Aaron Best receives award continuation for MDHHS grant

Dr. Aaron Best, the Harrison C. and Mary L. Visscher Professor of Genetics in the Biology Department, received an official notice of continuation for the project titled “SARS-CoV-2 Epidemiology – Waster Evaluation and Reporting (SEWER) Network for FY 2025 by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The project will receive an additional …

Hope receives multiple Michigan Space Grant Consortium awards

Congratulations to the 11 Hope College awardees for the 2024 Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) cycle! The awards include four Research Seed grants and seven Faculty-Led Undergraduate Fellowships, totaling $48,000. The awarded projects involve faculty research and collaborative faculty/student research across the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Geological & Environmental Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics and Physics. …

Mike Philben awarded prestigious NSF CAREER grant

Michael Philben, Assistant Professor in the departments of Chemistry and Geological & Environmental Sciences, was recently awarded a Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant with the National Science Foundation for $507,824. The project is titled CAREER: Detecting warming impacts on carbon accumulation across a climate transect of Michigan peatlands. The National Science Foundation (NSF) …

Meagan Elinski named 2024 Cottrell Scholar

Dr. Meagan Elinski, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has been named a 2024 Cottrell Scholar and awarded $120,000 by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Dr. Elinski’s proposal, Chemical-Mechanical Control Over Nanoparticle-Hydrogel Sliding Interfaces, which incorporates both research and science education, was one of 19 proposals selected for the esteemed award after a rigorous peer-review process. …

Kenneth Brown receives new National Institutes of Health award

Kenneth Brown, Professor of Chemistry, recently received a National Institutes of Health award via Purdue University for $137,225. The project is titled Community-academic partnership to address environmental contamination and health. Dr. Brown, along with two undergraduate researchers, will gather data on the contaminant levels of metals and volitle organic compounds in soil and water samples …

Kelly Ronald and Natalia Gonzalez-Pech receive new National Science Foundation award

Kelly Ronald, Assistant Professor Biology, and Natalia Gonzalez-Pech, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, recently received a National Science Foundation Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology (BRC-BIO) award for $502,043. The project is titled BRC-BIO: The effects of nanoparticle matter in air pollution on a sentinel species: House sparrows as the new Canary in the …