaded Nanobubbles as a Theranostic Agent for Ovarian Cancer Treatment
Yuning Gu
Biomedical Engineering Dissertation Defense
Thursday, August 26th
"Development of Dynamic and Quantitative Proton and Oxygen-17 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Methods for Non-Invasive Assessment of Physiology in Small Laboratory Animals at High Fields
Marwah M. Albakri
Pathology Dissertation Defense
Tuesday, August 31st
"Modulation of Monocyte/Macrophage Activation and Maturation by Plant Virus Nanoparticles and Free Fatty Acids: Implications for Tumor Immunotherapy
Dhruv Seshadri
Biomedical Engineering Dissertation Defense
Thursday, September 2nd
"Wearable Electroceutic Device for Chronic Wound Healing

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