A nutrient that’s common to all living things can make hibernating marmots hungry - a breakthrough that could help scientists understand human obesity and eating disorders, according to a new study by a Colorado State University biologist.
The study appears in the current issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology. The full paper is available at http://jeb.biologists.org/cgi/reprint/213/12/2031. Dr. Greg Florant, a Professor in the Department of Biology, discovered he could slowly release a molecule called AICAR into yellow-bellied marmots that activates a neurological pathway driving food intake and stimulates appetite.
The pathway, which shuts down during hibernation, relies on an important balance between two energy molecules – ATP and AMP. The lower the ratio between the two cellular molecules, the lower the energy in the cell and the more the appetite is stimulated.
Colorado State University President Tony Frank named longtime university veteran Mary Ontiveros to the position of Vice President for Diversity. Ontiveros will begin the part-time position on July 1. She will retain a part-time post as Associate Vice President for the Division of Enrollment and Access.
“I was fortunate to be able to choose from an outstanding group of internal candidates. Ultimately, Mary’s history with the university, her exceptional connections in the statewide community and her comprehensive understanding of the challenges we face in building a more welcoming, diverse campus all make her a great fit with this position,” said President Frank. “I believe she also has the passion, diplomacy and sense of humor to work through the inevitable challenges she’ll face in establishing a new, uncharted leadership role.”
Based on recommendations from a Diversity Task Force, President Frank created the position of Vice President for Diversity, separated organizationally from the Office of Equal Opportunity. The position is for three years, at which time the University will evaluate how to move forward. The search was open only to current University employees.
Colorado State University hosted its annual Frontier Society Luncheon at the Fort Collins country Club on May 27. Guests enjoyed a presentation by internationally renowned photographer John Fielder on “The Ranches of Colorado.”
Membership in the Frontier society is based on planned gifts, in any amount, through a bequest, life-income agreement, life insurance, or other planned gift vehicle. Membership can be held by an individual, jointly (such as by a husband and wife), jointly in memory of a husband and wife, or by a trust.