President Sara Jean Burke with two of our Founding Members, Clare Whitfield and Paula Bevington
2016 Spring Luncheon
ARCS Foundation Atlanta Chapter wrapped up its year by holding its annual meeting and luncheon on May 11 at the Piedmont Driving Club. Following Board Member reports and the introduction of the Board of Directors Slate for 2016-2017, Chapter President Jane Dolinger concluded the business portion of the meeting by turning the gavel over to incoming President Sara Jean Burke. Atlanta Chapter members and guests enjoyed chatting over a lovely lunch until the highlight of the gathering: a panel discussion with four current ARCS Scholars -- Anastasia Bobilev (UGA), Kerri Lynn Coon (UGA), Jason Frieman (Georgia Tech), and Jessica Petree (Emory University). Each of the presentations reinforced the commitment of audience members to the mission of ARCS Foundation and reminded them of potential outcomes of advancing science in America.
2016 Donor Appreciation Event
On Wednesday, March 30, the Atlanta Chapter of ARCS Foundation honored its Century level donors and above at its second annual Donor Appreciation Reception. Emory University President Jim Wagner and Debbie Wagner hosted the event at the Miller-Ward Alumni House on the Emory University campus. Attendees included current Emory University ARCS Scholars, advisors, and Dr. Michael Zwick, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Human Genetics and Pediatrics at Emory University, Assistant Dean of Research at the Emory University School of Medicine, and Assistant Vice President for Research at the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center. Dr. Zwick, an ARCS Scholar at the University of California at Davis during the 1997-1998 academic year, described the importance of the financial support and encouragement provided by ARCS Foundation to our nation's future scientists. Donors enjoyed the beautiful setting, the delicious refreshments and, most of all, having an opportunity to chat informally with ARCS Scholars, Emory University professors and administrators, and each other.
Photos courtesy of Emory University
Silver Anniversary UGA Visit
On March 2, 2016, the University of Georgia helped ARCS Foundation Atlanta Chapter kick off its yearlong 25th anniversary celebration in style by hosting Chapter members at its Athens, Georgia campus. Provost Pamela Whitten welcomed the group and expressed UGA's appreciation of the support provided by ARCS Foundation over the years. Three ARCS Scholar presentations followed:
Anastasia Bobilev, a Franklin Foundation Neuroimaging Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience, discussed the PAX6 gene, a transcription factor in brain and eye development, and its role in human brain structure and auditory processing function.
Kerri Coon, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Entomology, presented her research on how gut bacteria contribute to the development and reproduction of disease-transmitting mosquitoes. Comments related to the Zika virus were especially timely.
Jeremy Yatvin, a Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry, introduced his work on antimicrobial surfaces and their mechanism of action, as well as the grafting of fire retardant materials.
Another highlight of the day occurred when President Jere Morehead hosted everyone at an elegant luncheon that included remarks from ARCS Atlanta Chapter President Jane Dolinger and Dr. Toby Graham, University Librarian and Associate Provost.
Attendees to this event wish to thank all involved for their time and generosity, and the wildflower honey from the UGA Honey Bee Farm!
Photos courtesy of UGA