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Office of Faculty Development announces Student-Faculty Development Endowment Fund award recipients

From St. Norbert College, December 11, 2009
by Chelsey Gruetzmacher,, (920) 403-3089

The St. Norbert College Office of Faculty Development has announced that nine student-faculty learning partnership teams will receive Student-Faculty Development Endowment Fund awards in the amount of $1,000 each for the 2009-2010 academic year. Below, details of each student-faculty team follow:

Deborah Anderson, associate professor of biology; Kimberly Keil, senior biology major from Manitowoc, Wis., and Brieanne Oehlke, senior biology major from Fremont, Wis., will receive support for a project to revise the alpha taxonomy for Paramys and Sciuravis. They aimto establish biodiversity levels for a comparison of evolutionary changes over time, and to identify effects of past global warming events to predict how biodiversity might be affected in the future. The results will be used to describe variation and systematic diversity of the early and middle Eocene rodents of Wyoming.

David Bailey, assistant professor of biology, and Ashley Ash, senior biology major from Sturgeon Bay, Wis., will receive support for a project to study the extent of hippocampal cell death and concurrent spatial memory function following corticosterone treatment in female zebra finches. This project will supplement prior work that indicated vulnerablility of neurons in the zebra finch hippocampus to glucocorticoid neurotoxicity.

Anindo Choudhury, associate professor of biology, and Chase Brosseau, sophomore biology major from Highland Park, Ill., will receive support for a project to study the systematics and biogeography of parasites of freshwater fishes in Panama, and their role in addressing biogeographical patterns on a broader scale in relation to the Great American Biotic Interchange.

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