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Name droppers: High school seniors win art scholarships

Winners of the Wooliever Scholarship for artists are Elizabeth Kubey, left, Catia Romero, Maddie Roblee, Layla Kutternig and Nate Tiangco. Not pictured is Luke Bowlus. Courtesy photo

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From page A7 | April 11, 2012 |

Six local high school seniors won art scholarships totaling $3,000 from the Davis Art Center’s Gerald R. Wooliever Scholarship Fund for 2012.

The scholarships were presented at a reception on March 30 at the Davis Art Center to: Luke Bowlus, first place, $1,200; Elizabeth Kubey, second place, $900; Catia Romero, third place, $600; and Maddie Roblee, Layla Kutternig and Nate Tiangco, honorable mentions, $100.

The recipients were selected by local artists Rebecca Ryland and Stacey Vetter based on the students’ body of work, on display in the Tsao Gallery at DAC until Tuesday, April 17.

Named for the late Jerry Wooliever, a former DAC board member and mentor to young artists, the scholarships are given to graduating high school seniors to support their ongoing art education.

More than 50 seniors from Davis public high schools have been awarded the Wooliever scholarship since its inception in the mid-90s. The scholarship fund is supported by the generous donations by artists to the Wall-of-Art silent auction, which is held during DAC’s annual Holiday Sale.

To make a monetary donation to the scholarship, visit www.davisartcenter.org and click on “Donate Online.” Or mail a check payable to “Davis Art Center” to c/o Wooliever Scholarship, P.O. Box 4340, Davis, CA 95617.

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Dr. Veeraparn Kanchananakhin joins Woodland Healthcare as a pediatrician at its medical office in Davis.

Kanchananakhin received her doctor of medicine from Chang Mai University, Faculty of Medicine, in Chang Mai, Thailand. She completed her residency training in pediatrics at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Prior to joining Woodland Healthcare, Kanchananakhin was a general pediatrician at Walton Pediatric Associates, Inc., in Sacramento. The focus of her work will be early intervention, well-child care and preventative care.

Kanchananakhin is seeing patients at Woodland Healthcare’s medical office in Davis, at 2330 W. Covell Blvd. To make an appointment, call (530) 756-2364.

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Jonathan A. Eisen, professor of medical microbiology and immunology at UC Davis Health System, has been elected as a fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology, the honorific leadership group of the American Society for Microbiology, which is the world’s oldest and largest life-science organization.

As a fellow, Eisen joins a group of eminent leaders in the field of microbiology recognized for their excellence, originality, creativity and exemplary careers in basic and applied research, teaching, clinical and public health, industry or government service. The academy relies on fellows for authoritative advice and information on critical issues in microbiology, from responding to congressional inquiries to organizing meetings and workshops.

Eisen is an expert in microbial genomics, diversity and evolution. He has led many microbial genome sequencing projects, including the “Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea” at the Department of Energy-Joint Genome Institute. In addition, he has helped pioneer the field of phylogenomics, which involves integrating genome analyses with evolutionary reconstructions.

Eisen will be recognized at the Academy Fellows Luncheon at the 112th American Society for Microbiology meeting in San Francisco on June 19.

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Carolyn Wesnousky of Davis, a senior at Connecticut College, has been named a Winthrop Scholar, the highest academic honor bestowed by the college. Winthrop Scholars are members of the senior class who demonstrate exceptional scholarship, personal fitness and promise.

Wesnousky, a 2008 graduate of Davis High School, is the daughter of Katherine and John Wesnousky of Davis. At Connecticut College, she is a history and Italian studies double major. Wesnousky was one of 15 Winthrop Scholars recognized at a ceremony Dec. 8.

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