College of Natural Science honors 2019 award winners
- Apr 29, 2019
- Homepage Hero, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Students, Chemistry, College of Natural Science, Mathematics
More than 100 individuals attended the Michigan State University College of Natural Science (NatSci) annual awards program on April 26 to acknowledge alumni, faculty and students for outstanding achievements and excellence. The event was held at MSU’s Wharton Center in the Jackson and Christman Lounges.
Marilyn Capelli Dimitroff, CFP®, (B.S., mathematics, ’66) received the Outstanding Alumni Award; Eeda Marie Wallbank (B.S., environmental biology and botany, ’05) received the Recent Alumni Award; and David P. Weliky, professor of chemistry, received the Meritorious Faculty Award.
Dimitroff is principal and director of wealth management for Planning Alternatives, a financial services firm in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. She founded Chicago-area Forest Financial in 1982—one of the first women-owned financial firms—and Michigan’s Capelli Financial Services in 1994, serving as president until merging with Planning Alternatives in 2013. She was one of the first women to have a major role in the financial planning profession. She led the 2007 task force that imposed the Fiduciary Standard on CFP® Certificants when providing financial planning to clients. In 2009, she chaired the national board of directors of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards and served on the international board.
Wallbank’s career is the very definition of Go Green. An environmental scientist with 10 years of experience, she specializes in hazardous materials emergency responses and the restoration of Superfund sites, brownfields and federal properties. In 2013, she was hired by Arcadis, a multinational consulting company located in Maryland. She manages projects ranging from emergency responses to ongoing cleanups/remediation, to health and safety for a variety of clients including major integrated oil companies, medical/pharmaceuticals firms, and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Weliky’s research is primarily in the area of the development and application of novel solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (ssNMR) methods to study membrane protein structure—with a focus on HIV and influenza. His high level of scholarship has brought a maturity to the field that raises it to the level of what has become routine for X-ray crystallography. An anti-HIV drug (Enfuvirtide) that targets membrane fusion is already in the clinic; Weliky’s work may be key to the development of other anti-viral therapies.
In addition to these honors, several NatSci graduate and undergraduate students were recognized for their outstanding contributions. Caitlin Kara Kirby, earth and environmental science/environmental science and policy, and David Bowers, Program in Mathematics Education (PRIME), received Tracy A. Hammer Graduate Student Awards. Four students received the Dan Bolin Undergraduate Student Award—Expery Omollo, biochemistry and molecular biology – biotechnology; Jenna Kesh, neuroscience (minor in pharmacology and toxicology); Shelby Travis, human biology (minor in health promotion); and Amna Ahmad, genomics and molecular genetics (minor in bioethics).
Banner image: More than 100 individuals attended the Michigan State University College of Natural Science (NatSci) annual awards program on April 26 to acknowledge alumni, faculty and students for outstanding achievements and excellence.