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College of Science Alumni Recieves Distinguished Alumni Award - Posted on May 17,2007

Dr Danielle N Ripich

Danielle N. Ripich holds three degrees in speech pathology — bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1977 and 1978 from the College of Science and a Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1982. In addition, she holds a certificate in management development from Harvard University and a certificate from the Professional Fellows Program at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She lives in Maine.

A distinguished educator and researcher, Dr. Ripich became the fifth president of the University of New England in July 2006. Prior to that, she spent seven years at the Medical University of South Carolina as dean of the College of Health Professions and professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Neurology.

She began her academic career at CSU, teaching voice and diction from 1980 to 1982. She then moved to Case Western Reserve University as an instructor but soon became chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and then associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Ripich is internationally known for her language research, particularly with children, the hearing impaired, and persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

(The above appears in the Cleveland State Alumni Association website

Physician assistants soon will be prescribing drugs - Posted on April 28,2007

"Physician assistants in Ohio soon will be able to do what those in nearly every state have been doing for years: prescribe drugs for patients.

As early as this summer, physician assistants with master's degrees and those without advanced degrees but with 10 years of experience can add prescription writing to duties that include assisting with surgeries, taking patient medical histories, and diagnosing and treating illnesses.

This new responsibility was part of a state law that went into effect last year requiring physician assistants to have master's degrees starting in January."

View the complete article in the  Plain Dealer .

The College of Science offers a physician's assistant program through the Health Sciences department.

Student Wins Innovation Award- Posted on January 17,2007

The Executive Committee for the CSU/Ingenuity Undergraduate Creativity Research Competition has selected Abigail Tropiano's proposal, Innovation in Nursing Home Activities: Promoting Patient Interaction and Perceived Well-Being, for funding. Abigail will work with Dr. Kathy Judge to complete her project as an independent study during the Spring 2007 semester. Congratulations, Abigail!


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