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Schwartz conducts research at Stanford University

Junior Joshua Schwartz, a chemistry and biology double major, is an Amgen Scholar at Stanford University this summer, helping conduct cutting edge research on autism-linked signaling pathways in stem cells. He was also accepted to the Leadership Alliance at Harvard for the summer, but chose to go to Stanford. Schwartz previously did summer research at the University of Cincinnati and Brown University.

Mineo chosen for National Showcase

Sophomore Raven Mineo was one of four students selected to participate in the National Showcase for Extemporaneous Speaking at the Pi Kappa Delta National Convention and Tournament at Louisiana State University this spring. Mineo was chosen for the excellence of her three preliminary round extemporaneous speeches on questions related to the economy, foreign policy, and domestic policy. Showcase participants present one of their extemporaneous speeches, receive feedback from professors who are experts on the topic, and participate in a discussion about the event in which they give advice to other competitors and coaches. Pi Kappa Delta is a national speech and debate honoray and Mineo is the first Transylvania student chosen to be a Showcase participant in 20 years of membership.

Jolly is All-American in speech and debate

Senior Marshall Jolly was chosen as one of the Pi Kappa Delta National Forensics Honorary’s 10 All-Americans for Speech and Debate in 2009. Jolly was selected for his competitive success, team leadership, service to collegiate forensics beyond his own squad, and broader contributions to Transylvania and other communities of which he is a part. He was recommended to the national selection committee by directors of forensics from two other schools. Jolly, who was the only All-American from a Kentucky college, is the first Transylvania student to be recognized with this prestigious honor.

Murad presents paper at Harvard University

Sophomore Prya Murad was selected to present her paper “Cheap Labor: The New Business of Outsourcing Surrogacy” at the 12th National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference at Harvard University in March. The biology and philosophy double major was one of only 25 to 30 student presenters at the conference, an annual gathering of students and experts in the field of bioethics, sponsored by the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. Her presentation focused on the trend of women in first-world countries to hire surrogates in second- and third-world countries to carry their babies.

Safarian attends Clinton Global Initiative University

First-year student Viktoria Safarian was a delegate to the second annual Clinton Global Initiative University, established by former president William J. Clinton, held in February in Austin, Tex. The conference teaches community leadership skills and allows students to network with one another and connect with service organizations. Safarian’s acceptance as a delegate was based on the plan she designed for an after school tutoring program at Tates Creek Middle School, geared toward helping refugee children living in Lexington. Sophomore Amanda Holt was also accepted to the conference, but was unable to attend.

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