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Chemical engineering’s Robert Savinell recognized as Distinguished University Professor

During his high school career on Cleveland’s West Side, one of Robert F. Savinell’s teachers said he needed to choose a field of focus. He selected chemistry and immediately hit the ground running.
 
After graduating from Cleveland State University with a degree in chemical engineering, Savinell enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh to obtain master’s and PhD degrees in the same subject. It was during his time at Pitt that he was exposed to electrochemistry and the mentorship of Chung-Chiun Liu, now a Case Western Reserve University Distinguished University Professor.
 

CWRU pride: University makes list of top LGBT-friendly colleges

Case Western Reserve is among the Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Colleges and Universities, according to Campus Pride, a national organization that aims to make universities safer and more inclusive for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. The recognition, announced this week in The Huffington Post, follows Case Western Reserve’s first five-star ranking on the Campus Pride Index, a detailed survey of universities’ policies, services and institutional support for LGBT individuals.
 
“This recognition from Campus Pride is the result of tireless efforts among our faculty, staff, students and alumni to promote the principles of inclusion,” President Barbara R. Snyder said. “We are pleased to receive this honor, and will continue to seek ways to advance diversity across our campus.”
 

Global, accomplished and eclectic: Find out more about the Class of 2017

The first-year students who arrived on campus Sunday boast the strongest academic credentials of any entering class in the university’s history.
 
But rest assured, they are way more than smart.
 
Case Western Reserve’s Director of Undergraduate Admission Robert McCullough this week provided his annual review of the group he and his staff so painstakingly assessed over the past several months—and in some cases, years.
 
If any one word exemplifies these young people, it is “eclectic.”
 

Stanford psychiatrist and biomedical engineer Karl Deisseroth to deliver fall Ford Lecture

The Case Western Reserve University community is invited to attend the fall 2013 Ford Distinguished Lecture on Oct. 17 featuring Karl Deisseroth, the D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and Psychiatry at Stanford University.
 
Deisseroth is director of undergraduate education in bioengineering at Stanford and a practicing psychiatrist. He has pioneered and developed new optical technologies that give researchers unprecedented access to fully intact biological systems, including optogenetics, a technology for controlling specific cells with light inside behaving animals, and CLARITY, a chemical engineering technology for visualizing and labeling biological tissues without disassembly. He has used these methods to study anxiety, depression and other conditions and diseases.
 

Professor Rigoberto Advincula wins Herman Mark Scholars Award

Rigoberto C. Advincula, professor of macromolecular science and engineering, received the Herman Mark Scholars Award from the American Chemical Society’s Polymer Chemistry Division for his accomplishments in the field of polymer science.
 
The namesake of the award is considered the father of polymer science in the U.S. The award recognizes outstanding research and leadership in polymer science.
 
Advincula, who is an editor and editorial board member of several journals, is a designated American Chemical Society expert, a triple fellow of the ACS and the vice chair of the POLY Division.
 
A symposium in his honor will be held at the ACS national meeting in Indianapolis this September.