Scholar Research and Accolades

Our scholars and their research are where the vision and work of ARCS Foundation Orange County are realized. The members of the Orange County Chapter are proud of our scholars and delighted to record their progress and success.
 

Orange County Chapter ARCS Alumni Scholars
 

Brian D. Ames (2006-2008) 2006-2007 Founding President Patricia Beckman Scholar, named by ARCS, is presently doing post doctoral research at Harvard Medical School with Christopher T. Walsh on the molecular basis of biological catalysis in natural product biosynthesis. Dissertation title: Cyclization and Reduction of Polyketides: Structure-Function Studies of Aromatase/Cyclase and the Trans-acting Enoyl Reductase LovC
 

Alex T. Baker (2006-2008) 2006-2008 William Hulings Family Scholar is currently finishing his Ph.D. research at UC Irvine. His dissertation focuses on an in-depth analysis of software designers in action. This work is based on video recordings of 16 teams working at whiteboards, as well as on visualizations of design sessions performed on electronic sketching software.

 

Tammy L. Bosler Kretschmann (2000-2002) 2000-2001 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Scholar, is presently an AAAS Science Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation. Dissertation title: The Calcium II Triplet as an Abundance Indicator and the Leo I and Leo II Dwarf Galaxies

 

Cynthia Bui, (2005-2006) ARCS Foundation/Hach Scientific Foundation Scholar (undergraduate), received her B.S. with Honors in Biology and is an R & D scientist at Varian, Inc.

 

Justin Burton (2004-2006) is a postdoctoral researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA, where he is studying the physics of evolution and cooperation in biological systems. Dissertation title: Capillary Pinch-off of Drops, Bubbles and Liquid Lenses 

 

Scott B. Capps (2007-2009) 2007-2008 Harry B. Gray, Ph.D. Scholar, funded by Patricia Beckman, is a Postdoctoral Researcher at UCLA in The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Services.  He’s studying renewable energy including wind power and its sensitivity to wind turbine characteristics and climate change. Dissertation title: Surface winds speed distribution, implications for climate and wind power

Keri Carpenter (2004-2006) is a program manager for SAP Labs.

 

Jonathan H. Chen (2005-2007, M.D. /Ph.D. program), 2005-2006 Patricia Beckman Scholar, named by ARCS; 2006-2007 Robert and Margaret Sprague Scholar, graduated from the School of Medicine, UCI. Dissertation title: Organic Reaction Expert Systems

Judy Chen (2008-2010) Dr. Arnold O. Beckman Memorial Scholar, named by ARCS Foundation, Orange County Chapter.

 

Claudia Ching (2000-2002) 2000-2001 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Scholar; 2001-2002 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Scholar. She is a patent attorney in northern California. Dissertation title: Sequential Cloned Gene Integration: Enhancements in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Extension to Polyploid Yeast Strains, and Application to Polyketide Production

 

Gregory Chinn (2008-2010, M.D. /Ph.D. Program) Jessica Behrens Memorial Scholar, Donor - Stanley Behrens.

 

Eric Dashofy (2002-2004) 2002-2004 ARCS President Mary Lou Furnas Scholar, named by ARCS, is currently a member of the technical staff at the Aerospace Corporation. Dissertation title: Supporting Stakeholder-Driven Multi-View Software Architecture Modeling

 

Robert Peter Dillon (2002-2004) Conexant Systems Scholar is a mechanical and materials engineer at JPL in the Advanced Electronics Packaging Engineering Group, a member of the Phaeton Mast Dynamics (PMD) project in the ECH Phaeton Program, and as a collaborative researcher with colleagues at JPL and Caltech. Dissertation title: Strategies for the Development of Superplastic Ceramics
 

Amber Donahue (2004-2006) 2005-2006 ARCS President Sue Alexopoulos Scholar, named by ARCS, is a Senior Scientist at Quest Diagnostics. Dissertation title: The Role of Phosphoinositide 3-Kinase in the Development and Activation of B Lymphocytes

