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Expert Discusses 'Financial Wellness' in Gerstacker Event

Addressing an important part of healthy living, Albion College's Gerstacker Institute invited expert Sarah Fisher to discuss "Financial Wellness." Fisher brought this message in a public address November 14 in the Bobbitt Visual Arts Center.

Gerstacker Students Help Albion Win Regional Fed Challenge

Members of Albion College's 2011 Fed Challenge team that reached the national finals.Demonstrating their understanding of the workings of the Federal Reserve, a team of Albion students—including Heather Waldron, Thomas Worden, Andrew Bieber, and Evan Malecke from the Gerstacker Institute—received honorable mention status as one of five teams taking part in the 2011 College Fed Challenge national finals in Washington, D.C. Albion went up against Harvard, Rutgers, North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Lafayette in the nation's capital, which followed a victory in the Chicago District College Fed Challenge.

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Pat Underwood, '12, Studies at Georgia Health Sciences University

Pat Underwood, '12, studied at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
Pat Underwood, '12, studied at the University of Nebraska Medical Center

"In the summer of 2011, I participated in the Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU) Student Training and Research (STAR) program. The program gave students an opportunity to spend 9 weeks of the summer in a biomedical research lab.

I worked 40 hour weeks in Dr. Darren Browning’s lab doing research on the therapeutic activation of Protein Kinase G (PKG) by Phosphodiesterase Type 5 (PDE5) Inhibitors in the colon. In the most basic terms, I was looking to see whether or not PDE5 Inhibitor drugs could possibly help prevent or treat colon cancer. During my time in Dr. Browning’s Lab, I learned to culture cells, transfect DNA into cells, Western Blot, run Assays, and many other biomedical techniques. The research culminated in a poster session with all of the other STAR students so that we could learn to present our research.

The 9 weeks I spent in Georgia were both very fun and interesting. It allowed me to live in a new part of the United States for a period of time. The culture, cuisine, and accent were all different and I really enjoyed spending time in Augusta. The STAR program staff were excellent. They set us up with research mentors in our respective areas of interests and made sure everything ran smoothly.

Prior to leaving GHSU, they asked me to recruit more Albion College students to apply to the program. It is a great program and my hope that other Albion College students will get to have the same excellent experience that I had.

NIH Scholar Pickworth, '13, Hopes to Find Neurological Clues to Obesity

Albion College student Katie Pickworth, '13
"Research isn't a chore or a job; it's something I want to do," says Columbus, Ohio, native Katie Pickworth, '13, who was selected for Albion's student research partners program prior to arriving on campus and worked with psychology professor Andrew Christopher throughout her first year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that about one-third of American adults are obese. Albion College junior Katie Pickworth hopes to use funding from the National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program to determine if there are psychological and neurological triggers that can be linked to the condition.

"The research is not going to be easy, but I think there are things going on in people’s brains that lead them to become overweight through excessive eating," Pickworth, a product of Columbus, Ohio, and the Columbus School for Girls, said. "People who have never been overweight don’t understand it is beyond an overweight individual to control how much they are eating."

Pickworth, one of 13 recipients of the NIH award, receives a scholarship and internship. In January, she will be matched with a mentor with whom she will work for 10-week periods over the next two summers, and for every year she receives the $20,000 scholarship Pickworth is obligated to work for the NIH for a year.

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