The PhD candidate was nominated for his research in pediatric cancer and his community service to engage local and Native Hawaiian students in science and research.
A doctor of philosophy candidate at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo pharmacy college has received the university’s second Community Spirit Award. Micah David Kealaka‘i Glasgow, one of two Native Hawaiians in the PhD program in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, was presented the $500 award by Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Matt Platz.
Glasgow was nominated for the award by Assistant Professor Dana-Lynn Koomoa-Lange, who researches the role of novel proteins in the malignant progression of cancer. She nominated Glasgow for his research involving nanoparticle delivery of DFMO-based combination treatment for neuroblastoma (pediatric cancer) and his community service that includes leading and organizing activities for Na Pua No‘eau – Ke Ola Mau K-12 students at the pharmacy college.
“In addition to his workload as a PhD student, he continues to provide community service work that helps to engage local and Native Hawaiian students in science and research,” Koomoa-Lange says. “This shows his deep commitment and dedication to giving back to the community.”
The Community Spirit Award was established in September 2013 through a $10,000 gift from Edward Yamasaki, a member of World War II’s highly decorated 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and a contribution from Carolyn Doi Nomura, daughter of fellow 442nd member and retired Circuit Judge Masato Doi. Yamasaki created the award to support students who demonstrate the unit’s “Go For Broke” spirit in their pursuit of academic excellence, including applied research and innovation.
Glasgow joins Mike Purvis, a senior computer science major, who received the inaugural Community Spirit Award in December 2014. Purvis served as team captain of UH Hilo’s Team Poli‘ahu that won the 2013 U.S. Microsoft Imagine Cup Championship and participated in the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals in St. Petersburg, Russia.