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September 2022

Volume 9, Issue 9

Save the Date: Join us for the Undergraduate Summer Research Award (USRA) poster session September 22 from 12:00-3:00 pm in the Student Center atrium. Meet over 65 student researchers!


Top Story

Bibo Li Awarded New NIH Research Award for Telomere Research

In This Issue

Top Story


Meet CSU's Faculty


Featured Research Center


Research Policy News


Inspired Creativity


Technology Transfer News


Scholarship of Note

Dr. Bibo Li, a professor in the Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences (BGES) and a member of the Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease (GRHD), has been awarded a new R01 research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The four-year, $1.2 million project is titled “Telomere end processing and telomere stability maintenance in trypanosomes.”

This is the second new NIH grant that Dr. Li received this summer for her research on telomeres, the regions at chromosome end that, together with associated proteins, act like shoelace tips to maintain the genome stability and integrity. The parasite Trypanosoma brucei, best known as the cause of sleeping sickness, has developed antigenic variation that allows it to evade the body’s immune response and establish a long-term infection. Dr. Li has shown that many T. brucei telomere proteins are critical for this process. Her research will improve our understanding of telomere protein evolution and their roles in parasite virulence, and contribute to future development of anti-parasite agents.

Receiving two competitive NIH awards in a year is an extremely impressive accomplishment, but Dr. Li has been impressing as a researcher and mentor for students at CSU for 16 years. In addition to grants totaling nearly $8.5 million during that time, including the largest NIH R01 grant ever received by CSU, students and post-docs from her lab have gone on to positions at Harvard, NYU Medical School, NIH, Stanford, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

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Meet CSU's Faculty

Violet Cox, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Violet O. Cox is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). Her current research focus is on voice and swallowing disorders in the neurogenic population, specifically exploring the prevalence of Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) in Parkinson’s disease, as well as acoustic and perceptual parameters of vocal quality across ethic groups.

Dr. Cox received her Master of Science in Speech-language pathology from Columbia University, New York, and earned her Ph.D. in neurogenic communication disorders at Kent State University where her doctoral dissertation explored the influence of feature importance and feature centrality of semantic knowledge in aphasia. Dr. Cox also earned a Master of Legal Studies at CSU’s Cleveland- Marshall College of Law.

Currently Dr. Cox directs the Voice and Swallowing Lab in the CSD Department. She is an expert in Videostroboscopy and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of the Swallow (FEES). She provides training and certification to students as well as to practicing speech-language pathologists in the use of Videostroboscopy for evaluating vocal pathologies, and Fiberoptic Endoscopy for evaluating swallowing problems.

Dr. Cox has published journal articles on acoustic parameters of voice and is the author of the textbook, “Rare Diseases that cause Dysphagia.” She has also presented her work at National Conferences such as the American Speech-Hearing Association (ASHA), and the National Black Association for Speech-language Hearing Association (NBSLHA), as well as overseas at the “Queen Elizabeth Medical Center” in Bridgetown Barbados.

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Featured Research Center

Criminology Research Center

Founded in 2008, the Criminology Research Center (CRC) in the Department of Criminology and Sociology is an applied, community-based, and interdisciplinary Center that provides research support to agencies working within or adjacent to the criminal justice and social services system through a variety of research, training, and program evaluation services. The Center is led by Dr. Rachel Lovell, an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology and Sociology.

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is funding a partnership between CRC researchers and the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center to develop and evaluate a comprehensive, evidence-based, LGBTQIA+ youth-focused human trafficking screener and toolkit for providers and advocates. Funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance supports a partnership with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office's Sexual Assault Kit Task Force on research to evaluate the Task Force’s effort to leverage forensic data from sexual assault kits to help identify, investigate, and prosecute sexual offenders.

Research Policy News

Briefing on New Federal Guidance for Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) recently issued the memo Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research, which outlines updated guidance to require all federally funded research be made freely available upon its publication. The policy is to be implemented no later than the start of 2026.

OhioLINK has invited Michael Clarke, Managing Partner at Clarke & Esposito, to brief OhioLINK library staff, researchers, faculty, and administrators on the OSTP memo. He will discuss what it means for publishers and researchers.

