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05-14-2006

Clarkson University Senior Daniel Marker Honored with Frederica Clarkson Award

[A photograph of Marker for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/dmarker.jpg]

The award, established in 1921, was a bequest in the will of Frederica Clarkson, sister of Thomas S. Clarkson, for whom the University is named.

Marker, a biomolecular science major, with concentrations in pre-physical therapy and pre-med, was selected for the $1,000 award by a vote of the full University faculty, based on his scholarship and promise of outstanding achievement. Daniel Marker

Marker graduated from Clarkson with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.99 out of a possible 4.0. He was a Presidential Scholar all eight semesters, a Goldwater scholarship nominee and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He conducted independent research with Craig D. Woodworth, professor of biology at Clarkson.

The focus of Marker's research interests is explaining the effects of protein, NF Kappa-B, on gene expression. When this protein is found in high amounts within cells, it causes them to act as though they were cancerous, causing them to grow quickly and die slowly. If production of the protein can be linked to carcinogenesis, which is the process of tumor development, then finding a way to medicinally inhibit the production of the protein could aid in the treatment of human papillomavirus, tumor development, and certain forms of cervical cancer. Co-author of research papers in the scientific journals Carcinogenesis and Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, his research in the Clarkson laboratories is supported by the National Cancer Institute and the Clarkson Honors Program.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

PHOTO CAPTION: Daniel F. Marker, a biomolecular science major from Wellsburg, New York, received the Frederica Clarkson Award during Clarkson University's 113th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 14. The $1,000 award recognizes a graduating student's scholarship and promise of outstanding achievement.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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