Media Mentions — Featured Fellows
ARCS Foundation Seattle Chapter and several ARCS Fellows were recently featured in the University of Washington School of Public Health winter newsletter.
SPH ARCS Fellows
The Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) program was launched half a century ago to help the country’s brightest students pursue careers in science and engineering. Fellowships are worth $17,500 over three years. Ten SPH students from Biostatistics (Bio), Epidemiology (Epi), and Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS) are current ARCS Scholars.
First-year fellows: Tyler Bonnett, Bio; Rachel Shaffer, EOHS
Second-year fellows: Miriam Calkins, EOHS; Natalie Gasca, Bio; Kelsey Grinde, Bio; Tsegaselassie Workalehmahu, Epi/GO-MAP
Third-year fellows: Sylvia Badon, Epi; Jacqueline Garrick, EOHS; Anna Plantinga, Bio; Connie Tzou, EOHS
ARCS Fellow Miriam Calkins: Researching Heat-Related Hazards
The climate is changing and so is the workforce. PhD student Miriam Calkins, in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, seeks to better understand the connections between the two. “We know that extreme heat is anticipated to increase in duration and frequency,” says Calkins (MS 2012, Exposure Sciences). “Extreme heat can affect not only health and chronic diseases, it can also increase death and rates of injury.” Meanwhile, the economy is seeing more temporary workers and contractors. Calkins plans to spend the summer researching heat-related hazards faced by rooftop construction workers who have no access to shade and limited access to water. Being an ARCS fellow has been a huge financial benefit, she says. “It’s very difficult to meet the standard of living in the Seattle area. It provides me a better work-life balance.” A second benefit is the networking through the Seattle chapter of the ARCS Foundation. Calkins enjoys paddle-boarding, dancing, running halfmarathons, and spending time with her dog. A graduate of Evergreen State College, she co-founded the Olympia Free Clinic for uninsured patients, which opened in 2011.