The discussion will take place on September 29 at 2:00 pm.

Registration for this briefing is open to all OhioLINK library staff, member institution researchers, faculty members, and administrators.

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Inspired Creativity

CSU Music in October: Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra

Musical performances by Cleveland State’s School of Music return in October.

Dr. Birch Browning, a professor in the School of Music and Conductor of Cleveland Winds, will conduct the CSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble on October 4 at 7:00 pm as they perform in the Waetjen Auditorium in the Music and Communication Building. The CSU Alumni and Friends Band will also perform that evening.

Also in the Waetjen Auditorium, Dr. Victor Liva, a professor, Coordinator of String Studies, and Conductor of Orchestras in the School of Music, will conduct the CSU Symphony Orchestra on October 14 at 7:30 pm. The performance will include Barber’s Essay for Orchestra No. 1, Op. 12; Bottesini’s Concerto for Double Bass No. 2 in B Minor; and Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 38.

On October 12 at 7:00, the CSU Jazz Ensemble and Combos will perform original arrangements as well as jazz standards. The performances will be led by Joe Miller, CSU alum, applied faculty member in the School of Music, and the lead trumpet chair at Playhouse Square; bassist Alfredo Guerrieri, a CSU alum and applied faculty member in the School of Music; and saxophonist Dr. John Perrine, a professor in the School of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies.

These performances are free to attend.

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News from the Technology Transfer Office

UPDATE: U.S. Patent Issuance

On June 7, 2022, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent 11,354,395 titled Authentication method for a computing device using interactive game board and game piece images that names Dr. Ye Zhu, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Dr. Conor McLennan, Interim Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a Professor in the Department of Psychology, and Dr. Philip Manning, a professor in the Department of Criminology and Sociology, as inventors.

The patented technology provides a system of password entry by moving pieces of a game board as opposed to manual entry of an alphanumeric passcode. The technology provides mathematical robustness and ease of use for password entry on numerous electronic devices.

Venture Capital for Beginners

As inventors and potential entrepreneurs, you probably hear terms like “NewCo”, “Angel Round”, “Series A”, “Series B”, “Options”, and “Dilution.” Panelists, Sherman Williams and Chris Fisher are practicing venture capitalists (VC’s) and technologists who invest in cutting edge innovation. They have a long history of engaging with faculty and university entrepreneurs and will discuss VC lingo, typical timelines and important lessons learned. If you’re a potential inventor/entrepreneur–or just interested in the topic, we think you might benefit from this panel discussion!

Please join us for this first session in our FY23 Inventors’ Forum. Register here

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Scholarship of Note

Research and Scholarship News from Across Campus

Brooke Conti Awarded NEH Summer Stipend

Dr. Brooke Conti, an associate professor in the Department of English, received a highly competitive National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer stipend to support the completion of her second book, "Religious Nostalgia from Shakespeare to Milton." Dr. Conti’s book explores religious nostalgia in English literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

NEH Summer Stipends are intended to stimulate new research and publications in the humanities. A full list of Awardees for 2022 can be found here (listed alphabetically by state).


PhD Student Cory Orahoske to Present at Conference in Japan

PhD student Cory Orahoske, has been selected to give a platform presentation at "The Annual Congress of International Drug Discovery Science and Technology" to be held in Tokyo, Japan May 10-12, 2023. He will present “Lead Identification via High throughput screen leads to molecular identification of Flagellum attachment zone 1 (FAZ1) filament as a binding partner of 6,7-dimethoxyquanizolone in Trypanosoma brucei" at the conference.

Mr. Orahoske is mentored by Dr. Bin Su, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and a member of the Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease (GRHD). The project is a collaboration between Dr. Su’s lab and Dr. Bibo Li’s lab.

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Please share with us important news or updates on your research, scholarly, or creative activities. Updates may be related to a paper that has been accepted for publication in a high-impact journal, a book you've just published, your work that will be exhibited at a prominent institution, or other updates you wish to share with our office. Send details to j.yard@csuohio.edu and b.j.ward@csuohio.edu.

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