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Published 4/7/2005

Owens Student Receives Ohio Space Grant Consortium Scholarship

Ashley Brough An Owens Community College student has been chosen as one of only 57 individuals nationwide to receive a $1,000 Ohio Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) Scholarship for excelling in the area of science. The College's award recipient is Ashley Brough of Genoa.

The OSGC is affiliated with the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program funded through Congress and administered by NASA. The overall mission of the organization is to collaborate with scientists, engineers and educators to promote the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics statewide. Additionally, OSGC is focused on encouraging significant educational and research contributions in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, while stimulating an understanding and appreciation for aeronautics and space.

"Owens Community College appreciates the Ohio Space Grant Consortium's commitment to promoting the importance of technological education at the community college level," said Tekla Madaras, Owens Chair of Dietetics/HRI Technologies. "Ashley has a passion for science. The Ohio Space Grant Consortium Scholarship will greatly assist her in the pursuit of an advanced degree and a career within the field of dietetics."

Selection criterion is based upon recipients studying within areas relevant to aerospace engineering, planetary or earth sciences and having the intention of pursuing a four-year degree at one of the OSGC-affiliated academic institutions. Additionally, awardees are required to participate in a research project and present the results at the annual OSGC Research Symposium. This year's symposium will be held at the Ohio Aerospace Institute in Cleveland on April 22.

Intrigued by astronauts experiencing bone loss due to weightlessness in space, Brough's research project investigates whether or not astronauts have enough calcium in their diets. Brough states that the growth hormone, THG controls the calcium levels in the blood and that magnesium controls the THG hormone. If the blood calcium level is not within normal range, calcium is pulled from the bones to the blood. As a result of a lack of magnesium in astronauts' diets, Brough proposes that the powdered drink Tang, which began its orbital trips in 1965, be fortified with magnesium to stabilize calcium levels in the astronauts' bodies.

Brough is pursuing her associate degree in dietetic technologies and carries a 3.77 grade point average at the College. The 2001 Eastwood High School graduate was a two-year member of the Owens Volleyball Program and helped her team to two consecutive Ohio Community College Athletic Association regular season and tournament championships. Her honors include being chosen to the NJCAA Division II Academic All-American Team in 2003.

Currently, Brough works as a Data Processing Clerk for Taylor-Nelson Sofres in Toledo and spends time at the Toledo Hospital conducting her clinical experience. Her responsibilities include advising patients on the proper diets to combat various diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. She also completes nutrition assessments for patients.

In addition, the Owens sophomore serves as President of the Owens Students Involved in Dietetics Program and is a member of the Northwest Ohio Dietetics Association, the Ohio Dietetics Association and the American Dietetics Association. Following graduation from Owens in May 2005, Brough plans to attend a four-year college and pursue her bachelor's degree in dietetics. She has career aspirations of becoming a dietetics researcher or professor.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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