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Graduate Education Office (GEO) Newsletter

January 13, 2021
in this issue: 

1. GEO Leadership Corner
2.  BGSO Announcements
3. Recording of COVID Town Hall on January 7 is available
4. 5th Annual Cancer Disparities Symposium
5. PRIME Application Q&A Session
6. PQHS Application Q&A Sessions
7. NeuroReality: The Future of Telepresence - Live event with Dustin Tyler in        Conversation with Shelly Palmer
8. Fourth Annual Hoppel Trainee Award
9. Upcoming Seminars


GEO Leadership Corner

As more details are revealed regarding the events at the Capitol Building last week, the scenes have become more disturbing. We acknowledge the uncertainties surrounding the inauguration and weariness of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to look after and take care of each other.

There is a bright spot in 2021. In December, we initiated a video contest to highlight a day in the life of a Case Western Reserve University Doctoral Student that can be used for recruiting new students. We had two excellent entries: Jackie Plau (Pharmacology) and Victoria Laney (Biomedical Engineering). Both videos were a refreshing light moment that brought a smile to our faces. Click here to view videos.

We would like to congratulate Victoria for first place ($500) and Jackie for second place ($250).

Marvin and Cheryl


Marvin Nieman, PhD, FAHA            Cheryl L. Thompson, PhD
Interim Associate Dean of                Assistant Dean of
Graduate Education                         Educational Initiatives


BGSO Announcements


BGSO GA Meeting

Hello fellow students! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. We will be having our first GA meeting of 2021 Wednesday January 27th at 3pm. 
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 986 2441 0603
Passcode: 035527

BGSO First-Year Coordinator

The BGSO is looking for a new first year coordinator for the incoming class of BSTP students (starting in February). The role of the first year coordinator is to welcome the incoming BSTP first years to Case Western and to help them have a smooth transition into grad school. This includes providing resources such as housing information, coordinating events (hopefully in person next year), and organizing student panels to inform students about rotations and how to choose a mentor. You also attend BGSO exec board meetings, gaining experience in leadership and student advocacy. Reach out to the BGSO ( if you’re interested!  


BSTP Recruitment Volunteer Opportunities

Calling all current PhD students!
BSTP recruitment is quickly approaching, and we rely on current students to be the warm and welcoming faces of the School of Medicine. (Please note new date changes: the Jan. 8 recruitment day has been postponed to JAN. 15, and the second recruitment date has been moved to JAN. 29. Thanks for your flexibility in this matter.)
Since interviews are entirely virtual this year, the opportunities to be involved in recruitment are slightly different. Here is the link to a sign-up sheet for the various volunteer positions, and here is the link to each job description. There will be four interview “weekends,” two in January (15th and 29th) and one in February (12th) and March (19th). Jobs include:
- Zoom happy hour/social hour with candidates
- Q&A session about the program, Case, and Cleveland
- recording a “tour” of your apartment
- point of contact for candidates pre- and post-interviews
- on call with Debbie Noureddine to host candidates whose interviewers didn’t show
Please sign up for as many as you are interested in and could possibly volunteer for. We will not schedule you for all of the slots you sign up for, but it helps us to have multiple options.
As we iron out the schedule for each activity, we will update the Google spreadsheet and email those who have signed up for the particular duties. If you have questions, please email or
Thank you in advance for your participation! We are grateful for your availability and willingness to give back to the incoming class during what is a tumultuous, uncertain time.
We so appreciate your help!
Brianna Busscher & Rachael Gowen
BGSO Recruitment Co-Chairs


2021 Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium (BGSS)

After a successful 2020 Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium (BGSS), we're ready to plan next year's event! If you are interested in being a member of the organizing committee, please fill out the attached google form. Those interested will meet early 2021 to transition in the new subcommittees.


Upcoming Events & Announcements

COVID Town Hall for School of Medicine
Click here to watch the recording of the SOM COVID Town Hall from January 7th.

5th Annual Cancer Disparities Symposium
Navigating Cancer Disparities: Lessons Learned
and How to Move Forward
March 4-5, 2021 | Virtual Event

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Office of Community Outreach and Engagement is pleased to present the 5th Annual Cancer Disparities Symposium, Navigating Cancer Disparities: Lessons Learned and How to Move Forward.

This multi-disciplinary event will appeal to researchers, clinicians, health professionals, community outreach groups, community-based organizations, patient advocates and trainees. Keynote presentations will be delivered by renowned disparities researchers and community leaders, and a poster session highlighting academic research and community programs will provide a showcase of the depth and depth of work happening in this field.

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.

Click here for more details.

PRIME Application Q&A Session

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM

The Case Western Reserve University Post-baccalaureate Readiness Instruction for bioMedical Education(PRIME) program invites you to join the Director of the program, Anthony Saar in learning about the post-baccalaureate path to medical school. This Q&A will give you insights on the curriculum, program outcomes, our MD linkage, the student experience, and the application process as you prepare your best application!

Click here to register
PQHS Application Q&A Sessions

Learn more about options with a Master of Public Health degree
Friday, January 15, 2021 at 12:00 PM until 01:00 PM EST
Learn more about a MS in Clinical Research degree
 Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 07:30 PM until 08:30 PM EST
Learn more about a MS in Biostatistics degree
Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 07:00 PM until 08:00 PM EST
Learn more about a MS in Biomedical and Health Informatics degree
Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 08:15 PM until 09:15 PM EST

NeuroReality: The Future of Telepresence -
Live event with Dustin Tyler in Conversation with Shelly Palmer

On August 24, 2020, a student at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland touched, felt and held a banana that was 2,300 miles away at University of California, Los Angeles.
Want to know how he did it?  We are excited to share this and other ground breaking research at HFi that will define the future of human-tech. Join us on January 28 at 11 a.m. EST where Dustin Tyler, Founder of Human Fusions Institute and Shelly Palmer, CEO of The Palmer Group will discuss NeuroReality ™, Human Fusions Institute and the future of human-tech. 

