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Dr. Jerry J. Brand '63

Mary Herbster '71 Haupert

Frederick Balagaddé ’01

Fascination for pond scum thrusts biology explorer into the world limelight



POND SCUM MAY FUEL OUR VEHICLES SOMEDAY, and we’ll have
Dr. Jerry J. Brand ’63 to thank for it.

Brand, professor of molecular cell and developmental biology at the University of Texas, is in charge of the world’s largest and most diverse culture collections of algae. The Wall Street Journal featured him in April 2009 after his research caught the attention of entrepreneurs who believe algae has great potential as an energy resource. Brand was making scientific discoveries even as an undergraduate at Manchester College back in 1961. He has “fond memories” of an introductory course in zoology taught by Dr. Emerson Niswander and research with Dr. William Eberly ’48 on the oxygen profiles in freshwater lakes and their effects on lentic biota. “I remember the thrill of being the first person in (Eberly’s) classes to isolate the unusual microbe, Dictyostelium discoideum, from a natural source.”

Soon after graduating, Brand took up teaching physics in Nigeria. “My academic preparation for that was excellent,” Brand says. “But equally important was the perspective I learned at Manchester: that service is important and rewarding. I hope never to forget that lesson.”

While his studies on the light reactions of photosynthesis at Purdue and Indiana universities and now at Texas have carried Brand to different disciplines from his Manchester College days “the excitement of discovery remains the same,” he says. “Algae are now at the center of my university life.”

BY ADAM KING '10


Longtime friend gives the gift of life, without hesitating a heartbeat

THE SUM OF MARY HERBSTER '71 HAUPERT’S life is far greater than even this Manchester math education major can calculate.

“I never taught a day after my student teaching,” says Haupert. Instead, she earned a master’s in counseling at St. Francis University, and spent 20 years with Park Center, leading Fort Wayne group homes, day care and case management for clients with
mental illness.

Then, she joined Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau to direct its new 90-day residential treatment for addicted women and their young children (now called Transitions). With Haupert’s help, the Bureau acquired a building, staff, certification and funding.

In 1995, Haupert became CEO of the struggling Neighborhood Health Clinics for underserved (and uninsured) residents of Fort Wayne. She persevered through staggering financial crises, diversifying resources. Her dedication added up: Last year, the clinic provided almost 50,000 medical and dental visits to 15,695 individuals – and more than 13,000 women and children received nutrition counseling and high-nutrition foods.

“What I enjoy the most is the planning, visioning and management,” Haupert says, “and the feeling that, in the end, we are making a real difference in the health and well-being of people who might not have the same opportunities as I have.”

The secret to Haupert’s successes? “Loving God and loving others are still the most important things in life,” she asserts. “Do not let your plans, ambition or careers overpower these relationships.”

BY TIFFANY BERKEBILE ’10


A powerful formula of prayer, science and excellence

“AT TIMES, I HAVE VIVIDLY FELT THE EXPERIENCE OF actually living in a dream world,” says Frederick Balagaddé ’01, who
already is a respected and published pioneering research scientist.

Today, the ever-inquisitive Balagaddé is principal investigator of engineering technologies for Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory
in California, the premier laboratory for solutions to the most important problems affecting national and global
security. He came to the position via two years as a research scientist at Stanford University and Ph.D. studies in applied physics at the California Institute of Technology.

“My experience (at MC) was very special, but like compound interest, even after I left, the memories continued to appreciate,” says the extraordinary computer science and physics major who conducted NASA
research on carbon fiber composites and interned at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory during his Manchester years.

At Cal Tech, Balagaddé invented the micro-chemostat, a small device that mimics biological cell culture environment in a highly complex web of tiny pump and hair-sized water hoses, all controlled by a multi-tasking computer. His research was published in Science, the world’s leading journal of original scientific research, and featured on National Public Radio.

When asked about his journey as the premier high school student of a third-world country to one of the premier science institutions in the world, Balagaddé humbly replies, “I believe in the power of prayer. The most amazing things have happened in my life as answers to prayers.”

BY NATE HODGES ’10

In this issue
When imagination takes form
from the president

Manchester's muscial legacy
A medley of new styles

Committing self in service
Students follow well-traveled alumni paths, connecting abilities with convictions


Bold new ventures
Three new graduate programs

Envisioning a 21st
century Manchester

Master Plan builds on
historic foundations

Philanthropy 101
Bob and Alice Frantz create personal legacy

Profiles of ability and conviction

 

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