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Graduate Education Office (GEO) Newsletter

March 25, 2021
in this issue: 

1. GEO Leadership Corner
2. BGSO Announcements 
3. Understanding the Basics of US Income Tax Seminar

4. Summer Biochemistry Course- BIOC 405
5. EnRICH Internship Opportunity
6. The Evolution of Public Health into Global Health Practice Summer Course
7. NIH Film Screening: "Picture a Scientist"
8. Post-baccalaureate Readiness Instruction for bioMedical Education (PRIME) Program
9. Restore Cleveland Hope’s Freedom Festival
10. View Recent Pre-Professional Health Program Seminar

11. 2021 SOM Graduate Student Appreciation
12. Upcoming Seminars


GEO Leadership Corner

Through the events of the past week we are once again reminded of the fragility and preciousness of life. We are committed to creating an environment where all are welcome to advance their careers and themselves. We would like to reiterate the messages put forward by Interim President Cowen and Interim Dean Gerson earlier this week condemning racism directed at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and make it clear that the School of Medicine Graduate Education leadership supports these statements in full.
The University Health and Counseling Services support for all AAPI students can be found here, and we encourage you to take advantage of them if you feel they will be helpful.
We encourage everyone to not just interact with those who are different than them, but to reach out and making genuine efforts to understand them.  Understanding people different from us moves us all to more fully understand ourselves.  

Marvin Nieman, PhD, FAHA
Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Education
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology


BGSO Announcements


BGSO 2021-2022 Executive Board Nominations
Are you outgoing? Are you looking to get involved with BGSO? Are you looking to showcase your leadership? Nominations for members of the 2021-2022 BGSO Executive Board are open! Please nominate yourself or a colleague. If you have specific questions on the role, email us at

Safety Reminders

BGSO would like to remind everyone of several resources for students in regards to safety. GSC is leading efforts to increase safety presence on campus

Safe ride: Safe Ride carries students, faculty and staff around campus and part of University Circle. The service is an after-hours addition to public transportation. It runs seven days a week, between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m. You can access either through the Guardian app or visit
Walking Escorts: available within the University Circle area: and the Rave Guardian app also has a "Guardian" and safety timer features (easier to read their description than for me to reword it):

Attention all BSTP graduate students:

This year, BGSO is launching the Mentor Match-up program. Interested current graduate students will have the opportunity to mentor an incoming BSTP student who shares their research and academic interests. As the mentor, you will be one of the first friendly faces the new students will contact regarding rotations, information about CWRU or Cleveland, etc. If you are interested, please sign up on the Google sheet via the link below. Include your name, email, department, and research interests.

Let's Taco Bout It!
Hello all! The BGSO has created a Zoom link for a virtual lunch each week on Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:30-1:30! Come for a few minutes or come for an hour! For sure, come and have fun! 
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 964 4855 8123
Passcode: 392001

DNA Day Sign-up!
Hello! As we approach the end of January, it is time to start recruiting volunteers for DNA Day. Pre-pandemic, DNA Day volunteers visited local Cleveland public middle schools to talk about science and perform a fun strawberry DNA extraction experiment with the kids. We cancelled DNA Day 2020 due to the pandemic but we would like to adapt to a virtual platform to continue this event in 2021. DNA Day is tentatively scheduled for Monday, April 26th, 2021 (because April 25th is a Sunday). If you are interested in participating in DNA day or if you would like to receive more information, please complete this form ( to be included in our mailing list. We would like to set up an information/brainstorming session in early February. If you have questions or suggestions for DNA day, please email Geneva LaForce ( Thanks! 

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

Understanding the Basics of US Income Tax


Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Join us for this virtual workshop on US Income Tax with guest Speaker Alyssa Payton

Tax forms can be intimidating, and tax software doesn't necessarily make them less confusing. Income tax laws and rules can be intricate. Fortunately, some fundamental rules and principles can help you understand what taxes are all about, from the types of taxes to exempting income. After attending the “Understanding the Basics of U.S. Income Tax”, you will have a better grasp on:

•Why File Taxes? Am I Required to File and What are the benefits?
•The Difference Between W-4 & W-2 Forms
•What’s My Filing Status?
•Social Security Number vs. ITIN
•Income Tax Credit vs. Deduction
•How and Where Can I File My Taxes?

