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Kevin Bennett | Husson University
Kevin Bennett | Husson University

Plenary speech to focus on the genetics of aging

BANGOR — Husson University will be celebrating students’ and faculty members’ research during its 10th annual Research and Scholarship Day on Thursday, April 18, in the Gracie Theatre and the adjacent Darling Atrium. During the event, undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members from all of the university’s colleges and schools will share the results of their many capstone research projects, graduate theses and other activities devoted to understanding our world.

“Every year, Husson students and faculty members make important contributions to various disciplines through research. The event is an annual opportunity for us to recognize their efforts. The work they do helps us to better understand the issues, materials, and processes that affect our lives every day,” said Lynne Coy-Ogan, Ed.D., senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Husson University.

“Additionally, these research projects require students to demonstrate the independent critical thinking skills they’ve developed here at Husson University. The poster presentations also give students the opportunity to enhance their oral and written communication skills. The depth and diversity of students’ original thinking that’s on display at this event is a testament to the outstanding education Husson University offers to aspiring professionals,” concluded Coy-Ogan.

Research and Scholarship Day kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019, in the Darling Atrium at the Beardsley Meeting House with a display of posters that summarize many of the scholarly activities undertaken during the past year. From 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., research authors will be present to stand by their posters and answer questions about their findings.

This year’s plenary session begins at 1:15 p.m. in the Gracie Theatre. At the session, Coy-Ogan will present this year’s Distinguished Faculty Research Award to Paul Morrow, Sr, JD, associate professor in the School of Business and Management at Husson University’s College of Business.

The Distinguished Faculty Research Award is presented, each year, to a faculty member who demonstrates and achieves scholarly work as recognized/reviewed by his or her peers.

Immediately following the award presentation will be the plenary speech by Dr. Ron Korstanje from The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor Maine. His hour-long presentation begins at 1:30 p.m. and is entitled “The Genetics of Aging: Worms, Mice and Humans,” a topic that everyone can relate to.

Immediately following Dr. Korstanje’s plenary address, there will be a concluding presentation at 2:30 p.m. recognizing the Best Student Research Posters as judged by a select group of Husson University faculty and staff members. Top scoring student posters will be awarded gift certificates to the Husson University Bookstore.

About this year’s plenary speaker:

Ron Korstanje, PhD, FAHA, (Fellow of the American Heart Association) received his doctorate in genetics at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, where he studied the genetics of atherosclerosis – a disease of the arteries characterized by deposits of fatty material on their inner walls.[1]

He continued this work as a postdoctoral fellow with Beverly Paigen at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor. In 2004, he moved back to the Netherlands to study the genetics of kidney disease at the University Medical Center Groningen. After a few years, he decided to return to Bar Harbor.[2]

Dr. Korstanje is now an assistant professor at The Jackson Laboratory where he studies the aging kidney.[3] In addition, he is the co-director of the Nathan Shock Center of Excellence at the National Institute on Aging and a project leader in the Center for Precision Genetics at The Jackson Laboratory.[4] Korstanje has published 76 peer-reviewed journal articles and several book chapters, including a chapter in the new edition of the Handbook of the Biology of Aging.[5]

For more than 120 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells, and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. According to a recent tuition and fee analysis by U.S. News & World Report, Husson University is the most affordable private college in New England. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.

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[1] The University of Maine, Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, “Ron Korstanje: Biosketch”, https://gsbse.umaine.edu/people/ron-korstanje/, As of April 15, 2019.

[2] Ibid

[3] Ibid

[4] Ibid

[5] Ibid