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New Faculty 2014-2015

Megan Bestwick, McMinnville, Assistant Professor

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Education: B.S. in Chemistry, Southern Oregon University M.S. in Analytical Chemistry, University of Washington Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University of Utah

Scholarly Interest: I am interested in the regulation of mitochondrial transcription and the assembly of electron transport chain protein complexes within the organelle.

Interesting Fact: I enjoy traveling, and I once spent a week above the Arctic Circle in Alaska.

Bonnie Bolkan, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor

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Scholarly Interest: I am interested in understanding the "normal" function of proteins associated with neurodegenerative diseases. In particular I have been focusing on Tau and Beta-Secretase, using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism.

Interesting Fact: I love traveling and an adventure. Having grown up in Hawaii I decided I wanted to study abroad in northern Finland, in part, because it would be something different.

Sarah Coste, McMinnville, Assistant Professor
Health & Human Performance

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Education: BA Linfield College 1990; MS Oregon Health and Science University, Behavioral Neuroscience 1993; PhD Oregon Health and Science University, Behavioral Neuroscience 1997

Scholarly Interest: Research that focuses on the cardiovascular, endocrine, immune and behavioral responses to stress and the impact that physical exercise has on the stress response. Teaching pedagogy and technology integration.

Interesting Fact: I was involved in a research project during graduate school wherein our rat subjects were flown on the NASA space shuttle Columbia (STS-80) for an 18 day life sciences mission. We examined the impact of dietary calcium supplementation on calcium metabolism and cardiovascular function in microgravity.