The Regents Science Scholars Program, funded by a $1.2 million investment from alumni Joe Zimmel (C’75) and Alison Lohrfink Blood (B’81), serves to enhance Georgetown’s efforts to address the critical shortage of underserved and first-generation college students who complete degrees in the sciences.
Dissimilar from most graduate student, Catilin is also a graduate of Georgetown’s Undergraduate program. She worked with Tim Beach’s lab on a project looking at human and natural environmental changes in Mayan agricultural lands as well as Mann’s lab working as a field research assistant in Australia studying dolphins.
Alisha Dua, a former undergraduate scholar of the Neuroethics Studies Program, has won and is currently participating in a Fulbright United Kingdom Partnership Award to complete a Masters of Research in Biosciences at University College London this Fall.
Elizabeth Lee’s first-author publication use routinely available flu surveillance data to identify age patterns among working-aged adults and school-aged children in unconfirmed sick cases that look like they could be flu, that are consistent across multiple flu seasons in the United States.
Chao Chen and Jing Jin, Ph.D. recipients, are first-time co-authors. Their article is about a cross-species functional analysis, specifically the process of neurogenesis, from dividing progenitor through neuronal maturation.
Graduate student Gift Wangsanut co-authored a paper for the first time on the mechanisms involved in the virulence of C. albicans. The study at the heart of paper may be able to help in future therapeutic interventions of this common human pathogen!
Collin Leibold is a graduate of Georgetown University College who recently participated in a service project in Kenya. He partnered with the Mother of Mercy Girls Secondary School to work with students and provide support to the school’s health care facilities and farm, putting his major in Biology of Global Health and minor in Theology to work.
Professor Leslie Ries released two articles referencing her research on monarch butterflies. The first in the Washington Post quotes Professor Leslie Ries's work and the second in Science Magazine quotes Professor Leslie Ries directly and IDs her as Georgetown faculty.
Heidi Elmendorf an associate professor in Georgetown College’s biology department, is being honored as the 2014 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s District of Columbia Professor of the Year.
"Amy Battocletti (G’20), a second-year Ph.D. candidate in the biology department who received a three-year graduate research fellowship from NSF, served in the United States Navy as an aerographer’s mate from 2001 to 2008."
Noyes came to Georgetown very dedicated to the idea of majoring in biology of global health but then realized that wasn’t her passion and decided to shift her major in environmental biology. Her interest declaring her major in environmental biology began after working for the Center for the Environment as a first-year student. "As a member of The Corp Green Team, she has the chance to support initiatives like this month’s Kill the Cup University Challenge, part of a nationwide effort to promote sustainability."
Neuroscientists at Georgetown investigate how communication occurs between cells of the brain. Understanding this could help us understand neurological disorders. This research, led by Prof. Maria Donoghue of the Department of Biology, was conducted by graduate and undergraduate students and is a collaboration project with Prof. Stefano Vicini of the School of Medicine.
Congratulations to Professor Gina Wimp, who was one of three recipients of the 2013 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Wimp received her award at this year's annual Georgetown College Faculty Convocation, held on January 23rd.
Junior Environmental Biology and Anthropology major Alex O'Neill was recently featured in an article from Georgetown College News regarding the year he is currently spending abroad in Nepal, studying the Nepali language and conducting independent research on parasitic plants. Funded by a Boren scholarship, O'Neill is combining his interests in medicine and ecology by specifically studying the uses, perceptions, and management of medicinal plants.
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.