 

Christopher Douglas (2002-2004) 2002-2004 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Scholar, an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota, was awarded a 2010 Cottrell Scholar Award from Research Corporation. Dissertation title: Evaluation of Ferrocenyloxazoline Palladacyclic Catalysts for the Asymmetric Allylic Imidate Rearrangement and Studies

 

Jennifer Dwyer (2008-2010) Peggy and Joe Stemler Scholar. A M.D. /Ph.D., she is now continuing in the School of Medicine. Dissertation title: Age Differences In Dopaminergic Drug Sensitivity

 

Jeremy Emken (2003-2005) Founding Chapter President Patricia Beckman Scholar, named by ARCS, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cal Tech. Dissertation title: Human Locomotor Control, Adaptation, and Rehabilitation

 

Derek Erion (2004-2006) ARCS Foundation/Hach Scientific Foundation Scholar (undergraduate) is at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Internal Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Physiology, Yale University School of Medicine.

 

Kristina Fenoglio-Simeone (2005-2006) Christine Nakamoto & Daniel Hsu Scholar is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Creighton University. She previously was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ.  Dissertation title: Neuroplasticity of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis evoked by Early-Life Experience: Molecular and Functional Aspects

 

Kym Garrod (2007-2009) 2007-2209 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Scholar received a three year Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Pasteur Foundation and is now at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France. Dissertation title: Illuminating NK cell behavior using two-photon imaging reveals NK cell-mediated regulatory role in alloimmunity

 

Lisa M. Gerhardt (2002-2004) 2003-2004 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Scholar, is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She presently is at the South Pole collecting astronomical data. Dissertation title: The Search for Ultra-High energy Neutrinos with AMANDA-II

 

Cyrus Michael Ghajar (2005-2007) 2005-2007 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Scholar, is in a postdoctoral position at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dissertation title: The Effect of Matrix Density on Proteolytically-Mediated Invasion and Differentiation within Fibrin Hydrogels
 

Robin Grote (2008-2010) 2008-2009 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Scholar, is in a postdoctoral position at Columbia University. After completion she plans to pursue a career in academic research. Dissertation title: Development of Transition Metal-Catalyzed Redox Allylation Reactions and a Rhodium-Catalyzed Stereospecific Oxazolidine Synthesis

 

Jonathan Gruber (2003-2005) 2004-2005 ARCS President Sue Alexopoulos Scholar, named by ARCS, is currently a Research Fellow, in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. Dissertation title: Standing Regulatory Variation in Drosophila melanogaster

 

Douglas Haessig (2000-2002) 2000-2001 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Scholar, is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the New York University at Rochester. Dissertation title: On the Symmetric Powers of the p-adic d-Airy Family

 

Erin Mattern Hill (2007-2008) has joined the University of Washington Bothell where she is the Manager of the Quantitative Skills Center. Dissertation Title: Investigation of Radical Pair-Based Magnetoreception: A Magnetic Sensory Mechanism.
 

Allyson Howard (2003-2005, M.D. /Ph.D. program) is a resident in Neurological Surgery, Stanford University. Dissertation title: Mossy Cell Physiology and Homeostasis

 

Matthew Janes (2008-2009) Jackie Murphy & Carol Malouf Scholar has a scientist position at Intellikine, Inc in La Jolla, CA. He is still doing cancer/oncology preclinical/clinical work. Dissertation title:  The role of the Phosphoinositide 3-Kinase (PI3K)-Target of Rapamycin (TOR) pathway in leukemia and as a therapeutic target in hematologic malignancies
 

Matthew Johnson (2005-2007) 2006-2007 Dr. Arnold O. Beckman Memorial Scholar, named by ARCS, received his MS degree and is Director of Cognitive Development at the Smart Action Company and an advisor at Adaptive AI Inc.

