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2017 Authors


Atif Bhatti is a second year-student at the University of Washington Bothell where he’s majoring in Biology and minoring in Neuroscience and Chemistry. Upon graduating after Summer Quarter of 2018, Atif plans to attend medical school and practice neurological medicine in the future. Atif is an active member of UWB’s Pre-Health Society and he plans on being one of the club’s officers for the 2017-18 school year. In his free time, Atif enjoys volunteering at BloodWorks Northwest and spending time with his friends.

Nate Blanchard will graduate in Spring 2017 with a B.A. in Law, Economics, and Public Policy along with a minor in Human Rights. In Fall 2017 he will be advancing his public policy education within the M.A. in Policy Studies. His experiences include competing on the debate team at the University of Washington Bothell and also serving as the President of UWB’s Debate Society. His passion is the study of climate change policy and the study of how to promote political advocacy of marginalized stakeholders. He hopes to one day help individuals displaced by climate change as a refugee attorney.

Luke B. Daanomah will graduate in the Spring of 2017 with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, Luke will be headed off to NASA’s Marshall’s Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL to start his career as a propulsion systems engineer. He plans to work for some years before going to graduate school for a Master’s degree and hopefully a Ph D. Luke has a deep passion for undergraduate research and has led undergraduate research work since his time at Edmonds community college; and has been a student research assistant at the UW Bothell Materials Testing and Characterization Lab (MTCL) since January 2016. At the MTCL, Luke has been part of a research group that has been investigating the cause of degradation in synthetic granular composite materials used on horse race tracks, as well as other materials such as crumb rubber used on sporting surfaces. Luke is trained and checked-out on the use of analytical equipment such as Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopes which are utilized for material structural and chemical analysis, and supports research projects in the MCTL needing the use of such analytical tools.


Kaleb Dempsey is an undergraduate at the University of Washington Bothell enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program and is expected to graduate in June of 2017. He has been attending college since the fall of 2010 and received an Associate in Science degree from Cascadia Community College in 2014 focusing on the natural sciences. From the beginning of 2015, he has been the Lab Coordinator and Manager for Professor John Bridge, aiding in various thermal and material characterization testing such as Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), MTS tensile testing, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and soxhlet extractions. His most recent work includes a degradation study that led to two journal papers on the thermal characterization of wax/polymer binders and the associated environmental degradation over a seven-year period for synthetic Thoroughbred horse racetracks. His current interest and focus of study is materials testing and characterization. Upon graduation, he plans on pursuing a Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering.

Bryce C. Denis is studying at the University of Washington Bothell where his intended major is Mechanical Engineering; he is expected to graduate with the class of 2018. He has been in the college system since the September of 2014 and started studying at the University of Washington Bothell.  He has been involved in undergraduate research since March of 2015, he holds the position of a lab researcher. His work from the start has been the study of degradation related to wax/polymer binders over a seven year period for synthetic Thoroughbred horse racetracks. During testing he worked on the FTIR machine and NMR machine to observe the effects of age on the wax/polymer binder. On top of being involved in Undergraduate Research he also holds the position of a Resident Advisor in the on campus housing. Upon Graduation, he plans to search for a job in the Mechanical Engineering or Material Science field.

Clinton Foriska. I will graduate from UW Bothell in Winter 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. I am a US Army combat veteran and retired from the military in 2014. I am interested in pursuing a medical degree and hope to work for the Veteran Administration where I would continue to serve our nations heroes who suffered post war traumas with an emphasis on rural and underprivileged communities.  I enjoy being part of the UW Bothell community where I strive for success.

Samantha Frati graduated from UWB in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies. She will attend Liberty University School of Law in the fall of 2017 as a Juris Doctor candidate. Through her coursework and undergraduate research at UWB, Samantha developed interests in bioethics, health law, and policy. She hopes to pursue those interest while in law school and complete a dual Juris Doctor/Master of Public Policy degree. After law school, she plans to use her education to work in legislation and health policy.


