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WINTer | 2013-14 The Woods Magazine
By Leigh Rice ’14
Students and professors at William
Woods University conduct scientific
research not typically found at small,
private colleges.This year, Dr.
Nick Pullen, WWU assistant professor
of biology, will involve his students in
cancer research.
Pullen serves as the Cox
Distinguished Professor in Science
for the current academic year. His
research will compare the effects of
nitric oxide (NO) upon different
kinds of cancer cells.
The appointment must include a
specific research activity involving
students in a mentor-mentee
relationship. Amanda Marty of
Arnold, Mo., a senior double
majoring in biology and equestrian
science, was selected as this
year’s Cox Scholar to assist Pullen.
The Clark and Mildred Cox
Distinguished Professor in Science
position was established by the Clark
Cox Trust in 2008, and Dr. Mary
Spratt, professor of biology, held the
position until her retirement last year.
William Woods University is
committed to offering an excellent
science program to support the needs
of our students,” Dr. Sherry McCarthy,
vice president and academic dean, said.
This endowment continues to help us
toward attaining that goal and offering
another research opportunity for our
undergraduate students.”
While his past NO studies have
examined brain cancers, Pullen’s
current research will look at
other types of cancer, such as
B-Cell Lymphoma.
Then we will proceed in identifying
overlapping factors that NO might be
impinging upon to assist cancer growth
ultimately knowledge in such factors
can help in identifying targets for
more precisely and effectively
treating certain cancers,” he said.
Funding up to $6,000 per year is
available to support equipment,
supplies, and materials associated
with the research, as well as travel
and expenses, and technical, clinical,
and laboratory consultations that may
be required. A stipend of $500 will also
be awarded to the student assistant
each semester.
The Cox Distinguished Professor
appointment is expected to yield a
specific tangible outcome upon
conclusion.This outcome might be
a scholarly or professional publication,
a presentation at a scholarly meeting or
professional conference, a book or
a monograph.
Above: Dr. Nick Pullen tells Katey Bilsky
left) and Kelly M. Abernathy about the
bones found in a typical adult human
skeleton. (Photo by Dak Dillon)