Joel Langford and Yuriy Slutskyy named the first ‘Rowland Fellows’

Wed, 11/20/2013
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Gabriel J Sanchez
Gabriel J Sanchez
School of Physical Sciences Communications

The UCI School of Physical Sciences is proud to welcome graduate students Joel Langford and Yuriy Slutskyy the first recipients of F. S. and Joan Rowland Fellowships. Langford and Slutskyy have become the first fellowship torchbearers for scientific progress in Dr. Rowland’s name.

Joel Langford, the 2013 ESPCoR National Science Foundation UROP recipient comes from the University of Nevada, Reno’s Desert Research Institute where he studied analytical chemistry and was a significant contributor to developing methods that better characterized aerosol pollution. Now as a UC Irvine graduate student, Joel is studying under various renowned atmospheric chemists including Professor Donald Blake, director of the Rowland-Blake Lab. He is very eager to begin performing research. Joel is first generation college student and has received a litany of awards that include the Millennium Scholarship, UPC Scholarship, IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Biomedical Pipeline Scholarship, Ben A. Edwards Scholarship, Kenneth C. Kemp Scholarship, NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ESPCoR) Grant. After receiving his PhD Joel will be looking to continue researching in the field of academia where he mold young minds and pass the baton.

Yuriy Slutskyy is a Sacramento State University graduate and Dorris A. Howell Foundation Scholarship Award recipient for his research on female lifestyle diseases. As a biological chemistry undergrad, Yuriy was the first author listed on a published article in the January 2013 Tetrahedron Letters journal. Yuriys’s other honors include the California State University Program for Educational Research in Biotechnology (PERB) Research Scholar Award, CSU Program for Education and Biotechnology, Presidents Commission Grants Program, and he is also an ACS Member. Now as a UC Irvine graduate student Yuriy is working in the lab of renowned organic chemist, Larry Overman, and is continuing his focus in health. After receiving his Ph.D., Yuriy hopes to work in industry manufacturing new drugs and procedures to benefit the medical field.  Yuriy was born in the Ukraine and immigrated with his parents before settling in Northern California and is now very happy to call Irvine home.