August 3, 2000

Commack Resident Wins Chasman Scholarship


Upton, NY - Commack resident Barbara Jean Klaritch-Vrana (center) has won the 2000 Renate W. Chasman Scholarship for Women from Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS), a not-for-profit organization at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. The $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually as part of BWIS's mission to promote the advancement of women in the scientific professions. With Klaritch-Vrana are Pam Mansfield (left) and Lisa Tranquada, both members of the BWIS scholarship committee.

Klaritch-Vrana earned a B.S. in chemistry from the College of Mount St. Vincent in 1978, an M.S. in medical biology from C.W. Post
College in 1982, and an M.S. in clinical nutrition from the New York Institute of Technology in 1987. A registered dietitian, Klaritch-Vrana currently teaches courses in nutrition and chemistry at St. Joseph's College.

In 1999, Klaritch-Vrana enrolled as a part-time graduate student at St. John's University to pursue a degree in pharmacology. She had delayed her doctoral studies for two reasons. First, she is mother of four children, ages 12, 10, 9 and 7, and she has taken an active role as a volunteer in the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and as a volunteer in her church. Second, she underwent open heart surgery in 1993.

"My personal experience with heart disease has provided me with the impetus to further my education in the health sciences," she said. "I envision myself as a member of a health care team in a teaching hospital being involved in education, research and clinical studies. I believe that my background in nutrition and chemistry, as well as my own personal experience with heart disease, will be an asset to me as a pharmacologist."

The Chasman Scholarship is named after the late Renate Chasman, a renowned physicist who worked at Brookhaven. The scholarship is intended to encourage women to pursue careers in science, engineering or mathematics. Since its inception in 1986, the award has been presented each year to a re-entry woman - one whose college education was interrupted, but who has returned to pursue a degree on a half-time or greater basis.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.
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