HIGH POINT, N.C., April 4, 2019 – Members of the High Point University community frequently conduct, publish and share research and creative works in a variety of ways. Below is a recap of research initiatives from the past month.
Chemistry Professors Co-Author Textbook
Dr. Heather Miller and Dr. Melissa Srougi, both in the chemistry department at HPU, co-authored the fourth edition of the textbook “Molecular Biology Techniques: A Classroom Laboratory Manual.” Miller was previously involved in authoring the third edition as well. The textbook introduces advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students to research laboratory techniques used in studying biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology and cell biology. Students taking the biochemistry laboratory course at HPU use the textbook, as well as students from more than 20 universities worldwide.
“We are excited about our publication and the impact it will have on biochemistry/molecular biology education,” says Miller. “Students using this book will be guided through basic as well as advanced cutting-edge laboratory techniques including mammalian cell culture and CRISPR gene editing. These skills are critical in modern biochemistry academic and industrial laboratories and will provide students the hands-on skills necessary to be competitive for 21st-century jobs.”
Professors to Study Growth Mindset with New Active Learning Classroom
Dr. Jane Nichols, chair of the Department of Home Furnishings and Interior Design, and Dr. John Turpin, dean of the School of Art and Design at HPU, have received a grant from Steelcase Education to create a new active learning classroom. HPU was one of 12 schools selected out of more than 900 applications. Nichols and Turpin will use the classroom for a research study focusing on the impact of the classroom environment on student and faculty growth mindset. The installation of the classroom, valued at $67,000, will begin this summer in Norton Hall, and the new learning environment will be ready for the 2019-2020 academic year. The space will feature flexible furnishings that combine in a variety of ways to help students engage and interact in their learning.
“We are very excited to be recognized by Steelcase Education for our efforts in promoting a research topic as important as growth mindset,” said Nichols. “With Steelcase Education’s support, we look forward to exploring this nascent, yet growing, area of research.”
HPU Professor Presents at International Astronomy Conference
Dr. Brad Barlow, assistant professor of astrophysics at HPU, served as session chair and gave an invited presentation at an international astronomy conference in Bamberg, Germany, called Large Surveys with Small Telescopes: Past, Present and Future. Barlow served as session chair for a series of talks on future digital surveys and helped organize and moderate discussions in the session. Barlow’s presentation focused on the Evryscope, the world’s first gigapixel, all-sky telescope. Barlow and HPU students have used data from the telescope to conduct research on hot subdwarf stars.
“This conference brought together 80 astronomers from around the world to discuss past, present and future observational surveys of the night sky,” says Barlow. “We discussed not only ways to extract and preserve data on old photographic plates but also how we can use the tools of astroinformatics like big data and machine learning to squeeze the most science out of current and future digital surveys.”
Pharmacy Professor Receives Awards Funding Summer Research Mentorship
Dr. Comfort Boateng, assistant professor of basic pharmaceutical sciences at HPU, received two summer Project SEED Awards from the American Chemical Society. These grants will support two research projects she will complete this summer as she mentors minority students from demographic groups underrepresented in the sciences within the High Point community. The first award is for Boateng’s project, “Design and Synthesis of 2-(4-(pyridin-2-yl)piperidin-1-yl)-N-(m-tolyl)acetamide analogues to treat substance use disorders,” and the second is for her project titled “Synthesis of N-(m-tolyl)acetamide analogues to study substance use disorders.”