ETCETERA - 05/05/11

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The American Chemical Society's Montana Section awarded Matthew J. Weaver best undergraduate research presentation. The Milton-Freewater resident received the nod from the Montana Academy of Science as Undergraduate Best Research Scientist during the Montana Academy of Sciences conference April 15-16 in Butte, Mont.

Having won this award, Matt will compete in Portland for the Northwest American Chemical Society meeting's Best Undergraduate Research Presentation in June.

In 2010 Matt received the MAS Best Undergraduate Poster.

The son of Richard and Theresa Weaver of Milton-Freewater, Matt graduated in 2007 from McLoughlin High School, graduates this month from University of Montana at Missoula, where he majored in chemistry and biology. He is employed part time in the University Research Laboratory where he's working on a project associated with anti-cancer drug research. He also works at Sears. Matt is slated to begin graduate school this fall at UM.

Eleven students from this area were among the 550-plus students at Eastern Oregon University who made the 2011 winter term dean's list. Local students who qualified for the distinction include: Kayla Turner, Laura Johnston, Kristin Thomas, Sara Smalley, Laina Fairchild, Andrew Weidert, all of Athena; Victoria Thul, Chantell Cosner, Amanda Macri, all of Weston; Meagan FitzGerald, Pomeroy; and David Winter, College Place. To qualify students must achieve and maintain gpas of 3.5 or higher while completing a minimum of 12 hours of graded coursework for the duration of the term.

Washington State University College of Engineering and Architecture recognized Walla Wallan Kaori Graybeal as its 2011 Outstanding Senior during the annual convocation awards ceremony.Kaori also received two Boeing scholarships, is a Washington Scholar and will be a Provost's Fellow at Tufts University to pursue a doctorate in bio-engineering. She is also an accomplished, published undergraduate researcher.

Annie Charnley Eveland is out of the office through May 23. Items that can wait to run after she returns may be emailed to her at annieeveland@wwub.com and will appear in Etcetera. In the meantime, items of a timely nature may be emailed to Alasdair Stewart for consideration at alasdairstewart@wwub.com or call 526-8311.

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