Savannah Jacklin ’15 CLAS is shooting for the stars. The Astronomy and Astrophysics major spent her summer as an NSF Research Intern at Vanderbilt University, studying the viability of using the new telescope Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) to discover new exoplanets. At Villanova she is president of the Villanova Astronomical Society, a Blue Key tour guide and a teaching assistant in several Mendel Science Experience Astronomy labs. Savannah enjoys sharing her love of astronomy with the general public.This summer she volunteered at Vanderbilt's Dyer Observatory on weekends, and at Villanova she gives tours of the public observatory in Mendel.
Dr. Aimee Eggler, assistant professor, Chemistry, is a recipient of a 2014 Cottrell College Science Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The award supports significant research that will enhance the professional and scholarly development of early career scientists. Dr. Eggler and her students are investigating the mechanisms of how dietary molecules and other agents activate the Nrf2 transcription factor. Nrf2 upregulates numerous genes whose protein products protect against oxidative stress and toxins. Increased levels of these proteins help in the prevention of diseases including cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, arthritis and asthma.