Shelja Thakur

Luther senior Thakur received funding from Howard Hughes Medical Institute to research invasive species

Invasive species have the ability to spread to a degree that can cause damage to the environment, economy and human health, among other things. Shelja Thakur, Luther College senior of Satiwala, Himachal Pradesh, India, saw the first-hand effects of these invasive species during her summer research project when she participated in land stewardship projects on Luther's natural areas to remove plants such as European buckthorn and garlic mustard.

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Luther junior Chirwa selected to research antibacterial resistance in Decorah water sources

The landscape surrounding Decorah is home to many springs and streams, making it a prime destination for recreation. Unfortunately, these waters are also home to high levels of bacteria such as E. coli, particularly after summer rains. Tiwonge Chirwa, Luther College junior of Lilongwe, Malawi, was selected to research antibacterial resistance of bacteria inhabiting water sources in and around Decorah.

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Elizabeth Glennon

Luther junior Glennon receives funding from Howard Hughes Medical Institute to study monarch butterfly use of milkweeds

Monarch butterfly populations increase dramatically over the course of several generations each summer in Iowa, then early each fall the adults travel about 2,000 miles south to Mexico to spend the winter. This unique migratory phenomenon is threatened due to a dramatic decline in the monarch populations.  Elizabeth Glennon, Luther College junior of Saint Louis Park, Minnesota, is studying butterfly diversity in prairies and specifically the use of milkweeds by monarch butterflies as part of her summer research at the college.

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'Beyond the Barbed Wire' Documentary on Japanese internment during WWII screening Sept. 3 at Luther College

Forced into internment camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, approximately 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry had their lives uprooted. Following the end of the World War II in 1945, some of the displaced people relocated and restarted their lives in Minnesota. Luther College will feature "Beyond the Barbed Wire," a documentary focusing on those Japanese Americans who were forced into internment camps and later traveled to Minnesota to start over, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, in Valders 262.

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