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President Walter Harrison Endowed Faculty Development Awards Announced

Posted 04/16/2018
Submitted by Desiree Kleykamp
Category: Campus Announcements

President Gregory Woodward and Provost Fred Sweitzer are pleased to announce the winners of the President Walter Harrison Endowed Faculty Development Awards.

The President Walter Harrison Endowed Faculty Development Awards, given annually, are internal grant awards intended to support the needs of mid to late career faculty and the University of Hartford by supporting significant scholarly efforts. These grants are made possible by a generous gift from a group of donors to honor past University of Hartford President, Walter Harrison.

Faculty members Aime Levesque (Department of Biology) of the College of Arts and Sciences and Michelle Troy (Department of English) of Hillyer College have been awarded Harrison Faculty Development Grants (AY 2018-19).

Aime Levesque, Associate Professor of Biology, will be investigating factors that contribute to normal cells becoming cancerous by accumulating mutations in the DNA of a cell. Specifically she will be examining the role of tumor suppressor protein p53 in DNA damage checkpoints important in protecting cells from accumulating mutations. The study will focus on the role of p53 in the mitotic checkpoint which detects problems during cell division (mitosis).   Her research will be completed both at the University of Hartford and UCONN Health Center. Additionally, she will visit the laboratory of Dr. Neil Ganem at Boston University to gain further training in time-lapse microscopy.

Michelle Troy, Professor of English in Hillyer College, will be researching original sources to contribute a chapter on the German book trade under American Occupation (1945-49). The grant will support a course release and help fund travel expenses to allow her to complete research in the National Archives in College Park, MD and also in Germany to work at the German Literary Archive.   She intends to finish the research and writing of the chapter by Summer 2019 so that it will appear in The History of the German Book Trade in the 19thand 20th Century (Die Geschichte des deutschen Buchhandels im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert) published by de Gruyter.