Patrick DeArmond

IWU graduate 2005

Chemistry major

ph.d. duke university, analytical chemistry

senior research and development scientist, nationwide children's hospital in columbus, oh.

 

After graduating from IWU in 2005 (and working there the year after to wait for my then fiancée/now wife to finish up at IWU), I matriculated into the Duke University Graduate School in 2006, where I conducted analytical/biophysical chemistry research involving the development of mass spectrometry-based methods for the detection of protein-ligand binding. We applied the developed methods to everything from drug screening against certain disease-state overexpressed proteins to screening proteins on a proteomic level for their affinity to drugs of interest. My experience down in Durham, NC was great, and so was the basketball! After obtaining my Ph.D. from Duke in May 2011, I accepted a post-doctoral position with the US Environmental Protection Agency in the Environmental Chemistry Branch in Las Vegas.  From 2011 to July 2013, I worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency. I was a part of the national study on the impact of hydraulic fracturing to drinking water, and I applied my analytical experience with developing mass spectrometry-based methods towards the analysis in water samples of surfactants and other chemicals that are utilized during the hydraulic fracturing process. Though we grew to really love the city and the people of Las Vegas, we wanted to move a little closer to family after working out there for 2 years, as we were expecting our first child. Therefore, I took a position with Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, OH as a research scientist. I was the chemistry lead on many different studies and supported various unique toxicology studies. And then most recently, Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH offered me a position in their core laboratory as a senior research and development scientist. I accepted their offer, and now I am developing and applying analytical methods to be used for diagnostic purposes. While it can be sobering at times, my overall mission is to help sick kids-which is awesome! My experience and love for science that began at IWU has led me all across the country and into many different exciting fields, including environmental, academic, toxicology, and clinical chemistry.

Tiffany (Good Meador)

BIOLOGY/PREMED and biblical literature MAJOR

IWU GRADUATING CLASS OF 2006

Indiana university school of medicine

Completed Family Medicine residency at St. Vincent in Indianapolis

Currently in a fellowship in Obstetrics and Maternal-Child Medicine in Memphis, TN

Indiana Wesleyan was more than just a university. My classmates and professors, especially within the science department, were like family to me. They cultivated an environment that encouraged students to develop a passion for God and a passion for learning. One day during an Immunology lecture in which Dr. Webb discussed the detailed process of how macrophages present antigens to T-lymphocytes, my classmates and I complained about how complicated it all was.  Dr. Webb turned to us and said, “It’s not complicated; it’s elegant.” In that moment, our perspective changed.  We were reminded that we can choose to simply memorize facts for the sole purpose of passing a test, or we can recognize that the Creator specifically designed this long and detailed process for the purpose of giving our bodies the capacity to fight off disease.  We were reminded that our act of learning could be a form of worship to God.  Across the departments, from art and history to business and education, students are encouraged not just to learn the facts, but also to gain knowledge and truth about this world around us in light of our relationship with Christ. I am grateful that Indiana Wesleyan equipped me with the tools for a promising future in the medical field and for encouraging me to cultivate and fuel a passionate desire to serve God in all that I do.

Bob Furlong

Biology/premed major

IWU graduating class of 2010

Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University

Emergency Medicine Resident at the University of Michigan

I just started my residency in Emergency Medicine at University of Michigan this past July after finishing up at Loyola.  Intern year has been really great so far…tiring, but great.  I’m just finishing up a month in the ICU and feel effectively “hazed” into residency.  The whole process has been really humbling.

I hadn’t really kept in contact with some of the guys from my IWU graduating class, but ended up running into Anthony Pappas on some interviews and got back in touch with Spencer Lang, and we all ended up in emergency med this year.  I think Spencer is at Northwestern and Anthony is at a hospital near Detroit called Beaumont.

Other life updates…I got married after first year of med school.  3 1/2 years already, time sure has flown.  No kids yet, but maybe sometime soon.

