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Cleveland State University Ranked Second in the Nation for Fulbright Scholars

Cleveland State University this year has produced the second most Fulbright scholars in the nation. That second-place ranking was shared among five universities, which all produced six Fulbright scholars for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Tying with CSU in second place were George Washington University, University of Florida, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Washington University in St. Louis. Tied in third place with five Fulbrights were Harvard University and Stanford University.

Leading the nation this year was The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which produced eight Fulbright scholars.

For years, CSU has been among the nation’s leaders to receive Fulbright grants with more than 40 in the past decade. This year, CSU Fulbright scholars will to travel to Turkey, Finland, Taiwan, Kenya and Costa Rica, where they will lecture, conduct research and build relationships with foreign universities.

“This is a significant accomplishment for CSU because it demonstrates our commitment to expanding the University’s international reach,” said CSU President Ronald Berkman. “In doing so, we can further enrich our students with the experiences and international relationships of our faculty.”

This year’s CSU Fulbright scholars include Maria Angelova, Joshua Bagaka’s and Mike Loovis from the College of Education and Human Services; Mike Lin and Victor Matos from the College of Business; and Robert Wei from the College of Sciences and Health Professions.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the United States government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding among the people of the United States and those other countries. The Fulbright Program provides participants-chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

About Cleveland State University

Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for engaged learning. With an enrollment of more than 17,000 students, eight colleges and approximately 200 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2011 as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

Congratulations to Ken Lanci for entering the Cuyahoga County Executive race. Lanci is running as an independent, and with his successful business track record and passion for this region, he is absolutely the right person to turn this county around.

Lanci is committed to working for just $1 a year, donating the rest of his salary back to the county. And since it is campaign finances that has corrupted the county in the first place, he will not accept contributions from county employees, or more than $250 from individual donors.

Lanci is a refreshing candidate and has our support on Election Day. Learn more about him at And follow him on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Health experts tell us that there is no one diet that is called the “Mediterranean Diet,” but there are indeed several components in the eating styles of the people in countries such as Greece, Italy and Syria that promote longer and healthier lives.

Rascal House looks forward to adding many healthy options to our menu in the near future.  Our recent FAGE Yogurt is a delicious, creamy treat that tastes how yogurt is supposed to taste!  Our hummus platter is another new item which makes us proud.  Did you know that hummus is a complete protein?

Below is an excerpt from the American Heart Association website with some additional information on what makes a Mediterranean Diet so unique and beneficial:

Mediterranean Diet

What is the “Mediterranean” diet?There’s no one “Mediterranean” diet. At least 16 countries border the Mediterranean Sea. Diets vary between these countries and also between regions within a country. Many differences in culture, ethnic background, religion, economy and agricultural production result in different diets. But the common Mediterranean dietary pattern has these characteristics:

  • high consumption of fruits, vegetables, bread and other cereals, potatoes, beans, nuts and seeds
  • olive oil is an important monounsaturated fat source
  • dairy products, fish and poultry are consumed in low to moderate amounts, and little red meat is eaten
  • eggs are consumed zero to four times a week
  • wine is consumed in low to moderate amounts

Does a Mediterranean-style diet follow American Heart Association dietary recommendations?

Mediterranean-style diets are often close to our dietary recommendations, but they don’t follow them exactly. In general, the diets of Mediterranean peoples contain a relatively high percentage of calories from fat. This is thought to contribute to the increasing obesity in these countries, which is becoming a concern.

People who follow the average Mediterranean diet eat less saturated fat than those who eat the average American diet. In fact, saturated fat consumption is well within our dietary guidelines.

More than half the fat calories in a Mediterranean diet come from monounsaturated fats (mainly from olive oil). Monounsaturated fat doesn’t raise blood cholesterol levels the way saturated fat does.

Rascal House has long supported Cleveland State, and has recently established the Irene Frangos Endowed Scholarship Fund.  We want to congratulate the 2010 recipient of this scholarship, Micholas Yurko.

Nicholas is entering his senior year as a Chemistry and Biology major at CSU and carries a 3.59 GPA.  He plans to complete a medical degree in combination with a PhD in pharmacology.  He is interested in working on cures for various diseases, including cancer.

Congratulations, Nicholas!

To meet Linda Hutchinson, one is immediately aware that her mind is whirling.  She studies your face intently, she listens closer than anyone I’ve known and she sees things that most people can’t, or choose not to see.  She is modest about her life, but confident in her profession:  she is an artist, a painter and she is my friend.

Linda is as eloquent with words as with a brush …

“My work has evolved into painting because of my own disappointment in words, which are often excessive, transitory and over- or under- loaded with meaning. I am intrigued by human behavior and seek to unearth that which lies beneath the surface, sometimes a sublime gesture, a memory, a visual metaphor… often contradictions, a truth for which there are no words.

I am searching for something soulful, something noble.”
So the question is:  What has evolved YOU?
What are YOU searching for?

I had one of the best dinners of my life at Aquitaine - I had the scallops with basil/zucchini puree and they literally melted in my mouth – they were perfect. I  had a mean mint julep there, too.   The dessert menu has suggested wines paired with each item – and the person who made those decisions is truly gifted in the art of wine pairing.  THe bartender’s version of a New Amsterdam was very creative and also quite tasty!!  Having lived in Philadelphia and New York and experiencing trendy places as they opened and very well known places, it means a lot to say this was one of the best.

We had a late night dinner (about 10:30) and it was perfect.  I think we left around midnight.
After dinner we walked to the Beehive … again, delicious  and creative drinks and awesome live music.  You can also eat here, but we didn’t so I don’t have a review.  I actually only drank Canadian Club on the rocks here so I don’t really know what the drinks were like, but they looked very cool and the menu was diverse.

The swan boats are here:
I think it is a Boston “must see”.

Copied from a 2008 press release from the PR department @ CSU:

CSU Launches New Center for Advanced Biomedical Research

GRHD will strengthen our reputation for biomedical excellence

Did you know that CSU is home to a group of internationally known biomedical scientists? Or that we’ve enjoyed a thriving research partnership with the Cleveland Clinic since 1973? Or that many of our faculty are working to unlock the secrets to stopping cancer and a host of other infectious and deadly diseases?

The work our faculty and students do to understand the causes and treatment of disease took a major step forward with the launch of our new Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease (GRHD) in the College of Science. GRHD focuses on research to improve our understanding of biological processes and how malfunction of these processes results in various diseases.

“You would be hard pressed to find a young group of scientists as productive or with as much potential,” said associate professor Crystal Weyman, interim director of GRHD. For example, associate professor Valentin Boerner is focusing his research on DNA repair, while associate professor Anton Komar works to understand the mechanisms of protein folding. Both have major funding from the American Heart Association.

Rethinking Research
The Center, and its faculty scientists, have embraced an innovative way to explore the causes and treatments of disease. GRHD researchers apply their findings at the molecular level to a wide range of diseases. They are opening doors that will greatly improve our understanding, detection and treatment of many common and deadly diseases found around the world.

“GRHD holds the potential to solve some of the most perplexing and frightening medical problems facing us today,” said College of Science Dean Bette Bonder at the launch celebration. “Every day we’re closer to minimizing birth defects and curing cancer and heart disease.”

“Faculty and students, it’s really your day,” said Provost Mary Jane Saunders. “Your efforts and commitment have made all the difference. GRHD is the best model for the University’s focus on health care and exemplifies the asset that we are to the area.”

Through GRHD, Cleveland State will actively develop new biomedical partnerships, publish research findings, provide outstanding engaged learning opportunities for students, and expand our reputation as a local, national and international leader in gene regulation.

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