 

Eric A. Kabisch (2007-2009) successfully defended his dissertation in January, 2011.Dissertation title: Lived and Imagined: Information and Storytelling in Geographic Systems
 

Alexander A. Kane (2006-2008) 2007-2008 Dr. Arnold O. Beckman Memorial Scholar, named by ARCS, has accepted a post doctoral fellowship at Sandia Laboratories to take over a project making artificial eyes out of carbon nanotubes. Later he will investigate the principles of making solar cells from nanotubes. Dissertation title: Heating Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Devices in Ultra High Vacuum: Optimizing the 3-D/1-D Interface

Ashley E. Kempf (2007-2008) 2007-2008 Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation Scholar, received her MD in June 2008 and spent a year as a Marie Curie Fellow at the Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Center in Nottingham, England.
 

Sarah Kimball (2005-2007) 2005-2006 Dr. James D. Watson Scholar, funded by Patricia Beckman, is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Arizona. Dissertation topic: Mechanisms Defining Ecological Range Limits in a Penstemon Hybrid Zone

 

Maya Koike (2008-2010) France and Richard D. Campbell Scholar

Donor – Paul C. Campbell received the Public Impact Fellowship in 2010.
She is has a three year post doctoral fellowship in Dr. Doug Wallace’s lab in Philadelphia at Penn University.  Dissertation title: Cerebral hypoperfusion and Alzheimer's disease: studies in animal models

 

John Leavitt (2004-2006) 2004-2006 Conexant Systems Inc. Scholar is working for L-3 Communication Systems in research and development as a mechanical engineer. Dissertation title: Motion Sensing and Control of a Pneumatically Actuated Hopping Robot and a Semi-Active Vibration Damper

 

David Lee (2004-2006) 2005-2006 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Scholar, is working for Chevron Corporation as a Research Chemist. Dissertation title: Reduction Chemistry of the LnZ3/Alkali Metal System: Synthesis, Characterization, and Reactivity Studies of Lanthanide Dinitrogen Complexes

 

Patricia Lee (2008-2010) Mary A. Hulings Memorial Scholar

Donor – William Hulings.

 

Kevin Liang (2005-2007) 2005-2007 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Scholar, is the manager of clinical studies at Aperio, a company which specializes in digitizing pathology. He is also doing research on a breast cancer study. Dissertation title: Modulation of Auditory Cortical Development, Physiology and Behavior by Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors

 

Lauren Billings Luhrs (2001-2003) 2001-2002 Ueberroth Family Foundation Scholar; 2002-2003 ARCS Founder Patricia Beckman Scholar, works as a Research Scientist at Allergan, Inc.  Dissertation title: Dopamineric and Subthalamic Nucleus Regulation of Globus Pallidus Gene Expression

Karen Matsukuma (2001-2003 M.D. /Ph.D. program) 2002-2003 James “Jim” Kiely, M.D.- PhD. Scholar, funded by Dr. A.O. Beckman and Patricia Beckman, formerly a Pathology Resident at Stanford University, she is currently a GI Pathology Fellow at Johns Hopkins University. Dissertation title: Nuclear Receptor Regulation of the Fatty Acid Synthase Promoter

J. Ryan McKeachie (2000-2002) 2001-2002 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Scholar, is an instructor in the Chemistry Department at UC Irvine. Dissertation title: Trace Gases in the Atmosphere: Laser Ionization of Atmospherically Relevant Species, and the Generation of Chlorine Dioxide (OClO), Dichlorine Oxide (Cl2O) and the Assymetric Chlorine Oxide Dimer (ClClO2) by Heterogeneous Reactions of ClO Radicals

 

Deborah L. Mitchell (2004-2005) ARCS Foundation/Hach Scientific Foundation Scholar (undergraduate) is now enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Chemistry at Boston College.