As far as looking back on my time at IWU, I always do with very fond memories. I know that the transition to medical school was made fairly simple because of the training I received at IWU.  In fact the entire first year was basically just a review of my time in college.  I smoked anatomy, largely in part to the great training we received in the cat lab, as well as the time I got to spend TA’ing.  I continued that trend in med school and was a TA during my fourth year for the first year students in the anatomy lab.  The time I spent at IWU was some of the favorite years of my life.  I miss the place, the people, and the countless hours spent in Burns studying, working, or going to class.  It’s weird to think how much it will have changed the next time I visit campus.  It’s really exciting to see how the science department has developed over the last few years and I can’t wait to see the new building.

Sharice Carter

IWU graduate 2008

BiologY Major

Masters in occupational therapy, midwestern university (2011)

At IWU, I realized my calling to missions after participating in my first missions trip to Brazil.  After graduating from IWU in 2008, I attended grad school at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL.  There, I studied occupational therapy (OT).  As an OT student, I participated in another mission trip with an organization called DO Care.  During this trip, a group of graduate/medical students and various health care professionals set up free health clinics in communities of Guatemala.  In 2011, I earned a Masters of Occupational therapy and am now practicing.  I am currently employed at a skilled nursing facility, Manor Care, in Anderson, IN.  The focus of our therapy department is to rehabilitate long term residents and patients returning home.  As an OT, my job is to ensure patients are able to safely function to their maximum potential in spite of any physical, cognitive, or environmental limitations.  I also play a part in rehabbing any upper extremity fractures.  In the near future, I plan to further my career and practice at an outpatient/hand therapy setting.  My dream is to one day work at the world renowned Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center.

This year, I participated in another missions trip.  This time, I went to Moneague, Jamaica with Therapy Missions.  We worked with young adults with disabilities at a facility called Jacob's Ladder.  We trained the staff on the importance of therapy, facilitated group activities with the residents, assessed some of the residents' abilities to complete self care tasks, and made recommendations for the staff on how to improve the residents' functional independence with their self care. 

IWU and its biology department has played an important part in God's plan for my life.  I have learned so much in the biology department; and what I've learned are the building blocks of what I practice today as a therapist.  After studying for my biology classes at IWU, I can study for anything!  Many of the study habits Ilearned at IWU, I am using to study God's word. I am now a Sunday School teacher at my church.  I discovered that teaching is one of my gifts; I not only enjoy studying, I also thoroughly enjoy teaching. 

In the future, Lord willing, I plan to further my OT career, continue to teach God's word, and participate in missions.  

Jacob Eckles

Biology minor and political science major

IWU year 2011

Masters degree, Global Health and Health Policy, George Washington University

International Health Analyst, DepT. of Health and Human Services Office of Global Affairs

I’m now living and working in Washington, DC.  I moved out here a few years ago for grad school and have made the place home.  I finished a Masters in Public Health at George Washington University this past May, and during my time in the program, I focused my work and research on global health security.  Following graduation, I accepted a contract position with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Global Affairs, working as an International Health Analyst for global health security issues.  Most of my day to day focuses on global infectious disease prevention through an initiative called the Global Health Security Agenda. Needless to say, we’ve been a little busy the past few months!

I can’t tell you enough how much my time at IWU meant on many levels.  Academically, I was pushed through the science division and was incredibly well-prepared for the rigors of grad school, and was miles ahead of my colleagues with hands on research experience.  IWU also instilled a solid spiritual foundation that has grown during my time here, specifically as I’ve learned to reconcile faith and the work I do now.  It also provided a place where I was able to work on global health issues from a multidisciplinary viewpoint.  As you know, I ended up changing my major to Political Science, but kept a Biology minor and was still very involved with the department. The ability to work from multiple perspectives was cultivated there, and it has been an incredible asset through grad school and now in the working world.