**The filing deadline for US Income Tax has been extended to May 17, 2021: it's not too late to come and learn more! 

Summer Biochemistry Course- BIOC 405

The Department of Biochemistry would like to let you know about a biochemistry course, BIOC 405 that we'll offer in June.  This 5-week graduate course (beginning June 1) is intended primarily for MS students who are headed for careers in the health sciences.  BIOC 405 lets you meet the requirement of many professional programs for a biochemistry course and helps prepare for entrance exams.

The course will be synchronous remote, following university safety requirements..
BIOC 405 will survey the molecules of living systems and will stress the structure and function of proteins, and the metabolism of small molecules, with frequent references to the role of these molecules in human health and disease.  Topics include: protein structure and function; enzymes; membranes; bioenergetics; and intermediary metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and nucleotides.  One year of organic chemistry is required.  
If you are interested in taking BIOC 405 this summer, please contact Dr. Snider at or Dr. Wang at  We will be happy to answer questions. 

EnRICH Internship Opportunity

EnRICH, our internship and experiential learning program, is putting out a call for individuals that are interested in an internship (remote or in-person) for the summer 2021 semester. SOM masters and doctoral students and postdocs are eligible to apply. Possible internships could be in career fields such as research and development, bioinformatics, data analytics, consulting, medical/science writing, entrepreneurship, research administration, government/science policy, etc.

If you are interested in applying for a remote internship, please fill out this application.
Applications are due by April 7, 2021 at 11:59pm. By filling out this application, there is no guarantee that you will get an internship, but by filling out this application, we will know who is interested and what career areas you are interested in. 

If you have any questions, please contact Tessianna at

The Evolution of Public Health into Global Health Practice
MPHP 496

This condensed course will use readings and case studies to explore the motivating factors in the emergence of global health interventions over the last 200 years, with a focus on its roots in public health practice, its expanding scope in the early to mid- 20th century, and the strengths and weaknesses of modern global health interventions. Readings and seminar discussions will involve consideration of the changing definitions of "public health", and of the spaces in which public health interventions are expected to occur.  

This course that will be offered online asynchronously from June 1-July 2.  If you have any questions, please contact Tara Hannum.
Post-baccalaureate Readiness Instruction for bioMedical Education (PRIME) Program: Application Q&A Session

Friday, March 26, 2021
3:00- 4:00 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 information session 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!

Interested in applying to Summer or Fall 2021? Start your application today! Our program's final summer application deadline on May 1st, but to be competitive with scholarships be sure to apply early. 

Come prepared with all of your questions and register to learn more. We will "see" you virtually on March 26th!

Restore Cleveland Hope’s Freedom Festival
A virtual Celebration of the opening of the new
Underground Railroad Interpretive Center at the Cozad Bates House

We are so excited to show you the newly finished Underground Railroad Interpretive Center at the Cozad Bates House. You are invited to join Restore Cleveland Hope for our virtual celebration of what is an inspiring, historic, and fun place to visit in University Circle. We will treat you to some of the artists who have performed at our Freedom Festival! In addition, we will show you what the house looks like inside and a bit of the outside. We would love to be gathered together in the newly landscaped front yard, but that is an event we will plan for the future.  Click here to download flyer.
Our celebration will be Live Streamed on Thursday, April 8 at 7pm.

Here is a link to the event website:

You can also watch on Facebook:

If you have any questions, please contact us at

NIH Film Screening: "Picture a Scientist"

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) is sponsoring a one-week screening of Picture a Scientist from March 22nd to March 26th.
The screening will be available to the entire National Institutes of Health (NIH) community to view. The link to the screening will be available on March 22ndClick here to RSVP to the screening and to receive a reminder email on the launch day, access the signup screen using the link above!

Save the date: A panel discussion inspired by the film will be held on April 8, 2021. The panel is designed to generate dialogue on fostering a diverse, inclusive and understanding environment for women throughout the NIH community.

About the Film:
Picture a Scientist, a Film by Sharon Shattuck and Ian Cheney is a feature-length documentary film chronicling the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. A biologist, a chemist, and a geologist lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science. From cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we also encounter scientific luminaries who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

Pre-Professional Health Program Seminar
Click here to view the Pre-Professional Health Program Seminar "Selecting Medical Schools for Admission".

