The third floor of Cheray Science
Hall was a busy place this past summer with 12 students working
on three major research projects.
Brian Cunningham ’10, Natasha
Skrzypek ’11, Alexandra Canepa '10, Tyler Gillingham ’11, Dan
Caredeo ’11, and Bridget Levine ’12 worked with Professor Declan
McCabe on the
Streams Project, a federally funded, state-wide water
quality study. The Saint Michael’s College students were also
joined by Katelyn Berry and Erin Hayes-Pontius from the
University of Vermont.
Professor McCabe’s research team
determined how macroinvertebrates can be used as indicators of
water quality in local streams. This National Science Foundation
funded research has the potential to affect the management of
our state’s waterways and their respective watersheds. One
immediate outcome of their efforts is a series of
Web sites tailored to the streams being studied.
Additionally, the researchers, who split their time between the
field and the laboratory, will share their findings at the
state-wide EPSCoR symposium in April 2010.
Corey Dolbeare ’11, Meghann
Palermo ’10, Kaitlyn Begins ’11, and Alex Stott ’11 spent their
summer studying the mechanisms of mutation under the watchful
eyes of Professor Mac Lippert. Using the common baker’s yeast,
they examined how levels of gene
expression as well as DNA repair enzymes affect mutation rates.
This research is closely related to cancer biology and was
funded by the National Institutes of Health. Their findings will
be presented in October in Saint Louis, Missouri at the Annual
Environmental Mutagen Conference.
to right, Amie Lank '10, Ed Griffin '10, and Nick
Robertson '09 in the lab this summer.
Amie Lank ’10 and Ed Griffin ’10
returned for their second consecutive summer of research under
Professor Mark Lubkowitz. Over the last two years, they
have investigated the early molecular events of germination in
rice seeds in hopes of understanding how nutrients stored in the
seed are consumed by the embryo. This NSF funded study has the
potential to enhance future breeding practices that affect the
rice seed. Lank and Griffin will present their findings in
at the International Plant Molecular Biology Conference in Saint