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06-13-2005

Clarkson Promotes Two Professors

Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that associate professors Linda A. Luck and Sheila F. Weiss have been promoted to full professors.

Luck began her career at Clarkson in 1994 as a visiting professor, and joined the University in 1996 as an assistant professor in the departments of Biology and Chemistry. She was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor in 2000. Prior to coming to Clarkson, Luck was a senior staff scientist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Luck’s research interests include studying the relationship between the structure of biological molecules and their functions. She is currently working to explain the molecular basis for the reproduction of cancers, especially breast cancer. Luck has also conducted research in using receptor proteins to develop biosensors.

Luck has published research in over 30 scientific publications and she has presented her work to more than 50 conferences and 30 invited presentations. Her contributions involve experimental research that has attracted the attention of the U.S. Army, the Petroleum Research Fund, the National Institute of Health, and the National Science Foundation (NSF), who have provided grants for Luck to continue her research.

During her time at Clarkson, Luck has been the recipient of several awards including the Finn Wold Travel Award given by the Protein Society, the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Award, and was invited to be a founding member of the American Academy of Nanomedicine (AANM). She is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Protein Society, the Biophysical Society, the National Association for Advisors for the Health Professions, and the Northeast Region Association for Health Advisors. She is also a member of several regional and national professional societies and has been the Pre-Medicine student advisor for the past five years.

Luck received her doctoral degree from the University of Vermont, her master’s degree from the State University of New York Plattsburgh, and her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York Potsdam. She received post doctoral training at the University of Colorado, Boulder; the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and the University of Vermont.

Weiss joined Clarkson in 1981 as an assistant professor of Humanities and Social Sciences. Prior to joining Clarkson she taught one semester at Towson State University, Towson, Maryland.

Weiss’ research focuses on pre-1945 eugenics in its international context, especially in Nazi Germany. In 2004, she received a grant with Thomas Berez (now a graduate student in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering) from the NSF to research and write a collection of essays on human heredity and politics under the Third Reich. The project titled “The Nazi Symbiosis: Human Genetics and Politics During the Third Reich addresses the symbiotic relationship between the science of human heredity and Nazi racial policy. It explores the reasons that German human geneticists became involved in numerous biomedical crimes, notably medical experiments. Weiss and Berez hope that such a book ─ one designed primarily for use in the undergraduate classroom ─ will help students pursuing careers in the sciences and engineering to think about issues related to professional ethics. 

In addition to her recent NSF grant, Weiss has received two Max Planck Fellowships in Germany for her research on human heredity and eugenics.  She was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among American Teachers, 2000. She received Fulbright Fellowships for a teaching seminar in Greifswald, Germany, and a Senior Research Fellowship to Hamburg, Germany. Weiss has also received a National Science Foundation Grant for research on Nazi biology education.

Weiss has authored or co-authored more than a dozen articles and reviewed several books and essays.  She has presented over 35 papers at national and international conferences and is a member of the academic advisory committee for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Exhibit on “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race.”

Weiss received both her doctoral degree and her master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University.  She earned a bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University.

[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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