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Graduate Education Office (GEO) Newsletter

June 23, 2021
in this issue: 

1. BGSO Announcements 
2. Upcoming Professional & Career Development Webinars in Aurora

3. Women in Data Science (WiDS) Cleveland 2021
4. Spotlight on alumna Mary Lee Chin 
5. Snippets from School of Graduate Studies Newsletter
6. Great Lakes Breast Cancer Symposium 2021
7. In vivo Molecular Imaging and Treatment of Cancer Postdoc Position Available


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

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. 

June 18 - Overqualified or Under-qualified? Which is it, and what to do about it.

Sometimes, employers will say you’re overqualified for a position because you have a PhD! And yet, when you read job ads and see all those required years of experience, you feel under-qualified! So which is it? In this webinar, Beyond the Professoriate Founder L. Maren Wood, PhD will tell you how to pitch yourself to employers.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:
  • Identify the challenges PhDs face when applying for nonacademic jobs.
  • Describe the importance of translating your skills into the language of employers.
  • Apply strategies to communicate your value to professional employers.
  • Recognize how Beyond the Professoriate programming helps you in your job search.
Use your CWRU network ID and passphrase to register for free at this link:

July 9 - What you need to know about going on the academic job market.

Are you ready for the academic job market? Join Beyond the Professoriate for this special webinar featuring Dr. Dan Olson-Bang (Syracuse University) to learn what you need to know to go on the academic job market with confidence.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:
  • Outline the academic job market timeline.
  • Identify the essential documents you will need to apply for academic positions.
  • Develop a plan of action for going on the academic job market.
  • Identify resources in Aurora that can help you in your academic job search.
Use your CWRU network ID and passphrase to register for free at this link:

July 16 - Panel: How to identify a career that’s right for you.

You know that PhDs can be happy in a nonacademic career, but will you be? How can you find a career that will be intellectually engaging, rewarding, and challenging? Join Beyond the Professoriate for a conversation with 3 PhDs to learn how to find a job that’s right for you.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:
  • Articulate the importance of values and motivators in a career.
  • Conduct your own research using LinkedIn, job advertisements, and networking.
  • Develop criteria for evaluating nonacademic career options.
  • Recognize how Beyond the Professoriate programming helps you in your job search.
Use your CWRU network ID and passphrase to register for free at this link:

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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Women in Data Science (WiDS) Cleveland 2021

The Cleveland Institute for Computational Biology (CICB) and the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences (PQHS) are excited to host the first annual Women in Data Science (WiDS) Cleveland event on Wednesday, June 30, from 1:15p.m.-4:45p.m.

The Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) initiative aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field.
WiDS Cleveland is an independent event organized by the WiDS Cleveland team as part of the annual WiDS Worldwide conference organized by Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide, featuring outstanding women doing work in the field of data science.  All genders are invited to attend all WiDS Worldwide conference events.

The inaugural WiDS Cleveland 2021 will be held virtually via the platform as a casual gathering providing an opportunity to hear about the latest data science-related research in a number of domains, learning how leading-edge companies are using data science for success, and connecting with potential mentors and collaborators in the field. All are invited to attend.

The preliminary agenda and registration for WiDS Cleveland 2021 can be found here.

WiDS Cleveland Team:
Yeunjoo E. Song, WiDS Ambassador, Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, CWRU
Sunah Song, WiDS Ambassador, Cleveland Institute for Computational Biology, CWRU
Paola Saroufim, Cleveland Institute for Computational Biology, CWRU
Mark Beno, Cleveland Institute for Computational Biology, CWRU


Click here for more details.
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.

In vivo Molecular Imaging and Treatment of Cancer
Postdoc Position Available

A Postdoctoral Scholar position is available to develop molecular imaging agents aimed at detecting tumors in the laboratory of Susann Brady-Kalnay, click here for more details.
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

Alumni Corner

As a graduate of CWRU’s combined dietetic internship/master’s degree program, I was fortunate to study under the tutelage of three notable professors of nutrition, all of whom served as presidents of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. 

Helen Hunscher, PhD, was finishing her tenure as the department chair my first year. An icon, she established at CWRU the first public health nutrition program in the United States. Starting in the 1940s she spearheaded topics related to nutrition and maternal and child health.
Janice Neville, DSc, MPH, RD, drilled into her students that nutrition is based on scientific research completed with transparency, integrity, precise technique, and exhaustive reporting.

Frances Fisher made numerous treks to testify before congress on malnutrition, food stamps and the National School Lunch Child Nutrition Program. They, and many other remarkable CWRU nutrition professors, instilled in me the will to adapt, grow, and practice in new arenas in the field of nutrition and dietetics. 

Today we see many nutrition experts, credentialed and uncredentialed, provide nutrition advice. Decades ago, I was among the first dietitians appointed as national media spokesperson for my professional association, charged with providing sound nutrition information. My first interview foray was on Blinky the Clown’s Fun Club. Eventually, however, I provided hundreds of interviews locally and nationally. It was an exercise on becoming adept at handling difficult food and nutrition topics. 

My present focus is chairing the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for my professional organization. It is well recognized that the healthcare education field must develop more strategic efforts to diversify our student populations and provide culturally responsive training. Our organization, the majority of whom are white women, has undertaken and will gladly continue this intensive work by surveying and listening to membership, identifying and addressing structural and institutional racism barriers, building self-awareness and implementing strategies such as directed scholarships and professional development pathways and leadership ladders to become a more inclusive, diverse and equitable organization and profession.

I applaud CWRU’s Diversity 360 program and look forward to working together to address health disparities and social justice issues.

Article from the Development & Alumni Relations newsletter.

Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

Shiyi Yn
Genetics & Genome Sciences Dissertation Defense
Monday, June 28th
"Transcriptional Regulation of CFTR in the Intestinal Epithelium
Daniel Vail
Genetics & Genome Sciences Dissertation Defense
Wednesday, June 30th
"Mapping the Way Toward an Engineered Articular Cartilage: A Comprehensive Transcriptional Characterization of Native and MSC-Derived Cartilage
Ryan Nazemian
Clinical Translational Science Dissertation Defense
Thursday, July 1st
"Monitoring Nitric Oxide Bioactivity & Tissue Oxygenation in Neurologically-Deceased Organ Donors
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
Bowen Zhou
Pathology Dissertation Defense
Friday, July 9th
"Gasdermins: A Lattice Network of Cell Death Effectors

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