Mary Baldwin Professor Wins Academic Research Enhancement Award

April 16, 2003

The National Institutes of Health have awarded Louise Freeman, assistant professor of psychology, $100,000 to study hormonal influences on behavior in the Asian musk shrew. The competitive grant provides for student assistants, equipment and supplies, and assistance from an animal lab technician.

“The studies that will be conducted are relatively simple, well within the capabilities of undergraduates, but have great potential for new science, as the musk shrew is not a commonly used animal model,” said Lydia Petersson, director of sponsored programs and research development at Mary Baldwin.

Freeman joined the Mary Baldwin psychology faculty in 2000. She has a B.S. in biology from Emory University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Mary Baldwin University, with a main campus in Staunton, Virginia, and five regional centers, excels in providing leadership training, character development, and career preparation with a strong academic foundation. A master’s level university, Mary Baldwin offers three undergraduate residential programs for women — the Traditional Program for Women, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership — as well as coeducational, nonresidential bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in more than 30 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teacher licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and was the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to shelter a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.