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NNU receives two grants from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

March 29, 2017


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Northwest Nazarene University professors Dr. Duke Bulanon and Dr. Jennifer Chase each received $15,000 grants through the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Partners in Science Program. The program enables outstanding high school science teachers to form partnerships with research scientists from academic and research institutions in the Pacific Northwest to conduct science research over the course of two summers. Outcomes from this research will be shared at the national Partnership in Science conference each summer, also funded by this award.

The two NNU faculty partnerships with local teachers will benefit greatly from these grants. NNU’s Bulanon and research partner L. Paul Verhage of Treasure Valley Math and Science Center of Boise are working on a project entitled, “Estimation of Fruit Crop Yield Using Unmanned Aerial System and Digital Image Processing.” Chase is working with Brittany Sanchez of Kuna High School on research called, “Modeling Carbohydrate Flux in Cultured Uterine Cells.”

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Daniel Nogales shared, “These opportunities provided by the M.J. Murdock organization allow collaboration between universities and high schools and help advance high school teachers’ professional knowledge, which they then take back to their schools and students.”