James Guikema, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
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Professor Guikema studied the effects of varied gravitational environments in a number of model organisms. KSG funding in conjunction with two additional NSAS funding sources has supported ground-based research and related spaceflight experiments in photosynthesis and plant pathology (scheduled for shuttle mideck in November 1997). These activities led to the funding of a NASA EPSCoR project again involving faculty and student at member universities. In addition, the KSG provided support for educational outreach activities such as his presentation entitled, "A Kansas nurseryman in space? Why not?" (Kansas Nurseryman's Association, Manhattan, KS, Aug., 1997).
Margaret Jurgensmeyers, a graduate student in Biology, received a KSG graduate fellowship during the past academic year. Her activities strongly supported the research efforts indicated above, and lead to a research presentation and paper entitled Jurgensmeyers, M.A., Odom, W.R. and Guikema, J.A. The plastid-cytoskelton interface: An immunological approach. American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology Bulletin, October 1996. In addition, the KSG provided an undergraduate research scholarship to Elizabeth Smith from Grambling State University to participate in the above mentioned research as part of a summer university internship research program.
The KSG in conjunction with the Center for Gravitational Studies in Cellular Biology (a Division of Biology at Kansas State University) has provided scholarships to the NASA Space Camp offered by the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.