Caltech Graduate Student Receives $90,000 “New American” Fellowship

first_img CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Education Caltech Graduate Student Receives $90,000 “New American” Fellowship By ANDREW MOSEMAN Published on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | 4:58 pm Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Justin Lee Credit: Soros FellowshipJustin Lee, an MD and PhD student in the UCLA-Caltech Medical Scientist Training Program, has been awarded a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. The program awards a $90,000 graduate school fellowship to children of immigrants, green card holders, naturalized citizens, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, or visa holders in the United States.“I believe being a new American involves being rooted in my Korean heritage while working hard to contribute to the U.S. and serve its people,” Lee says. “I have been incredibly fortunate to be provided innumerable opportunities in the U.S. and plan to take advantage of these opportunities to serve the people around me through medicine and health-technology development.”At Caltech, Lee studies synthetic biology in the bioengineering lab of Mikhail Shapiro, professor of chemical engineering and Heritage Medical Research Institute investigator. He collaborates on a project to engineer the body’s immune cells to respond to cancer-specific signals. Meanwhile, via the UCLA-Caltech collaboration, Lee is training under Linda Liau, chair of UCLA’s department of neurosurgery, to become a neurosurgeon. Within that field, he hopes to use new synthetic-biology techniques to develop cell-based tools for diagnosing and treating cancers such as glioblastoma, an aggressive type that begins in the brain.“I believe that through synthetic biology and cellular engineering, we take the best characteristics of cell-based immunotherapy and bestow new abilities to improve their ability to home in on tumors, sense disease, and initiate a robust cancer-killing program,” he says.Lee’s passion for medicine comes from a deep connection to his grandparents, who played a major role in raising him after the entire family moved to the United States from South Korea and his parents worked long hours to launch and manage a photography business. His grandfather was diagnosed with cancer during Lee’s senior year of high school, and his grandmother suffered a stroke shortly thereafter. “Seeing them in pain before passing away motivated me to pursue a career in medicine,” he says, which he accomplished by devoting himself to science and math as a premed undergraduate at Johns Hopkins before coming to the Caltech-UCLA program. In Shapiro’s lab, Lee says, he can engage in the kind of collaborative, innovative research he had wanted to undertake since he became interested in medical science.“Synthetic biology allows me to engineer cells to have useful characteristics and capabilities that may potentially improve human health,” he says. “It is incredibly fun to design and test different genetic constructs, and it is rewarding to develop new technologies.”Lee was among 30 students chosen for the Soros Fellowships from a pool of 2,211 applicants. Hungarian immigrants Daisy M. Soros and her late husband, Paul Soros (1926–2013), founded the program. Lee credits the discipline and persistence he learned as a Junior Olympic All-American in water polo for helping to guide his path to success. Most importantly, he credits his family and their experience as new Americans.“My family taught me the importance of community, and my story is not one of pulling myself up by the bootstraps,” he says. “I have been incredibly fortunate to be a part of a larger community that has provided support and mentorship, and I know my journey would not have been possible without the sacrifices of many people around me.” Community News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribecenter_img More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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NCAA Track and Field Championships: Day 4

first_img Tags: Andrea Stapleton/BYU Track/Cierra Simmons/Grayson Murphy/USC Women’s Track/Utah State Track/Utah Track Brad James Written by June 9, 2018 /Sports News – Local NCAA Track and Field Championships: Day 4 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEUGENE, Ore.-Saturday, amid a rain-swept track which saw monsoon-like conditions emerge perpetually at Hayward Field, several Utah-based women’s collegiate athletes excelled on the final day of NCAA track and field championship competition.By virtue of a victory in the women’s 4 x 400 relay, the final event on the track, the USC women edged Georgia 53-52 to win their second national title and first since 2001.In the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase, Utah’s Grayson Murphy placed sixth while Cierra Simmons of Utah State finished eighth overall.BYU’s women were represented well on the final day of competition as well as Andrea Stapleton placed eighth overall in the high jump, posting a leap of 5 feet 10 inches.This concludes the Division I track and field season but many of these returning athletes will return to the running circuit in the fall, competing for their respective schools’ cross country squads.last_img read more

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A year of credit union advocacy, education, and compliance

first_imgIn NAFCU’s 50th anniversary year (so far), we have:Had 6 member credit union Congressional testimonies in the first 7 months of the year;sent 315% more messages to Congress in our grassroots campaigns;delivered 151 new compliance blog posts, summaries, analysis, articles, whitepapers, charts and guides to members;produced 341 hours of education; andhad over 570,000 people use our Financial CalCUaltors.And that’s just a handful of the numbers that have summed up our work with credit unions this year so far.  At NAFCU, our mission is to strengthen credit unions by providing the best in federal advocacy, education and compliance assistance. Everything we do is for credit unions and in the best interests of our members. From working tirelessly to advocate your positions with legislators and regulators, to delivering timely compliance assistance resources and valuable training opportunities – we do it for the industry we love – we do it for credit unions.We look forward to the next 50 years working together to grow stronger!View and download the full infographic. 110SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa awaiting possible sanction from Football Association

first_img Press Association Gabriel became involved after Costa grappled with Koscielny, pushing the defender in the face with his hands before catching him with a flailing arm. “You have to be above that,” Wenger added. “To be professional, to me, is to deal with that. You can spit in my face and if it’s in a game then I will not respond. I do not guarantee that outside of the game. “The desire to win has to be above all of that.” Mourinho chastised Gabriel for losing “emotional control”, insisting Costa kept his. He said: “Of course. That’s (the opinion of) people that don’t have the same opinion as I have. “When you work the way he did, his movement, his creation. He was fantastic. “The opponents have to keep emotional control, because to play against an attacking player that is aggressive, that goes to every ball, that fights for every ball, that is physical, it’s difficult.” Jose Mourinho was seething when Costa was retrospectively sanctioned in February for treading on Liverpool’s Emre Can, part of a perceived “campaign” against his side which included a Sky Sports montage entitled ‘Costa’s Crimes’. The Chelsea boss would be expected to be similarly unhappy if Costa is charged for a series of incidents involving Arsenal defenders Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel, after labelling the striker “fantastic” and his man of the match following the 2-0 win. Diego Costa and Chelsea can today expect to discover from the Football Association if the striker has a case to answer for his role in Saturday’s feisty victory over Arsenal. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had a contrasting view and hopes referee Mike Dean will look again at Costa’s actions after filing his match report by today. The match officials should have been aware of Costa’s reputation during his first 14 months in the Barclays Premier League, says Wenger, but statistics show the striker did not commit a foul in the match. The Gunners boss rebuked Dean for allowing the running feud between Costa and Gabriel to continue before the Arsenal defender saw red. “He (Dean) let it go and I don’t know why,” Wenger said. “I would like Mike Dean to look at the whole action that happened during the game and see if he stands for his decision. “You have a fourth official, you have a linesman, the referee and they talk all the game. They can tell you and they know Diego Costa. He is not a newcomer. “It is surprising. If I am a referee and I referee Diego Costa, I do not send somebody off quickly if he responds to it because you know he has been well provoked.” Wenger, though, did not condone Gabriel, who was sent off for reacting to Costa’s taunts, insisting that even if a player is spat at he must keep his cool. last_img read more

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