• March 18, 2019
    A dozen making a difference

    Faculty members recognized for outstanding successes in labs and classrooms
    ​A dozen outstanding Central Michigan University faculty will be guests of honor at the 2019 Faculty Excellence Exhibition for their research and teaching. The event at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the Bovee University Center Rotunda recognizes the recipients of the annual President's and Provost's Awards, Faculty Distinguished Service Award, and several Excellence in Teaching Awards. Also being recognized are the external funding recipients from 2017-18. Faculty members from several departments will displaying their research following the formal awards program.

  • February 15, 2019
    Team targets stroke damage

    Doctoral student's virus research leads to new methods to deliver help to the brain
    Sarah Peruzzaro with lab samplesViruses often are bad news. But a Central Michigan University team of students and faculty is advancing evidence that, for stroke patients, a certain virus inserted into the brain can be a good thing. Sarah Peruzzaro, who this year received her doctorate in neuroscience from CMU, found that rodents with stroke brain damage were better able to do tasks after receiving a virus that carries a gene called Sox2.

  • January 29, 2019
    Fighting tumors with spice

    Students help faculty seek best way to deliver anti-inflammatory curcumin to cancer
    Cassandra ThompsonCassandra Thompson's college search strategy wasn't that unusual. Its outcome was. The Portage (Michigan) Northern High School junior was looking at programs in psychology, neuroscience and pre-medicine. She reached out to Central Michigan University's Gary Dunbar, who was head of the neuroscience program in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. He invited her to volunteer at CMU's Field Neurosciences Institute Laboratory for the summer. "I thought that was incredible," she said. "In the summer before my senior year, I actually was able to come to CMU and take part in projects. It was more hands on than I had ever done. I decided right then that I was going to come here and do research."

  • October 25, 2017
    Crossing lines for a cause

    Huntington's disease research spans neuroscience, chemistry and more
    Researchers Gary Dunbar (rear right), Julien Rossignol (seated right), Ajit Sharma (rear left) and grad student Bhairavi SrinageBeside a door in Central Michigan University's Health Professions Building is a small whiteboard drawing of Charlie Brown uttering his famous one-word expression. But here, "Rats" isn't about exasperation, it's about hope. For in that laboratory are rodents that could help a team of students and professors find a safe way to decrease the symptoms of Huntington's disease in humans. It's a goal that has sparked an interdisciplinary research effort involving faculty and students in chemistry and biochemistry, psychology, neuroscience, and medicine. In these labs, you'll find doctoral students rubbing shoulders with graduate students and undergrads — and sometimes even local high school students.