Husky Happenings

NU Kappa Sigma chapter wins national award The Northeastern chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity was awarded the Founders’ Circle Award at the fraternity’s national leadership conference recently. The award was given to Xi Beta, as the Northeastern chapter is known, for the second consecutive year. The award is given to the top three chapters nationally to honor “success in all areas of chapter operations.” Two of the chapter’s brothers also received awards. Junior communications major Shawn Wolfgang, received the Outstanding Grand Master award in honor of his work as outgoing president, while junior business administration major Thomas Kelly received the Outstanding Grand Treasurer Award for his work as chapter treasurer.

– Stephen Babcock, News Staff

Assistant professor honored at White House Assistant Professor of Biology Rebeca Rosengaus was honored at the White House last week as one of the nation’s top young scientists. Rosengaus was among 56 scientists and engineers recognized with the 2006 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PEACASE), the highest honor for researchers who are fresh in the field. Her winning research proposal, called “Parasites, Pathogens and the Breeding Strategies of Social Insects,” focuses on the influence pathogens and parasites may have had on the evolution of breeding strategies in a neo-tropical termite species. “I am deeply honored by the presidential recognition and feel very fortunate to have the National Science Foundation’s support for our work,” Rosengaus said in a release from the university. As part of her award, Rosengaus will receive a $503,000 grant to fund her research over the next five years.

– Ricky Thompson, News Staff

Senior receives National Dam Safety Award, scholarship The Association of State Dam Safety recently awarded senior civil and environmental engineering major Nathan Chase this year’s National Dam Safety Award Scholarship. Chase was one of three applicants from a field of 25 students across the country to receive the award, which includes a scholarship of up to $5,000. He was recognized for his understanding of the field as developed by several short religious mission trips, community service projects, a membership in Engineers Without Borders and a co-op at GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc., which provided first-hand experience working with high-hazard dam sites. “I was very excited and honored to receive the award,” Chase said in a press release from the university.

– Ricky Thompson, News Staff

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