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Research News Briefs
11/7/2002

R E S E A R C H N E W S B R I E F S . . .

Two FGCU Professors Win Grant Awards from USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded individual $75,000 research grants to FGCU biotechnology professors Takashi Ueda, Ph.D., and Marilyn Cruz-Alvarez, Ph.D.

Ueda’s two-year project will study the Regulation and Function of 1-Cys Peroxiredoxin in Buckwheat. Peroxiredoxins are antioxidant enzymes found in various organisms, from bacteria to humans. Scientists believe the enzymes have evolved to protect organisms against detrimental cellular oxidative damages caused by stressful environmental conditions.

The long-term objective of Cruz-Alvarez’s study Preliminary Studies on a Putative Novel Transmembrane Receptor from Brassica oleracea is to attain a better understanding of the genetic differences among cultivated Brassica oleracea varieties which include common vegetables like Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower, beneficial in the diet because of their health-promoting and anti-cancer chemical compounds.

This material is based upon work supported by the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Agreement Number 2002-35304-12498. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S.D.A.

For more information, contact Ueda at (941) 590-7236 or Cruz-Alvarez at (941) 590-7237.

FGCU Professor Awarded Grant from U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources

Professor of occupational therapy Linda Martin, Ph.D., won a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, Health Resources and Services Administration, to conduct the project Community-University Partners in Service to the Elderly. The department awarded $124,828 for the first of three years that began Sept. 1. The grant totals $410,000. The project will provide advanced education for rehabilitation professionals, with specialization in practice with the elderly and will assist community agencies in their efforts to meet the health care needs of medically underserved elderly. For more information, contact Martin at (941) 590-7556.

Sunrise Community of Collier County Awards Contract to FGCU Professor

Computer information systems professor and co-director of the Center for Leadership and Innovation’s Center for Assisted Living, Judy Wynekoop, Ph.D., and adjunct instructor Robert Figueroa were recently awarded a contract from the Sunrise Community of Collier County to administer the I’m Able to Work project through Oct. 17, 2003. The project is designed to enhance the employability of the developmentally disabled population in Collier County. For more information, contact Wynekoop at (941) 590-7387.

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