It is a tremendous accomplishment that Tara Weaver, has been given the HRS Award of Merit. The Award of Merit is to given by the School as an opportunity to honor graduating students who have contributed time and effort to furthering the goals of the University, the School, and their health professions. The award is bestowed annually on not more than 3% of the graduating senior class.. Tara has distinguished herself with her research grant that was funded on the use of sonography to assess residual COVID-19 disease, in outpatients as well as her academic performance. Tara is credentialed by the ARDMS in OB/Gyn and Abdominal sonography. Tara plans on taking her Vascular Technology board exam after graduation and working for the Ross Vascular lab. Congratulations Tara! Tara is also a 2021 inductee to the alpha chapter of Lambda Nu honor society of radiologic sciences. Tara has been an active undergraduate researcher in our lab.
Many undergraduates aspire to earn either honors or research distinction at Ohio State. We are so proud to announce that Isaiah W. Bloom will be graduating with BOTH honors and research distinction on May 9th. Isaiah successfully defended his research thesis titled: Preventative health screening for women at risk for cardiovascular disease. Isaiah will also be presenting his research findings at the Denman Undergraduate Research forum on Tuesday, 4/6/21. Isaiah has already earned Latin honors and will be graduating Magna Cum Laude which is quite an achievement given his degree is in Biological Sciences. Isaiah will be accepting a full time position in May as a research technician and continuing his work while he applies to medical schools across the country. Congrats IWB!!
Qian Jade Yang, successfully completed her oral and written defense and earned her MPH degree. The exam was based on her capstone document titled: Outcome evaluation plan: Measures of acceptability and effectiveness of POCUS training, for primary care/pediatric physicians, to diagnostically assess the carotid arteries. This work exceeded expectations by working directly with Amrik Khalsa, MD (boarded in internal medicine and pediatrics) to assess the POCUS training for physicians, in his medical practice. Jade’s written document and oral presentations earned high marks from the professors conducting the exam. This work has continued impact as it has become part of Dr. Khalsa’s NIH –K grant proposal. It will also lead to extended qualitative research into the perceptions of parents and children who have had this carotid imaging assessment. The training template and post-training assessment of the physician learners are all products that Jade would be glad to share as they are extensions of our earlier work with high-fidelity computer based simulation. Congratulations Jade!!!!
Congratulations to Nicole Weikle, PhD candidate, who was selected, based on peer-review score, to give a presentation at the OSU 2021 Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum. Nicole will be presenting her preliminary research results on pediatric assessment of cardiovascular risk. The competitive 12 minute presentations will be further judged ,during the Zoom session for additional awards. Nicole’s score qualified for an oral instead of a poster presentation. Nicole’s ongoing research is the assessment of the IMT of the carotid arteries of 8-10 year old children.
The prestigious OSU Outstanding Senior Award has been bestowed on our own Isaiah W. Bloom. This award is only given to those graduating seniors who have demonstrated extra-ordinary service activities to OSU and the surrounding community. The Outstanding Senior award is among the highest honors conferred to undergraduate student leaders. This award recognizes less than 1% of graduating seniors who excel in leadership, service, and scholarship throughout their tenure at Ohio State. This award caps an amazing undergraduate tenure for Isaiah who graduates in May with his BS in Biological Sciences, honors and distinction. Isaiah has a 3.89 GPA and has been studying very hard for the MCAT. Isaiah’s plans are to apply to study Medicine and continue his research career. Dr. Evans has hired Isaiah as a research assistant in the LII for the summer. Dr. Evans and Isaiah have been working together for three years!
Congratulations to A. Nicole Stigall-Weikle, MS who recently passed her PhD candidacy examination and became a PhD candidate for the degree. Nicole is now progressing to execute her dissertation research into the preventative screening of children at risk for cardiovascular disease. Nicole has not only demonstrated academic excellence but also has shown tremendous leadership. Dr. Evans has promoted Nicole to Associate Director of the LII. This promotion and leadership role underscores the accomplishments that Nicole has made in her research career. Nicole will be directly responsible for the LII staff and students. She has already begun forming teams of students and staff to tackle the variety of projects that the lab is conducting.
This year’s HRS graduate program admissions has concluded and we are excited about the admissions of Ashleigh Williams, BSRT(R)(IV) -2018 graduate of our Radiography program. Ashleigh is working in the OSUMC Interventional Radiography lab and will begin her MS studies this summer. Ashleigh was a firecracker during her BS degree and was selected as the ASRT Student Delegate in 2018. We are excited to have her join our research into the screening of asymptomatic patients for cardiovascular disease.
We are also excited to welcome Huriah Al Sultan, MS, RRT, RRT-NPS, as a new PhD student in our lab. Ms. Al Sultan is a registered respiratory therapist and has a MS degree from Georgia State University (2012). Huriah has been current experience working with pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital of Atlanta and also as an educator. Huriah will be a pivotal doctoral student assisting in the research of residual effects of SARS-COVID-19, on outpatient survivors and our pediatric data collection for school age children, at risk for cardiovascular disease. We are indeed fortunate to have amazing graduate talent joining our lab and research teams!!
We are so grateful for all the hard work and dedication that Adam Vance has provided as our quality control technologist. Adam has been doing QC testing of our transducers and overall equipment all through this very long year of COVID-19. Adam was able to get into the lab on schedule times to work alone and test equipment. His work allowed us to only call Mike Justice for service on a few occasions. We are so grateful to Adam for his dedication and also willingness to train Heidi Stook for the upcoming year in QC. Adam has successfully passed the ARDMS SPI exam this year (no surprise!).
We start the new year with a new undergraduate student, Heidi Stook, junior sonographer. Heidi has expressed interested in research since she was admitted in August 2019. We are looking forward to having Heidi train as our quality control technologist and mastering sonography of the wrist and hand. Our long term goal is to have Heidi contribute to imaging data being collected at the USC MSOP lab and working with Dr. Takata. Welcome Heidi!!
We are so proud of Tara Weaver, OSU senior who was just awarded $1000.00 scholarship. Tara’s grant proposal was titled: Exploring Chronic Changes in the Vascular Perfusion of Organs for Post-SARS-COVID-19 Survivors. Tara is working with the research team at OSU Gahanna Carepoint and will be responsible for doing image analysis of all patients who qualify for this study. Tara is completing the OSU BS Sonography program and will graduate with Latin honors. Tara is looking forward to an exciting clinical career and really loves Vascular Technology. The Undergraduate Research scholarship was provided by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers’ Educational Foundation. Tara is the first scholarship recipient of this new award.