Rachael Van Horn
One of Woodward's own - now a senior year at Southwestern Oklahoma State University - won some honors at the 2014 Beta Beta Beta (National Biological Honor Society) South Central Regional Convention held recently at Lake Texoma.
When Jamin Brown graduated from Woodward High School in 2010, he didn't know that four years later, he'd be headed to Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathics, much less be the winner of two awards.
"I wasn't really sure what I wanted when I graduated," Brown said. "I just kept my options open and then I got involved at the university with some neuroscience and began volunteering at a clinic and that's what pointed me in this direction."
Recently, while attending the Beta Beta Beta, South Central Regional Conference, the soon-to-graduate college senior won the "Tri Beta Outstanding Senior Award" - an award voted on by the staff and other biology majors at SWOSU, he said. He also placed third in "Outstanding Oral Presentation" for his speech on "Targeting Mitotic Machinery for Therapeutic Cancer Treatment”
According to Brown, the topic is pretty tedious and difficult to understand for people who are not in medicine, but primarily he studies a process that targets the proteins of cancer cells for destruction, thereby only destroying the bad cells, not the good cells, he said.
Brown was born and raised in Woodward and wishes to thank those who have been supportive of him throughout his college career.
"Well, I shadowed Dr. Kirkendall and so I appreciate him letting me get in there are experience what it is all about at that level," he said. "And I have always kept in touch with my teachers, Chanda Peters and Jo Lynn Love and through my keeping in touch, they were always supportive throughout my whole journey in college."
When asked if Woodward could hope to bring their native son back to practice, Brown was optimistic.
'Well, it’s going to be quite a while," he said. "I still have medical school and residency and all that, but I hope to be able to come back there maybe someday."