Miami Microbiology '97 Newsletter
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Dr. Bhattacharjee has received $300,000 Grant for "DNA Workshop"The National Science Foundation has awarded Dr. J.K. Bhattacharjee, professor of Microbiology at Miami University, a $300,000 grant with an additional $66,308 state matching fund to improve the teaching of gene cloning, genetic engineering, and molecular genetics to high school students in Ohio. The objectives of this project are to enhance the basic knowledge, technical skills, and teaching proficiencies of high school biology teachers. The intensive two week summer DNA workshop will provide comprehensive instruction through hands-on activities and discussions of basic molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology and lesson plans. This workshop and follow-up activities are designed specifically for high school teachers to improve the educational and career opportunities for students of inner city, rural and suburban public and private high schools. Half of the teachers will be recruited from resource poor, inner city high schools where the need for teacher enhancement and learning opportunities in this emerging new discipline is greatest.
Each teacher will receive graduate credit, stipend, travel expense, cost of dorm living and meals, textbooks, electrophoresis equipment and supply materials to be used in his or her classroom teaching. Several professors, highly successful high school master teachers, guest speakers, and graduate assistants will serve as teaching instructors. Teachers in the past have consistently rated this to be a most beneficial workshop..
Clinical Laboratory Science Program
Charlier Joins FacultyHara Dracon Charlier joined us in 1995-96 and 1996-97 as a Visiting Instructor on the Oxford Campus. She teaches the introductory biology course (BMZ 115, 116), senior seminar (MBI 490) and Experimenting with Microbes (MBI 123). She recently became the proud parent of Devon Eve Charlier, born December 27, 1996.
Regional Campus NewsDavid Stroupe, MU-Hamilton and assistants have developed a lab experience for visiting elementary and junior high students. The day long outreach program is coordinated by the Office of Admission. The Microbiology lab experience is a 60-90 minute program. During the past two years several hundred students from both public and private schools have participated in this popular program. Perhaps the real reason for the success is the pizza lunch that is provided!
In the Spring Semester of 1997, for the first time, a microbiology course is being taught using the "Distance Learning Center." Oxford based students registered for the Hamilton MBI course can attend lectures in Oxford. Via interactive video, they can fully participate in the class. The distance learning centers are located at the Hamilton, Middletown and Oxford Campuses.
NSF GrantA $250,000 NSF grant for "Purchase of Equipment for Research in Molecular Microbial Biology" was awarded to Mary Woodworth (PI), Luis Actis, J.K. Bhattacharjee, Joseph Carlin and Gary Janssen for 1995-97.
Research Challenge GrantLuis Actis, Joseph Carlin, Kelly Cowan and Marcia Lee received funding from Miami University through the Research Challenge program of the Ohio Board of Regents for 1996-97.
Dr. Robert J. Brady, 70, professor of microbiology emeritus at Miami University, died of cancer July 1, at his Oxford home. Born in Detroit April 13, 1927, he was the son of James and Grace Austin Brady. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Detroit and a doctorate from the University of Maryland. He married Dorothy Latchney in 1955 in Detroit. Brady was chair of Miami's microbiology department from 1972-78. He returned to full-time teaching and research, retiring in 1993. A member of Miami's faculty since 1957, he was honored in Microbiology with its Carski Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest teaching award given in microbiology in the country. Much of his time was devoted to teaching undergraduate courses in introductory microbiology, food and industrial microbiology, microbial physiology and the genetics of bacteria and their viruses. He was past president of the Ohio Branch of the American Society for Microbiology. He was appointed to Oxford City Council in 1971 and elected to a term the same year, serving for five years. Survivors are his wife, Dorothy; two sons, Tom of Chicago and Brian of Cincinnati; two daughters, Kathleen Chrisman of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Brigid of San Francisco; and four grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, July 7, in St. Mary's Church, Oxford. Burial was in the Oxford Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, the Miami University microbiology department or St. Mary's Church. Smith & Ogle Funeral Home, Oxford, was in charge of the arrangements.