 

Elizabeth Montalvo (2008-2010) Founding President Patricia Beckman Scholar, Named by the ARCS Foundation, Orange County Chapter, is a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley. Dissertation title: Expanding f Element Chemistry:  Reactivity of Yttrium Lanthanide, and Actinide Metal Complexes with Diazoalkane Derivatives and Guanidinates

Emily Navarro (2003-2005) 2003-2004 ARCS President Terri Carr Scholar, named by ARCS, is a Project Scientist at UC Irvine. She recently was awarded the Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware for her project SimSE. Dissertation title: SimSE: A Software Engineering Simulation Environment for Software Process Education

 

Kwan Ng (2003-2005 M.D. /Ph.D. program) 2003-2004 James “Jim” Kiely, M.D.- Ph.D. Scholar, funded by Dr. A.O. Beckman and Patricia Beckman, has finished his Ph.D. and is working on his medical degree. Dissertation title: The Role of Prokineticin 2 in Olfactory Neurogenesis.

 

Jean Oak (2005-2007 M.D. /PhD. program) 2006-2007 Kurt Benirschke, M.D. Scholar, funded by Patricia Beckman, finished medical school in 2010. She is currently working as a post doc in David Fruman’s lab at UCI.  She’ll be going into pathology residency this June. Dissertation title: On the Role of Class IA Phosphoinositide 3-Kinase in Lymphocyte Biology and Autoimmunity

 

Kirk Pak (2008-2010 M.D./Ph.D.,) Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation Scholar, is now in his 3rd year of Medical School. Dissertation title: The Role of the M2 Muscarinic Receptor in Maintaining Urinary Bladder Function in a Streptozotocin Model of Diabetes.

Jozsef Pentek (2002-2004) Ueberroth Family Foundation Scholar graduated in 2008. In the summer of 2011 Jozsef will be an instructor at the Development and Cell Biology Lab at UCI.  Dissertation title: dFollistatin is an Inhibitor of Activin Ligands in Drosophila or Follistatin is an inhibitor of TGF-beta signaling in Drosophila

 

Shelly Peyton (2004-2006) Dr. Arnold O. Beckman Memorial Scholar, named by ARCS, is a Postdoctoral Researcher at MIT. Dissertation title: Tissue Engineering in the Cardiovascular System: Mechanically Tunable Biomaterials to Direct Smooth Muscle Cell Phenotype

 

Gary Philips (2006-2008) has received an award from the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory as well as the Roger W. Russell Scholar's Award in the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. He is doing post doctorial research at UCI in the Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. Dissertation title: The encoding of significance during learning: A mechanistic analysis of pattern-sensitive memory formation in Aplysia californica

Christopher Raub (2007-2009) 2008-2009 Sitting President France M-A Campbell Scholar, is in a Postdoctoral position in the Bioengineering Department, UCSD. Dissertation Title: Correlating optics and mechanics in fibrosis models

 

Christopher Rex (2007-2008) 2007-2008 Carl Cotman, Ph.D. Scholar, funded by Richard and France Campbell, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Department of Neurobiology & Behavior, UC Irvine. He was a Kauffman Postdoctoral Entrepreneurship Fellow. Dissertation Title: Long-term potentiation is impaired in early aging: Convergent effects on the spine actin cytoskeleton

 

Jose Romero-Mariona (2008-2010) Sitting President Joan Torres Scholar, Named by ARCS Foundation, Orange County Chapter. Dissertation title: SURE: Secure and Usable Requirements Engineering

 

 

Jaime S. Rosa (2007-2009 M.D. /PhD. program) 2007-2009 Founding President Patricia Beckman Scholar, named by ARCS Foundation, Orange County Chapter has graduated from Medical School. Dissertation Title: Inflammatory, Immunologic, and Oxidative Status in Children with Type 1 Diabetes and Obesity; Altered Molecular Patterns at Rest and in Response to Exercise

 

