In the News
U.S. News and World Report reported on research by Linda Ivany (Earth Sciences) about the effect of global warming on El Nino.
America Magazine profiled Mary Karr, Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of Literature (Creative Writing)
Religion News Service quoted Gustav Niebuhr (religion and media) on interfaith understanding.
A Success magazine feature on primatologist Jane Goodall extensively quotes Dean Emerita Cathryn R. Newton.
Research on the formation of biofilms led by Anthony Garza (biology), is featured on Science 360, Medtech Pulse/Qmed and Bioscience Technology.
Christopher DeCorse (anthropology) is quoted in an Agence France Presse story on slave trade relics found on Bunce Island, Sierre Leone.
Biologist garners highly competitive National Institutes of Health grant
Katharine Lewis studies spinal cord nerve cells
NIH exploratory grants are intended to encourage novel research that breaks new ground or extends previous discoveries toward new directions or applications.
Spinal cord nerve cells acquire characteristics that are specific for particular functions. Some cells specialize in gathering sensory information (touch, pain, hot, cold), while others specialize in movement. Those that control movement include motor neurons, which tell muscles to contract or expand; and interneurons, which process information related to movement and locomotion. In effect, interneurons are the local computers for motor neurons.
“While a number of these genes have been found, we don’t know if they are the most important genes for the processes or what percentage of the genes have been identified,” Lewis says. “This critical gap in our knowledge dramatically impedes our ability to treat spinal cord injuries and diseases that affect movement.”
Lewis was appointed to The College’s Department of Biology in 2010. She also holds an appointment in the Graduate Faculty Organization at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University. Prior to her SU appointment, she was a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Department of Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. The highly competitive fellowship is awarded to outstanding, early-to-mid-career scientists who demonstrate a potential to become leaders in their field.
Lewis holds a Ph.D. from University College of London, and has been a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge University. Other honors include a National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts Crucible Fellowship, a five-year term as an elective committee member of the British Society of Developmental Biology, and a Wellcome International Prize Traveling Research Fellowship.
- South Asia Center colloquium
December 6, 2011 at 12:30 PM
341 Eggers Hall
Nicole Wilson, SU's Department of Anthropology, will present "Everyone Knows the Story of the Greedy Dog: The Middle Class Moral Dilemma in South India."------------------------
- Mathematics: Algebra Seminar
December 6, 2011 at 2:00 PM
Physics Building 233
- SU French Movies Series: "Le Petit Nicolas"
December 6, 2011 at 7:00 PM
HBC Kittredge Auditorium
- Raymond Carver Reading Series: Christopher Kennedy
December 7, 2011 at 5:30 PM
HBC Gifford Auditorium
- Chemistry Prins Lecture Features 2010 Nobel Laureate
January 20, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Room 1-019 Center for Science & Technology
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