Mark October 11, 2017 on Your Calendar for the "Recognizing Genius" Scholar Awards Luncheon
Support ARCS Oregon and mingle with outstanding graduate science students by attending the "Recognizing Genius" Scholar Awards Luncheon on October 11, 2017 at the Portland Art Museum.
Each year, the Oregon Chapter honors our scholars at our signature event, the Scholar Awards Luncheon. This annual luncheon showcases the ARCS Foundation mission, our scholars, and the universities we support with a poster session, a scholar speaker and a keynote address. Business and community leaders, university presidents and faculty, and ARCS Oregon members come together to support the ARCS scholars who will be our future leaders and drive innovation and the economy for decades to come. Read about the 2016 luncheon.
Save the Date - Scholar Awards Luncheon October 11, 2017
Introducing the 2017 keynote speaker - Dr. Geri Richmond
This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Geri Richmond, known for her study of complex surface chemistry, her service on national science boards, and her work advancing women in science. Richmond is a professor of chemistry and the Presidential Chair in Science at the University of Oregon. She serves as U.S. science envoy to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, and Thailand, is a member of the National Science Board, the National Academy of Sciences, and is a fellow of multiple associations and societies, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), and the Association for Women in Science. She co-founded COACh, the Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists, working to increase the number of women scientists and support their success through programs and mentoring. President Barack Obama awarded Dr. Richmond a National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honor bestowed by the United States.
Read about our past keynote speakers:
Dr. Reyes is the co-founder of NuScale Power and co-designer of the NuScale passively-cooled small nuclear reactor. He is an internationally recognized expert on passive safety system design, testing and operations for nuclear power plants. He has served as a United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) technical expert on passive safety systems. He is a co-inventor on over 100 patents granted or pending in 20 countries. He is the recipient of two national awards; the 2013 Nuclear Energy Advocate Award and the 2014 American Nuclear Society Thermal Hydraulic Division Technical Achievement Award. Dr. Reyes is an endowed Chair Professor of Nuclear Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU) and former Department Head. Dr. Reyes was the OSU principal investigator for the Westinghouse AP600 and AP1000 certification test programs sponsored by the USNRC, the U.S. Department of Energy and Westinghouse.
Louis J. Picker, M.D. is currently the associate director of the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute, a senior scientist in the Pathobiology and Immunology Division of the Oregon National Primate Research Center, and a Professor in the Oregon Health & Science University’s Departments of Pathology and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. Under Dr. Picker’s leadership, human trials of a potential HIV vaccine could begin as soon as 2016. The vaccine could prevent transmission of HIV, or lead to a cure for those already infected. Picker’s HIV-fighting efforts are among the most closely watched in the world on the strength of research last year showing his vaccine eradicated Simian Immunodeficiency Virus – a closely related cousin to HIV. So Picker’s work holds some of the greatest promise for a disease, AIDS, that killed 1.5 million people worldwide last year. Read about Louis J. Picker, M.D. and watch this video
Kathie L. Olsen, PhD, former Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), former Chief Scientist of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and now Founder and Managing Director of ScienceWorks International, LLC spoke about the "Panoramic Perspective on Science Policy" at the 2014 luncheon. Her premise was that ARCS Foundation is as important or even more critical in today's world than when ARCS was started in 1958 by a group of women following the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik. Olsen explained why research is the core foundation for innovation that will sustain global quality of life and economic vitality. Read an overview of Dr. Olsen's speech. Read to learn about Dr. Olsen's impressive career.
Mark Abbott PhD, Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, showed the 2013 luncheon audience how the oceans have evolved and continue to change as one complex component of planet Earth. Abbott, also president of The Oceanography Society, said that ninety percent of all global trade is conducted on the ocean, with far reaching economic impact. The ocean as a food source is being depleted, even as we fish deeper waters. Dr. Abbott noted that the oceans are complex, and changes to currents and circulation last for hundreds of years. He recommends reading Michael Nielsen’s book, “Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science."
Dr. Kent Thornburg, Director of the Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness at Oregon Health & Science University, completely captivated the audience with his presentation: Nutrition Therapy: the Next Generation Medicine at the October 2012 luncheon. Dr. Thornburg’s research informed us that the first thousand days after conception through age 2 have an impact on fetal development in ways that we never imagined. It is not just poor nutrition that creates problems for a developing fetus – the combination of stress and a nutrient-deficient diet can trigger an eightfold increase in the probability of diabetes and heart disease.
Dr. Craig Barrett, retired chairman and CEO of Intel Corporation, had the rapt attention of the audience at the October 2011 gathering at the Portland Art Museum. His topic was "U.S. Competitiveness in the 21st Century" and we developed a new appreciation for "fortune cookies." Dr. Barrett's three fortune cookies, shared that afternoon are:
The world will always accept talent with open arms
A small deed done is better than a great deed planned
If you want to win you have to choose to compete
William H. Gates Sr. spoke at the October 2010 event to mark Portland Chapter's million dollar milestone for scholar awards. A grant from the Gates Foundation to ARCS Foundation National provided seed money to start our chapter. His topic was “Making a Difference: The Value of Philanthropy in Education.” Mr. Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He guides the foundation’s vision and strategic direction and serves as an advocate for its key issues.
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.