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Amy Krenn earns Outstanding Major in Biology Award

Amy Krenn was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Biology Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Amy Krenn was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Biology Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Krenn is a graduating senior majoring in biology with a minor in secondary education. At North Central in spring 2011, she participated in a Biology-Chemistry Interdisciplinary Seminar, presenting the paper, "The Effects of an Inquiry Based Saturday Science Program on the Interest Levels and Development of Science Processing Skills in Fourth and Fifth Grade Girls."

The following is the abstract from Krenn's research:

Cancer researcher returns to North Central to guest lecture science courses

Zach Pratt, a 2005 alumnus who recently completed his doctorate in cancer biology, returned to North Central to guest lecture some biology courses.

Zach Pratt hopes to combine his passion for scientific research with his knack for teaching.

Since earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from North Central in 2005, Pratt has completed his doctorate in cancer biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He returned to North Central in February 2011 to guest lecture some biology courses, using bacteria to teach a lesson in evolution.

Students display 29 pieces of art at professional exhibit

Fifteen art students were chosen to showcase their artwork at the Paramount Theatre Art Gallery through March.

The artwork of 15 students at North Central College will be showcased at the Paramount Theatre Art Gallery in Aurora as part of the 2016 Paramount Grand Gallery. The free exhibit will be on display through March 28.

Students and pieces of artwork were selected by North Central College Associate Professor of Art Barry Skurkis, who works with the curator of the gallery. The diverse collection includes 29 pieces of art created with mixed media, oils, acrylic on canvas, wood, tar, watercolor and more.

Biology major, top doctoral student Nate Montgomery ’00 is outstanding alumnus

Nathan Montgomery '00, M.D., Ph.D.
Nathan Montgomery '00, M.D., Ph.D., receives North Central College’s 2015 Alumni Recognition Award at Homecoming celebration.

At its Homecoming celebration this fall, North Central College honored 2000 alumnus Nathan Montgomery, M.D., Ph.D., with an Alumni Recognition Award. Presented annually, the award recognizes potential for success in a career, community service or support of North Central College by younger alumni.

Biology major Ed Hedborn ’70 surveys trees at the Morton Arboretum to determine peak color

Ed Hedborn ’70 studies the seasonal color at Morton Arboretum to share information with the media and public visitors

Virtually every Chicago media outlet considers Ed Hedborn ’70 their go-to guy for all things trees. Need to learn about the Emerald Ash Borer? Ed’s your man. Wondering when the fall colors will be at their peak? Call Ed.

Hedborn is manager of plant records at the 1,700-acre Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL, located about 10 minutes from the North Central campus. The arboretum is home to more than 222,000 live plants from around the world.

North Central College graduates pursue careers in cutting-edge nanotechnology field

Chris Boffa ’15 and Abby Hooper ’08
Three recent graduates are pursuing careers in the cutting-edge field of nanotechnology research, and one has secured three patents.

Landing a position in research in the cutting-edge field of nanotechnology may seem like an unattainable dream job for many graduates right out of college. But for North Central College alumni, it’s becoming a bit of business as usual.

Three Cardinal alumni—Abby Hooper ’08, Chris Boffa ’15 and Daisy Lauriano ’15—are working at Nanophase Technologies Corporation. The Romeoville, Ill.-based company grew out of Argonne National Laboratory in 1989, where some of the earliest research in the nanotech space was taking place.

Brent Gaither earns Outstanding Major in Biology Award

Brent Gaither ’15
Brent Gaither ’15 received the Outstanding Major in Biology Award during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.

Brent Gaither, son of Donald and Kimberly Gaither of Powder Springs, Ga., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Biology Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.

Brent graduated in June from North Central College as a biology major with minors in bioinformatics and environmental studies. He is a graduate of Medina High School in Medina, Ohio.

New faculty dean Dr. Abiodun Goke-Pariola has vision for building on success

Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola
No “status quo” with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola.

Talking with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola, there are a few words you won’t hear—like “status quo.” He pursued the position as leader of academic affairs knowing that his challenge will be to elevate the reputation of the faculty and academic programs, which in quality far exceeds similar and better-known institutions. It’s a goal that excites him.

Adam Lundquist

A transfer student from Yale University, Adam found many opportunities at North Central to help him prepare for a Ph.D. in neuroscience.

Adam knew he wanted to pursue a neuroscience minor after completing his first of two summers researching Alzheimer’s disease at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease in San Francisco.

“The material is incredibly interesting; neuroscience is one of the last frontiers of biology. Every day neuroscientists discover new information on the function of the human brain.”

North Central recently founded a neuroscience club and opened a chapter of the neuroscience honor society. However, Adam is most excited about his independent senior research project that he developed with the help of North Central’s assistant professor of neuroscience.

“She is an approachable member of the faculty who is always willing to give advice, help students with class material and engage in discussions about the future.”

Adam is pursuing a future that holds a teaching and researching position at a major university.

“The material is incredibly interesting; neuroscience is one of the last frontiers of biology. Every day neuroscientists discover new information on the function of the human brain.”

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