BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College Professor of Biology John T. Burns has been selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board as a Fulbright Scholar grantee. The Board consists of 12 members appointed by the President to select Fulbright recipients.
This lecturing and research fellowship will enable Burns to teach a course in chronobiology and lecture in physiology at Novosibirsk State University in Russia in the spring of 2008 and to conduct biological rhythms research there the following summer. While he is in Russia, Burns will be on sabbatical leave from Bethany College.

The application for his fellowship was built on years of faculty and student research conducted at Bethany in the areas of cycles and circadian rhythms. Current and former Bethany students Ashley Berardi ’09, Michael Dawley ’02, Amy Furda ’06, Charles McCoy’04 and Paul Scurti ’04, his son David Burns, Crissa Cooey and William Cooey have assisted Burns with his recent research.

The research to be conducted in Russia will utilize the Trans-Siberian Railroad to transport fruit flies while their circadian rhythms of locomotion are monitored with laptop computers. Similar research has been carried out by Burns and Bethany College students in the United States over the last five years.

This is not the first recognition Burns has received for his research. In the fall of 2006, he was awarded a $20,000 Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCOR) equipment grant to establish a Learning Lab for Autorhythmometry and Cycles Research at Bethany. In 2003, Burns was the recipient of a bronze medal and grant from the Edward R. Dewey Institute of Cycle Research in recognition of his circadian rhythm research.

“Since joining the faculty of Bethany College in 1985, much of my faculty/student research has been supported by Bethany College Faculty Development Grants, the Hurl Fund, the Gans Fund, the Appalachian College Association and the Edward R. Dewey Institute of Cycle Research,” said Burns. “I am grateful for the assistance I have received throughout my time at Bethany. Without it, continuing my research in Russia would not be possible.”

While in Russia, Burns will be hosted by Dr. Mikhail P. Moshkin, Deputy Director of the Biological Institute (Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences) and Academician Ludmila Ivanova, Head of the Physiology Department at Novosibirsk State University.

Burns is a graduate of Wabash College and Louisiana State University.