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Students receive scholarships for science, engineering and medical fields

ARCS Foundation awards announced

11/16/2011

BOULDER, Colo. - Ten University of Colorado Denver I Anschutz Medical Campus students are among this year's 35 award recipients from The Colorado Chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, or ARCS Foundation.

ARCS held its annual Colorado scholarship luncheon in the Stadium Club at CU-Boulder's Folsom Field on Nov. 9. Coinciding with the organization's 35th anniversary, the chapter awarded $175,000 in scholarships to students from six Colorado campuses. These students are studying science, engineering and medicine. Each year the national foundation awards scholarships to U.S. citizens studying in these fields who demonstrate strong character, excellence in their work and financial need.

This year's CU Denver I Anschutz Medical Campus recipients are:

Sean Robert Caldwell
ARCS/ Colorado Space Business Roundtable & Colorado Space Coalition Scholar (SOS)

Major:  Mechanical Engineering, Senior – Denver Campus

Career Objective:  MS in mechanical engineering, business owner, and professional engineer

I am currently conducting research and design on increasing the efficiency of a low-voltage electric vehicle with the goal of obtaining a land speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, in 2012 within the 12V motor category. This includes; advanced aerodynamics, optimizing the power-to-weight ratio, custom electric engines, and high performance lithium-ion batteries.  When I was 17 years old, I joined the Army immediately following 9-11-2001.  My military career lasted four years as a paratrooper in the airborne infantry, included two tours in Iraq, and I reached the rank of sergeant.    


Samuel Worthy
ARCS/Howard Cherne Memorial Scholar

Major:  Civil Engineering, Senior – Denver Campus

Career Objective:  To graduate from the design aspect of engineering and become a part of upper management within an engineering firm -- maintaining an environmental focus

I am an intern for the City and County of Denver Water Quality group where I have developed a strong interest in environmental engineering.  Recently, I have assisted in the development of a small footprint retention basin in an effort to more effectively and efficiently transport precipitation to streams and rivers.  I would like to further pursue my education in water resources and hydrology and eventually pursue a career in environmental compliance and permitting. 


Brittany Folks
ARCS/Members Scholar

Major: MD IV – Anschutz Medical Campus

Career Objective: Outpatient primary care in general Internal Medicine

My current research project with the Department of Family Medicine is entitled "Reconsidering Low Dose Aspirin Therapy for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: An Integrative Approach." Our study is a randomized controlled trial involving the development, implementation, and analysis of interventions to change physician-prescribing patterns of low dose aspirin for patients without known cardiovascular disease in accordance with current literature and a change in the University of Colorado guidelines. The providers in six primary care practices in the Denver metro area will assess this patient population for changes in the prescription of low dose aspirin over a period of seventeen months following the implementation of the interventions.  I enjoy being outdoors, visiting new places, shopping, cooking and eating, good fiction novels, and spending time with my husband and our two dogs.


Lisa Grow
ARCS/Members Scholar

Major:  DDS III – Anschutz Medical Campus

Career Objective: To serve as a military dentist pursing research opportunities in the US Army and later open a practice and implement a Practice-Based Research Network in Northern Colorado

I have been investigating a new monomer for application as a component of a BPA-free resin composite material. The monomer, FIT852, was proposed to have high-conversion, low-shrink properties.  The monomer does indeed have high conversion rates into polymer, as well as minimal shrinkage upon polymerization, and may minimize microleakage if used as part of a resin composite system.  Comonomer systems are being investigated currently in an attempt to improve the mechanical qualities of FIT852.  This monomer may prove to be an alternative to patients seeking a BPA-free restoration, as well as a valuable tool in decreasing recurrent decay associated with many composite restorations.  I am a born and raised Colorado native and enjoy many of Colorado's wonderful outdoor activities including biking, camping, and skiing.  I am blessed to have an amazing fiancé, Michael, and an incredible soon-to-be son, Emery.


Calvin Andrew Henard
ARCS/Ludeman Family Scholar (SOS)

Major: PhD, Microbiology and Immunology – Anschutz Medical Campus

Career Objective:  To study host-pathogen interactions

Diarrheal disease is the third leading cause of sickness and mortality worldwide. A large proportion of diarrhea cases result from an infection with bacteria recognized as Salmonella. In the United States alone, more than a million people become ill as a result of Salmonella resulting in approximately 400 deaths every year. Much effort has been devoted to understanding the mechanisms used by Salmonella to cause disease; however, they are not completely understood.  I am evaluating how Salmonella is able to survive attacks by the immune system and therefore cause disease. My research has identified a protein, DksA, which allows Salmonella to survive within specialized immune cells called macrophages. By better understanding Salmonella biology, scientists can develop improved therapeutics and decrease the problems associated with Salmonella infections.  


