UH doctorate students
earn scholarships from
scientists foundation


Monday, January 20, 2003

» The National Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation has provided $45 million in scholarship support for college students in science and engineering since it was founded in 1958. A story on Page A12 on Jan. 7 incorrectly stated the amount as $25 million.

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By Helen Altonn

The Honolulu Chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation has awarded $5,000 scholarships to 14 University of Hawaii doctorate-level students in science and engineering.

Jill Zamzow, Department of Zoology, received an additional $1,000 as ARCS Scholar of the Year.

She discovered sunscreen compounds in fish mucus and is investigating how they affect fish behavior and geographic distributions.

The Honolulu Chapter of ARCS, an all-female organization headed this year by Helena Sena, was founded 29 years ago. It has about 45 members who raise funds year-round for college scholarships.

The national organization was founded in Los Angeles in 1958 to help meet the country's need for scientists and engineers by giving students financial assistance.

The local chapter has awarded more than $1 million to nearly 500 Hawaii students since 1974. Nationally the organization has provided $25 million in scholarship support.

A new $5,000 Mary Stewart Memorial ARCS Scholarship will be offered in Hawaii next year in horticulture. Stewart, longtime ARCS member and advisory council member, died in September and left the scholarship to ARCS in her will.

Scholars receiving awards this year besides Zamzow were:

>> Brian Barris, Institute for Astronomy, exploring error management in analyses of supernovae and their implications to the big-bang theory.

>> Owen Chan, School of Medicine, studying the regulation of fibroblasts in airway remodeling, with potential use in asthma treatment.

>> Stacy Dees, Mechanical Engineering Department, designing sensors for autonomous underwater vehicles involved in rescue, monitoring and tracking missions.

>> Christopher Gregg, Geology and Geophysics Department, analyzing public understanding of lava flow hazards to improve development of education and mitigation measures.

>> Daniel Gruner, Zoology Department, conducting surveys and experimental manipulations of arthropod, plant and bird populations in Hawaii to answer the question, Why is the world green?

>> Lotus Kam, Communication and Information Sciences Department, investigating use of the Internet in gathering and disseminating data in public health information systems.

>> James Leary, Molecular Biosciences and Biosystems Engineering Department, investigating the roles of root nodule bacteria in enhancing growth and productivity of endemic Hawaiian koa trees.

>> Darcy Oishi, Entomology Department, attempting use of gene transfer to engineer insect pests for control purposes.

>> Larry Riley, Zoology Department, studying genetic mechanisms regulating growth and reproduction in tilapia, an aquaculture fish.

>> Todd Sasser, Departments of Tropical Medicine and Medical Microbiology, investigating how cell-surface antigens and antibodies may mediate and mitigate malaria symptoms.

>> Rebecca Scheinberg, Oceanography Department, working on delineating how human disturbances may alter energy transfer from microbial communities to higher nutrition levels.

>> Jennifer Smith, Botany Department, studying how overfishing and increased nutrients affect coral reef health by promoting blooms of invasive and alien seaweeds.

>> Michel West, Department of Electrical Engineering, working on instrumentation and positioning capabilities for underwater vehicles.

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