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Lisa DeLucia Wins Prestigious Research Award from Scientific Honor Society

William Smith senior Lisa DeLucia was awarded a Grant-In-Aid of Research from the scientific research society Sigma Xi. DeLucia was awarded approximately $1,800 to aid in her Honors research. The project, titled “Comparison of Ultraviolet Visual Capabilities in Xenopus laevis and Ambystoma trigrinum,” is being conducted under the mentorship of Mark Deutschlander, assistant professor of biology, and in collaboration with Dr. Ellis Loew of Cornell University’s School of Veterinary Science. DeLucia’s project will examine the ability of some amphibians to see ultraviolet (UV) light (extremely low wavelength light that humans cannot see). Although UV vision has been demonstrated in many species including insects, fishes, reptiles, birds, and some mammals, this sense has not been adequately explored in amphibians. DeLucia’s project is the beginning of a long-term research program in Deutschlander’s lab at HWS to study this sense.