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Students given notable engineering scholarship
wo Jayhawks have beenawarded one o the nation’s mostprestigious merit-based, under-graduate scholarships in the sci-ences. Qi Chen, a junior study-ing chemical engineering romOverland Park, and Lianna Dang,a junior studying chemistry romShawnee, have both received theBarry M. Goldwater Scholarshipater a rigorous application pro-cess and intense national com-petition.“his scholarship is mostly toencourage people to go to gradschool and pursue a researchcareer,” Chen said.One o his reshman orienta-tion seminars was led by Dr. KyleCamarda, an associate proessorand associate dean at the Schoolo Engineering, who mentionedChen’s computational chemicalengineering research at the endo the presentation. he projectstarted when Chen walked up toCamarda and asked i he had any open space in his lab.“he project I’m workingon right now is quantum leveldescriptors and computationalmolecular design,” Chen said. “Ilook at a molecule, look at whatother charges are on a moleculeand, rom that, compare it withother molecules to igure outhow well they’ll play together —what kind o interactions they’llhave.”Based on those interactions,Chen’s research can determinehow a molecule will react in achemical reaction or in a mix-ture, allowing speciic moleculesto be designed to act in a speciicway.“he irst year, I would show up to group meetings and every-thing would ly over my head,”Chen said. “But ater you go to aew meetings, you start catchingon to things.”Ater spending last summerin Denmark collaborating onthe project, Chen presented theresearch at this year’s AmericanInstitute o Chemical Engineers’annual meeting in Pittsburgh.Outside o the research lab, Chenorganized this year’s EngineeringExpo, is involved with the Sel Engineering Leadership Fellows(SELF) Program and plans tospend this summer working asan intern with ExxonMobil.“he biggest part o the appli-cation was talking about yourexperience in research and why you are a scientist,” Dang said.Dang sent out emails, attend-ed meetings and entered theresearch lab in her sophomoreyear ater Chen persuaded herto get involved with on-cam-pus research. Having started o making nanoparticles, she now works to make industrial cata-lysts, which convert the letoversrom plant eedstock like cornhusks or vegetable oil into sell-able byproducts.“A big ocus o my researchis renewable and sustainableenergy,” Dang said. “We’re mak-ing the biodiesel process moresustainable and more energy-eicient by using the byproductsto make valuable chemicals.”he Journal o the AmericanChemical Society published anarticle covering Dang’s catalystsearlier this year. Dang is also thetreasurer o her scholarship hall’sexecutive board and involvedwith the Chemistry Club, takingchemistry demonstrations out toelementary schools to get kidsexcited about slime and thingsthat blow up or are gross totouch.he two have been datingsince meeting up to take a walk around campus on move-in day their reshman year. A mutualriend, sophomore Mike Marcus,hassled Dang into approach-ing Chen ater he had met herthrough the Science Olympiadat Shawnee Mission NorthwestHigh School, and knew Chenthrough collaboration withShawnee Mission East HighSchool’s Robotics Cvlub.“Lianna’s mom still owes me ahome-cooked Chinese gourmetmeal because she’s so happy thatI set the two o them up,” Marcussaid. “I consider that the mostsuccessul relationship that I’veever been involved with.”he scholarship will be appliedto Chen and Dang’s senior years.
— Edited by Elise Reuter
Te Lawrence City Commis-sion election was held on uesday,and 10 percent o registered votersin Lawrence turned up at the pollsto vote. Te three open seats werecaptured by Mike Amyx, Jeremy Farmer and erry Riordan.Amyx and Farmer cruised to victory with 7,019 votes and 5,271 votes, respectively. Tey will eachserve our-year terms. Riordan,on the other hand, barely inchedahead o Leslie Soden, beatingher by 94 votes or the third avail-able seat. He will serve a two-yearterm.Te 56-year-old Amyx has beenactively involved in governmentsince 1983 when he was frst elect-ed Lawrence City Commissioner.He has been elected to the post atotal o fve times. He has also beena Douglas County Commissioner,Chairman o the Douglas County Commission and Mayor o Law-rence. Amyx voted against the $25million recreation center in north-west Lawrence, making him theonly commissioner to do so.Farmer is the executive directoro Just Food, an organization thatprovides ood or those in needin Lawrence. He has worked ornonproft organizations or overa decade and was the director o community awareness at ProjectHope Food Bank in Hot Springs,Arkansas beore returning to hishometown, Lawrence. He plans topush or a stronger emphasis ontechnical education and be an ad- vocate or threatened populationsin Lawrence. Tis will be his frstgovernment job.Riordan, a graduate o the Uni- versity o Kansas Medical School,is a pediatrician who was chair-man o the Douglas County Plan-ning Commission in 2005 and2006. He was also the presidento the Oread Neighborhood As-sociation rom 2003 to 2004 anda board member or the DouglasCounty Health Department. Hecommitted $18,000 o his ownmoney to his campaign.
— Edited by Elise Reuter
Three elected Tuesdayto City Commission
Saturday, April 6Sunday, April 7Thursday, April 4Friday, April 5
Spencer Museum o Artauditorium
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Patrick Sammon, the producerand director o “Codebreaker,” willpresent this new documentar high-lighting a pioneer o codebreaking inWorld War II.
KU Tango Spring Classes
Learn some new dance movesat the Union this Thursda. No partneror experience needed.
“The Stor o Luke”
Libert Hall Cinema, 644Massachusetts St.
This flm, directed b Law-rence native Alonso Mao, centers ona oung autistic man on a quest tofnd a job and a girlriend. Tickets orthis one-da screening event are $8.
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Enjo a night o traditionalArican music inused with contem-porar jazz and Aropop energ bviolinist Regina Carter. Tickets are$15 to $28.
Girl Scout Rummage Sale orCommunit Shelter
American Legion, 3408 W6th St.
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This charit event hosted bGirl Scout Troop #7745 benefts theLawrence Communit Shelter.
Edible Books Festival
700 New Hampshire St.
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Check out the entries inthe Edible Books Festival, in whichcontestants create an edible work oart based on literature. Or, enter thecontest as an individual or a team nolater than Frida b calling the librarat (785)-843-3833.
Scar Larr Kansas Bike Polo
Edgewood Park, Maple Laneand Miller Drive
This hbrid game is exactlwhat it sounds like. Mallets and ballare provided, but bring our own bike!
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