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3 biology faculty members receive Kentucky Academy of Science awards

Three faculty members in WKU’s Department of Biology have received awards from the Kentucky Academy of Science.

Dr. Michael Stokes, biology professor, received the 2011 Marcia Athey-Botany Fund Award for the project: Greater Galagos as an Indicator of Forest Health. The Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS) Foundation makes available monies for research in science through the Marcia Athey Fund and the Botany Fund.

Dr. Bruce Schulte, biology department head, is the recipient of the 2011 KAS Special Research Program Award. The KAS Committee on Distribution of Research Funds will award WKU a grant in support of Dr. Schulte’s research proposal titled Leadership and Personality Attributes in African Elephants.

Dr. Nilesh Sharma, biology instructor, has won the 2011 KAS Undergraduate Research Program Award. Dr. Sharma’s  proposal Studying Effects of Plumbagen on Experimental Ulcerative Colitis has been selected for funding by the KAS Committee on Distribution of Research Funds.

The KAS Special Research Award is directed particularly to faculty in Kentucky higher education institutions, public or private, involved primarily in undergraduate education. The KAS Undergraduate Research Program makes available funds for research planned and conducted by undergraduate students of Kentucky colleges and universities under the supervision of a faculty member.

The Kentucky Academy of Science encourages scientific research and promotes the dissemination of the scientific interests of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Established in 1914, the Academy is an Affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Association of Academies of Science.

Contact: Jeanne Harris, (859) 227-2837; or WKU Biology Department, (270) 745-3697.

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