Today’s guests on Student Storyboard are a dozen members from the UAA Glee Club. They include Lailani Cook, Hazel De Los Santos, Monica Repuya, Ana Rodriguez, Krisse Steinman, Joseph Adams, Chris Hawk, Sammy Alex, jean Sacdain, Chris Peters, AJ Colding.
Student Storyboard always features students and their work, ambitions and projects. It airs on KRUA Fridays 11 am-noon and repeats Mondays at 5 pm during the fall 2014 semester. Volunteer DJ Kathleen McCoy hosts the show.
This program was recorded in the studios of KRUA 88.1 FM The Edge on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.
This is Student Storyboard for September 26, 2014, a volunteer program on KRUA 88.1 FM. Host is Kathleen McCoy, and guests are USUAA’s executive leadership team, president Stacey Lucason and vice president Jolaine Polak. Topics include the launch of the new year, opening of the Alaska Airlines Center Center, fees and tuition discussion, and more viewpoints on a smoke-free campus.
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.
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.