ENZYME MAKERS: Making an enzyme helped a UW team (including 22 science and engineering undergrads) win two awards this month — one as the “Americas Grand Champion” and another for “Best New Part” — at the International Genetically Engineered Machine jamboree. The team goes on to compete in Boston next month for the world title.
IGEM runs a contest for synthetic biology, or the engineering of useful biological machinery. The teams enzyme helps break down gluten, which some people cant digest very well, into smaller component parts that should not cause as much of a problem.
PRESIDENT-ELECT: Gabriel E. Gallardo, associate vice president for student services and academic support programs with the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, has been elected to serve as president-elect of the Northwest Association of Special Programs.
As president-elect, Gallardo will work with colleagues from across the region to provide educational opportunities to students from non-traditional backgrounds who attend higher education institutions in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
Gallardo will also serve as a representative of the association on the Board of Directors of the Council for Opportunity in Education, which serves as an advocacy organization that advances the interests of low-income, first generation, and disabled students throughout the United States.
DENTISTRY HONOR: Dr. Blake Barney, a first-year dentistry graduate student in prosthodontics, has received the 2012 David H. Wands Endowment Fellowship in Graduate Prosthodontics, the School of Dentistry has announced. He is the 12th recipient of the $10,000 award.
Dr. Barney, a native of Idaho, received his DDS in 2011 from The Ohio State University and his undergraduate degree in biology in 2007 from Brigham Young University – Idaho. His earlier awards include an Achievement Award from the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology in 2011 and a Barlow Fellowship for outstanding academic research participation in 2010, both at Ohio State.
“Im grateful and excited,” Dr. Barney said at the outset of the fall term at the UW. He said he chose the UW Graduate Prosthodontics program in part because of its close working relationship with Graduate Periodontics. “Theres an awesome understanding of how they go together, and the treatment planning is really comprehensive,” he said.