Virtual Women in Medicine and Science Mentoring Event
To kick off the month of March, which is Women’s History Month, we invite you to join CWRU School of Medicine Vice Dean for Medical Education Lia Logio, MD, MACP, FRCP and Assistant Dean of Educational Initiatives for the Graduate Education Office Cheryl Thompson, PhD on Thursday, April 1 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. for the Women in Science and Medicine Virtual Networking Event. After a brief welcome and introduction, you will move into small group Zoom breakout sessions to connect with the accomplished female alumni and friends who are paving the way for you, our future leaders, in various fields such as medicine, academia, research and more.
Click here to RSVP
Student Hosts:
Emily Manning, MD Candidate
Lydia Raines, PhD Candidate
More details will be provided in the coming weeks as our alumni hosts are confirmed.
For questions, please contact Molly Barna in the Alumni Office at or 216.368.2574.

Women of Achievement Awards & Spotlight Awards
Open for Nominations

Since 2015, the Annual Women of Achievement Awards & Spotlight Awards celebrates the scholarship and research of women faculty and outstanding achievements by women campus staff and students. The prizes are partially funded through the Mather Spotlight Series Endowment, established in 1989 by the Mather Centennial Celebration Committee of the Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association.

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and the Mather Spotlight Awards Selection Committee invite nominations of CWRU women faculty, staff, and students for the biennial Mather Spotlight Award, which recognizes the achievements of two women faculty, two women staff, one woman graduate or professional student, and one woman undergraduate student whose outstanding professional accomplishments, leadership, and service have had a significant positive impact on our university and campus community. 

The evaluation criteria for this award are:
  1. Professional Accomplishments (could include job performance, academic performance, scholarly contributions, etc.)
  2. Leadership (leadership can relate to positions/roles and/or engaging in work that reflects the Flora Stone Mather Center values - these values are in the nomination form for reference).
  3. Service (could include volunteering, teaching, committee work, mentoring, etc.) 
  4. Demonstrated impact on our university/campus community 
Nominations are due by April 23Click here to submit a nomination!

What dreams for the world whisper through the cracks of this world that is breaking? This panel brings together the breadth and depth of five influential scholars, artists, cultural/political organizers, and researchers to delve into how the embodied realities and analytics of both indigeneity and disability open political, cultural, medical, and spiritual imaginaries about body, land, practices of care and consent. Join Ella Callow, Jen Deerinwater, Juliet McMullin, AM Kanngieser, Petra Kuppers, and facilitator Marina Tsaplina. Live ASL and CART transcription will be provided. Please note any additional accessibility needs in your registration; we will do our best to meet them.

Click here to RSVP
Click here to download flyer

This event is part of the 2021 Cleveland Humanities Festival, and is made possible with sponsorship by Case Western Reserve University Department of Bioethics, The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, and the Graduate Student Council.



The Office of the Provost, The School of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) and others are recognizing graduate students' intellectual, teaching and cultural contributions to the Case Western Reserve University community with several sponsored events during Graduate Student Appreciation Week from April 5-9th.    

Unfortunately due to COVID the SOM Graduate Education Office is unable to host our annual Graduate Student Appreciation Reception, but we would still like to show our appreciation for SOM Masters students, SOM Postbac students, and SOM & BME PhD students with a small token of appreciation. Click here to sign up to receive your small appreciation gift no later than Wednesday, March 31st.

Make sure to become a member of the Office of Graduate Student Life Campus Groups to find out about
Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW) events, free giveaways, and raffles. 



2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET / 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PT

Cores, also known as shared research laboratories (SRLs) or shared research resources (SRRs), provide researchers access to necessary scientific resources and expertise. The staff that support these resources come from diverse educational backgrounds – from associates to doctorates. Come learn about career opportunities in cores and the journeys that have brought people to the core family.

Directed at community college, undergraduate, and graduate students, this virtual session is free to attend. 

Registration is required.
Click here to register.