Charles Johnson
ARCS/Dr. James H. Shore Scholar

Major:  MD II – Anschutz Medical Campus

Career Objective:  To become an academic physician who treats patients and completes translational research; my first choice of specialty is pediatric ophthalmology

Currently, I am researching the inflammatory response generated by surgical smoke during Lasik corrective surgery, a procedure that produces plumes of particles with the consistency of coal smoke.  I am measuring the number and variety of inflammatory molecules produced by mouse and human pulmonary cells that are exposed to Lasik surgical plumes.  This project will help us better understand the risks of exposing patients and physicians to surgical smoke. It took me many years to decide to pursue medicine because my family is composed of three generations of doctors, and I needed to be sure that a career in medicine fit my passions and goals, that it was not just a birthright.  My father, maternal grandfather, three uncles, and two cousins are all doctors who have treated underserved patients in North Dakota, Alaska, Texas, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.


Christina Osborne (Christie)
ARCS/Sarah & Brent Gephart Scholar (SOS)

Major:  MD II – Anschutz Medical Campus

Career Objective:  To be a pediatrician specializing in Infectious Disease medicine with continued research on the prevention of infectious disease in children

My research centers on viral causes of diarrhea in children. Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death in children throughout the world, causing 1.2-2.1 million pediatric deaths annually in developing countries. I am looking at stool samples from patients at Children's Hospital Colorado to determine which viruses cause diarrhea and which populations of children are most susceptible.  I am also looking for previously undiscovered viruses that may cause diarrhea, with the hope of moving toward better prevention, treatment, and vaccination against viral agents. 


Sara Parke
ARCS/Helen & Joseph McConaty
Memorial Scholar

Major:  MD II – Anschutz Medical Campus

Career Objective: To work as a physician, qualitative researcher and patient advocate. I am interested in family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, and neurology

Ovarian cancer is often referred to as "the silent killer" because it is one of the most under-diagnosed and lethal forms of cancer in women. The current scientific literature suggests that progress in basic science research has not been well matched with an understanding of the perspectives of women with ovarian cancer on their illness, treatment, and quality of life. The Survivor Storytelling Project (SSP) presents an in-depth look into the lives of ovarian cancer survivors in an effort to identify incongruities between patient perspectives and current scientific understanding of disease development and survivorship.  In addition to medical school, I hope to pursue a master's degree in Medical Humanities or Narrative Medicine, where I can combine my experience in medicine, with a passion for qualitative methodology, bioethics and literature.


Shervin Rahimpour
ARCS/Nancy & Earl Wright Family Scholar

Major:  MD III – Anschutz Medical Campus

Career Objective:  Academic neurosurgery including researching immunotherapy

Improving upon the poor prognosis associated with malignant brain tumors remains a significant challenge for neurosurgeons caring for patients.  It has become clear that neurosurgical resection alone does not provide a cure.  Suppression of the cellular immune response has long been described as a hallmark of aggressive brain tumors although the source of the suppressive effect has not been reliably identified.  I have focused my research efforts on helping identify the cell population responsible for this immunosuppressive activity with the ultimate goal of exploring possible means of targeting the suppressive agent and thus improving prognosis.


Anand Reddi
ARCS/Kenneth King Foundation Scholar

Major:  MD II – Anschutz Medical Campus

Career Objective:  To have a career in academic medicine studying neoplasms and infectious diseases endemic to the developing world

Head and neck cancer is a common malignancy that afflicts immuno-compromised AIDS patients in the developing world.  I have been working on a project to characterize the role of microRNAs in regulating head and neck cancer tumor initiating cells.  I want to spend my professional life crossing the boundaries between the lab bench, hospital bedside, and advocacy arenas performing patient orientated research.  Not only do I want to decipher the molecular and clinical etiology of disease that afflicts the world's poor but I also want to address the systemic inequalities in global health.  Recently, I published a series of op-eds in The Huffington Post, The Washington Post and The New York Times to provide an evidence-based critique of the Obama administration's HIV/AIDS global health initiative.

ARCS was created in 1958 after the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik as an encouragement for U.S. college students to excel in technological fields. Since receiving its charter in 1976, the Foundation's Colorado Chapter has donated more than $2.8 million in scholarships to 693 Colorado students.  Since its inception 53 years ago, the national 17 chapters have raised more than $78 million and funded more than 13,000 scholarships.


COLORADO RECIPIENT SCHOOLS
Colorado School of Mines                                           
Colorado State University
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
University of Colorado Denver
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
               
FUNDING SOURCES
More than two-thirds of the donations come directly from members.  Approximately 30% of the membership receives the designation of ARCS Angel for donating at least $500 above the membership obligation to ARCS in a year.  A number of member contributions provide full $5,000 scholarships. The remainder of the donations come from corporations, foundations, memorials, and Friends of ARCS.

For more information about the Colorado chapter of the ARCS Foundation visit http://www.arcsfoundation.org

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