December 2015 Archways

Faculty News

ON THE RUSSIAN FRONT

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has invited Professor of Russian and Second Language Acquisition and Director of the Russian Language Institute Dan Davidson to serve on a national commission to examine the state of language education and offer recommendations for ways to meet future needs.

Composed of national leaders in education, research, business, and government, the Commission on Language Learning was created in response to a bipartisan request from members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Initial support comes from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and from the Academy’s New Initiatives Fund.

IN THE LAB

With support from the National Science Foundation, Biology Professor Tamara Davis and her research group are continuing their work on genomic imprinting, the phenomenon by which a subset of genes is expressed solely from one of the two parental alleles.

Davis’s group will continue its analysis of the characteristics associated with imprinting marks established after fertilization. They will also work on better understanding tissue-specific imprinting through researching chromosome structure surrounding the gene Rasgrf1. The integration of this information with Davis’s previous analyses of DNA methylation and histone modification profiles at Rasgrf1 will provide a comprehensive view of the epigenetic and transcriptional factors required to control expression at this tissue-specific imprinted gene.

ON THE BOARDS

Assistant Professor of Theater Catharine Slusar received a Barrymore Award for outstanding leading actress for her role as Martha in the acclaimed Theatre Exile production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The Philadelphia Inquirer described Slusar’s performance as “a wild, wide range of passion,” while the Philadelphia Weekly said that she “absolutely dazzled” in the role of Martha.

 

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