The 2021 Yale Ciencia Academy (YCA) for Professional Development has recently opened, an NIH-funded (1R25GM114000) program that equips grad students with the knowledge, skills, and networks to advance their careers and secure great postdoctoral positions aligned with their professional goals.
The program is open to doctoral students in the life and behavioral sciences in the final 1-2 years of their programs who are conducting research in areas funded by the National Institutes of Health. We are particularly interested in reaching students who identify as being from an underrepresented background in science, as defined by the NIH.
Students can expect the following key benefits:
  • Networking with accomplished scientists, leaders, and peers from diverse backgrounds
  • Training from leading experts to improve planning, mentoring and communication skills
  • Personalized materials for the PhD to postdoc transition, including an Individual Postdoc Transition Plan, a list of potential postdoc labs, a well-crafted personal narrative for introductory emails and networking, a peer-reviewed research abstract, and a polished 20-minute scientific talk.
  • Expert advice and notes from mock postdoc interviews 
  • All-expenses paid travel to Yale for an in-person meeting in June 2022 (2021 meeting converted to virtual format on account of COVID-19) 
  • Joining our YCA alumni network (>200 peers), with access to sample fellowships and professional opportunity announcements
  • Bringing new resources to their lab and institution through the optional participation of their research advisor in our YCA Advisor Training 
YCA collaborates with iBiology and leverages CienciaPR, a large and diverse Latino/Hispanic scientific network.
The application period closes March 31, 2021, and the program runs from June 2021 to June 2022. Application requirements, selection criteria, FAQs, and the application form can be accessed via this link:  Click here to download flyer.

Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences Information Sessions

The Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences invites you to explore our programs and get to know our faculty, who are nationally and internationally recognized. Click here for more details.

500+ Sessions, Covering the Full Spectrum of Microbiology

World Microbe Forum (WMF) is breaking barriers through online, round the clock, cutting-edge scientific content. More than 500 live, interactive and on-demand sessions, covering the full spectrum of microbiology will be presented over 4 days, across all time zones. As a collaboration between ASM, FEMS, ASLM, ASV and MSK – WMF is your chance to add your research to an esteemed list of rich, scientific content. Registration rates are available. Act fast – the deadline to submit abstracts is March 18, 2021. Click here to submit abstract.  

FUNDraiser for the Northeast Coalition for the Homeless
The Anatomy Graduate Student Organization is hosting a FUNDraiser for the Northeast Coalition for the Homeless. Please donate money or supplies to help! Click here to download flyer.
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 Program: Racial Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship in
Basic & Tumor Immunology

As part of its commitment to building a more diverse community of future science leaders in immuno-oncology, yesterday we officially announced the CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship to Promote Racial Diversity. We are asking for your help in disseminating this information to a wide audience. Please consider forwarding the attached flyer to your colleagues, both within as well as outside of your own institution. In addition, please forward to your institution’s Office of Sponsored Programs.
Like the CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, the CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship to Promote Racial Diversity will provide critical financial support and continued career training to the most promising young scientists in basic and tumor immunology. The program is open to Black, Hispanic, and Latino/Latina candidates, and will provide additional support for mentoring and career advancement to these individuals, as we work to build a more racially diverse and inclusive community of scientists working in immuno-oncology. 
There will be two application deadlines per year: April 1 and October 1.  Please see the attached for additional information and eligibility criteria. Further details can be found at: CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowships - Cancer Research Institute.

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

Friday, March 26th

Cancer Center Seminar Series
Zhenghe John Wang, PhD
Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences
Dale H. Cowan MD - Ruth Goodman Blum Professor of Cancer Research
Professor, Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
"Targeting PIK3CA-mutant colorectal cancer"

12p Zoom

Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

Xiaowei Zhao
Biomedical Engineering Dissertation Defense
Monday, March 29th
"Monitoring Radio Frequency Ablation with Polarization-sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography for the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation"

Corey Emerson
Pharmacology Dissertation Defense
Friday, April 2nd
"Structural Characterization of an Engineered Adenovirus Vector and Complement-mediated Inactivation of Adenovirus
Xu Han
Pharmacology Dissertation Defense
Tuesday, April 6th
"The Tethered Ligand Activation Mechanism of Protease-Activated Receptor 4"

Douglas Cale Crowder
Biomedical Engineering Dissertation Defense
Wednesday, April 7th
"Reinforcement Learning for Control of Multi-Input, Multi-Output Model of the Human Arm
Danny Orabi
Molecular Medicine Dissertation Defense
Monday, April 19th
"The Effects of High Fat Diet in Liver Disease and Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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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