Qendresa Hasani will graduate in Spring 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts in Health Studies. Upon graduation, she plans to attend Graduate School to study Pharmacy. Qendresa is passionate about improving health literacy of individuals and populations.  Her interests include public health, health advocacy, and pharmacy. She participated in health research, teaching assistant, parent volunteer, and health scholar. Over the past six years, her work, coursework, and volunteer experience have allowed her to sharpen these skills and to work across a number of health settings, including: hospitals, schools, pharmacy, and non-profits. She values teamwork and community-engaged methods, and enjoys collaborating with community partners to plan health education activities and resources. She is happy to have the opportunity to be involved in research and be published to expand her experiences on campus. In addition, Qendresa is happy to work with community groups and health professionals to create effective health education modules and plans that support people to adopt healthy behaviors and address social determinants.

Molly Herbert is a senior and will be graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts from the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences in Law, Economics & Public Policy, and Global Studies with a minor in Human Rights. Throughout her undergraduate career, Molly has conducted numerous independent research primarily in the fields of law or economics, culminating in her senior thesis.

Gerald J. MacKenzie is an Environmental Studies major at UW Bothell.  He is currently researching fungal endophytes in aeroponic gardening systems in the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory.  Gerald is very passionate about future prospects of indoor agriculture, particularly pertaining to organic hydroponic inputs and LED technology.

Ryan Mayer will graduate in 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science: Conservation Restoration Ecology. He plans to next attend graduate school studying Environmental Policy, with the intent of eventually becoming an un-corruptable public servant. He believes in the Greek concept of phronesis. A type practical wisdom, specializing in the ability to know how or when to act virtuously, while simultaneously inspiring virtue and excellence in others.


Molly Miller will graduate Cum Laude in June 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Community Psychology. Her interest in a genetic predisposition to Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) have led her to work in three different research labs in the realm of clinical psychology, including her current position at the Dorsey Lab under Dr. Shannon Dorsey researching  dissemination and implementation. She has presented at two symposia and will be presenting at the University of Washington, Seattle campus Undergraduate Symposium this May on the findings of this paper. She plans on working as a research coordinator in the realm of Clinical Psychology with hopes of entering into a PhD program for Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience where she can further research a genetic predisposition to GAD.

Alexander Richards will graduate in Fall with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He is a veteran of the Army branch of the U.S. armed forces. Currently his educational interests are focused toward water preservation and Marine Mammal Physiology. He hopes to enroll as a graduate student for the 2018 school year and peruse his PhD in a related Biology program.

Rebecca Rodrigues will graduate in Fall 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Community Psychology. Upon graduating, she will attend graduate school to continue her studies in psychology. She plans to work in the public school system to improve education for physically and mentally disabled children.

Neele Thom is a sophomore majoring in Biology at UW Bothell. Currently, she works as a peer consultant in the Writing and Communication Center, and studies as an undergraduate in a research lab at UW Medical School in the hematology department. She plans to go to graduate school after earning her B.S. to study molecular and cellular biology to continue learning at the forefront of biological knowledge. Although she primarily enjoys studying science, she has a passion for engaging in global health topics and is excited to use that passion to contribute to The CROW this year.

Allison Thomas is a senior at UW Bothell and will graduate in the spring of 2018 with a B.S. in Biology, along with a minor in Chemistry and Neuroscience. She holds an A.A.S. degree in Fashion Design from Seattle Central Community and an A.A. degree from North Seattle College. Allison enjoys chemistry and research. After graduation, she plans to pursue Pharmaceutical Sciences, with future work in drug development.

Christy Wyble will graduate in Summer 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts in Health Studies. Her interests are in food quality & availability, herbal medicine, and public health. After finishing her degree she hopes to get her masters in Public Health in maternal-child health care or in Naturopathic Medicine. She is a trained doula and wishes to further pursue advocacy work for the doula world, providing safer care for all birthing mothers.

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