professor awarded grant
for summer research
LAKELAND, Fla. (April 29, 2003) - Florida Southern College biology
professor Dr. Nancy M. Morvillo has received three grants totaling
$16,000 to fund a summer research program. Funding was provided
by The Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland, the Heritage Rose
Foundation of Dallas, Texas, and the Charleston Horticultural Society
of Charleston, S.C.
work with FSC students Mary Caroniti, a senior, and Anji Lewis,
a sophomore, to study the genetics of roses. They will compare different
species of roses using procedures similar to those used in human
DNA fingerprinting. "Hands on, original research is a superb
way for students to experience and learn the theoretical and practical
applications of genetics," Morvillo said. "It gives them
a greater appreciation and understanding of how science is done."
will also give presentations at the Heritage Rose Foundation annual
meeting, which will be held at FSC in November. "This subject
is of extreme interest to many horticulturalists, as there is confusion
over the origin and relatedness of many historic roses," says
Morvillo. "Our analysis allows for genetic evidence to determine
how closely related different species are, rather than relying on
anecdotal or possibly incorrect historic evidence."
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.