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Victoria Chee '13, Fatima Hosain '15 and Mark Khazanor '15 recently appeared on “Schenectady Today” on the city’s public access station (Channel 16) to discuss the Presidential Interfaith Campus Challenge, presented to Union from the Obama administration. The program is a way to build community bonds through community service across religious beliefs. Those who are interested in joining the initiative can contact the Kenney Community Center.

Nga Tran '13 is in the finals of the Hong Kong Cup Speech Contest to be held this weekend in New York City. Tran, an economics major, is one of 15 finalists representing New York college students. Her speech, focused on Hong Kong culture, will be given in Mandarin.

Scott Kirkton, assistant professor of biology, Kristin Fox, associate professor of chemistry and director of Undergraduate Research, and Elizabeth Nyberg '09 published an article in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology – Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The article is titled “Ontogenetic changes in citrate synthase and lactate dehydrogenase activity in the jumping muscle of the American locust.”

Michael Clarke '11 received a $27,000 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to attend American University in Beirut, Lebanon for one year starting in the fall of 2012.

Rebecca Surman, professor of physics, was the featured speaker at a colloquium at Florida State University. Her talked was titled “Heavy element synthesis in extreme astrophysical environments.” 

Ann Fleming Brown, director of Admissions, was featured on the Times Union’s “On the Move” business blog as part of her work with The Junior League of Schenectady. As part of its Operation Back to School Project, the group donated $10,000 in school supplies to the Schenectady City School District’s Smart Scholars Early College High School program.