5 questions with…National Chess Master Gabe Ewing


Earlier this summer, senior Gabe Ewing traveled to Arlington, Va., for the 2014 World Open chess tournament. Though he arrived with low expectations for success, he emerged from the seven-day competition a National Chess

5 questions with… new Director of Online and Innovative Learning Jennifer Sparrow


Jennifer Sparrow is the first person to hold Case Western Reserve University’s newly developed position of Director of Online and Innovative Learning. The university’s new position makes it possible to use technology to advance

5 Questions… with celebrated pediatric oncologist Peter de Blank

In June, Peter de Blank, assistant professor in pediatric oncology and hematology, added a new accolade to his collection—the inaugural Francis S. Collins Award to research neurofibromatosis (NF). He was one of the first two

5 Questions… with new athletic director Amy Backus

Amy Backus CWRU

After every basketball practice during her sophomore year at Central Michigan University, Amy Backus went home and logged each drill her team performed that day. That’s when it hit her: Her aspirations changed from becoming

5 questions with… engineering student, community outreach volunteer James Dolgin

James Dolgin

The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning (CCEL) at Case Western Reserve University encourages students to “break out of the bubble” and experience all that Cleveland has to offer. This summer, James Dolgin, a sophomore

5 questions with… new School of Dental Medicine dean, alumnus Kenneth Chance

For Kenneth B. Chance, his appointment as dean of the School of Dental Medicine completes a cycle. “I can now give back,” he said, “all of the training, all of the experiences that I’ve had

5 questions with… Mandel School grad student, comics scholar Valentino Zullo

All superheroes have an origin story—a backstory that delves deeper into the character’s history. Valentino Zullo, a second-year graduate student in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, has his

5 questions with…48-year biology professor James Zull

James Zull

James Zull remembers when a single chain separated Western Reserve University and the Case Institute of Technology. The chain was a futile effort to create an illusion of separation. People often stepped right over

5 questions with…organizational behavior guru, new HR administrator Bonnie Richley


Throughout all her years of education, research and teaching, Bonnie Richley has maintained the same goal: “I’ve always wanted to make a difference,” she said. Her new role will allow her to do just

5 questions with…infection prevention, control expert Irena Kenneley

Irena Kenneley headshot

Before she was born, Irena Kenneley’s family immigrated to the United States from Lithuania after years of persecution under Russian communist rule post-World War II. Growing up on Cleveland’s East Side, Kenneley initially struggled