Distance Learning

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No matter where you are, students, teachers and science centers can engage in real-time discussions with leading biomedical researchers through Interactive Video Distance Learning (IVDL) and web streaming.

Distance Learning

Designed for students in grades 7 through 12, the BMT: STEM distance learning programs explore the links between diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Northeast Ohio medical researchers share their cutting edge approaches to disease prevention and management.

BMT: STEM programs are aligned with the Ohio Department of Education Science, Mathematics, and Technology Content Standards and National Science Education Standards. Due to the nature of the health care industry, dates and speakers are subject to change.

To register, please contact John Ramicone, NOTA Program Manager at WVIZ, 216-916-6260, or john.ramicone@ideastream.org.

Tune in to these exciting programs produced by the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio!

Check back in Fall of 2013 for the schedule of 2014 presenters.

2014 BMT: STEM Presenters:

Thursday, April 24, 1:00-2:00 PM

Presenter: Jeanne Hitch, MEd, MA, LPC, Project Manager, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University

Description: National DNA Days Celebration – Genetics and Heart Disease - What is the connection? Are we doomed by our DNA? We will explore the mysterious link between the genetic risk of heart disease and the power of a healthy lifestyle to prevent heart disease.

Biography: Jeanne Hitch, MEd, MA, LPC, currently directs multiple educational research projects at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Human Services and a second master’s degree in Adult Education and has been a licensed professional counselor since 1997. Ms. Hitch began her career as a high school English teacher. Her diverse experience involved many areas of education, healthcare, in non-profit and for-profit environments. Her background includes teaching a variety of learners from three year olds to cardiologists. Her research has engaged providers, patients, and caregivers.

In 2004 she became the director for the National Heart Failure Training Program (N-HeFT™) where she worked with an interdisciplinary team to deliver live and online training for thousands of healthcare professionals.  Her expertise includes incorporating the use of technology and simulation to support improvement of patient outcomes for heart disease; she writes the scripts and trains patient actors to teach patients and providers about heart disease. She has also worked as a liaison with the technical and medical team members to develop robust web sites, online curriculum, and virtual learning in formats such as Second Life, video vignettes and artificial intelligence. She recently completed a successful three-year educational campaign targeting healthcare providers and consumers throughout Ohio to build awareness of the risk of heart disease and the signs of a heart attack for women. She also works in a multi-disciplinary clinic where she works as a Gestalt-trained therapist with patients who suffer from chronic pain. As a volunteer, Ms. Hitch serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. She is passionate about preventing heart disease and improving patient-centered care.

WedneSDAY, february 26, 1:00-2:00 PM

Presenter: Naveen K. Uli, MD, Fellowship Director, Pediatric Endocrinology, Medical Co-Director, Healthy Kids Healthy Weight Program, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, CWRU School of Medicine

Naveen Uli, MD

Naveen Uli, MD







Topic: What is Obesity?

Description: The epidemic of obesity in children and adolescents has worsened over the past 2 decades. The causes and consequences of obesity will be discussed.

Dr. Uli’s Biography:
Obtained medical degree at University of Mysore, India (1991). Received training in general pediatrics (residency) at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City (1992-1995). Received fellowship training in pediatric endocrinology at NYU Medical Center in New York City (1995-1999). Worked as a pediatric endocrinologist at Brookdale Hospital & Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY (1999-2002) for 3 years. Currently at UHCMC / Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital since 2002. In addition to being a full time attending, I am also director of fellowship training in pediatric endocrinology and medical co-director of the Healthy Kids Healthy Weight program, a clinical weight management program for children and adolescents.

THURsday, January 30, 1:00-2:00 PM

Presenter: Sarah MacLeish, DO, Director, Diabetes Technology Clinic, University Hospital’s Rainbow & Babies Children’s Hospital, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Sarah MacLeish, DO

Sarah MacLeish, DO







Topic: What is Diabetes?

Description: Learn about what causes diabetes, who is at risk for diabetes, what is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and how diabetes is treated.

Biography of Presenter:
Dr. Sarah MacLeish is a pediatric endocrinologist and the director of the pediatric diabetes technology clinic at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, where she cares for over 900 children with diabetes. Her interests include improving healthcare outcomes in underserved children with diabetes through education and integration of advanced diabetes management tools. One of her current projects uses mobile devices to stay in contact with patients who are learning to use new devices such as insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. Dr. MacLeish also has worked with families and school nurses to improve the care for children with diabetes in the school setting. Overall, her goal is to educate and engage youth in understanding disease processes and empower them to lead healthier lives.

2013 BMT: STEM Presenters:

Wednesday, January 16 at 1:00 PM

Sarah McAleer, RD, LD, MEd from The Center for Childhood Diabetes, Activity & Nutrition, University Hospital’s Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Case Western Reserve University

Topic: Innovative Behavioral Interventions to Treat Childhood Obesity

Description: Sarah McAleer, RD, LD, MEd is a registered dietitian and master’s trained exercise physiologist. Ms. McAleer will present on the types of jobs available for someone with this training and background. She will discuss the importance of research to understand current health and disease conditions and, more specifically, the topic of childhood obesity which has been the primary focus of her career. Finally, she will talk about her experience working on two behavioral studies working to combat childhood obesity in children.

Wednesday, February 27 at 10:00 AM

Carolyn E. Landis, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental/ Behavioral Pediatrics and Psychology, The Center for Childhood Diabetes, Activity and Nutrition, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital

Topic: Obesity and Sleep

Description: Meet Dr. Landis, a clinical psychologist, and learn how she studies the impact of lifestyle habits on youth wellness. Find out the how obesity impacts sleep and overall health. Dr. Landis will share her research on new methods of helping overweight and obese children and teens.


Sarah Drewes Jones, RD, School Intervention Coordinator, and NavigatorsPrevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University.

Navigators: Marissa Starin, Alison Brawner, Erika Hood, Eileen Bringman, Charles Vaughn, & Kevin Marable

Topic: IMPACTing Healthy Lifestyles in Youth Using Multi- level Research

Description: The presentation will address the school-based, community intervention of the national NIH clinical trial, COPTR. The study aims to combat overweight and obesity in Cleveland middle schoolers through a multi-level intervention.

The speakers for this presentation represent the school intervention team for the IMPACT study, one of the four COPTR sites that is housed at Case Western Reserve University. The school intervention coordinator (Sarah Jones) is responsible for the supervision of 6 Navigators, who are implementing the school intervention in 29 Cleveland middle schools. Each Navigator is responsible for 4-6 schools each and assists with the already-existing We Run This City Youth Marathon Program. The school intervention staff include specialists in dietetics, exercise science, education, public health, and even social work, which is what makes this team unique and successful


Eileen Seeholzer, MD, Director, Obesity and Weight Management Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center and Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Dr. Seeholzer is the Director of the Weight Management Program, which she began in 2003 at MetroHealth Medical Center.  She is also the Director of the Adult Weight Management and Healthy Lifestyles initiative, a ten-year project funded by the St. Luke’s Foundation.  She is certified by both the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABBM) and the American Board of Bariatric Medicine (ABBM).  Three years ago, Dr. Seeholzer was appointed Medical Director of the new MetroHealthy Employee Wellness Program.  She received her Medical and Master of Science degrees from Case Western School of Medicine. Dr. Seeholzer completed her residency and served as Chief of Residents at MetroHealth Medical Center.   She is an Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Archive of 2012 BMT: STEM presenters.

Archive of 2011 BioMedTech presenters.

Archive of 2009-2010 BioMedTech presenters.

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