Jessica LeClair, who participated in the 2016 TECBio REU Program and worked with mentor Dr. John Shaffer, has published an article titled, “Association of low‐frequency genetic variants in regulatory regions with nonsyndromic orofacial clefts” in the American Journal of Medical Genetics.
Jenea was selected to present at the Annual Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium and at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), at which she won an award for her poster presentation.
Joseph Monaco wins Chancellor’s Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship. His project entitled, “Interview inspired assignments for teaching essential programming techniques” will be incorporated into the high-level, computer science, data structures course for which he will serve as co-instructor.
The undergraduate teaching fellowships, awarded for joint student-faculty teaching projects and administered by the University Honors College (UHC), are offered to encourage the enrichment of course offerings and to improve teaching through the collaboration of faculty members with students in the planning and implementation of creative teaching projects.
TECBio mentor and professor in the Pitt Department of Cell Biology, Dr. Sandra Murray, has been named a Lifetime Fellow by the American Society for Cell Biology for her “distinguished contributions to the advancement of cell biology,” making her the first African-American woman to receive this honor.
We would like to thank Leah Russell for her many years of excellent work in ensuring the success of the TECBio/DiSCoBio Program. Her tireless efforts in development, promotion, and organization have been an integral part in bringing the program to fruition each year. We wish her the best of luck as she moves on to her new position.
Please join us in welcoming our new program coordinator, Adam Kohlhaas. Adam previously worked for the U.S. Department of State in the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. We hope that you will keep Adam and us posted with all of your accomplishments over the years.
Christopher’s abstract got accepted for a poster presentation at ABRCMS. He worked with Dr. David Koes in Computational and Systems Biology on a project titled, “Using Convolutional Neural Networks in Order to Predict Ligand Properties”. Christopher is currently a sophomore at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Best of luck on your presentation!
Elissa will present a poster at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium on October 22-23, 2017. Her poster is titled: “Toward Atomistic Simulations of Pathways and Rate Constants for Protein-Peptide Unbinding Processes.” During her time at TECBio, she worked with Dr. Lillian Chong in the department of Chemistry. She is currently a senior at Christopher Newport University. Good luck on your poster presentation!
Nicole was invited to present her work at the 2017 IEEE Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition workshop (AIPR2017). She will give an oral presentation on her paper titled, “3D Visualization of the Human Brain”. During her time at TECBio, she worked with Dr. Art Wetzel at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. She is currently continuing her studies at Carnegie Mellon University. Best of luck on your presentation!
GRFP supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Kirsten is graduating from Trinity University and currently deciding on her post-graduate plans. Congrats! (More info on the NSF GRFP)