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Rouge River Watershed – Biochemical Water Quality Testing

Phil Lucus – Senior Project in Chemical Biology

Research on the watershed is of particular importance to Lawrence Technological University, since the university is placing large efforts into creating “green zones” for our runoffs to help clean up the Great Lakes. Testing the watershed’s water quality may help determine “hot” points of pollution discharging into the river.


Bio 3713 Special Topics in Biology – Plants!

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Dr. Jeff Morrissette and Dr. Julie Zwiesler-Vollick granted tenure!

On January 26th, 2012, the Lawrence Tech Board of Trustees granted Tenure to Drs Morrissette and Zwiesler-Vollick of the Department of Natural Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.

There is a congratulations party in S108 on Thursday March 8th at 12:30 pm.  (We will also celebrate Dr. CJ Chung from Math/Computer Science being promoted to full Professor.)


Summer Science Camps at Lawrence Tech!

Forensic Summer Science Institute – JUNE 25 – 29, 2012

 9 a.m.–4 p.m., $400 day camp/$550 residential
For sophomores and juniors. Cost includes a $200 nonrefundable registration fee. If you are a highly motivated student proficient in biology, chemistry, and physics, the Forensic Summer Science Institute is the camp for you. You will be given a crime scenario, which you’ll solve using state-of-the-art lab equipment to explore DNA fingerprinting, drug testing, hair and fiber analysis, ballistics, gunshot-residue testing, and blood spatter analysis.

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Biotechnology - JULY 16 – 20, 2012

9 a.m.–4 p.m., $550 day camp/$665 residential
In a research lab setting, you’ll genetically engineer bacteria, purify and quantify proteins, and learn how to clone genes. You’ll apply modern DNA profiling techniques to solve crimes and use high-tech tools to diagnose diseases and track infectious outbreaks. Your days will be filled with hands-on experimentation with just enough theory and background to make the experience meaningful

For more information on LTU summer camps in this and other areas, see this page.


Obesity research at Lawrence Tech

Arts and Sciences Dean Hsiao-Ping Moore has continued the active research agenda that she pursued for 20 years at the University of California at Berkeley, and a grant from the National Science Foundation is supporting her ongoing research into the connection between obesity and diabetes.

In collaboration with Professor James Granneman of Wayne State University’s School of Medicine, Moore is looking into the link between obesity and metabolic diseases such as type II diabetes.

“The goal is to understand why obesity contributes to diabetes. We know that when there is too much fat around in a cell, it somehow compromises the cellular processes involved in insulin signaling,” Moore said.

The specific goal of the research supported by the NSF grant is to understand a possible cause of lipotoxicity, the creation of high fat metabolite levels in a cell. In a healthy cell, fatty acids produced by the cell are somehow channeled to a site where oxidation, or conversion of the fat into energy, occurs. Scientists don’t understand how the channeling occurs, and Moore and Granneman want to find out what is happening that disrupts the process in obesity.

“We think something is broken in the channeling, and we suspect that a protein called PLIN5 is involved. We want to know how PLIN5 works, especially in a disease state,” Moore said.


eXtreme Science Saturdays at Lawrence Tech

Simple Electric Motor
                           Electricity and Magnetism
Students put electricity and magnetism to the test in Lawrence Tech’s science labs Saturday, February 18, while constructing this simple electric motor.

Learning in the lab New life sciences research facilities enable students to learn through research projects

The completion of a major expansion and upgrade of the laboratory facilities in the College of Arts and Sciences has opened up new research opportunities for the faculty. It has also created new hands-on experiences that will better prepare Lawrence Tech undergraduate students for medical school, graduate school, and careers in the healthcare field.

That’s because working side by side with a professor engaged in basic life sciences research is one of the best ways to gain a deeper knowledge of the scientific principles that guide medical care, according to Dean Hsiao-Ping Moore of the College of Arts and Sciences.

“I firmly believe that the best way to teach students cognitive skills, analytical skills, creativity, and critical thinking is through research,” Moore said. “In the sciences there is no substitute.”

A major breakthrough was achieved in 2010 when the National Sciences Foundation awarded a $1,342,276 grant for a next-generation life sciences research facility to include a molecular and cell biology research lab, a chemical biology lab, an instrumentation room, a walk-in cold room, and a room for preparing testing materials and equipment.
Lawrence Tech’s grant was three to four times larger than the typical NSF grant. More than 1,500 universities and colleges filed letters of intent for a round of funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and less than 10 percent were successful.

On Oct. 1, the College of Arts and Sciences celebrated Homecoming with not just one ribbon-cutting ceremony but five to mark the completion of the new and upgraded research facilities.

As a result of the NSF grant, Lawrence Tech now has laboratory facilities for undergraduates that are typically found in medical schools and graduate school programs.