Chemistry professor earns Murdock Partners in Science grant

Alison Fisher, assistant professor of chemistry, has earned a $15,000 Partners in Science grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to allow a local high school teacher to join her in summer research at Willamette University.

Fisher will work with Jonathan Williams, a science teacher at West Salem High School, to conduct research this summer and next on the molecular mechanism by which ethylene, a ubiquitous plant hormone, regulates the expression and timing of flowering genes in Arabidopsis, a small flowering plant related to cabbage and mustard.

The Partners in Science Program provides research opportunities for high school science teachers to work with investigators in academic labs on cutting-edge research. The goal is to help high school teachers revitalize their teaching and appreciate the use of inquiry-based methods of teaching science.