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Hope Ball - Integrated Biosciences PhD student

Hope Ball - Integrated Biosciences PhD student

Research Spotlight: Biology

Studying "Obese" Whales to Understand Human Obesity

How do mammals get fat and stay fat? Specifically, how do whales do it? That’s what researchers in UA Biology are trying to finout out.  To do so, Hope Ball, a PhD student in the Integrated Biosciences program is looking at tiny protein called leptin that’s involved in how the body regulates how much it eats and how much energy it burns. The goal for mammals is typically to find a balance between food intake and energy burn. Whales, and other obese mammals, have found a way to build large fat stores despite this balance but rather than being obese they appear to be healthy and happy as fat mammals. Learn More


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Student Spotlight

Reed Jacobsen

BCAS student receives Game-Changer Award

The Game-Changer award will be presented to eight University of Akron students who embody the I-won’t-take-no-for-an-answer, roll-up-my-sleeves-and-make-it-happen approach that our career-ready graduates are known for.

UA Game-Changers will receive recognition at select Zips football and basketball games throughout the season, and all eight recipients will be presented with a $1,000 prize.

Reed Jacobsen is pursuing a double major in computer engineering and applied mathematics. He is the lead software engineer for the University’s award-winning robotics team, and he hit the ground running at his recent co-op assignment where he worked on software that predicts how stealth airplanes will react to radar waves at Berrie Hill Research Corporation in Dayton, Ohio. He is co-founder and chief technology officer of Smart Gun Systems, a start-up company inspired by the tragic shooting at Chardon High School. He is currently developing a prototype for the Smart Motion Tag – a device to protect families by alerting firearm owners via a text message if their weapon is being moved or handled.


Game-Changer award

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