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 High Point University senior Jenny Silk, an Aurora native, had a research article published in the international scientific journal “Lipid Technology.” Silk, first author on the paper, worked with Dr. James Smoliga, associate professor of physiology.
Silk collected and reviewed research about the potential health benefits of resveratrol, a chemical commonly found in red wine. She looked at many studies that researched the chemical’s benefits and limitations when it came to anti-aging, anti-carcinogen, cardio-protective and anti-inflammatory effects.
Overall, Silk found resveratrol does benefit a person’s health, but that more research needs to be done before it can be recommended by doctors for any health concerns.
The biology major said she got the opportunity to work on the article through Smoliga, the latest in a series of professors who have helped her move forward in her career, and helped her earn acceptance to several medical schools.
“Jenny has an amazing work ethic and is truly thirst for knowledge,” said Smoliga. “She makes the most out of every experience and serves as a great example of the commitment necessary to achieve one’s greatest goals.
“I have no doubts that she will one day be an excellent doctor, and I am honored to have helped her along her pathway to medical school.”
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Jenna Kollat, a 2011 Aurora High School graduate, made the dean’s list at Gannon University in Erie, Pa. for the fall 2013 semester. At least a 3.5 grade-point average is needed. Kollat is a junior at Gannon, a physician’s assistant major seeking a master’s degree and the daughter of Paul and Janeen Kollat.
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Philip Lombardo of Aurora earned a spot on the Loyola Marymount University dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester. Students named must achieve at least a 3.5 grade-point average.
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The following Aurora students earned academic honors at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. for the fall 2013 semester: Amanda M. Saykes, Coleen Ann Riley, Stephen F. Lawrie, James N. Wallace and Kelsey A. Stummer. At least a 3.5 grade-point average is required to earn honors.
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Adam Oulton of Aurora is among a record number of students who will present their research Feb. 20 as part of Heidelberg University’s 21st annual “Minds at Work” student research conference.
Oulton, a senior majoring in anthropology and political science, will present “An Ethic of Friendship in a Self-Interested World: Responses to Dr. Muhammad Mahallati” (co-presenting) and “The Dreams of Rome.”
Heidelberg hosts the student research conference annually each spring as a way to increase student interest and knowledge in academic research and scholarship. Each student is paired with a faculty mentor/advisor who assists in the research and presentation preparation process.
The event is designed to recognize, honor and reward academic excellence and give students an opportunity to experience the conference format of academic inquiry.
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Andrew Novak of Aurora was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester at Capital University in Columbus. To get the honor, a student must achieve at least a 3.5 grade-point average.
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For the seventh straight semester, Lauren and Lindsey Skonieczny have been named to the deans list at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. The 2010 Aurora High graduates are both in the College of Education and will graduate this spring with a dual major degree in early childhood education elementary preK-fourth grade and K-8 special education.

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