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Name Droppers: Davis mom awarded grant

By From page A7 | April 24, 2013


Soroptimist International of Davis gave a boost to a Davis mom when it presented its Women’s Opportunity Award on April 10. At a luncheon at Odd Fellows Hall, the women’s service organization presented Gesche Langen with the $2,000 grant.

The award goes to women who are primary wage earners for their families, to help them obtain training or education to return to the workforce or upgrade their employment status.

Langen, a single mom with two boys, ages 9 and 5, is finishing her studies at Sacramento City College, and preparing to transfer to Sacramento State. She plans to study psychology and become a licensed therapist.

Langen moved back to the States recently after living abroad. She previously worked at an orphanage in Kenya, and counseled refugees while living in London. She is aware of the plight of human trafficking in the Sacramento area and would like to focus on the needs of those victims. This is a cause championed by Soroptimists worldwide.

The Women’s Opportunity Award was created in 1972 to help female heads of household overcome personal difficulty and obtain training or schooling to better support their families. Since the award was established, Soroptimists have given out more than $20 million and improved the lives of more than 25,000 women.

Soroptimist clubs give the awards, with winners eligible for additional honors at regional and national levels. For more information, visit www.soroptimist.org. For information on Soroptimist International of Davis, visit sidavis.org or “like” the Soroptimist International Davis page on Facebook.


Jasmine Zhou, president of Citrus Circuits Robotics Team 1678, and members Reese Woodard, Cole Sedgley and Ekam Sandhu recently accepted a $1,000 check from the Davis Sunrise Rotary Club, presented by president Clay Brandow. The team, which builds robots for FIRST robotic competitions, has more than 35 members from Davis High School, Da Vinci Charter Academy and all three junior high schools in Davis. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.”

The team won a regional competition in Madera in early March and also participated in another regional contest March 21-23 at the ARC Pavilion at UC Davis. They are bound for the national FIRST competition in St. Louis in April.

Davis Sunrise Rotary has 69 members and is one of three Rotary clubs in Davis.


Sally J. Rogers, UC Davis professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, was honored March 4 during the Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. The awards celebrate the successes of California women in breaking barriers in the fields of science, technology, the arts, the judiciary and beyond. The ceremony was part of the Assembly’s celebration of Women’s History Month.

Rogers was one of 11 award recipients. She was acknowledged as the developer of the Early Start Denver Model method of early autism intervention. The intervention is effective for improving cognition and language skills among very young children with autism, normalizing their brain activity, decreasing their autism symptoms and improving their social skills. A study of ESDM by Rogers and her colleagues was named number five among the top 10 medical breakthroughs of 2012 by Time magazine.


Dr. Michael Goodman, a Davis gynecologist who specializes in women’s genital plastic/cosmetic surgery and menopausal and sexual medicine, is having a busy month leading into spring.

In late February, he welcomed Dr. Jose Roman, a surgeon from Hamilton, New Zealand, who attended Goodman’s master’s course on genital plastic surgery.

From Feb. 28 through March 3, he was in New Orleans participating in the annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. The society is the largest multi-disciplinary society of its kind in the world, dedicated to improving awareness and women’s sexual health. Goodman was on the faculty, delivering a paper titled “The Body Image and Sexual Health of Women Undergoing Genital Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery.”

Additionally, Goodman has been invited by the organizing committee of the 11th Anti-Aging Medicine World Congress to deliver two addresses on surgical technique and sexual aspects of genital plastic surgery, as well as to serve as moderator for other sessions in this two-day meeting April 5-6 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Enterprise staff

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