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Kudos! Sigma Xi Inductees; Fred Kastenbaum PreHealth Award Recipients; Elitsa Stoyanova (Biochemistry 14) received a BBB Research Scholarship ; The John Bernard Scholar is Andrew Becker; Whalen Symposium & Award Recipients; Andrew Becker receives an award; Josh Messinger recieves H&S Funding

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Sigma Xi Inductees 2014

2014 Biology /Biochemistry Inductees

  • Haley Coleman, Biology
  • Alisha Linton, Biology
  • 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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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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The James J. Whalen Academic Symposium was conceived of as an event celebrating student research and creative activity at Ithaca College. The 16th annual Symposium upheld the tradition of the event, providing a day filled with outstanding presentations on independent research and original creative work in the arts.

Adam Longwich (Biochemistry ’14). Molecular Phylogenetic: Reconstruction of the Neotropical Cucumber Genus Gurania based on the Serine/Threonine Phosphatase Low-Copy Nuclear Marker (Susan Swensen)

Robert Nichols (Biochemistry ’14). Linking the Carboxy Terminal Domain Code of RNA Plymerase II to Regulating Chromatin States (Maki Inada)

Presentation Winners:

 Andrew Becker (Biochemistry ’14). Oral Presentation. A New Method for the Synthesis of Organic Polymer Bone Scaffolds (Michael Haaf)

Joshua Messinger (Biochemistry ’14). Poster Presentation. I Can Grow There Too: Survey of Host Species Specific Growth of Chlamydia (David Gondek)


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