MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow Melody Swartz on 'Immunoengineering: A New Approach to Cancer Research and Beyond'

2014-08-27 by News, Sports, and Art

Melody Swartz, Ph.D. is a swartz closeup2012 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow and currently a professor at the University of Chicago Institute of Molecular Engineering.

Dr. Swartz’s research focuses on how lymphatic vessels, and their transport functions, contribute to adaptive immunity. Biomedical scientists currently regard the fluid-drainage function of the lymphatic system as mostly important for maintaining tissue fluid balance. The cell transport functions, which regulate immunity, are considered separately. She is trying to build a new picture of the lymphatic function—namely, that not only are fluid and cell transport functions of the lymphatic vessels strongly coupled, but that the fluid transport functions are very important in regulating immune responses. Swartz’s team also is trying to target lymphatic vessels for improved cancer immunotherapy because this is one aspect of the tumor microenvironment that seems to contribute to therapeutic failure.

She has received many honors including being awarded a Career Award from the National Science Foundation, an Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator Award, and the Wenner Prize—Switzerland’s largest prize for cancer research. Other recognition includes being named one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10” in 2006. Dr. Swartz also is an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and a two-time recipient of prestigious $3 million single-investigator grants from the European Research Foundation.

In 2003 Dr. Swartz joined the faculty of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and was a professor in the Institute of Bioengineering and the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research until 2014 when she moved to take a professorship at the University of Chicago in the Institute of Molecular Engineering. Her prior affiliations include Northwestern University (1999–2006), and her scientific articles have appeared in Science, Nature, Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering, and PNAS.

Melody Swartz received a B.S. (1991) from Johns Hopkins University in chemical engineering. As a Watson Foundation Fellow she then conducted a year of independent research in Micronesia on the “Use and Societal Impact of Western Technologies in Undeveloped Nations.” She earned a Ph.D. (1998) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



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UAA Seawolf Debate vs. Yale Debate, March 20, 2014

2014-03-25 by

This is a recording of the March 20, 2014 UAA YALE Debate.

With cuts to public school funding looming in several big Alaska school districts, the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolf Debate team took on Yale University’s team to debate this statement: “No public funds should go to support competitive athletics in public education.”

Representing UAA were seniors Brittany Bennett and Matthew Stinson. Representing Yale were Sam Ward-Packard and Sesenu Woldemariam.

Debate coach Steve Johnson called the debate for Yale because that team managed to move audience opinion during the debate. Those who came to agree with Yale that no funding should be spent on competitive athletics in public education grew from 36 percent to 42 percent. Johnson defined the winner as the team that could move the audience’s viewpoints. Those who agreed with the UAA team that held funding should continue for competitive athletics remained a solid 53 percent before and after the debate.

This debate was recorded March 20, 2014 in the East High Auditorium.



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Brooke Gladstone talks about "The Influencing Machine"

2014-02-26 by News, Sports, and Art

UAA/APU Books of the Year and Anchorage Reads present NPR “On the Media” co-host Brooke Gladstone, discussing the media landscape as analyzed in her 2011 book, “The Influencing Machine.”

This podcast was recorded at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2014.



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KRUA Student Storyboard: Students discuss UAA Recycling Competition, Fall 2013

2014-01-15 by News, Sports, and Art

North Hall came away victors in the Fall 2013 recycling competition among the residence halls at UAA. Here, organizers Ricky Lind (West Hall), Kirsten Rawding (North Hall) and Natalie Tierney (MAC) talk about the competition and also forecast the potential spring 2014 energy-saving competition for the residential units.

Student Storyboard is a weekly program (Fridays 11a.m.-noon, repeating Mondays 5-6 p.m.) on KRUA, 88.1 FM, hosted by Kathleen McCoy, always featuring UAA students – their ambitions, achievements and experiences at UAA.



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UAA vs. Harvard Debate: 'This House would repeal the Second Amendment'

2013-04-26 by News, Sports, and Art

The UAA Seawolf Debate Program goes up against Harvard University debaters to address the motion “This House would repeal the Second Amendment.”

Recorded on April 25, 2013.
Hosted by the Bear Tooth Theatrepub.
Sponsored by UAA, The Alaska Humanities Forum and Alaska Airlines.



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