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February 4, 2008


LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA ~ President Ivory V. Nelson has announced that Dr. Karen Baskerville and Mr. Jason Esters of Lincoln University have been named recipients of the prestigious Lindback Career Enhancement Minority Junior Faculty Grant.

“We are delighted to have our professors receive these awards from a highly respected foundation,” President Nelson said. “The awards serve the useful purpose of engaging young faculty members to conduct research and to advance knowledge across disciplines.”

A member of the faculty since 2006, Dr. Baskerville is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology and has been awarded $15,000 to study the imbalance activities of neurons in Alzheimer’s patients.  Her research topic is titled, “Vulnerability of Cholinergic Neurons in Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Dr. Baskerville earned a doctorate from the University of Tennessee.

Mr. Esters, a professor in his second year in the Department of English and Mass Communications, has been awarded $14,225 to conduct a research project titled, “Examining Writing Across the Curriculum Pedagogy and Technology Integration at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” The project examines the complex roles technology and digital literacy can play in developing student writers at HBCU’s.

Mr. Esters is a doctoral candidate at Temple University.

In addition to the Distinguished Teaching Award, the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation of Philadelphia presents the grants annually to encourage and strengthen the academic lives and productivity of minority junior faculty at colleges and universities. The grants began in 1993 and complement the foundation’s Distinguished Teaching Awards.

Founded in 1854, Lincoln University is a premier, historically Black University that combines the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological and global society.  The University is nationally recognized as a major producer of African Americans with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences (biology, chemistry and physics); computer and informational sciences; biological and life sciences.  Lincoln has an enrollment of 2,423 undergraduate and graduate students.

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