This edition of Professional Notes features faculty Elizabeth Burr, Thomas Bushlack, Thomas Hickson, Robert Kennedy, Lisa Lamb, Jeni McDermott, Jennifer McGuire, Professor Emeritus Father David Smith, John Spry, Kevin Theissen, AnnMarie Thomas, Kim Vrudny, Christian Washburn and John Wendt; staff Margaret Cahill, Vern Klobassa and Eric Stevens; and students Francesca Bernardi, Cassandra Clark, Jacob Frahm, Michael Kolles and April Terres.
The Fulbright Program is a highly competitive, merit-based grant for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists, founded by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright in 1946.
This month, St. Thomas senior Elizabeth Chambers, junior Hunter Gaitan, sophomore Ryan Burke and biochemistry professor Dr. Adam Kay will help plant 96 plots of wildflowers on a vacant gravel pit in downtown St. Paul for their research study, The Helpful Flowers Project. The team will study biodiversity and how wildflowers remove toxic heavy metals from soil.
This week's notes feature faculty Anne Klejment, Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt, Lisa Prevette, Manjeet Rege, Christian Washburn, John Wendt and Reid Zimmerman; staff Carol Peterfeso and James Rogers; and students Katie Boyd, Emily Cabel, Jackie Heitzman, Caitlin Kielblock, Lauren McGovern, Kirsten Muller, Megan Tappe and undergraduate students from the Geography Department.
Until recently, many biologists also viewed themselves as pure experimentalists with no need for mathematics in their field, but advances in experimental techniques have generated huge amounts of data, and without mathematical modeling and analysis it would be impossible for biology to make sense of all these data.
Seniors Samali Mutazindwa and Netsanet Negussie, and Mathew Vicknair '13 are working to bring their program, Maysha, which means "life" in Swahili, to underserved communities in East Africa. The program will focus on health care literacy and malaria intervention.
Sam Friederichs ’07, a marine biologist and consultant for National Geographic, heads the National Geographic Crittercam billfish program. He hopes the footage he retrieves will lead to conservation achievements and funding.
Ryan Augustin, a junior majoring in biochemistry, was awarded a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, an award that honors outstanding students who plan to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. Juniors Elizabeth Annoni and Mark Painter were named honorable mentions.
A team of four University of St. Thomas students and a graduate student from St. Catherine University present recommendations March 7 concerning a medical innovation that they have been working on in collaboration with a Mayo Clinic physician.
Most weekdays last summer Grant Schmura and David Houserman left the biology lab around noon and drove to Lake Judy in Shoreview, Minn. Before each of those days was done they would spend five hours gathering and tracking painted turtles.