Science Scholars Named
Five Occidental students collaborating with faculty in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry and biology have been named 2014-15 Science Scholars and presented with research grants funded by the Norris and Fletcher Jones foundations.
Juniors Benjamin Clark, Christopher Discolo, Christopher Hino, Anton Molina and Katherine Yanagi were selected by Occidental faculty to receive these prestigious awards, which provide $15,000 of support to current juniors to carry out research from spring of their junior year through graduation.
Clark, a chemistry major from Espanola, N.M., received a Fletcher Jones Science Scholar award for his project, "Fabrication and Analysis of Gold Nanostructure Doped Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells." He is working with chemistry Professor Eileen Spain.
Hino, a biochemistry major from Santa Monica, received a Fletcher Jones award to research "Comparison of Enzymatic Activity and Immune Recognition of Mutant and Wildtype Phospholipase D: Approaches to Developing a C. pseudotuberculosis Vaccine" with biology Professor Roberta Pollock.
Discolo, a chemistry major from Sammamish, Wash., received Norris Science Scholar award to work on “Studies on an Enantioselective Synthesis of Cymbalta" with chemistry Professor Don Deardorff.
Molina, a chemistry and physics double major from Daly City, also received a Norris award. He will be working with Spain on “Synthesis and Magnetoelectric Properties of Nanostructured Magnetite (Fe3O4) Thin Films Deposited Through Particle-Stabilized Emulsion Coalescence.”
The final Fletcher Jones Science Scholar award was granted to Yanagi, a biology major from Honolulu. She will be conducting research on “Effects of Sedative-Hypnotics on Learning and Memory in the Developing Brain” with associate professor of biology Kerry Thompson.