ARCS Foundation Oregon hosts gatherings that foster lifelong learning. During the year, lectures for members and guests cover a wide range of topics in science research. For these meetings, in addition to the guest speaker we invite a scholar to update us on their research. And they are an impressive group of students who always pique our curiosity. We have been treated to topics ranging from “Curing Asthma, a Tale of 20 Graduate Students and 2 Cells” to “Automatically Detecting Sleep Apnea Using Load Cells Placed Under the Bed.” Each spring we take a field trip to Corvallis to see firsthand the work of our scholars and faculty at Oregon State University.
Events for ARCS Scholars
Celebrating and recognizing our scholars throughout the year is a strongly shared interest of the Oregon Chapter.
Scholar Picnic - in September where members and donors welcome ARCS Scholars to Oregon
Orientation - in October for first-year scholars
Annual Scholar Awards Luncheon - in October where the Chapter showcases first, second and third year scholars
"Celebrate the Scholars" Reception - in May where donors and chapter board members honor third-year scholars
Member Programs - scholars are selected to present their research to members and their guests
We attend scholar dissertation defenses (and earnestly try to fully absorb the amazing discoveries they have made)
Mark Slifka and Diana Gordon, welcomed members and guests to the Oregon National Primate Research Center as they discussed "Immunity After Vaccination - How Long Can It Last?"
Sarina Saturn, Neuroscientist and Professor of the University of Portland, gave insight into physical changes that stress and pro-social emotions cause in the body and effective ways to alleviate stress
Scholar Awards Luncheon featured keynote speaker Louis Picker, M.D., who is leading human trials of a potential HIV vaccine
Karen Guillemin, Professor of Biology at UO, explained her research using zebrafish to study the interaction of gut microbes and their animal hosts
Mark Zabriskie, Dean and Professor of Pharmacy, OSU & OHSU, spoke of the collaboration of pharmaceutical and medical research that occurs at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building which promotes new ways of drug discovery and development
Helmi Lutsep, OHSU physician, addressed members, spouses and guests about the benefits of seeking medical assistance quickly at the first signs of a stroke, acute stroke treatment and prevention both in person and via remote/online consult
Members and guests traveled to OSU where Sastry Pantula, Dean of the College of Science, welcomed the group before they visited several labs to learn about "From Coral Reefs to Salmon Runs: Aquatic Animal Health Research"
Scott Ashford, Dean of Engineering, OSU, "Lessons Learned from Recent Earthquakes: Implications for Oregon"
Scholar Awards Luncheon with keynote speaker Kathie Olsen, former Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation, former Chief Scientist of NASA, and Founder and Managing Director of ScienceWorks International
Jessica Castle, OHSU, spoke on "Artificial Endocrine Pancreas: Advanced Treatments for Type 1 Diabetes"
Chris Corless, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute talked about "Personalizing Cancer Therapies Through Molecular Dissection of Tumors"
Deborah Lewinsohn, OHSU professor, told ARCS members about "Tuberculosis: The Resurgence and The Resistance"
Joe Quinn, OHSU, educated ARCS members and their guests about "Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease: Can We Protect the Brain?"
Members and guests traveled to OSU to the McDonald Forest Research Facility
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.