Biology News   2011-2012

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Sarah Takushi '13 Named Eckley Summer Scholar
Five Illinois Wesleyan students are the first to be honored as Eckley Scholars and Artists.

Brian Walter Awarded Tenure
Illinois Wesleyan University's Board of Trustees has awarded tenure to two faculty members, and promotions in rank to two.

Knaack Earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
llinois Wesleyan senior women's soccer player Lauren Knaack is one of 58 student-athletes nationwide who participated in fall sports to be awarded a postgraduate scholarship by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), announced on March 5.

Emily Wechter Receives Study Abroad Scholarship
Junior biology major Emily Wechter of Park Ridge, Ill. received a scholarship for study in Thailand at Mahidol University with AsiaLearn.

Ride Against AIDS
Vadim Kogan and Michael Henry participate in "Ride Against AIDS," a cross-country bike ride for the organization FACE AIDS.

Lehr Receives National Geographic Grant
Illinois Wesleyan biologist Edgar Lehr has been awarded a grant by the National Geographic Society's Global Exploration Fund to conduct research in 2012 that may shed new light on why the world's amphibian population is declining.

Biology Alumna Embraces Role as Miss Illinois
Whitney Thorpe-Klinsky’10 reflects on her recent competition in the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas and her continuing role as Miss Illinois.

Wesleyan to Join National Genomics Research Initiative
Illinois Wesleyan will participate in a year-long National Genomics Research Initiative course, allowing first-year students to isolate soil-dwelling bacterial phages and analyze their DNA.

Harper Named Lewis Chair of Biology
R. Given Harper has been named the George C. and Ella Beach Lewis Endowed Chair of Biology. Endowed professorships and chairs honor faculty members who have distinguished themselves in teaching, research and service.