Faculty Grants and Awards
Science Learning Through Service - A partnership between Viterbo University Biology Department and Hixon Forest Nature Center
Like our students, Viterbo University faculty receives scholarships and awards to spend on equipment and research. The Natural Science Division wishes to congratulate the following:
Michael Alfieri Ph.D., Associate
Professor of Biology, received funding from the MinnTech
Corporation (Minneapolis, MN) to support two undergraduate research projects to
examine the effects of MinnFinn, a chemotherapeutic parasite treatment, on fish
Glena Temple, Ph.D., Dean of Letters and Sciences, was
awarded a $5,000 grant from the Trustee's Annual Opportunity Fund for summer
Glena Temple, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Letters and
Sciences, was honored as part of the YWCA 27th Annual Tribute to Outstanding
Women on November 12, 2009. Glena was honored in the category of Educational
Michael Alfieri, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, was
awarded $4000 from UW Colleges 2009 Summer Research Grants Program for
"Tracking Coliform Bacteria Kickapoo River Valley‖ with D. Oldenburg.
Kyle Backstrand, Ph.D., Ward Jones, Ph.D., Catherine Wright, Ph.D. and Glena Temple, Ph.D. were awarded a $118,277 National Science Foundation CCLI grant in 2009 titled: Development of a two-semester inquiry-based capstone laboratory experience for biochemistry majors at Viterbo University.
Kyle Backstrand, Ph.D., Glena Temple, Ph.D. , Jane Eddy, and Terry Norman were awarded a $494, 500 National Science Foundation S-STEM grant in 2006 titled: The CLASS project: A community of learners achieving science success.
Kyle Backstrand, Ph.D.was awarded an American Chemical Society Project SEED grant in April 2005. The ACS Project SEED program provides a $2,275 grant to an economically disadvantaged student to participate in summer research at an academic, government, or industrial laboratory. An important feature of the Project SEED program is its emphasis on career development and its motivation of students to pursue higher education in the natural sciences.
Congratulations to Kim Fredricks, Ph.D.and Glena Temple, Ph.D.of the Biology Department for receiving a grant “Science Learning Through Service: A Partnership Between Viterbo University Biology Department and Hixon Forest Nature Center” funded through the Upper Midwest Campus Compact Consortium and Corporation for National and Community Service
Glena Temple, Ph.D. , biology, on the $60,000 Merck-AAAS grant, which provides funding and stipends for five students to conduct summer research over three years with faculty and to develop an undergraduate research symposium and seminar series.
Kyle Backstrand, Ph.D. , chemistry, on a $15,000 grant from the University of Minnesota Research Site for Educators (RSEC) in Chemistry to study the chemistry of model systems of soot particle surfaces to better understand the chemical reactions involved in air pollution. The RSEC program enables researchers at UMN to partner with undergraduate chemistry departments in the Upper Midwest to establish long-term research collaboration.
Jennifer Sadowski, Ph.D.and Glena Temple, Ph.D. , biology, on $120,000 from the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program for research equipment to investigate genetic and environmental interactions in plants and animals.
Michael Collins, Ph.D. , chemistry, on a $42,000 sabbatical research grant from the University of Minnesota Research Site for Educators (RSEC) in Chemistry to study the effect of ligand environment on metal complexes that mimic catecholases-microbial enzymes that open benzene rings for biodegradation. The RSEC program enables researchers at UMN to partner with undergraduate chemistry departments in the upper midwest to establish long-term research collaboration.