Noelle Clark '24

Noelle Clark ‘24, a biological sciences major, will begin her Ph.D. in the Integrated Life Sciences Program at the University of Georgia this fall.

Lorena Munoz ’24, Noelle Clark ’24 and Emma Kocik ’22 were among a select group of students nationwide recognized with honorable mentions for their applications for Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation. 

Oliver Lopez, instructional associate professor of mathematics, has been appointed as a primary member of Kaiser Permanente’s Institutional Review Board for southern California and Hawaii. The Institutional Review Board ensures that biomedical and social science research carried out within Kaiser Permanente’s system protects the rights and welfare of those humans participating as subjects in the studies. Lopez brings deep expertise in the application of statistics to biomedical research.  

Faculty from the Schmid College of Science and Technology have been all over the news this month. Professor of Biology Walter Piper’s recent paper on the effects of declining water quality on the reproductive success of the Common Loon was covered by the BBC, ABC News, the Chicago Tribune, and Minnesota Public Radio, among other outlets. Gregory Goldsmith, associate professor of biology and associate dean for research and development, is quoted in a recent Scientific American article on new developments in solar geoengineering and Professor of Food Science Lilian Senger was profiled in the Quality Assurance and Food Safety Magazine

Uyen Phan was awarded funding from the California Milk Advisory Board to pursue new research on dietary fiber fortification in milk products. Phan is an assistant professor of food science with deep experience in studying consumers’ sensory experience when consuming a food. Phan is not the only faculty member engaged in studying milk. Assistant Professor of Food Science John Miklavcic continues to pursue research on its nutritional benefits; he has a recent study on the subject in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

Finally, Whitney Wood and Lorenzo Leiva, postdoctoral scholars in the lab of Dean Michael Ibba, have published a new article describing the molecular mechanisms underlying antibiotic resistance in Escherichia coli. 

An adult male Common Loon feeds a small fish to one chick while the other rides on the back of the female parent. Photo by Linda Grezner.