ORANGE CITY, Iowa— Northwestern College will grant sabbaticals to two of its professors during the 2018–19 academic year.

Juyeon Kang, professor of music, was awarded a yearlong sabbatical, and Sara Sybesma Tolsma, professor of biology, will spend the spring 2019 semester on sabbatical.

Kang will focus on developing her skills as an orchestral music conductor during her leave. She plans to take conducting classes and private lessons at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. She will also attend music festivals and orchestra concerts, rehearsals and workshops in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, with the goal of returning to Northwestern with a repertoire of music suitable for the college’s Chamber Orchestra, which she directs.

Tolsma will spend her sabbatical semester working full-time in her laboratory at Northwestern. She plans to continue her research on plants whose extracts inhibit or slow the growth of cancer cells. The goal is to determine which chemicals are responsible and to clarify the mechanism by which they interfere with cancer cells’ proliferation.