2010 Weston Scholars Announced
Alex Gooding and Sue-Zanne Tan are the recipients of the 2010 Carl J. Weston Memorial Scholarships from UW Sea Grant. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduates interested in Great Lakes and ocean issues.
Both students certainly meet and exceed that standard. Tan, an undergraduate chemical engineering student at UW-Madison, has been instrumental in determining and putting to use techniques for characterizing and quantifying microbial communities that play a role in methylation of inorganic mercury. She has completed analysis on both wetland sediments and mercury in aquaculture.
Chris Barbiaz, an assistant scientist with the UW-Madison Water Science and Engineering Laboratory, said Tan stands out as being in the top five percent of the students with whom he has worked during the last 20 years. “Her success is an outcome of her attention to detail, excellent record keeping, insightful questions and determination.”
Gooding is majoring in pharmacology and toxicology at UW-Madison. As a first-year student, he approached Warren Heidemann about research opportunities. Since then, Gooding has worked as an undergraduate assistant on Heideman and Richard Peterson’s Sea Grant-funded research attempting to predict risks that dioxin and related environmental contaminants pose to feral fish populations during early life stages. “Alex is a full participant in this project, and he has been ready and able to talk about his progress during lab meetings,” Heideman said.