Convocation 2015, the recording

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New and returning students, and all staff and faculty, were welcomed back to campus with Convocation. Faculty who had been promoted and earned tenure, and employees earning longevity awards, were honored. The Underground Dance Company welcomed everyone with an opening performance. Three UAA community members told moving stories of overcoming obstacles and succeeding in their education goals. They were

Ariane Audett,
Alice Choi and
Ricardo Castillo

Their stories begin at 26:15.

The Chancellor’s charge for the year begins at 51:50.

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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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Freshman Convocation 2009

2009-08-26 by News, Sports, and Art

This event was held at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009 for freshman and their supporting family and friends. Emcees were student scholars Kelcie Ralph, Alex Bonnecaze and Deana Glick. The keynote speaker was Roger Tsien, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry for 2008. UA President Mark Hamilton and UAA Chancellor Fran Ulmer also spoke briefly.

This podcast was recorded on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009

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2008 Nobel Laureate Roger Tsien speaks on his cellular dye research

2009-08-25 by News, Sports, and Art

Dr. Roger Tsien (CHEN) won the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work that now allows scientists to peer inside a living cell and watch the behavior of molecules in real time. He did this by developing colorful dyes that can track the movement of calcium within cells. The science is fascinating, but the really exciting part is that his discoveries hold great promise for the advancement of treatments for HIV and cancer. For example, these dyes can outline a very specific section of cancerous tissue so surgeons can make the cleanest cuts to extract all the cancer and save the patient from unnecessarily lost tissue and healing time.

This podcast was recorded on August 22, 2009

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2009 Faculty and Staff Convocation

2009-08-25 by News, Sports, and Art

UAA’s 2009 Faculty and Staff Convocation. This podcast was recorded on August 20, 2009.

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