 Whether you work in healthcare, gaming, tech, manufacturing, industry, space, military, entertainment, education or consumer goods, you will find an application for NeuroReality™ to enhance your industry. 

Let’s build the future together. We look forward to seeing you there!


Fourth Annual Charles L. Hoppel, M.D. Trainee Award for Excellence in Research in Mitochondrial Biology
Nominations for the Fourth Annual Charles L. Hoppel, M.D. Trainee Award for 
Excellence in Research in Mitochondrial Biology are being accepted. Deadline is February 12th.  Click here for more details.

SEVP Guidance for Spring 2021

I wrote in December about the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) announcement that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s (SEVP) would continue to apply its fall 2020 federal guidance through spring 2021. As a result, international students will be able to engage in distance learning that exceeds existing regulatory limits in light of the pandemic’s ongoing public health risks and safety concerns. 

ISS’ Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates website now includes information about Spring 2021 SEVP Guidance.  Please take your time when reading this information and pay particular attention to how the status of your SEVIS record in Spring 2020, when the COVID-10 guidance was released, determines your options for maintaining status in Spring 2021.

We understand that this information is complicated and can affect students’ academic plans.  We also acknowledge that students may need assistance in evaluating their individual circumstances for maintaining status.  ISS is here to help.  Email your questions to and we will do our best to support you.

We hope you are enjoying a restful winter break and look forward to supporting you in 2021!

Best Regards,

Marielena Maggio, M.A.
Director, International Student Services, PDSO & ARO

Jan 21 Global Career Chat: Dr. Block, Notch Therapeutics

The University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, invite you (for free!) to monthly Global Third Thursdays Career Chats hosted by Dr. Nana Lee.
Please look out for future monthly invites from Dr. Nana Lee's LinkedIn and Twitter (@NanaLee03).

The guest for this month on Jan 21 at 7-8 pm EST is Dr. Gregory Block, Senior VP of Corporate Development, Notch Therapeutics.

To register, follow the link on this page:


Nana Lee on LinkedIn: Evening Career Chat with Host Nana Lee Featured Bioscience career
Open to all global #graduatestudents & #postdocs: Career Chat Third Thursdays with Nana Hosts Dr. Gregory Block on Thursday, Jan 21st at 7-8 pm EST. #professionaldevelopment...


19th NPA A
nnual Conference

The virtual event, set for April 15-16, 2021, will be easy to join from across the nation or around the world. Attendees are provided with the opportunity to enhance their professional development and leadership skills. Register now for the largest educational conference and networking event dedicated to the postdoctoral community.

The NPA Annual Conference is the largest national conference and networking event dedicated to the postdoctoral community. Conference attendees - postdoctoral scholars, administrators, faculty, and representatives from disciplinary societies, industry, and corporations - are provided with the opportunity to gather and enhance their professional development and leadership skills.

Click here for more details.

The Huddle provides news and information about our interprofessional education and collaborative practice efforts within and beyond Samson Pavilion and the dental clinic.  Click here to read the latest issue.

The Pulse
The Pulse, the School of Medicine's newsletter, where you can keep current with latest news from the school every month. If you have news to share in future issues, submit your story here.  Watch for The Pulse in your inbox each month, stay informed and enjoy!  Click here to read latest SOM news.

Upcoming Seminars

Thursday, January 14th

Molecular Biology & Microbiology Seminar 
Mette Johansen 
"New Configurations: Targeting the PTPmu Biomarker for Cancer Treatment"

Kathleen Molyneaux
"Development of Assays to Test the Anti-Tumor Activity of Compounds Directed Against PTPmu"

1p Zoom
Friday, January 15th

Global Health & Infectious Diseases (GHID) Seminar Series
Nick Funderburg PhD
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Division of Medical Laboratory Science
Ohio State University
"Cellular Mediators of Vascular inflammation in people with HIV"

9a Zoom

Cancer Center Seminar
Jae Jung, PhD
Betsy DeWindt Chair, Department of Cancer Biology
Director, Global and Emerging Pathogen Research Center
Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic
Member, Molecular Oncology Program, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center 
Case Western Reserve University 
"TRIM56: Intracellular DNA Sensing Pathway and Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease"

12p Zoom
Tuesday, January 19th

Cancer Drug Discovery and Resistance

Dr. Kelly Mitchell and Dr. Justin Lathia
"Inhibition of the WRAD Complex as a Cancer Stem Cell Targeting Therapy in Glioblastoma"
3p Zoom

Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

Raul Jobava
Biochemistry Dissertation Defense
Wednesday, January 27th

"Translational Reprogramming Promotes Survival to Hypertonic Stress"
Daniel Leonard
Pathology Dissertation Defense
Tuesday, March 9th

"B56 Containing PP2A Holoenzymes: From Substrate Specificity and Pathologic Dysregulation to Therapeutic Potential"

GEO Wants to Hear From You

Have you published a paper, received a fellowship, or have other exciting news you want to share?  Well, the Graduate Education Office would like to hear you. To submit information to be included in the GEO newsletter, please complete the GEO announcement submission form.
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