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Current congratulations are in order! Andrew Becker selected as Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Recipient; Previous student accomplishments are listed under "Student Recognition" to the left.

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Andrew Becker

Congratulations, Andrew and good luck!

Each year, the Ithaca College Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi invites outstanding seniors to apply for selection as the Chapter’s candidate for one of the prestigious National Fellowships for the first year of graduate or professional study.

This year’s recipient is Andrew Becker, a senior biochemistry major in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College.

Andrew plans to continue his study at one of the major medical schools in the country next year.  In Fall 2014 Andrew was selected as the recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi John Bernard Presidential Scholar Award.  At Ithaca College, Andrew is the Director of Internal Communications for the Senior Class Cabinet, President of the Pre-Medical Society, President of the Diabetes Awareness Club, and a Group Leader for Ithaca College’s Relay for Life, which raises money for the American Cancer Society. He also serves as a Teaching Assistant at Ithaca College for chemistry courses and is an Academic Enrichment Services tutor for chemistry courses.  

Phi Kappa Phi national winners of the fellowships will be announced by June 1, 2014.  We wish Andrew all the best as his application goes forward for consideration at the national level.


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Sigma Xi Inductees 2014

2014 Biochemistry Inductees

  • Joshua Messinger, Biochemistry
  • Emily Powers, Biochemistry
  • Sarah Rabice, Biochemistry

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, is nonprofit membership society scientists and engineers who were elected to the Society because of their research achievements or potential. Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi has more than 500 chapters at universities and colleges, government laboratories and industry research centers.


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Kastenbaum Recipients

Charles De-Ganga, Biochemistry’14

I am currently interested in general surgery and plastic surgery as specializations are concerned, but I am staying open to all experiences in medical school. I hope to be able to return to my home country of Nigeria to contribute to the betterment of health care system there. Having lived in Nigeria for 18 years of my life, I am well aware of the need for better health care professionals and facilities, and would like to set up a practice there as well.

Benjamin Jung, Biochemistry ‘16

His dream is to become a physician to help people who are suffering from physiological problems.   To learn more about the profession he has travelled to Costa Rica and Nicaragua to volunteer.  He also participated in a program in Thailand that allowed him to do clinical rotations . This experience confirmed his interest and desire to continue to medical school.

Thank you, Dr. Kastenbaum for your support!


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Elitsa Stoyanova (Biochemistry 14) received a BBB Research Scholarship

The BBB Research Scholarship is to support her research project, “In vivo tracking of CART neuropeptide dynamics in Danio rerio”.  The results of the research will be presented at a future convention and may be published in BIOS.   Research conducted under the supervision of Ian Woods.

Abstract

CART (cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript) is a neuropeptide with functions in behaviors such as food intake, body weight maintenance, and reward. The aim of this research project is to elucidate the in vivo dynamics of the expression, release, transport and receptor localization of the CART peptide. We plan to accomplish this through four main steps, using Split GFP as a reporter of CART localization. First, we will generate plasmid reagents that will enable an inducible cart-gfp11 (hs-gfp-11) and a ubiquitously-expressed gfp1-10 (actin-gfp1-10).  Second, we will test the functionality of the hs-cart-gfp11 via established behavioral assays. Third, we will create transgenic zebrafish for the hs-cart-gfp11 and actin-gfp1-10 construct,confirm their fluorescence in transiently-transgenic larvae, and generate stable lines for these transgenes. Finally, we will generate reagents for genome editing via CRISPR or TALEN technologies to introduce the gfp11 label to the CART gene on its endogenous locus. Taken together, these experiments will elucidate the dynamics of CART signaling in the context of a living, functioning brain.


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Bernard Scholar

 

The John Bernard Scholar

Andrew is among the 2013 Phi Kappa Phi Presidential Scholar Award Winners.

The awards are made to students achieving the highest level of academic performance combined with exceptional depth and breadth of interest and outstanding community service.  Andrew is the Director of Internal Communications for the Senior Class Cabinet, President of the Pre-Medical Society, President of the Diabetes Awareness Club, and a Group Leader for Ithaca College’s Relay for Life, which raises money for the American Cancer Society. Andrew also serves as a Teaching Assistant and Academic Enrichment Services tutor at Ithaca College for chemistry courses.



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