March 5, 2007
Three students receive Janice A. Nowell Memorial Awards
By Tim Stephens
Three UCSC students have received grants from the Janice A. Nowell Memorial
Fund for 2007. These awards provide up to $500 to support UCSC students who
use electron microscopy in their research. Applicants are evaluated on the
basis of their academic merit, the quality of their research project, and
their incorporation of electron microscopy techniques.
This year's recipients and their projects are as follows:
David C. Haisten, an undergraduate student
working with Barry Sinervo, professor of ecology and evolutionary
biology, on a project entitled "Carotenoid Ingestion Induces
Drosopterin Synthesis in the Side-Blotched Lizard, Uta stansburiana."
Heather E. Mostman-Liwanag, a graduate student
working with Terrie Williams, professor of ecology and evolutionary
biology, on a project entitled "Adaptation of Fur for Aquatic
Living: An Evolutionary Look at Carnivore Fur Structure and Function."
Gabriel A. Roybal, a graduate student working with
Melissa Jurica, assistant professor of molecular, cell, and developmental
biology, on a project entitled "The Capture and Characterization of
The Nowell Awards honor the memory of Janice Nowell, coordinator of
the UCSC Electron Microscope Facility from 1975 until her death in 1984.
A native of England, Nowell arrived in California in 1964. After working
in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis, she came to UCSC to
manage the newly consolidated Electron Microscope Facility. At Santa
Cruz, she was an active researcher, teacher, and author who was known
for her patience, grace, and humor. She was dedicated to making
electron microscopy accessible as a research and teaching tool to
the entire community.