This all volunteer foundation has many hard working talented members. The President’s Award, new this year, is to recognize an ARCS member who has made a significant contribution to the chapter, and is an outstanding ambassador for ARCS Oregon.
Co-President Aletha Anderson, Honoree Sheila Goodwin, Co-President Joan Foley
This year's inaugural awardee is Sheila Goodwin. Sheila is a social worker who went to nursing school in her late 30’s, worked in hospice and eventually established her own company that provided professional geriatric care management and eldercare consulting services to individuals and families in the Northern Virginia area. Moving to Corvallis thirteen years ago, she volunteered with the Benton Hospice Service Board and chaired the board for two years.
Sheila and her husband Mike Goodwin, President and CEO of the OSU Foundation, have a special interest in helping young scientists. Two children and a son-in-law are physicians, one an MD/PhD, and a daughter has a Masters in Public Health. They also support an ARCS Scholar.
Sheila joined ARCS in 2012 and immediately set about to recruit her friends, including OSU faculty to join ARCS. She has been the force behind the growth of ARCS Oregon in the Corvallis area and Eugene. There are now a total of 21 members from the self-named Southern Contingent who live in Corvallis, Eugene, Newport and Seal Beach.
The Southern Contingent members are a source of tireless women who provide srong support to our 37 scholars at OSU and UO. They host pizza parties twice a year for chapter scholars and first year scholars to make them feel connected to ARCS. When our scholars complete their PhD, they show their support by attending their thesis defenses. These members are key resources for program, field trip, and lab tour ideas at OSU. Members in Eugene will be more active with UO scholars once their membership continues to grow.
This contingent of the ARCS Oregon Chapter would not exist in such a robust way if it not for the efforts of our first President's Award honoree, Sheila Goodwin.
Taylor Mighell, NGP Graduate Student, Presented with C.W. Cotterman Award
Taylor Mighell, NGP graduate student in Brian O'Roak's lab, was presented with C.W. Cotterman Award at the American Society of Human Genetics meeting in October. His donors are Susan and George Swindells.
Nate Yoder's Paper Published in Nature, International Journal of Science
Congratulations to NGP student, Nate Yoder on his new paper in Nature! For the first time, researchers in the Vollum Institute have determined the atomic structure of an acid-sensing ion channel (ASIC) in a resting state at high pH. His donor is the Bechen Family Foundation.
Elizabeth Holzenthal Receives Prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship
Congratulations to OSU College of Engineering, ARCS scholar Elizabeth Holzenthal, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, coastal and ocean engineering. Elizabeth was recently named a recipient of an NSF Graduate Fellowship, (GRFP). Elizabeth, a first year scholar, is working on a project aimed at contributing to the development of a new generation of natural hazard engineering. Her donors are Diane and Dick Alexander.
Kevin Watanabe-Smith Wins Statewide 3MT Competition
ARCS Scholar Kevin Watanabe-Smith, who studies cancer biology in Dr. Brian Druker's lab, took first place at the state's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Kevin was sponsored by the Allan Price Memorial ARCS Award.
ARCS Scholar Danielle Robinson Awarded 2016 Mozilla Fellowship for Science
Danielle Robinson, Ph.D. candidate in the OHSU School of Medicine Neuroscience Graduate Program, is one of four fellows selected worldwide to receive the Mozilla Fellowship for Science.
Her donors are Ellen and Mark Richardson.