May 30, 2012
Dr. Kristian M. Hargadon '01, Assistant Professor of Biology, has received the J. Shelton Horsley Research Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Virginia Academy of Science for original research.
Dr. Hargedon received the award for his paper "Suppression of the maturation and activation of the dendritic cell line DC2.4 by melanoma-derived factors" that was published in the January 2012 issue of the journal Cellular Immunology." The research in this paper describes suppression of the activity of dendritic cells by melanoma tumor cells and correlates the degree of this immunosuppression with the tumorigenicity of the different melanomas under study. Additionally, this research identified an in vitro model system that has significant applications for understanding both mechanisms of melanoma-associated immunosuppression and the impact of melanoma-altered dendritic cells on the overall anti-tumor immune response. Future work with this system may therefore identify novel immunotherapeutic strategies designed to impede tumor-mediated suppression of dendritic cells and thereby enhance the efficacy of anti-tumor immune responses.
Two Hampden-Sydney students, Osric Forrest '12 and Pranay Reddy '11, contributed to these studies and were secondary authors on the manuscript.
Christa D. Fye, Associate Dean for Academic Support, has received the Wesley R. Habley NACADA Summer Institute Scholarship. Established in 1983, the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising honors individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising.
NACADA has over 10,000 members, hosts an annual conference each fall as well as 10 regional conferences, and promotes the study of advising through various other events held throughout the year. NACADA publishes a scholarly Journal and a quarterly e-Publication. NACADA provides a network and professional identity for the thousands of faculty, full-time advisors, and administrators whose responsibilities include academic advising.
Alexander C. Cartwright '13 has been accepted into the internship program at the Charles G. Koch Foundation. From June 4 to August 22 Koch Interns work full time at the non-profit organization in Washington, DC, that advocates economic freedom and market based solutions to social problems. Interns also take a class, one day per week, at the Koch Foundation in which they learn about Market Based Management, the management tools Charles Koch used to build the world's largest private company and which he lays out in his book The Science of Success. The KIP program is made up of 50-60 interns selected from well over 2,000 applicants.
Christian Hebert-Pryor '13 will participate in the PPIA (Public Policy & International Affairs) Junior Summer Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, June 15 - August 4.
The institute will provide 20 students the opportunity to develop the skills needed for admission into the nation's top policy programs. This seven-week program will be held on the Carnegie Mellon campus and provide intensive training in policy, quantitative, communication and leadership areas. Introductory sections of quantitative methods and economics are offered. Students attend classes five days a week and receive course grades and an evaluation of individual progress at the conclusion of the program.