About The Wilder Bowl Bulletin December 21, 2009

Student Awards, Achievements, Accolades

From sporting events to the classroom to the concert hall to the comedy stage, students at Oberlin receive recognition for their outstanding achievements. Below are some such achievements.




trackThe women’s cross country team won the North Coast Athletic Conference championship in October. Led by Junior Joanna Johnson, Oberlin finished with a team total of 33 points, good enough to defeat second-place Wittenberg by 43 points. Read more.


Oberlin College senior Skyler Dum was named the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) All-Great Lakes Region First-Team. Read more.



The Sunshine Scouts beat out 12 other teams for first place at the recent Chicago Improv Festival’s College Improv Tournament Midwest Regionals. The first-place finish secures the group a spot in the national championships next year. Read more.



The Cleveland Orchestra has selected cellists Avery Waite and Mikala Schmitz, both seniors in the conservatory, as two of three artist in residence fellows for the 2009-10 season. Read more.


seniorsSeniors Connie Chin, Elizabeth Sanders, and Jamie Wagner attended the 24th annual meeting of the Ohio Physiological Society (OPS) in October at Ohio State University. The three are research students of biology professor Maureen Peters. Wagner, whose second major is neuroscience, was one of eight researchers the OPS selected to give oral presentations. Her project, “Calcineurin homologous protein is required for a proton-activated muscle contraction that occurs during defecation in C. elegans,” is part of her biology honors project. Wagner won the society's Peter K. Lauf American Physiological Society Travel Award for her talk. The $1,000 travel grant will allow her to attend the American Physiological Society Experimental Biology Conference in April 2010 in Anaheim, California. Liz and Connie presented a poster, “Assaying physical interactions between sodium proton exchangers and calcineurin homologous protein in C. elegans.” 

Senior double-degree student Andrew Flachs has won the 2009 National Association for the Practice of Anthropology Student Achievement Award. His winning manuscript, “The Capabilities Approach: Navigating Cultural Politics in Human Rights Discourse,” is part of his honors project. In it, he applies philosophical approaches to human rights pioneered by Martha Nussbaum and Amartya Sen to an anthropological examination of the controversies surrounding veiling and other issues in an Islamic context. Flachs spent fall semester studying in the Czech Republic.

Junior Anna Frackman and sophomore Lindsay Boven, members of neuroscience faculty member Kara Kile’s lab, attended the 39th Annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting in October in Chicago. Their poster, “Fast Ripple Activity in a Scn2a Mutation Model of Epilepsy,” presented the results of last year’s research, in which they uncovered distinct patterns of high frequency fast ripple activity in EEG recordings associated with the start of seizure activity in their epilepsy model. Their results suggest that patterns of high frequency fast ripple activity might serve as a target marker for the prediction of seizures, which could then be applied to an automated, closed-loop therapeutic device. Read more about the conference on the neuroscience webpage.


Frequent Oberlin's website, the conservatory website, and the athletics webpage for more stories related to student accomplishments.


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