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Olivet announces 2013 summer research in geology, biology, mathematics and engineering

Posted: Apr 22, 2013


Olivet announces the student and faculty recipients of research awards in mathematics, physical sciences, biological sciences and engineering for summer 2013.

Julia Gregory (Roscoe, Ill.), a senior majoring in geology, is the recipient of the Geology Research Award. She will be working with Professor Ryan Alexander on a four-week project, “Variable stars and astronomical distances.”

Five students have been selected for the 2013 Elbert Pence and Fanny Boyce Undergraduate Summer Research Awards. Honoring two former Olivet professors, Elbert Pence (physics) and Fannie Boyce (mathematics), this full-time, 10-week program is funded by alumni and friends of Olivet and pairs students with faculty mentors. Recipients and projects include:

Alexander Ewers (Bourbonnais, Ill.), a freshman majoring in biology, and Dr. Janna McLean, biology professor and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, “Determination of the mutant gene responsible for third leg malformation during the morphogenic period of Drosophila melanogaster in Gene Line L(2)K10209”

Samuel Gifford (Bradley, Ill.), a junior majoring in actuarial science, and Dr. Dale Hathaway, mathematics professor and department chair, “An analysis of probability distributions arising in credibility theory”

Caleb Gulledge (Spring Arbor, Mich.), a freshman majoring in biology, and Dr. Daniel R. Sharda, biology professor, “Exploring novel links between Toll-like receptor activation in innate immune cells with ischemia induced cardiomyocyte injury”

Kaleb Soller (Indianapolis, Ind.), a senior majoring in engineering, and Professor Joseph Makarewicz, engineering professor, “Powering electronics embedded in additive manufacturing”

Michelle L. Spencer (Pontiac, Ill.), a senior majoring in engineering, and Dr. Kenneth Johnson, engineering professor and department chair, “Titanium aluminide smart medical implants via additive manufacturing”

“The quality of research done by our past participants has been superb,” said Dr. Max Reams, chair of Olivet’s Department of Physical Sciences and award committee chair. “Students have presented their work orally on campus, during Olivet’s Homecoming weekend, and at professional meetings. We are looking forward to the results of this year’s research projects.”


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