Malone University students awarded research grants
December 6, 2013 | Release # 6792
College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences. Two Malone University students in the Department of Natural Sciences have been awarded research grants from the national office of Sigma Zeta.
Christopher Himes, a senior chemistry major from Dalton, Ohio, received a grant in the amount of $500 for his project titled "An Investigation into the Formation of Subtelomeric Heterochromatin in Drosophila melanogaster: the Role of SU(VAR)3-9." Himes' faculty mentor for the project is Kathryn Huisinga, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry.
Jonathan Miller, a senior chemistry major form Uhrichsville, Ohio received a $500 grant for his project titled "Computational Modeling of Sphingosine-1-phosphate, FTY720, and both ® and (S)-FTY720P with the Five Human Sphingosine-1-phosphate Receptors for the Determination of Binding Affinity." Miller's faculty mentor for the project is Donghai Chen, Ph.D., professor of chemistry.
According to D. Nathan Phinney, dean of the College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences at Malone, "This is really a story about the high quality of science programs at universities in Stark County. Of nine total national awards, three (33%) went to students attending Stark County colleges (Malone and Walsh). Even if their research does not bear immediate economic fruit, the habits and skills these students gain as they carry it out are arguably more important for them and their future employers - and for our region. Learning basic scientific research techniques is a central element of the Liberal Arts education that is that is the very best way to develop better citizens and better human beings. This kind of preparation is at the heart of Malone's educational mission."
David Hahn, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and professor of mathematics, added, "We congratulate these students and their mentors, and prayerfully wish them well as they pursue these projects."
Sigma Zeta is a national honor society in the Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computer Science. Its mission is "to encourage and foster scholarly activity and recognize academic scholarship in the natural and computer sciences and mathematics." For more information, please click here.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2014,has been awarded the designation Military Friendly School by Victory Media, and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.
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