Denis Whelan ’14 CLAS was a familiar face on-campus as a member of the Blue Key Society and Orientation committee. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and a Mathematics major, he received a 2014 US Fulbright Student grant to travel to teach English in Spain. After returning to the US, he will attend Emory University for his PhD.
Dennis Wykoff, PhD, associate professor of Biology, was awarded a $548, 273 grant from the National Science Foundation to support his research project “RUI: Evolution of Signal Transduction Pathways in Yeast.” The project investigates the extent to which the gain and loss of genes affects how an organism is able to respond to its environment. His research could uncover new treatments for fungal infections, which can be lethal in humans. Dr. Wykoff is the Dennis M. Cook Endowed Gregor Mendel Chair in Genetics.