Department News

Smith, '07, Secures Grants for EMR System at Cass Clinic

smith__jennifer_for_webThanks to Jennifer Smith, Wayne State University School of Medicine students and physicians who volunteer to treat the uninsured at the Cass Clinic – and their patients – no longer have to keep medical records on index cards.

Smith, a 2007 Albion College graduate who just completed her second year of medical school, secured a number of grants to find a new electronic medical record system for the clinic. Smith, of Ann Arbor, was invited to discuss that successful project in Lansing by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Albion Partners With MCF On Conservation Project

Abby Williams, '12, works with a student from the University Prepatory Academy
Abby Williams, '12, works with a student from the University Prepatory Academy

Ken Gibbons, '13, is a biology major at Albion College, but he received his first research and outreach opportunities with geology professor Tim Lincoln during the 2010-11 academic year and the summer Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity program.

Gibbons and fellow biology major Heather Norbert, '12, joined geology major Abby Williams, '12, Whitehouse Nature Center director David Green, and Lincoln as the Michigan Colleges Foundation (MCF) launched a conservation project joining four private Michigan colleges and universities, the University Preparatory Academy (a Detroit-based charter school), and Ducks Unlimited in the creation of wetland in Monroe County along the River Raisin.

Lozier, '12, Tackles Cancer Research

Matt Lozier in the lab at the Owensboro Cancer Research Program.
Matt Lozier in the lab at the Owensboro Cancer Research Program.

A cornerback on the Albion College football team, Matt Lozier, '12, is used to tackling opponents. This summer, the Clarklake native found himself tackling cancer – one of the most menacing opponents some people ever face – as an intern at the Owensboro Cancer Research Program (OCRP).

The OCRP, under the direction of Dr. Keith Davis, '79, is devoted to unlocking the potential of plant-based pharmaceuticals and antiviral proteins. Lozier was modifying lunasin, a protein isolated from soybeans that has been suggested to possess anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, with materials that would allow lunasin to bind specifically to integrins on cancer cells. The hope is to find a treatment that would directly target cancer cells while allowing good cells to live.

Dr. Bradley Rabquer - Biology Department Physiologist

Dr. Bradley Rabquer from the Department of Internal Medicine of the University of Michigan has been hired as the Biology Department's Physiologist. Dr. Rabquer received his B.S. from Bowling Green State University in 2001 and his Ph.D. from the University of Toledo in 2006 where he studied the molecular basis of disease. Since receiving his Ph.D., he has been at the University of Michigan as a Research Fellow and an Adjunct Lecturer at Eastern Michigan University. His most recent research has examined mechanisms of angiogenesis in rheumatic diseases.

Dr. Rabquer replaces Dr. Jeffrey Carrier who retired in December after 31 years at Albion College.