Academics News

Patrick Larson

Luther College junior Larson selected to complete summer research

When students find the college that best suits their needs, they weigh the different factors of each college to ensure they choose the right "fit" for them. Patrick Larson, Luther College junior of Decorah, Iowa, has been selected to complete research on what factors lead to making the crucial decision on which college to attend.

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Laura Boran

Luther College senior Boran selected to begin summer research on new bioplastics

Out of the 80 billion pounds of plastic made per year in the United States, 75 percent will end up in waste streams after little to no use. Laura Boran, Luther College senior of Brainerd, Minnesota, is researching new ways to help alleviate this global issue. This summer she is attempting to create a new bioplastic, an alternative to petroleum-based plastic.

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McKenzie Jones

Luther College senior Jones selected to complete summer research on sensory integration therapy

One in 20 children suffers from sensory integration disorder, a condition that causes sensory signals to be improperly organized. Children affected by this disorder may suffer from a variety of symptoms, including eating problems, low dexterity and social anxiety. McKenzie Jones, Luther senior from Grand Forks, North Dakota, is collecting data on the viability of a treatment to help remedy this disorder.

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Yang Wang

Luther College awarded $40,000 grant from ASIANetwork

Through the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, ASIANetwork has awarded Luther College a $40,000 grant to support the hiring of Yang Wang, postdoctoral teaching fellow in Asian art history. This one-year fellowship will be co-hosted by Luther's Visual and Performing Arts department and the Asian Studies program. "Thanks to this grant, we were able to hire a dynamic young Ph.D. and can start moving toward diversifying our course offerings in art history. We're so excited that we will be able to offer more classes from a non-western world perspective that is entirely in line with our global focus as a college," said Kate Elliott, Luther assistant professor of art history.

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Jenna Johnson, Luther junior

Luther junior receives Undergraduate Travel Award

Jenna Johnson, Luther College junior from Stillwater, Minnesota, received the Undergraduate Travel Award from the Genetics Society of America to travel to present her research on C. elegans at the 20th International C. elegans Conference at the University of California.


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