Archives for September 2015
Spelman College is one of three Historically Black Colleges and Universities and one of only 17 out of 300 applicants to be awarded the First in the World (FITW) Development Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The focus of the FITW grant is to train faculty and peer-tutors in metacognitive instruction. Defined as “thinking about thinking”, metacognition is a fundamental learning skill. The funds from this four year grant will help Spelman develop and test instruction techniques that guide students to greater awareness of their own thinking and learning, thus leading to improvements in students’ ability to monitor what they know and what they need to learn to be successful in college. [Read more…]
Dr. Yonas Tekle, Assistant Professor of Biology has been awarded a three-year Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) from the National Institute Of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His project, titled “Unraveling the Mechanism of Cryptic Sexual Cycle in Amoeba, Cochliopodium, using Comparative Transcriptome and Immunocytochemistry” aims to unravel the cytological and genetic underlying of the cryptic sexual life cycle of an amoeboid lineage, Cochliopodium. Dr. Tekle’s research focuses on one of the most important biological processes, sexual reproduction, proven to enhancing pathogen virulence and adaptation to new environments. Understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of the sexual life cycle in eukaryotic microbes will generate insights about the emergence of new pathogens, and based on possible new evidence of sex-related genes in these microbes, may help to identify new targets for therapeutic drugs.