Student awarded for research potential

Compiled by Christina Woo

Arizona Summer Wildcat

Andrea Ladd, a graduate student in the Department of Animal Sciences, was recently awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship in Biological Sciences.

The institute awards these fellowships to students around the country who show exceptional promise as prospective researchers in the area of biomedical research.

The fellowship awards a total of $82,000, given over a five year period, helping students obtain a graduate education.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute was founded in 1953, by aviator-industrialist, Howard Hughes. The institute is a non-profit medical organization dedicated to basic biomedical research and education. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually to students who are in or are beginning their first year of graduate study toward a doctorate in the biomedical sciences.

Ladd recently completed her first year of graduate studies and is currently researching embryo heart development in animals. She hopes to continue her career as a researcher in the biological sciences after her graduate study is complete.

The University of Arizona Police Department has requested help from the university community in obtaining information regarding the theft of computer components from older buildings on campus.

The suspected thieves have entered locked offices by prying and/or unscrewing air vents at the bottoms of doors into the buildings, said J.M. Thomas, chief of police, in a letter to UA deans, directors, and department heads.

He said the thieves have chosen different brands of computers, but all are relatively high-end products and that they leave the cheaper models untouched.

The common thread of the thefts is the method of entry by using the door vents to gain access, Thomas wrote.

UAPD will be patrolling the older buildings on foot.

When working outside or hiking during the summer how much water does a person need? Drinking to quench thirst is not enough.

"You need to drink past thirst," said Harvey Meislin, M.D., director of the Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center at UA's College of Medicine.

Studies have shown that drinking to satisfy thirst only replenishes two-thirds of the amount of water a person should drink when working or playing in the Arizona sun.

Through perspiration, a person can lose about two quarts of water an hour. "To replace that loss, a person would need to drink about a glass of water about every 10 minutes," Meislin said. "That's a significant amount of fluid."

More than 40 minority undergraduates from across the state are participating in the nationally recognized Minority Medical Education Program (MMEP), a summer pre-med enrichment program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson.

The program is designed to help promising minority college students gain admission to medical schools.

Twenty-eight minority undergraduates took part in the UA's first MMEP last summer. Of the seven who applied to medical schools, four were accepted, including three by the UA College of Medicine.

"The program helps participants compete successfully for medical school admission by offering review sessions for the Medical College Admissions Test, including courses in mathematics and problem solving," said Linda Don, UA Minority Affairs Program coordinator.

"In addition, students are paired with a physician or Ph.D. mentor, and they attend classes in biological sciences and lectures on ethics, health care reform and other current issues," Don said.

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