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Each week “At Our Best” highlights the achievements of those in our community. It includes honors, awards and other recognition that is being earned by local residents. Please send or deliver such information, along with pictures of those honored, to the newspaper in care of news clerk Jane Stoltz, 1837 N.W. Circle Blvd., Corvallis, OR 97333 or news@gtconnect.com.

Researcher wins postdoctoral award

Priyadarshini Chakrabarti of Corvallis was awarded the Postdoctoral Scientist Award by the Oregon State University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Research Honor Society on April 10.

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest multidisciplinary research honor society. Chakrabarti also was initiated as a member to the honor society.

Chakrabarti is a postdoctoral researcher at the OSU Honey Bee Lab, where her chief focus lies in improving bee health by understanding bee nutrition and deciphering the effects of pesticides, pathogens and other stressors on pollinators. She employs various techniques of molecular ecology, neuroethology, insect physiology, ecotoxicology, mass spectrometry and apicultural practices to address her research questions. She earned a doctorate in zoology from University of Calcutta in India, where she studied the effects of pesticides on wild Indian honey bees.

A gold medalist in her master’s degree, Chakrabarti has received the INSPIRE Fellowship by the Department of Science & Technology (Government of India), the Royal Society Newton International Fellowship by the Royal Society, and the Newton-Bhaba PhD Placement Fellowship jointly by the governments of India and the United Kingdom.

Family Tree breaks fundraising record

The Family Tree Relief Nursery hosted its annual Children’s Legacy Luncheon on April 18 at the Boys & Girls Club of Albany, and broke its fundraising record.

The luncheon raised $40,754, breaking the nursery’s record for the amount of money raised at a single event. All proceeds will go toward the Therapeutic Early Childhood Program, in which children and families are guided through social and emotional assistance through home visitations and classes.

With approximately 250 people in attendance, Family Tree represents offered information about the services the organization provides to children and families of Linn County. The nursery has helped hundreds of children and their families to stay together as a family unit.

Family Tree is the only private nonprofit organization in the area that provides a therapeutic classroom and nursery care for both toddler and preschool-aged children; home visitation and outreach services; respite care and crisis intervention; parent education and support; alcohol and drug recovery support; and referrals to other community resources and services.

Local students make dean’s list

Eastern Oregon University named 570 students to the winter term dean’s list.

Vasudeva Gottfried of Corvallis and John Essner of Monroe earned this distinction.

Qualifying students achieve and maintain a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale while completing a minimum of 12 hours of graded EOU coursework.

Corvallis resident receives degree

Helen Egbert of Corvallis graduated May 10 with a Master of Library Science degree with a concentration in archives studies from Emporia State University.

Egbert was one of nearly 1,100 candidates for May graduation.

Local women receive awards

The Altrusa Club of Corvallis celebrated seven women at its annual awards night on May 1.

Four Oregon State University students in the Educational Opportunities Program received certificates and $100 checks for their academics, leadership and community service work. These students are Destiny Franklin, Jiemyjoyce Reduque, Hannah Mizuta and Dominique Holman. Three students from Benton County received $1,000 college scholarships. Elsa Moreno Rangel, a senior at Crescent Valley High School, won the Altrusa LatinX Scholarship. Leaf Murray received the College Hill Scholarship, and Kimberly Gardner received the Altrusa Continuing Education Scholarship.

Altrusa was the first service club in the United States for women (it now includes male members), and has been active in Corvallis since 1958.

Corvallis student named to dean’s list

The honor roll lists for Graceland University’s spring term have been announced, and Tory Houpert of Corvallis was named to the dean’s list.

Graceland University students with a grade-point average between 3.25 and 3.64 are named to the dean’s list.

CHS alum named to dean’s list

Colleen Corrigan was named to the University of Southern California’s Dornsife College of Arts and Sciences fall dean’s list.

To be named to the list, students must be carrying at least 12 graded credits and achieve a 3.5 or higher grade-point average. Corrigan is a 2017 graduate of Corvallis High School and is majoring in human biology and international health, development and social justice. She is the daughter of George and Lisa Corrigan.

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