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Student gets grant to study lobsters

Aaron Aude, son of Robert and Kay Aude of Clearwater and a 1992 graduate of Clearwater High School, has been selected to participate in a summer research program at Roanoke College in Salem, Va.

Aude, who is majoring in both biology and chemistry and whose long-term plans include a career in medicine, was awarded a grant to examine "the cardiac output during times of pedal locomotion in the American lobster."

Last year, as part of a private research grant, Aude studied how lobsters responded in low oxygen, he said. This year, under the direction of Dr. Darwin Jorgensen, associate professor of biology at Roanoke, he'll put lobsters on a treadmill and watch them walk.

"Lobsters walk great distances when they mate and you can take what you learn from a lobster and apply it to humans and to dogs," Aude explained.

To win one of Roanoke College's $2,500 research grants, Aude had to write a proposal and give a lecture before a committee of 12 faculty members, who chose the winners.

Grant recipients live in a hall off campus and meet weekly to discuss their work, which is recorded and, in addition to being placed in the school archives, may be published in a writers' journal.

"It's a nice springboard into the world of science for me," said Aude, who hopes to go into research in medical school.

Aude plans to graduate from Roanoke in May 1996. Afterward, he hopes to study medicine at the University of Virginia.

Aude was a member of the National Honor Society, Windsong and the marching band at Clearwater High. He was a Medical Explorer with a troop that met at Clearwater Community Hospital, where he volunteered for several years.

Several earn degrees

Kevin Wayne Phillips, son of Bridget and Dr. Wayne Phillips of Clearwater, has received a bachelor of science degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He also received the Karl F. Landegger Honors Certificate in International Business Diplomacy.

Phillips, a 1991 graduate of Jesuit High School in Tampa, plans to continue his studies at Georgetown University Law School.

Paul B. Engel, son of Carl and Jean Engel of Seminole, has grad-uated summa cum laude, receiving a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Florida State University.

At the university, Engel was president of the Honors and Scholars Association and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Gold Key, Mortar Board and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies. He was awarded the Brautlect Fellowship and the Seminole Torchbearer's Leadership Award.

Engel, a 1991 graduate of Seminole High, was a teaching assistant for the FSU Department of Chemistry and was employed by Lake Seminole Square during the summers. He will continue his education at the PIMS Medical School at Florida State University.

Christian Nicholas Zarra, son of Nicholas and Mary Zarra of Clearwater, has received a bachelor's degree in criminology from Florida State University.

Zarra, a 1991 graduate of Dunedin High School, is attending the Police Academy in St. Petersburg under a full scholarship from the Lake Seminole Kiwanis Club.

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