Danny Cooley Award

by gwilson on Apr.27, 2010, under Students

lauren_bumpOn Sunday, April 25th, McMurry’s academic program honored its stars during the annual Academic Awards luncheon.  The following students were recognized for their academic achievement in the BIMS program:

Outstanding Freshman: Oluwatoyosi Adewunmi

Outstanding Sophomores:  Elise Hager and Krissy Cobb

Outstanding Junior:  Jonathan Urbanczyk

Outstanding Senior:  Lauren Bump (pictured at left)

Danny Cooley Award for the Outstanding BIMS Student:  Lauren Bump

This is the first year for the Danny Cooley Award, established to honor the memory of McMurry graduate James Danny Cooley.  Danny was a Viet Nam veteran and Abilene firefighter approaching retirement when he returned to McMurry to complete his bachelor’s degree.  Modest and humble, no one would have guessed he had been a hero in both of his prior lives.  As a McMurry student, he excelled in math and science and pursued a BS in Natural Sciences degree.  But during his junior year, a love for microbiology was birthed that resulted in his consideration, at age 48, of pursuit of a doctorate in Medical Microbiology at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Graduate School of Biomedical Science.  His dissertation provided the first definitive proof of the fungal origins for sick building syndrome.  He told me that the week his work became public he and mentor Dr. David Straus were contacted by over 200 news agencies from around the world.  Later, the CBS show 48 Hours had a special episode featuring Dr. Straus’s lab.

Dr. Danny Cooley graduated from TTUHSC-GSBS and started an environmental testing firm in Corpus Christi.  He and wife Sylvia (also one of my students at McMurry) made Corpus Christi their home until he was taken ill and died from multiple myeloma some years later.  It is through this award that his memory is honored as a McMurry alumnus, world-changing scientist, and person.

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Crystal Garcia selected for UT Southwestern’s Scholars Program

by awyatt on Mar.05, 2010, under Students

The School of Natural and Computational Sciences congratulates Crystal Garcia for being accepted as one of 28 participants in the UT Southwestern Scholars Program in Organic Chemistry (SPOC).  This program begins Tuesday, June 1, 2010 and ends Thursday, August 5, 2010.

The SPOC includes an exciting research component in which students will be randomly assigned to one of two organic chemistry research projects.  The experimental course content will include supplemental exercises, and a computer game or written exercises.  All the selected students benefit from this program as both groups will receive a strong foundation in organic chemistry. and will participate in a clinical preceptorship.

Crystal is looking forward to the summer, “I hope to get some new insights into the medical profession as well as learning more organic chemistry!”

We wish her well and are hoping to get an email once in a while to let us know how she is getting on!

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Bryce Stash accepted to Joint Admission Medical Program

by awyatt on Feb.18, 2010, under Students

One of our own…. received the following:

“On behalf of the Joint Admission Medical Program Council, I am pleased to inform you of your acceptance into the Joint Admission Medical Program.  As a participating JAMP student, you are a member of an elite group of highly qualified students selected to participate in this program.

As a participant of JAMP you will be matched to one of the participating Texas medical schools for your first summer program internship.  The summer program dates range from May 23rd to June 25th or from May 30th to July 2nd.

Congratulations and welcome to the JAMP family. The JAMP Council, Staff and Faculty Director at your university are proud to have you as a participant in this exciting program.”

Bryce says he is “definitely excited!”  He must maintain a 3.25 GPA and complete two summer internships at two different medical schools in Texas.  “Then, I’ll be good to go!”

When you see Mr. Stash, please congratulate him on this achievement!

(Story provided by Dr. Larry Sharp)

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