February 27, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Three Bucknell University professors have been honored for their research and scholarship with the David T. Scadden Faculty Scholar Award.

A 1975 graduate and a Bucknell trustee, Scadden is the Gerald and Darlene Jordan Professor of Medicine at Harvard University, where he also serves as co-chair of the department of stem cell and regenerative biology as well as co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. His fund was established to provide two $5,000 research fellowships to support eligible faculty during the academic year.

Associate Professor of Biology and Animal Behavior Elizabeth Capaldi Evans, and Associate Professor of Biology Chris Martine, who is the David Burpee Professor in Plant Genetics and Research, received funding for their project, "Gender-bending Eggplants: Cryptic Dioecy and Peculiar Pollen in Solanum."

The plant genus Solanum, which includes tomatoes, potatoes and eggplants, is of economic importance. Evans and Martine will focus on the plant reproduction biology of the solanums of northern Australia, which uses 'hermaphrodite flowers' to attract bees for pollination.

Evans and Martine will set up bee feeding experiments in the Burpee greenhouse at Bucknell, before traveling to Australia this summer for 20 days of fieldwork.

Professor of History Martha Verbrugge received funding for her project, "Freedom in Motion: A History of Racial Segregation and Public Recreation in Washington, D.C., during the 20th Century."

The abolition of slavery led to the establishment of rigid codes of racial separation, called "Jim Crow" laws, which demarcated where citizens could relax. Black families were forced to swim in polluted rivers, play in dangerous streets and on dilapidated baseball fields.

By the 1930s, individual resistance and organized protests became common and, in the late 1940s, new statutes finally prohibited discrimination at municipal recreational facilities.

Using Washington, D.C., as a case study, Verbrugge will connect debates over health and physical activity to the general history of racial discrimination, the civil rights movement, and scientific and popular concepts of 'blackness' in 20th-century America.

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