Lopez and Russell Named Peter White Scholars

Neil Russell (Physics) and Osvaldo Lopez (Biology) have been named Peter White Scholars for 2005-06. Each was awarded a grant of $15,000 that will be used to further their respective research projects.


“I am thankful to my colleagues in the Faculty Grants Committee for their confidence, and happy because the scholarship will help the students in my laboratory to do competitive research in our field,” said Lopez. “We are studying viruses that induce acute infections such as measles, polio and influenza, as well as viruses that induce chronic infections such as HIV and Hepatitis C.”


The long-term objective of Lopez’s research is to contribute in the understanding of viruses at the molecular and cellular levels and aid in the development of protective vaccines against them.


Russell will use his scholarship to research theoretical physics.


“My research will focus on special relativity, the theory that Einstein introduced 100 years ago,” he said. “The aim will be to look for ways in which special relativity may differ from observations in nature. This is a rapidly growing area of current research, and I want to be a part of it.”


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