School of Dental Medicine: Rethinking Dental Evolution
Faculty and students at the Manot cave site.
Each summer, CWRU faculty members and dental students join the ongoing excavation of a seven-story, 450-foot long cave on a hillside in Manot, Israel. The CWRU School of Dental Medicine, the University of Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion University and the Israeli Antiquities Authority have collaborated at the excavation site to research human dental evolution
Mark Hans, Chair and Professor of Orthodontics, and fellow orthodontic faculty member, Bruce Latimer, a recognized expert in human evolution, spearheaded the ongoing archeological dig of the cave, which was discovered during a 2008 construction project that exposed the site for the first time in 20,000 years.
The program has provided the healthcare community with important data about dental and craniofacial development and the science community at large with new information about human evolution. In particular, researchers have discovered a partial calvarium that provided the first physical evidence of interbreeding between Homo sapiens neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens sapiens in the northern Lavant. Details on this important find were recently published in the journal Nature.
"This is significant in that 4 percent of modern European’s DNA is associated with Neanderthals, suggesting interbreeding between the two groups, which may have taken place in the area of the cave where modern humans and Neanderthals coexisted," explains Hans.
Subsequent expeditions will undoubtedly garner more information, providing the global science community with a greater understanding of both archeology and orthodontics.
New Scholarships for Study Abroad in Ireland!
Case Western Reserve University received a $7,500 Generation Study Abroad Grant from the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the Irish government to support new scholarships for study abroad in Ireland. The Office of Education Abroad will match this funding, and award at least six scholarships of $2,500 each to students.
The scholarships can be used for the cost of tuition, books, and travel related to study, service learning or internships abroad between Summer 2015 and Spring 2016.
The goal of the IIE Generation Study Abroad Scholarships is to help make study abroad opportunities possible for more U.S. student from a broad range of backgrounds. “The IIE Generation Study Abroad Scholarships will give more students – and more underrepresented students -- the opportunity to gain international experience, which is one of the most important components of a 21st-century education,” said Institute of International Education President and Chief Executive Officer Allan E. Goodman.
CWRU was one of ten partner colleges and universities selected to receive funding to support scholarships for study abroad in Ireland. The campuses were selected based on applications submitted describing institutional progress made in study abroad and how these student scholarships will help further increase and diversify study abroad on their campus.
The Office of Education Abroad will release information on the application process soon. Students who are interested in learning more can email email@example.com