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CSP - Faculty

Jay Mann (Director)


J. Adin Mann, Jr. received his Ph. D. degree in 1962 from Iowa State University in physical chemistry. He spent a year as a post doctoral fellow of the National Academy of Science - National Research Council in the Van't Hoff Laboratory, University of Utrecht with Professor Overbeek. He then moved to the Department of Chemistry, University of Hawaii and later held a joint appoint with the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. He moved to the Department of Chemical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio in 1974. His research interests are in the phenomena of structure, dynamics and function of interfacial systems including nanoparticles.

Professor Mann is a member of the American Chemical Society and its Colloid and Surface Chemistry Division, The American Physical Society, The Electrochemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He was the first Langmuir Lecturer, Colloid Division, American Chemical Society and the first Robert S Hansen Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University.

Brad Ricca


Background: I grew up in the suburban landscape of Cleveland's west side before leaving to pursue a degree in Microbiology at Miami University. I changed to an English major and came back to Case to get my Ph.D. with a dissertation on 19th-century American poets and astronomy. I have since taught courses in the SAGES program and English Department for several years.

Interests: I am very interested in how writers of all eras try to accommodate scientific advancements into their literary projects, particularly those of Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allan Poe. For the most part, I've found that modern readers tend to greatly underestimate the level of scientific discourse that select writers incorporate into their works in pursuit of commentary, legitimacy, and even new forms of art. In recent years, I've also been working on understanding the role of the super-hero in American graphic literature and how it too represents an intellectual struggle between science and the imagination. I've published essays on Dickinson, Faulkner, meteor storms, women super-heroes, and am currently working on a book about Superman.

Comments: CSP has a long and storied tradition at Case Western Reserve University and I am very excited to be a part of this next evolutionary (and perhaps revolutionary) step.

Jeff Zabinski (Graduate Student)


Graduated in 2009 from CWRU with BS in biomedical engineering with a polymer materials concentration. During time as an undergraduate, spent a summer in Kenya and worked for years on community health, teaching and building an aids clinic in Kenya. Was also a graduate of CSP in 2008 and now returning to teach the first year class. Also currently enrolled in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences working towards a dual masters degree in social work and bioethics.

Variety of interests ranging from sustainability to space travel. Holds a SCUBA license and actively travels.

Linda Ehrlich (Former Director)


I've been in the College Scholars Program for over five years now, since 2003 (with a break in the 2008-09 academic year). I enjoy its creative spirit.

I've had a peripatetic life that seems to circle back to Cleveland now and then. In the past, I've spent years in Japan, Spain, India, Israel... and also in Ann Arbor, San Francisco, and Hawaii (plus a childhood in Louisville, KY and St. Louis, MO). In Fall 1998, I sailed as a faculty member on the Semester-at-Sea voyage. I love being by the ocean.

My personal taste leans towards traditional/classical forms of music, theatre, dance (with a healthy appreciation for modern experimentation as well). In my "free time," I enjoy playing the guitar and taking dance lessons.

My writing is a strong part of my life, not an extra. Films provide me with the inspiration and the images. Most of my writing about film centers on Asian and European cinema.

Here's my more "official" biosketch:
Linda C. Ehrlich, associate professor at Case Western Reserve University, has published poetry in International Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, The Bitter Oleander, Literary Arts Hawaii, Case Western Reserve Review, Tributaries, and other literary journals.
Her articles on world cinema have appeared in Film Quarterly, Cinema Journal, Literature/Film Quarterly, Film Criticism, Cinemaya, Journal of Film and Video, Cinema Scope, and the online journals Senses of Cinema and Journal of Religion and Film, among others. She has co-edited (with David Desser) Cinematic Landscapes, an anthology of articles on the interface between the visual arts and cinemas of China and Japan (University of Texas Press, 1994; 2nd edition 2000, third edition 2008). Her second book, An Open Window: The Cinema of Víctor Erice, appeared in the Scarecrow Press Filmmakers' Series (#72) in August 2000 (expanded paperback edition in 2007). Her commentary appears on the Criterion DVD of the Spanish film Spirit of the Beehive (El espíritu de la colmena).

For more information, please note the website: www.lindaehrlich.com

Andrew Jenkins (Undergraduate Staff)


I was born and raised in Kettering, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton. After graduating high school and moving to Cleveland, my parents moved to a farm in Washington Court House Ohio. My choice to come to Case was partly a result of my grandfather having received an electrical engineering degree as part of the Navy V12 program. This legacy also sparked a strong interest of mine in the history of CWRU.

I joined the College Scholars Program during my sophomore year, however I am currently in my senior year as a biomedical engineering student. For my CSP capstone project I worked in Cleveland charter schools and analyzed different teaching methods as well as the disparities between the two schools I was at. Academically, I have also had biophysical research experience at Wright State University as well as imaging research experience here at Case.

My job with CSP is to help with administrative duties such as maintaining the website, as well as research the history of the program and help develop the future of the program