Meredith Osborn

IWU graduate 2013

Biology and Art double major, John Wesley Honors College

MS in Biomedical Visualization at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 2015

GnomeDX

 

I am a medical illustrator, meaning that I use art to teach science. I have always been interested in both art and science. When I was at IWU (class of 2013), I double-majored in illustration and biology and have now completed my MS in Biomedical Visualization at UIC (class of 2015). I look forward to entering the industry as a medical animator and interactive designer.

IWU is where I first learned to see research as storytelling. It was a casual choice in language in the lab: if we were pursuing questions about horizontal cells, it was referred to as the horizontal cell story. Yet the paradigm has deeply influenced how I view research and my work as a medical illustrator. I get to partner with scientists to tell their stories through pictures and animations. Though presenting data visually is clearly something I consider valuable, the real strength of my work is seeing how the data fits a narrative arc. That’s what makes it both understandable and engaging. “Once upon a time, inside the cell where various proteins…”

Kaley Necessary

IWU graduate 2014

Biology major

Food systems intern at world hunger relief, inc.

Alliance Garden Intern., Indiana Wesleyan University

While I was a student at IWU, I had many opportunities to discover what the field of Biology had to offer. For a good portion of my time at IWU, I was able to work with Dr. Miller as a research assistant studying the antibacterial effects of Moringa. I was also able to be a TA for her Crops & Society class. The classes I took at IWU along with the conferences I attended as a student helped ignite my passion for international agricultural development.

For the past year, I’ve been working for World Hunger Relief (WHRI) in Waco, Texas as a Food Systems Intern. WHRI is a non-profit organization committed to the alleviation of hunger in the Waco community and around the world. My AmeriCorps funded job is multi-faceted. As an intern at a working farm, I participate in farm duties such as milking goats, feeding livestock, working in the market garden and selling the produce at the local Farmer’s Market.

I have also learned a lot of farming skills and techniques that are useful in a developing context. In addition, part of my job requires me to manage volunteers and lead educational activities related to local and global poverty and food distribution. I help develop and maintain educational facets of the farm including a rabbit breeding operation and a children’s play garden. I’ve also had the great opportunity to practice writing grants. Last summer, I was able to successfully write a $2,000 grant for school gardens in Waco.

As a Food Systems Intern, I am responsible for managing two school gardens in Waco. My students get to work in the garden at their school and learn about where their food comes from, how to grow vegetables, and how to make healthy life choices. I love working with the kids and watching them discover the joy of growing the food you eat! This school garden allows the students to have a unique place they can explore and learn during the school day. As a school garden coordinator, I have also been able to train teachers to use the garden as an outdoor classroom.

While at IWU, I minored in International Community Development. I have had many chances to put into practice what I’ve learned in my classes. Last January, WHRI launched the Veggie Van, which sells fresh produce from our farm in neighborhoods the USDA census tract labels “food desserts.” Food desserts are urban or rural areas that lack access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. It’s been a great opportunity to learn about the successes and challenges that come with working for a non-profit.

I would highly recommend IWU students who are looking for a way to put a Biology degree in action in the agricultural field to look into an internship at World Hunger Relief. I am thankful for the preparation and guidance I received as a student at IWU. Until next time, happy farming!  

Nicole Vander Schaaf

IWU graduate 2014

Biology major

ph.d. candidate Van andel institute

I love the grad school at Van Andel Institute, and I would highly recommend it to other students interested in cellular and molecular biology.   I've enjoyed the challenge of problem-based learning (as opposed to lecture-based), though it has taken some adjustment.  Since Van Andel accepts only about 5 grad students a year, the community reminds me in some ways of IWU, where students are valued and known by name.  My classes have relied quite heavily upon previously acquired knowledge, so I’m thankful that IWU prepared me well.  In fact, I appreciate the difficult biology classes I took at IWU more now than I did then. :)  Some of my classmates went to State schools, and one even earned a Master’s degree before entering this PhD program.  I have had no trouble keeping up with them.  Wow!  Thanks, IWU!  My time and money was well spent!

