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grad students win Doolen Scholarships to study aging
Jeff Unger, News Bureau
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Two graduate students at the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign have won 2002-2003 Paul D. Doolen graduate scholarships
for the study of aging. They will receive $4,000 each to continue their
studies in gerontology.
Eric Deszo of Savoy, Ill., a doctoral student in animal biological and
biomedical sciences, won the Doolen award in the biological and biomedical
sciences. His research examines the impairment of an aged immune system
to respond to antigen challenge. His research will study the impact
of oxidative stress on macrophage dendritic dell differentiation. Deszo
earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Loyola University in Chicago.
David Marquez of Urbana, Ill., a doctoral student in exercise psychology
at Illinois, won the Doolen award in behavorial and social sciences.
His research will examine the lower levels of physical activity for
elderly Mexican-Americans than for other non-Latino whites across education,
family income and occupation. He will focus his research toward understanding
the pschological determinants and outcomes associated with physical
activity in older Latino adults. Marquez earned his bachelor's degree
in psychology from Loyola University in Chicago.
Doolen scholarships are awarded annually to graduate students in their
second year of study or beyond whose principal scholarly interest lies
in the field of aging. Established in 1986 by an endowment from the
Retirement Research Foundation in Oak Park, Ill., the scholarships honor
the late Paul D. Doolen, a longtime member of the foundation's board
of directors and a 1927 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.