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Originally posted at http://www.denison.edu/medalists/2006/julianne_rose_mccall_06.html

B.S., Neuroscience; La Jolla, Calif.

Julianne McCall, who is an individually designed interdisciplinary major in neuroscience, has conducted research at the Cleveland Clinic, the Stanford University Ophthalmic Tissue Engineering Laboratory and the University of California San Diego Laboratory for Research on the Neuroscience of Autism. Winner of a Fulbright Research Scholarship, she will study at the University of Lund in Sweden next year. McCall also served as president of Alpha Epsilon Delta and Omicron Delta Kappa honoraries, took first place at the Ohio Intercollegiate Equestrian Show and was chair of the Denison Community Association’s committee Hope for Autism.

Presentation remarks:

“Julianne, one of your teachers calls you ‘a gifted student with a combination of intellect, self-discipline and burning drive for neuroscience such as I have rarely seen in an undergraduate.’ Another calls you a ‘born leader,’ a student whose academic accomplishments are as deep as her co-curricular commitments are wide. Your record of activities at Denison is so impressive that it has spawned a rumor among your classmates that you are harboring a twin sister in your dorm room! You have crafted a neuroscience interdisciplinary major that draws from biology, psychology, chemistry and philosophy.

“You have worked with prominent scientists in some of the top hospitals and laboratories across the country, including the Cleveland Clinic, the Stanford University Ophthalmic Tissue Engineering Laboratory, and the University of California San Diego Laboratory for Research on the Neuroscience of Autism. You have presented your research at the Ohio Academy of Science and the Cold Springs Harbor National Meeting, and you are co-author with a leading scientist of a paper on nerve regeneration that submitted to a top journal in the field.

“At the same time, the other Julianne McCall has been busy in other leadership roles: President of Omicron Delta Kappa; Chair and volunteer in Hope for Autism; Co-founder and President of Sustained Dialogue at Denison; Denison Campus Governance Association Senator; 1st French Horn in the Heisey Wind Ensemble; member of the Denison Brass Quartet; and Denison representative at the Midwest Equestrian Team, where just last year you won first place in the Advanced Class.

“Within the last week you received the glorious news that you have been awarded the highly-prized Fulbright Research Scholarship to study in the department of ophthamology at the University of Lund in Sweden.

“Julianne, as you embark on the next exciting phase of your life’s work, we want you to know that you will always have a place at Denison, because you have done so much to make Denison a better place.”

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