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Fullerton Arboretum Awards Scholarships

Graduate Students Recognized for Efforts in Science and History

July 8, 2013

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Donald Quick, the 2013 recipient of the David Walkington Memorial Scholarship.

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The Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum recently announced the awarding of scholarships to two graduate students — Donald D. Quick and Thomas Fujii — to support their local history and plant science research.

Donald D. Quick

Quick, a biology graduate student and biology teacher at Rosemead High School, was awarded the David Walkington Memorial Scholarship. The San Gabriel resident is studying research on drought tolerance in woody plants, especially the ability to repair xylem embolisms, air bubbles that disrupt the flow of water from roots to leaves.

"I've become really interested in this research into water transport in plants," Quick said. "I'm looking specifically into the correlation between wood anatomical traits and how they affect a plant's ability to repair embolisms."

He's also looking into how temperatures affect his equipment. "Temperatures vary beneath the stem's surface at different depths within the stem, and these variations greatly affect instrument measurements."

"I am very happy that Donald received the scholarship. He is working on his master's thesis research while working full time as a high school teacher. This is a very difficult thing to do, and I am very impressed with his dedication to his research project," said H. Jochen Schenk, associate professor of biological science.

A member of the National Science Teachers Association and recipient of a Rose Society Scholarship, Quick hopes to complete his master's degree and continue teaching at the high school or community college level while conducting research throughout the summer.

Thomas Fujii

Fujii '07 (B.A. history) is the recipient of the Jorice Maag Local History Scholarship. The Costa Mesa resident plans to complete his master's degree in history next year with the ultimate goal of pursuing a doctorate and teaching within the California State University. The scholarship is named for longtime donor Jorice Maag of the Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum.

"What made me come back was Dr. Bakken," said Fujii. "I decided to work my way up the academic ladder with the help of my graduate committee members, Drs. Bakken, Fousekis, Cawthra and Hansen."

During his studies, Fujii has conducted oral histories for the Center for Oral and Public History, participated in the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station project and the "New Birth of Freedom: Civil War to Civil Rights in California" exhibit mounted last year in the Fullerton Arboretum's Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum.

He is proposing a permanent exhibit for the museum. Tentatively titled "Growing Our Legacy: The Nikkei Heritage in Orange County," it would explore three generations of Japanese Americans from 1900-2013.

Fujii has authored several articles, including "Hors d'oeuvres: Blackfoot Horse Raiding" in the January issue of The Indian Trader, and presented numerous papers, such as "Cash, Gold Dust and Credit: California Indian Economic Advancement: 1542-1807" at last year's American Society of Ethnohistory meeting. He is a member of the Theta Pi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the History Student Association, Western History Association, American Society of Ethnohistory and Nikkei Civil Rights/Redress. In addition to the Maag award, he has received an EPOCHS Graduate Research Grant, Arthur Hansen Fellowship and American Society of Ethnohistory Travel Award.

By: Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852

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