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Dr. Aruna Kilaru, Biological Sciences, was invited to present a research seminar on “‘Psychomitrella’? - Emerging Implications of Anandamide in Physcomitrella patens,” at the International Moss Conference held at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Her research on understanding the role of anandamide, a lipid-signaling molecule, in providing moss plants with the ability to tolerate stress is funded by the National Science Foundation. The Department of Biological Sciences and the NSF grant supported her travel to the conference.

At the annual meeting, more than 60 moss researchers, representing at least 20 countries, voted to form an International Moss Society (iMOSS). Kilaru, a founding member of the society, was elected for a two-year term to serve on the extended board of iMOSS, to represent the Americas. She will organize the first annual iMOSS meeting, to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii. It will take place June 22-24, 2017, as a satellite meeting in conjunction with the annual Plant Biologists meeting held by the American Society of Plant Biologists.


Kristen McHenry, Cardiopulmonary Science program director in the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, received the Best Paper Award for “Key Elements of a State Master Plan in Higher Education,” which she presented at the International Conference on Learning and Administration in Higher Education 2016 in Nashville.

McHenry wrote the paper as part of her work as a doctoral candidate in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.  Through her paper, she attempted to gain a deeper understanding of the key elements within state master plans through an independent review of 10 different state plans.  The informal review revealed four key elements of state master plans in higher education: accessibility, affordability, accountability and success.


Vanessa Mayoraz, Art and Design, recently had her installation, “Infrastructure,” displayed at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“Infrastructure” consists of blocks of foam representing architecture that houses major plant preservation and production companies.  It was previously shown on ETSU’s campus at the Reece Museum.

To see photos of the exhibit, visit
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