Paul Tesar was selected as one of two recipients of the 2018 John S. Diekhoff Award for Mentoring. The annual award is presented to two faculty members who epitomize what it means to teach graduate students: to connect them with experts in their discipline, engage them academically in a forthright and collegial manner, and actively promote their professional development. One student award nominator wrote, “I want to be Paul when I become a faculty member myself, and it just isn’t his science … but his personal life and ability to balance the two…He is as good a mentor as he is a scientist.”

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Congrats to Tyler who recently started as a Clinical Pathology Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. Tyler received his MD and PhD through Case’s MSTP program and plans to continue his research on glioblastoma in Boston.

CWRU hosts an annual research competition for all Case undergraduates who have conducted research, which is biologically related. This year, Lili was selected as a finalist to give an oral presentation and won! Congrats Lili!

Provost Summer Undergraduate Research Grant (PSURG) is a full-time summer program that supports undergraduate CWRU students. Sam’s project deals with the characterization of Astrocytes, cells integral for the function of the Central Nervous System. Specifically, he is focused on the role that dysfunctional astrocytes play in Vanishing White Matter Disease, a devastating genetic disorder that destroys the white matter of the brain and causes neurological symptoms. Congrats Sam!

Lucille was selected as one of two undergraduate students in the inaugural class of Beckman Scholars at CWRU. The prestigious undergraduate research grant and extensive mentorship was awarded for her research titled, “Investigating Methods and Mechanisms of Oligodendrocyte Restoration in Hypoxia-Induced White Matter Injury.”

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Paul Tesar, the Dr. Donald and Ruth Weber Goodman Professor of Innovative Therapeutics in the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, has been selected to receive the 2017 New York Stem Cell Foundation-Robertson Stem Cell Prize for his pioneering discovery of pluripotent epiblast stem cells and technologies to utilize pluripotent stem cells for discovery of new therapeutics for neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis and pediatric leukodystrophies.

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Congratulations to Zach Nevin for receiving the Cotterman Award for his paper "Modeling Mutations and Phenotypic Landscapes of Pelizaeus-Merzbacjer Disease with Human iPSC-Derived Oligodendrocytes AJHG 100: 617-34, April 2017"
Zach Nevin was also chosen as the director of the Trainee Board Member of the American Society for Human Genetics.