For most asthma sufferers, an inhaler is a vital, often life-saving device designed to deliver much-needed medicine to lungs gasping for air. But Sam Shum, who developed a passion for chemistry and research while an undergraduate student at Union College, knew inhalers could be a lot more.
When students in Frankie Rose's biology classes are asked to finish all of their Brussels sprouts, they can say with scientific certainty why they dislike them, thanks to new teaching methods developed by Rose and a team of Union College students and alumni.
Most everyone had long since gone home, but a small group still pressed around him, asking questions, desperate for answers. When I. Jon Russell ’65, M.D., Ph.D., American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Master, visited Union College in April 2011, nearly 600 Lincoln residents gathered to hear him talk about advances in treatment for fibromyalgia, a disorder often marginalized by the medical community.
Lauren Bongard Schwarz '04, photos courtesy of John Engen.
When chemistry professor and Union College graduate John Engen ’94 realized the equipment he needed to move forward with his hydrogendeuterium exchange mass spectrometry research on protein structure didn’t yet exist, he created the necessary tools by patching together pieces of existing laboratory equipment.
And when his research surpassed the limitations of those customized tools, he approached the biotechnology firm Waters Corporation with his idea to use liquid chromatography technology to separate protein molecules in a way that had never before been done.
Union College Library recently became the thirtieth participant to join the Nebraska Memories project of the Nebraska Library Commission. This collaborative initiative encourages organizations holding historical photographic material related to Nebraska to contribute scanned images to the project. The original organizations retain ownership of the documents and digital files. Funded by the State of Nebraska, the Nebraska Memories database s
As Union Scholars focus their attention on finding solutions to global issues, they have the distinct advantage of having international travel and study built right into the honors curriculum.
The three week course in May 2010 began with a couple days of instruction at Union College then moved on to Sabah, Malaysia where students conducted "windshield" surveys of the village researching their needs. The trip concluded with visits to Hong Kong and China.