Providence high school students are getting an advanced biology lesson from a leading researcher. The researcher, a Providence College biology professor, is potentially getting 20 future colleagues in the sciences.
Both parties are winners, thanks to a grant from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology [ASBMB].
Dr. Yinsheng Wan, PC professor of biology and an expert in the effects of ultraviolet radiation on skin aging and skin cancer, is one of 11 scientists from universities across the country to receive the ASBMB’s Hands-on Opportunities to Promote Engagement in Science [HOPES] grant.
The HOPES grants are awarded to research scientists and K-12 teachers who are collaborating to bring hands-on science learning methods into classrooms. Funding for the grants is provided by the National Science Foundation [NSF].
Dr. Deborah I. Levine’s research into a weighty topic — the dieting successes and failures of President William Howard Taft — drew attention from the national media and brought a CBS News team to Providence College for an interview that was broadcast on national television.
Levine, an assistant professor of health policy and management since 2009, wrote “Corpulence and Correspondence: President William H. Taft and the Medical Management of Obesity,” published October 14 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, one of the leading medical journals in the country.
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Michelle La France ’14 (Bristol, Conn.) has dedicated herself to raising money and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease because of her family’s experience with the devastating symptoms of dementia.
La France, a health policy and management major, created “A Walk to Remember” as her project in an independent study with Dr. Robert B. Hackey, professor of health policy and management. La France’s motivation to organize the memory walk is certainly personal. Her father, Richard La France, was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, which shares many of the same cognitive and physical symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.