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Students continue to shine in- and outside of the department!

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PreHealth Award

Fred Kastenbaum PreHealth Award

The award is to be used for assistance with preparation for the required standardized exams associated with admittance to graduate health programs such as: MCAT, DAT,  OAT, GRE

Isabella's goal is to specialize in pediatric oncology.


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Madison and Lizzie

2018 Award Winners Whalen Symposium Thursday, April 12, 2018

  • Madison Chlebowski, Molecular Mechanisms of Somatosensory Neuron Function and Development in Zebrafish
    —Faculty Sponsor: Ian Woods
     
  • Elizabeth Freilich, The role of cart3 in zebrafish caudal fin regeneration
    —Faculty Sponsor: Ian Woods

Finalists included:

  • Emily Siniscalco and Dallas Fonseca, Investigating Genetic Mechanisms that Regulate Germ Cell Fate in C. Elegans
    –Faculty Sponsor: Te-Wen Lo
     
  • Kevin Tran, Downstream Targets of CART Peptides in Mediating Regenerating Zebrafish Fin Folds
    —Faculty Sponsor: Ian Woods
     
  • Eric Eichelberger, Identification of Fibroblast Growth Factor Signaling Components
    —Faculty Sponsor: Te-Wen Lo

 


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Celebrating our department’s H&S STEM Summer Scholars:

Scholar: Syed Fardin Ahmed '20, Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Te-Wen Lo, Biology (PI, NIH grant)
Project: Identifying Novel Components of Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor Signaling

Scholar: Yanely Alonso ’20, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Te-Wen Lo, Biology
Project: Evolution of Nematode Dosage Compensation Mechanisms

Scholar: Paul Anderson ’20, Biology — Dana Intern
Faculty Mentor: Leann Kanda, Biology
Project: Effect of Recreation Trails on Wildlife Movement and Effects of Urbanization on Wildlife Personality

Scholar: Alexis Burian ’20, Biology — Dana Intern
Faculty Mentor: Maki Inada, Biology
Project: Saturation Mutagenesis of RNAP II CTD Effects on Splicing in S. Pombe

Scholar: Rebecca Falconer ’19, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Andrew Smith. Biology
Project: Recombinant Purification of Protein

Scholar: Allison Fan '20, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Andrew Smith, Biology
Project: Adhesive Gels of Slugs and their Structural Significance

Scholar: Christopher Gallego ’19, Biology Dana Intern
Faculty Mentor: Tamara Fitzwater, Psychology and Jean Hardwick, Biology
Project: Neuroimmune Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury in Adolescent Rats

Scholar: Carolina Gaudenzi ’19, Biology Dana Intern
Faculty Mentor: Paula Turkon, Environmental Studies and Sciences
Project: Dendrochronology in Mesoamerica

Scholar: Natalie George ’19, Biochemistry Dana Intern
Faculty Mentor: Jamie Ellis, Chemistry
Project: Time Resolved Fluorescence Anisotropy of ARF1 and ARF5 in Arabidopsis Thaliana

Scholar: Darnell Harris ’19, Biochemistry Dana Intern
Faculty Mentor: Andrew Torelli, Chemistry
Project: Preliminary Expression, Purification, and Crystallization of Select Escherichia Coli Metabolic Enzymes

Scholar: Katharine Hutton ’19, Biology — Dana Intern
Faculty Mentor: Jean Hardwick, Biology (PI, NIH grant)
Project: Characterization of Neuropeptide Y Receptor Function

Scholar: Shelby Johnston ’19, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Jamie Ellis, Chemistry
Project: Exploring a Novel Transcription Factor: Interactions of the ARF-1 PB1

Scholar: Lydia Loiselle ’20, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Jean Hardwick, Biology (PI, NIH grant)
Project: Sympathetic Response to Myocardial Infarction

Scholar: Sophia Pitti-Daly ’19, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Peter Melcher, Biology
Project: Long Distance Signaling in Plants

Scholar: Winona Platt ’20, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Brooks Miner, Biology
Project: Divergence in Thermal Tolerance Between Two Closely Related Species

Scholar: Meghan Ricciardi ’20, Biochemistry — Heinz and Judy Koch Research Fund grant
Faculty Mentor: Scott Ulrich, Chemistry
Project: Cost-Efficient Synthesis of Ketone Bodies

Scholar: Sarah Scherbak ’20, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Brooks Miner, Biology
Project: Daphnia Temperature Trials

Scholar: Emily Siniscalo ’19, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Te-Wen Lo, Biology (PI, NIH grant)
Project: Identifying the Mechanistic Link Between Notch Pathway and FBF-2

Scholar: Jelani Williams ’20, Biochemistry Dana Intern
Faculty Mentor: Maki Inada, Biology
Project: The Effects of Saturation Amino Acid Mutagenesis of the CTD of RNAP II on Splicing in S. Pombe

Scholar: Abigail Wine ’20, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Susan Witherup, Biology
Project: Medicinal and Microbiological Properties of Scaevola Taccada

Scholar: Taylor Yoman ’19, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Susan Witherup, Biology
Project: Invasive Species Dispersal: Understanding the Distribution of Scaevola Taccada in Puerto Rico

 


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Flora Tierney (Biochemistry, '18), Shannon Allen (Biology, '18), Elizabeth Freilich (Biology, '18) and Madison Chlebowski (Biology, '19) presented their research at the annual Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington DC in November.

The four students presented results from their research with Biology faculty at the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience poster session as part of the Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington, DC.  Flora Tierney, who also presented her work in the main conference, received a highly competitive travel award from the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience to support her attendance at the meeting.  Allen, Tierney, Freilich and Chlebowski also received support from the school of Humanities & Sciences and the Biology Department.

Tierney and Allen worked with Jean Hardwick (Biology) and presented results from their research during the spring of 2017, as well as summer research (supported by Professor Hardwick's NIH grant).  Their research characterized the expression and function of different receptors for a signaling molecule, NPY, in neurons that help to control cardiac function in the guinea pig.  Freilich and Chlebowski work with Ian Woods (Biology) and also presented results from their research as an H&S Summer Scholar (Freilich) and Dana Research Intern (Chlebowski) on the development of sensory neurons in zebrafish.

The Society for Neuroscience conference is the largest international gathering of neuroscientists in the world, with attendance of approximately 30,000 (or more) annually.


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Chasia Bambo (Biology ’19) is among 10 students selected as the first BOLD Scholars at Ithaca College.  All ten juniors have become part of an initiative focused on cultivating courageous leadership among college women. Each BOLD Scholar will receive a scholarship of up to $25,000 per year for tuition, room and board. IC’s BOLD cohort will be responsible for implementing a specific and tangible transformation project on campus that reflects the mission of the BOLD Network. In addition, members of the cohort will identify major quantifiable goals related to campus inclusion that they would like to accomplish by the end of their BOLD experience. The new cohort will travel to Rutgers University in Newark and to New York City October 6–8 for the first national BOLD summit and retreat. Read the full article here.


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