A Memorial by Ivan Kochan
Tatiana was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia on June 20, 1924 to Ukrainian parents, Peter and Adela Sawycky who fled with Ukranian democratic government from Ukraine occupied by the communist invaders from Russia. After the First World War, her family moved to Warsaw, Poland where Tatiana finished elementary school; the high school education she obtained in a Ukrainian gymnasium in Cholm and obtained her diploma (maura) in 1943. I was fortunate to meet Tatiana in Cholm gymnasium and in spite of war, hunger and bombardments, our love for each other blossomed and persisted during our meetings in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, Vienna, Austria and Munich, Germany. In Austria, Tatiana continued her education at the University of Salzburg, where she studied philosophy. In 1948, she and her family moved to Germany and, then, emigrated to U.S.A. and settled in Pomona, California. Tatiana did not enjoy California sun for long - next year she went to Canada (Thunderbay on Lake Superior), where I lived at that time, and we were married in 1949. Although we were poor immigrants and had to work very hard on various jobs, we enjoyed Canadian bushy forests, wildlife, and picking mushrooms. After two years, we moved to Winnipeg where I continued my studies and Tatiana worked to support me. In 1955, we were able to move to friendly USA and California sun shine. At that time we had Andrew (born 1951) and Mark (1954) and in Palo Alto, California. Christine was born in 1957. At the Stanford University, I received my Ph.D. in 1958 and then we moved through Dallas (Baylor U.) to Oxford. Tatiana was very gifted in arts; she painted, made beautiful clay pots, and liked weaving. She enjoyed having my students to our house and was interested in their lives. She died on July 6, 1996 of poor blood supply to her brain and is buried in Grass Valley, California.
The Microbiology E-mail Directory:
- Luis Actis
- J.K. Bhattacharjee
- Joseph Carlin
- Hara Charlier
- Kelly Cowan
- Donald Cox
- Robert Findlay
- Anne Morris Hooke
- Gary Janssen
- Marcia Lee
- John Stevenson
- David Stroupe
- Mary Woodworth
Visit the MBI home page at ../
Sigma Xi Research AwardsSix of our graduate students, Amy Allman, Eric Kobylski, Tony Marchetta, Scott Karlo, Christine Weingart and Don Langworthy, received Sigma Xi research awards for 1995-96 totaling $3,250. Two graduate students, John Benjamin and Norine Davis and two undergraduate students, Nathan Cummins and Steven Spaulding, received Sigma XI research awards for 1996-97 totaling $3,020. We are very proud of our students!
Bhattacharjee ScholarshipThe Dr. and Mrs. J.K. Bhattachrjee scholarship was established and first awarded in the 1991-92 school year. The scholarship is awarded to an under-graduate student studying microbiology or a related discipline.
|1995-96||Lisa Barker and Brooke Murphy
|1996-97||Erwin Sung and David Fantelli
Lawrence Day Microbiology ScholarshipEach year the Department recognizes the outstanding member of the junior class by awarding her or him the $1,500 Lawrence Day Microbiology Scholarship generously donated by Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Day, alumni of Miami. We appreciate their support. The recipients of this very special award (since the last newsletter) are:
O.K. Stark Lecture and AwardsThe Department invites a distinguished scientist to the campus to present the Annual Orton K. Stark lecture in honor of the founding chair of our Department. This lecture is supported by contributions of the Orton K. Stark Fund by alumni and friends. Lecturers and award recipients (since the last newsletter) are:
|1995||Dr. Gail Cassell, Professor and Chair, University of Alabama
|1996||Dr. Julian Davies, Professor and chair, University of British Columbia
|1997||Dr. Madilyn Fletcher, Director Belle Baruch Institute for Marine Biology and Coastal Research
Undergraduate award recipients:
Graduate award recipients:
|1995||Heather Van Buskirk
|1996||Alison J. Scott
|1997||Anne Zilles (Sr.)
Erin Bell (Sr.)
Lisa Byder (Soph.)
Tayalyn Riordan (Fr.)
Rockwood ScholarshipThe Susan Rockwood Scholarship, which recognizes an outstanding female graduate student in Microbiology, was awarded in 1996 to Christine Weingart. This scholarship is supported by the generous donations of alumni and friends of Dr. Rockwood. In 1997 the winners are Laura Smoot and Paula Wilderman.
Undergraduate Research AwardsThe following Microbiology students received undergraduate research awards:
Tamara L. Messier
Steven D. Irvin
Anne R. Zilles
Lori B. Gordley
Deanna D. Schomaker
The following list of former students is from the responses received after the last newsletter.
What are you doing? Let us hear from you so we can include information about our alumni in the next newsletter.If you would like to make a contribution to the Microbiology Endowment Fund, the Orton K. Stark Fund, or the Susan Rockwood Fund, please make your check payable to Miami University Fund and designate your Microbiology fund choice. Return to
- Dr. Anne Morris Hooke
- Professor and Chair
- Department of Microbiology
- Miami University,
- Oxford, OH 45056
- Professor and Chair