On Monday, March 6, Dr. Brad Gitz will present his Williamson Prize lecture at 11 a.m. in Nucor.
Lyon’s William Jefferson Clinton Professor of International Politics, Dr. Brad Gitz received the 2017 Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching during the 2017 commencement. The College awards this prize annually to the faculty member considered the most outstanding in four categories: professional competence, scholarly ability, exemplary humane values, and contributions to the community.
Zachariah Basehore has been named Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lyon College. A graduate of Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA, he has completed a master’s degree in experimental psychology at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH, and expects to complete his Ph.D. there next year.
Over the past two years he has taught for Bowling Green and for Tiffin University, and he has been a teaching assistant for four years. His primary research interests include adaptive decision-making, the evolutionary underpinnings of decision-making, social cognition, research and statistical methodology, philosophy of science, and behavioral finance.
Basehore states that he “is passionate about teaching, and is very excited to join Lyon College!”
Irosha Nawarathne, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Lyon College, recently received a $33,228 summer research grant funded by the Arkansas IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) developmental research program.
The grant, supported by an exploratory grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH), will go toward student research into new medicine for multi-drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB), an organism that causes TB.
Nawarathne and students LaShawna Miller, ’19, Tanner Duty, ’18 and John Sifford, ’18 will use synthetic chemistry, spectroscopy, biochemistry and molecular biology to develop new rifampicin (RIF) like compounds to combat TB drug-resistance. Other students currently involved in the summer research program include Jordan Trant, ’19, Brian Bompous, ’18 and Natalie Milligan, ’18.
To date, Nawarathne has secured a total of over $120,000 in federal funds, including a summer research grant in 2016, competitive instrumentation award and supplemental instruction grant.
Funds from these grants have allowed student researchers to travel and present their accomplishments at regional and national conferences and become co-authors of peer-reviewed publications. They have also allowed the chemistry department to purchase a state-of-the-art Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer.
Students previously involved in the summer research program include Michael Gareth Stout, ’17, Shawn Howell, ’17, Samuel Brineman, ’17 and Will Staton, ‘17.
The Brown Chapel and Fine Arts Building on the Lyon College campus will be closed to the public due to renovation from May 30 to August 15, 2017.
Built almost 60 years ago, Brown Chapel currently suffers from decades of deferred maintenance. This summer, its auditorium will receive a facelift, including refurbished seating, new windows and shades, repainting and floor tiles.
The exterior of the entire building will receive much needed work on windows, columns, outer brick and drainage.
Current and former students, Batesville citizens and college friends who have long enjoyed and benefited from Brown Chapel know its importance as an events venue and place of worship. Lyon hopes these renovations will allow the chapel to continue to serve and thrive.
Brown Chapel will reopen and continue to play its role in the community once renovations are complete.
If you are interested in reserving a space, please contact Facilities Coordinator Kay Rush at 870-307-7325.
Lyon College kicked off its soccer youth camp for boys and girls today at 9 a.m. on the college's soccer field.
The camp features instruction from the Lyon soccer coaching staff, soccer skill work, team work and cooperation skill drills.
The camp will continue Wednesday, May 31, through Friday, April 2. Children aged 5 to 14 may still register to attend. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration is $60. Campers should bring work-out clothes, cleats (if they have them), shin guards and sunscreen. For more information, call coach Chris Bocanegra at 870.307.7517.
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