The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Higher education report

• Alexander Englert, a 2009 graduate of Gettysburg (Pa.) College, won third prize in the 2009 Elie Wiesel Prize In Ethics Essay Contest, established by the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. He won $1,500 for his essay, which describes his weekly visits to a retired philosophy professor and former German soldier living in a German nursing home. Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor, author and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

• Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, N.C., received a $3 million gift from Gungor and Diana Solmaz, Denver, N.C., for an initiative to prevent and treat childhood obesity. The school's new Solmaz Institute for Obesity will create an internship program for students pursuing work as registered dieticians, beginning in fall 2010. Students can work with local schools and social service agencies, as well as students and faculty in Lenoir-Rhyne's nursing, athletic training, occupational therapy, and health and exercise science programs.

• The National Science Foundation gave a grant of nearly $250,000 to Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., to buy an inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometer. "This new instrument will allow us to analyze about 75 elements on the periodic table in water, sediment, soil and rocks," said Jeff Jeremiason, professor of chemistry and environmental studies. "Toxic metals like mercury, lead and cadmium are of interest, as are major elements such as calcium, potassium and aluminum."

• Elonda Clay, a student at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, received a grant to make an October presentation at the American Society for Human Genetics Conference in Honolulu. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology gave Clay a travel award through its Minority Access to Research Careers program. Clay, who is working on her doctorate in religion and science, made a presentation on "Using Genetics to Overturn the Legacy of Slavery? The Hope and Hype of Popular Representations of Personal Genomics, U.S. African Americans and Genetic Ancestry Testing."

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