Biology in the News
Congratulations to Vice Provost for Research and Biology Professor Janet Mann, whose extensive research on bottlenose dolphins has now been turned into an award-winning children's book. The Dolphins of Shark Bay (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013) by Pamela S. Turner is part of the publishing company's "Scientists in the Field" series, which seeks to make science more accessible to young readers.
Biology Professor and Department Chair Steven Singer was recently featured in an article from Georgetown University Research News highlighting his lab's ongoing work with the intestinal parasite Giardia, the leading parasitic cause of diarrhea in humans in the United States and around the world. Dr. Singer's lab was the first to successfully manipulate the parasite genetically, and his research team has also demonstrated that antibodies are not required to control the infection, and that intestinal neurons play an important role in parasite elimination.
Biology major Kamil Lupicki (C'14) is featured in a recent article from Georgetown College News that highlights his research with Professor Luciane Cavalli (Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center) on the BP1 homeobox gene and its implications on triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). By potentially identifying this particular gene as a possible target, it is the hope that new drug treatments for this aggressive form of cancer could be developed further down the line. Lupicki plans to continue the work he has done in Professor Cavalli's lab this year as his project for the Research Intensive Senior Experience (RISE).
Biology Professor Anne Rosenwald has recently been selected as one of only 19 biologists nationwide to participate in this year's ASM-NSF Biology Scholars Program Assessment Residency. The ASM's scholars program is a national leadership initiative supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve undergraduate biology education. Dr. Rosenwald states that her year-long residency will guide her in developing and refining assessment tools and measurable learning outcomes. In addition, she will also attend the residency's intensive Measuring Student Learning Institute in DC and receive close mentoring from former scholars of the program.
Biology Professor Janet Mann has recently been named the new Vice Provost for Research by Provost Robert Groves. In a statement from Provost Groves, a new structure has been created for the Office of the Provost that includes three new faculty-based Vice Provost positions to focus on key areas such as reviewing academic programs and working with faculty on curricular innovations, recruiting and retaining the very best faculty, and stimulating, supporting, and incentivizing research. In addition to Professor Mann's new role, Professor Randy Bass (Dept. of English, Director of CNDLS, and Associate Provost) has been named Vice Provost for Education, and Professor Adriana Kugler (GPPI, Co-director of the International Summer Institute on Policy Evaluation) has been named Vice Provost for Faculty.