Walter A. Salamant (2006-2008) Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation Scholar is a postdoctoral researcher with Professor Michael Wasielewski’s research group at the Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research Center, Northwestern University. Dissertation title: Mechanistic Studies on Nucleophlic Addition to Oxocarbenium Ions: The Relationship Between Nucleophile Reactivity and Stereoselectivity

 

Hanoz Santoke (2008-2010) Samueli Foundation Scholar

 

Zachary B. Scott (2007-2009) plans to continue working with water treatment technologies by working in the environmental consulting field.
Presently he is working for Trussell Technologies’ San Diego office. Dissertation title: Enhancing Anaerobic Process Modeling with Quantitative PCR and Respirometry

 

Norman M. Su (2006-2008) 2007-2008 Andrea Donnellan Ph.D. Scholar, funded by Patricia Beckman, is currently at the University College Dublin as a postdoctoral research fellow. Dissertation title: Temporal Patterns of Communication in the Workplace               

Scott Summers (2006-2008 M.D. /Ph.D. program) Peggy and Joe Stemler Scholar, has received his Ph.D. (May '08) in Pharmacology and Toxicology and is continuing with his M.D. program. He has started his residency in Psychiatry with a two year research track at UC Davis and started his rotation at the Sacramento County Jail. Dissertation title: Changes in the Vascular Endothelium and Smooth Muscles Second Messenger Signaling Systems in Microgravity Using the Hindlimb Unweighted Rat

Jennie L. Thomas (2005-2007) 2006-2007 President France M. - A. Campbell Scholar, named by ARCS, has accepted a Post-doctoral research position on the ‘Regional modeling of atmospheric composition in the Arctic’ at Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales (LATMOS), Université Paris VI, Paris, France. She was a Postdoctoral Researcher at UCLA as well as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship in DC. Dissertation title: Modeling Atmospherically Relevant Aqueous Interfaces

 

John Matthew Thomas (2005-2007) 2005-2006 Conexant Systems-Dwight Decker Scholar. Proposed dissertation title: Acoustically Enhanced Ganglia Mobilization in the Presence of Colloids
 

Fred T. Tzeng (2007-2009) 2008-2009 Dr. Arnold O. Beckman Memorial Scholar, named by ARCS Foundation, Orange County Chapter. He is the CEO of a company he co-founded, ZeroWatt Technologies. Dissertation title: Novel Multi-Channel and Signal Modulation Integrated Circuit Techniques

 

Lindsey VanSchoiack (2005-2007) 2005-2006 Samueli Foundation Scholar is a visiting professor at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Dissertation title: Chemo-mechanical Factors governing Osseointegration of Implants

 

Eric Vogler (2002-2003) Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Scholar is a Managing Engineer at NASUS Water Treatment Technology in New Mexico. Dissertation title: Acoustically Enhanced Eonaqueous Phase Liquid Remediation in Porous Media

 

Thanh Vu (2004-2006) ARCS Foundation/Hach Scientific Foundation Scholar (undergraduate) is now enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Chemistry at Yale University.

 

Jessie R. Weber (2006-2008) 2006-2007 President France M-A Campbell Scholar, named by ARCS, is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT. Dissertation title: The Importance of Spatial and Spectral Frequencies in Modulated Imaging of Thick Tissues

 

Joon You (2000-2002) 2001-2002 Conexant Systems Scholar, in 2008 became the Director, West Coast Operations of ISS and as senior advisor, technology transfer manages the LARTA Institute’s Inter-University Technology Bundling Project, a NSF-funded project. Dissertation title: Light Transport in Superficial Tissues

 

 

Please note: Each year a Scholar is chosen to be named the Orange County Chapter’s Founding President Patricia Beckman Scholar. Each Chapter President is rewarded with a named scholarship for each year they have served in office. A Dr. Arnold O. Beckman Memorial Scholar Award is given each year from the proceeds of the Arnold O. Beckman Science Lecture and Dinner.