Casey Huckins (BS/GLRC) is Principal Investigator on a project that has received a $114,445 research and development contract with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The project is titled, ” Salmon Trout River Restoration and Coaster Brook Trout Confirmation.” This is a potential three- to four-year project.
Four students who are entering Michigan Tech this fall to pursue health-related careers have received $8,000 Making a Difference scholarships from the Portage Health Foundation. Another 10 entering first-year students received $1,000 awards.
The $8,000 scholarships went to:
- Peter Alger, Houghton, computer engineering
- Alexa Destrampe, Lake Linden, exercise science
- Hannah Kariniemi, Calumet, biological sciences
- Karmyn Polakowski, Houghton, biological sciences
Receiving $1,000 scholarships were:
- Blake Dupuis, Lake Linden, exercise science
- Lauren Gabe, L’Anse, biological sciences
- Austin Goudge, Houghton, medical laboratory science
- Bella Nutini, Hancock, exercise science
- Celia Peterson, Calumet, biomedical engineering
- Anna Pietila, L’Anse, biological sciences
- Lindsay Sandell, Houghton, biomedical engineering
- Brooke Tienhaara, Calumet, biological sciences
- Nicholas Walli, Finlandia University, biological sciences
- Sloane Zenner, Houghton, mechanical engineering
The students are from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga or Ontonagon counties.
The 14 recipients of the 2017 awards have an average GPA of 3.81. Their interests reflect a broad spectrum of majors including biological sciences, exercise science, biomedical engineering, computer engineering, medical laboratory science and mechanical engineering. The scholarship winners flip Michigan Tech’s male to female ratio of 3:1, with 10 female and 4 male recipients.
The scholarships are part of a Michigan Tech-Portage Health Foundation partnership established in 2015 to support health-related research and education, jobs and community health. The scholarships were first awarded in 2016.
“The awards reflect the high-caliber student talent we have locally, thanks to exceptional schools, outreach programming and parent support,” says Jodi Lehman, director of foundations at Michigan Tech. “We know that student talent is key in supporting the success of college peers and inspiring K-12 students to pursue health science and engineering pathways.
The Portage Health Foundation and Michigan Tech share the long-term goal of retaining or recruiting back local workforce talent — whether that be orthodontists, doctors, physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, biomedical engineers or professionals in the field of medical informatics. Scholarships ultimately play a critical role in helping to grow our local economy while fostering healthy communities.”
At a dinner for finalists, the scholarship recipients heard from current students also supported by the Portage Health Foundation through the Undergraduate Research Internship Program (URIP). Both speakers shared their internship experiences and career goals.
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Stephen Techtmann (Bio Sci/GLRC) is the PI on a project that has received a $239,475 research and development grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior. The project is titled “Bilge Water Microbiomes as Biosignatures of Maritime Provenance.”
This is the first year of a potential three year project totaling $883,735.
From our Chair, Dr. Joshi:
Heartiest congratulations to assistant professor Dr. Ebenezer Tumban for receiving his first NIH-R15 grant worth $457,197 for developing a new vaccine to enhance protection against oral HPV infections in HIV patients. This is a three-year project starting September 1, 2016. Dr. Tumban joined us just two years back so this is a great achievement of obtaining substantial extramural funding so fast. Great job, Ebenezer!
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Ebenezer Tumban (Bio Sci/LSTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $457,197 research and development grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.) The project is titled, “Development of a Multi-epitope L2 Bacteriophage VLPs Vaccine to Enhance Protection Against Oral HPV Infections in HIV Patients.” This is a three-year project.
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Thomas Werner (Bio Sci/LSTI) is the principal investigator on a project that was awarded a $363,359 research and development grand from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Nation Institutes of Health. The project is “The Role of Toolkit Gene in Generating Complex Color Pattern in Drosophila.” This is a three-year project.
A PhD position is available with Dr. Amy Marcarelli at Michigan Technological University to join a 5-year, NSF-funded study of the balance between nitrogen fixation and denitrification in streams and rivers across the United States.
Candidates with an M.S. in aquatic ecology or related discipline are preferred.
Interested applicants should contact Dr. Marcarelli (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately for full consideration. More information on the Marcarelli lab can be found at http://marcarelli-lab.bio.mtu.edu/.
Christina Lehman, Kinesiology and Physiology: Congratulations to Andrew Chapp for receiving a Predoctoral Fellowship from the American Heart Association. Andrew is a Biological Sciences PhD student working in Dr. Qinghui Chen’s electrophisyiology lab. Andrew will continue to work in Dr. Chen’s lab focusing on a project titled, “Acetate as an Active Metabolite of Ethanol: Neural and Cardiovascular Implications.”
Andrew recently published a portion of his ethanol research in the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology and has given several oral presentations pertaining to the effects of acetate on neuronal excitability. The project Andrew has proposed is expected to have a positive impact on providing insight into the neuronal mechanisms of an alcohol associated hypertension and stroke. Additionally, this proposed study will provide not only a known cellular mechanism for pharmacological intervention of alcohol induced hypertension, but also broader implications to future studies in the alcohol research community related to acetate on learning/memory, motor control, and addiction/depression.
More information on Dr. Chen’s research can be found on his lab page.
Joseph Wagenbrenner (SFRES/GLRC), is the principal investigator on the project Informing Great Lakes Connectivity Decisions: An Enhanced Online Portal for High-Resolution Barrier Data and Species-Specific Benefit Analysis, that has received a $42,105 research and development grant from the University of Wisconsin. Casey Huckins (Bio Sci) and David Watkins (CEE) are co-PIs on the two-year project.
Xiaoqing Tang (Bio Sci) received a $75,000 research contract from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council for the project Blueberry Protects Pancreatic Beta-Cells