Warren Wilson College News

Chemistry professor awarded grant to lead undergraduate research

Warren Wilson College chemistry professor John Brock has received a research-training grant from the National Institutes of Standards and Technology and the Medical University of South Carolina. With the grant Brock and two Warren Wilson College science students will work at the Hollings Marine Research in Charleston for ten weeks this summer. The WWC team will use state-of-the-art LC/MSMSinstruments in order to improve the current methods to measure xenobiotic metabolite levels in human and alligator urine and to discover previously unknown chemical exposures in humans. And knowing Brock, they also may go catch an alligator or two.

While on sabbatical last year, Brock completed a research project funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. Within this research, he examined the relationship between heat waves and hospital admissions throughout the U.S. in order to assess the usefulness of the Steadman Heat Index and to examine susceptibility within subgroups, such as the elderly and children. The results of this work have been submitted for publication and will be used by state and local health departments to adapt to climate change.

Story by Emma Luster ’16

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