Without the Hodson summer research program, I’m quite certain I would not have been accepted to graduate school.  HSRI helped me realize my passion for research while providing the experience that grad schools essentially require for acceptance.  Not many Christian schools have such fantastic research opportunities, so I am very thankful for the Hodson research program at IWU.

Further, IWU prepared me to intelligibly discuss faith in science.  I see scientists every day who put their hope and faith in their science.  When their experiments don’t go as planned, they are genuinely disheartened.  Though I always strive for excellence and am disappointed when an experiment fails, my hope remains in the never-failing God.  Working in a secular, scientific community is opening doors of opportunity to share this hope with others.  Reading “The Language of God” by Francis Collins (in Biochemistry class at IWU) was particularly impactful; I have referenced it in conversation with others, and it has helped me personally reconcile my faith and science.

Ethan Naylor

IWU GRADUATE 2012

biochemistry MAJOR

Graduate student in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University

During my time at IWU, I worked in the Kreitzer lab for three years and participated in three summer internships two of which were as a member of the IWU Hodson Summer Research Internship (during its inaugural years) and once at the Marine Biological Laboratories. Through the incredible dedication of the members of Aquabase (the name for the Kreitzer lab), two papers were published during my tenure of which I am a contributing author. Furthermore, while at IWU I ran track and cross country and was fortunate enough to hold six school records and be a four time NAIA All American. My years in Marion are some of my fondest memories whether it be from the hours spent in Burns hall doing experiments, or playing volleyball with friends during May term--I will always treasure that time. Currently, I am a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University in Biomedical Engineering working in the Wang lab examining the physiology of the auditory cortex and how it codes complex hearing processes such as pitch perception.

Jonathan Stofer

IWU Graduate 2011

biology major

Masters in Public Health, Wright State University (2014)

MD candidate, Wright State University (2018)

IWU has played a significant role in my professional, personal, and spiritual development that has helped to develop who I am today.  I am so grateful for all the professors that I was able to work with as they prepared me well for what was to be expected in professional school, but that's not all, I'm grateful to have visited with them in their homes, play with their children, learn from them as they gave me life advice, and call them friends.  Whether it was joking around with Dr. Conrad, spending way too much time in the lab and going to the Global Missions Health Conference with Dr. Jones, paddle-boating at Dr. Brinkman's house, listening to Mr. Briscoe's crazy stories in the prep room, getting my classes sorted out with Cheryl Edris, hanging out with Katie Rudy while TAing class, ordering research materials with Juanita Higley and Charlotte Sallade, doing everything wrong in Organic Chemistry with Dr. Lakanen, having fun figuring out Biochemistry with Dr. Linger, or chatting about life with Dr. Tripp...  There are too many memories for me to recount, but I am more than grateful for what all the professors have done to encourage me to achieve my dreams.  IWU also helped me to develop life-long friendships and plenty of opportunities to cultivate those relationships.  I would have never experienced many of the opportunities I have enjoyed if it weren't for the role IWU has played in my life.

Since graduating in December of 2011, I worked for 6 months as a medical technician at Laboratory Corporation of America processing and testing blood serum samples for hormones and cancers.  I then went on to get my Master's degree in Public Health with a concentration in Global Health from Wright State University.  While getting my MPH, I started my own Non-Profit organization called The Rural Amazonian Health Initiativeworking in partnership with People of Peru Project and Project Hope Amazon (a name given to active missions in the Peruvian Amazon through Global Partners, the missions arm of the Wesleyan church).  While in my second year at IWU, I went on my very first mission trip to the Peruvian Amazon with other pre-medical and nursing students, and I have been returning every year with medical teams serving one of the most rural regions in the world.  In August 2014 I started Medical School at Wright State University with hopes to pursue Emergency Medicine or Internal Medicine with a sub-specialty in Infectious Disease.  My road to medical school had many different stops along the way but I have learned more about myself and my passions that will inevitably help me as a future physician, and I can't wait for what God has in store for my future.