Mount Union Faculty Members Receive STAR Grants

April 22, 2010

 Mount Union College faculty members Kim Risley, Jeffrey Draves and Dr. Thomas O'Malley have been recognized as Sponsored Travel and Research (STAR) Grant recipients.

Given each spring by the Mount Union Office of Academic Affairs, the STAR Grants are awarded to faculty members who submit proposals for projects or research seen by an external review panel as innovated, creative and helpful to the development of the individual faculty members.

O'Malley, associate professor of mathematics, received a grant to conduct a study on several problems relating to biological rhythms and medical imaging that use a variety of mathematical tools. The study is meant to find out how undergraduate mathematics can be successfully used to provide real progress in solving scientific problems. O'Malley earned a bachelor of science degree from King's College and a master of arts and doctoral degrees from Cornell University.

Risley, assistant professor of biology, received a grant to study proteins related to the herpesvirus. The goal of the study is to further characterize the interaction between different proteins involved in the virus. Risley earned a bachelor of science degree from North Dakota State University and a doctoral degree from East Carolina University School of Medicine.

Draves, professor of chemistry, received a grant to investigate intermolecular potential energy landscapes for use in atmospheric particulate matter studies. The objective of the study is to develop intermolecular potential energy landscapes which describe the interaction of specific toxic compounds with water and ammonium sulfate. Draves earned a bachelor of art degree from Monmouth College and a doctoral degree from the University of Illinois.

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