Category: Awards

Two Tech Researchers Win Professional Opportunity Awards

From Tech Today, 2/8/11
by Jennifer Donovan, director of public relations

John Durocher, a research assistant professor and postdoctoral fellow in Exercise Science, and Huan Yang, a PhD candidate in Exercise Science through the Biological Sciences graduate program, have received the 2011 Caroline tum Suden/Frances Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Awards from the American Physiological Society.

More than 140 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows throughout the US and beyond applied for the award this year. Only 38 awardees were selected, based on abstracts of their research.

“It is remarkable that both received this abstract-based award, and it is a credit to their hard work, dedication and high caliber of research,” said Dean Bruce Seely (CSA). “Most of the recipients are trainees at medical colleges throughout the US, making this even more remarkable.”

Durocher and Yang will be honored at the 2011 Experimental Biology conference in Washington, DC, this April.


Michael Gretz Receives National Science Foundation Grant

Michael Gretz received a National Science Foundation grant in support of his work investigating the evolution of the land plant cell wall. The Gretz lab is collaborating with an international team of researchers using algal systems to understand cell wall polymers critical for key morphogenetic events that led to the emergence of land plants aproximately 470 million years ago. This research provides pivotal information necessary for understanding, and potentially modifying, cell walls to facilitate agricultural and biofuel production, and development of pharmaceuticals, food additives and other products.


Bioathlon 2010

The twenty-first annual Department of Biological Sciences Bioathlon for high school biology students was held on Wednesday, May 5, at Michigan Technological University. Simultaneously, a workshop was held for the accompanying biology teachers. The Bioathlon serves as a means to stimulate interest and problem-solving in biology among our area youth. Teams from 16 Upper Peninsula Michigan high schools participated.


Award Recipients Announced for Sixth Annual ESC/BRC Graduate Research Forum Include several from Biological Sciences

The Ecosystem Science Center and the Biotechnology Research Center have
announced award recipients of the Sixth Annual ESC/BRC Graduate Research
Forum, held on March 26. Two grand prize awards, five merit awards
and four honorable mention awards were presented.

The recipients were selected from among the 43 posters and abstracts submitted by students conducting research related to ecology, the environment and biotechnology at Michigan Tech.


Uhl Takes Carnival Queen Crown

Winter Carnival week was officially kicked off Saturday night, as Anna Uhl was crowned queen. The senior biological sciences major was sponsored by Sigma Phi Epsilon and Kukkakaupa, and her talent was “My Size Salsa Dancing Barbie.”

Second place went to Jessica Thoresen, whose talent was “Legends of Azeroth” jazz dance and sponsors were First Year Experience and Celebrations Bridal & Formal Wear. She is second-year biological sciences major.

Third place went to Brittany Wood, who was sponsored by the Women’s Soccer Club and Xpressions. For her talent, the second-year marketing and sports and fitness management major read “A Letter of Desperation: Dear Brett Favre.”

Uhl will preside over the Carnival activities, including the all-nighter Wednesday night and the ride on the Zamboni at this weekend’s hockey games.


Graduate Students Schwartz and Stream Garner National Research Awards

From Tech Today, 1/29/10

The American Physiological Society (APS) announced awardees for the 2010 Carolyn tum Suden/Francis A. Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity National Award, and two Michigan Tech graduate students were on that list. Christopher Schwartz (PhD candidate, biological sciences) and Sarah Stream (MS candidate, biological sciences) were two of 38 awardees announced this week. Over 140 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows throughout the US and beyond applied for the award.

Christopher and Sarah were not quite sure what to expect when they applied for this abstract-based award this past fall.

“I think in the back of our minds we were hopeful one of us would get recognized,” said Schwartz. “We were both somewhat surprised that each of us received the award. It is quite an honor.”

The two graduate students conduct research in the Integrative Physiology Laboratory under the advisement of Jason Carter, chair of the Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education department. Schwartz’s research aims to determine the neurovascular responses to mental stress in normotensive and prehypertensive humans. Stream’s research focuses on the influence of acute alcohol consumption on neural control of blood pressure and orthstatic stability in healthy humans.

“It is remarkable that both Christopher and Sarah received this award,” said Carter. “This is a prestigious, well-recognized research award in the field of physiology. They were competing with graduate students and postdocs from some of the top universities and medical schools in our country. This award is a testament to their hard work, dedication and high caliber of research.”

Christopher and Sarah will be honored during the 2010 Experimental Biology conference in Anaheim, CA, this April. A full listing of all 38 awardees is available at the APS website.