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RESEARCH NEWSFLASH

Watch the WCAX-TV interview with Dillon Zites ’20, the Norwich student chosen to present his research at Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C. Zites was the only Vermont student chosen for the event this year. Posters on the Hill takes place April 29-30, 2019.

Biology major Dillon Zites ’20 has been invited to present his poster at Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C., for his research project, “Use of Light-activated Vitamin B12 Derivatives for Improved Treatment of Cancer,” carried out during his 2018 Summer Research Fellowship under the direction of Professor Tom Shell. Posters on the Hill is an extremely competitive event, hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research: only 60 of more than 350 applications were accepted across the nation. Zites will be the third NU student to attend this event in the past five years.

Related Article:
WCAX Story on Dillon Zites

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has received a Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant to help purchase a bench-top nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) instrument. The $10,000 award was one of 10 selected for funding from the 37 proposals received for consideration. Acquisition of this instrument will enrich and upgrade the Chemistry laboratory experience by providing students greater access to NMR Spectroscopy. Dr. Richard Milius, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, welcomed news of the award. “Benchtop NMR instruments are routinely used in research and testing labs. The addition of this instrument will afford our students experiential learning with a technique that they are likely to use in their first job.”

The Faculty Development and Undergraduate Research Programs are pleased to announce that the following professors and students have been awarded Apprentice Grants, funded through the Provost Chase Scholarship Initiative Program, for the Spring 2019 semester to work on the following collaborative projects:

  1. Wendy Cox, Associate Professor in the School of Architecture + Art, and Sheldon Rogers, a sophomore Architecture major, for "Integrating the Virtual: Setting up background research and protocols for integrating virtual reality into the curriculum at the School of Architecture plus providing opportunities for disciplines campus wide"
  2. Elizabeth Gurian, Associate Professor in the School of Justice Studies and Sociology, and Rebecca Finley, a junior double-major in Criminal Justice and Psychology, for "Serial and mass murder: understanding multicide through theoretical explanations, offending patterns, and outcomes"
  3. Karen Hinkle, Professor in the Department of Biology, and Warren Yacawych, a junior Exercise Science major, for "Molecular Signals Involved in Early Stages of Vertebrate Brain Development: Exploring the Interaction Between CRK/CRKL and SH2 family members"
  4. Rob Knapik, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, and John Rotter, a senior double-major in Physics and Mathematics, for "On the Connection Between Late Pulsing and Double Pulsing in Large Area Photomultiplier Tubes"
  5. Tara Kulkarni, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Camryn Anderson, a freshman engineering major, for "Connecting green stormwater infrastructure with energy resilience and health outcomes in resilient cities".
  6. Tara Kulkarni, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Lily Marszalkowski, a sophomore Criminal Justice major, for "Service-learning in environmental engineering."
  7. Christine Latulippe, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, and Lindsey Maloney, a sophomore Nursing major, for "Teacher Perceptions of Proficiency-Based Learning and Assessment in Vermont" 
  8. Darlene Olsen, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, and Callie Pokorski, a junior Mathematics major, for "A Comprehensive Assessment of the Statistical Methods used to Analyze Time-Course RNA-sequencing Data"
  9. Thomas Shell, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Gracie Dominguez, a sophomore Chemistry major, for "Tissue Penetrating Photopharmaceuticals to Improve the Treatment of Cancer"
  10. David Westerman, Charles A. Dana Professor Emeritus of Geology, and Caitlin-Judith Heale, a junior Environmental Science major with a concentration in Engineering, for "Temporal Constraints on the Conditions of Silurian Extension in the Northern Appalachians." Please join us in congratulating these faculty members and students!

The 2018 Outstanding Mentor Awards were recently awarded to Laurie Grigg and Elizabeth Gurian at the Annual Faculty Scholarship Awards Dinner on January 24, 2019.  Laurie Grigg, Ph.D. started her time as Assistant Professor in the Earth and Environmental Science Program in 2017, however she’s been a Lecturer at Norwich since 2011, all the while remaining incredibly active with her research and publishing on a variety of projects, including examining climate change over the last Holocene, or 100,000 years, by examining lake core sediments around Vermont. Over these years, she’s mentored 20 students in independent research projects, many who have been co-authors on presentations and publications and who have gone on themselves to graduate programs. These mentoring experiences have been through senior capstone projects, summer research fellowships, and extramural grants.

Laurie just returned from 6 months at the University of Wyoming with recent graduate Irene Magdon where, funded by a $130,000 NSF Research Innovation and Infrastructure grant, they were able to analyze their lake sediment cores using the sophisticated instrumentation there.  She's made an incredible impact on Norwich students as they develop into independent thinkers and scientists. 

Elizabeth Gurian, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in Criminal Justice and has been at Norwich since 2012. Throughout this time, she’s been highly committed to mentoring undergraduates in the classroom and in a variety of research projects, not only in areas close to her own expertise, which is investigating aspects of serial murder and perceptions of mass killers, but has mentored projects such as “Understanding Amish Culture in Modern Day America”, “Humanitarian Factors vs. Risk Factors: The Making of a Combat Veteran and a Criminal Offender”.  Elizabeth is a prolific scholar, having authored an impressive number of publications and presented at national and international conferences. Perhaps even more impressive is her focus on establishing stronger mentoring programs for everyone across the university, benefiting both faculty and students alike. Elizabeth is the founder and organizer of the GUIDE program, which aims to mentor students in academic, welfare, social, and career choices. She also has made a particular impact on the professional and personal development of female students and faculty, having promoted Norwich’s membership to the American Association of University Women and serving as Chair of the Athena society. 

Congratulations, Laurie and Elizabeth

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