2009 Clare Boothe Luce Awardees

Summer 2009

Eight Clare Boothe Luce Scholars were selected during the summer of 2009:

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Leslie Baggesen, a Biomedical Engineering major, conducted research with Dr. Selim Unlu (Biomedical Engineering/Electrical and Computer Engineering) to develop a more sensitive method to detect viruses for medical and military applications.

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Samantha Bettencourt, a Biology major, performed molecular research under the guidance of Dr. Angela Ho (Biology) on a mouse model for Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Katie Davidoff, a Biology major specializing in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology & Genetics, worked with Dr. Frank Naya (Biology) to study the molecular basis of heart muscle cell function, and its role in normal physiology and cardiac disease.

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Rachel Golden, a Biology major specializing in Ecology and Conservation Biology, studied with Dr. Les Kaufman (Biology) to understand the evolution of innate immunity in the lace coral Pocilopra damicornis.

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Kelsey Herwig, a Human Physiology major, conducted research with Dr. Tim Gardner (Biology) on neural cell function and its role in song production in the zebra finch.

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Kristen Lee, a Biomedical Engineering major, conducted research under the guidance of Dr. Joyce Wong (Biomedical Engineering) to understand the effect of substrate stiffness on the growth of vascular smooth muscle cells. This research has applications for tissue regeneration.

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Julie Moreau, an Astronomy and Physics major, worked with Dr. Dan Clemens (Astronomy) on a study of a star cluster in the Inner Milky Way.

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Monika Tomczyk, a Chemistry major, conducted research with Dr. Rosina Georgiadis (Chemistry) to understand the effects of ion concentration on DNA hybridization. This research has applications for disease diagnosis, forensics, and food safety monitoring.