In the last column, news about the recent graduation of East Palo Alto City Council member Antonio Lopez from Oxford, Stanford Blood Center’s participation in a national study, and two Palo Alto High alumni. selected in the MLB Draft.
HATS OFF TO THE GRADUATE… Member of the East Palo Alto City Council Antonio Lopez Graduated from Oxford University July 16 by the Marshall Scholarshipwhich allows Americans to study at any university in the UK after completing an undergraduate degree.
Lopez is one of 43 recipients of the Marshall Scholarship established by the British government. The scholarship is named George Marshallwho launched the Marshall Plan, an American program that financed the reconstruction of Western Europe after the Second World War.
While Lopez was completing her Masters of Philosophy in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford University Balliol College in 2020, he was unable to attend a graduation ceremony until this year due to the pandemic.
“Today, I honor the work of not only my immediate family, but also my extended East Palo Alto family, who nurtured me and my pursuit of higher education. I carried our stories of struggle and resilience every day while at Oxford,” Lopez said in a press release. He said his time at Oxford also inspired him to give back to the community that had helped him so much.
“If you have the desire to make an impact, no matter what your age, you can do it,” said Lopez, who added that he felt inspired to pursue a career in public service by his peers from Oxford. “I felt very encouraged to be in this environment.”
CURRENTLY RESEARCHING… Stanford Blood Center is one of three Bay Area locations participating in a Food and drug administration study that could make a difference in blood donor eligibility for men who have sex with men (MSM).
The study, Donor variability assessment and new eligibility concepts (ADVANCE), aims to explore alternatives to the exclusion of MSM blood donors. Previously, men who have sex with men were not allowed to donate blood for 12 months. This changed in April 2020, when the FDA reduces the deferral period to three months in response to the pandemic, which has increased the need for blood donations.
“It is the hope that data from the ADVANCE study and other scientific evidence may cause the FDA to again adjust its MSM guidelines to reflect a risk-based deferral model,” according to a report from the July 18. Press release of the Center.
The study is open to people between the ages of 18 and 39, who can visit the research site at 3373 Hillview Ave. in Palo Alto, where participants will be registered from Wednesday to Friday, until September 30. For more information, visit stanfordbloodcenter.org/advance.
RISE SOCIALLY… Palo Altans can recognize two young athletes with local ties who have been selected in the MLB Draftwhich took place from July 17 to 19.
The Toronto Blue Jays snapped up Palo Alto High School alum Joshua Kasevich. The 21-year-old shortstop, who played for the University of Oregon, was chosen in the second round and finished 60th overall. “He’ll definitely be able to come out and play shortstop,” the Blue Jays director of amateur scouting said. Shane Farrell said in a July 18 article on the team’s website. “Obviously it’s a plan that we will build with the player, but exposing him in other positions will also be key, as is the case with any other player.”
Locals can also recognize another Paly alumnus who just graduated last June. The Oakland A selected 18-year-old outfielder Henry Bolte, the 56th pick overall. “He’s a terrific athlete. He’s got a ton of raw power and can really run. There’s just a lot of upside for him,” A’s scouting director said. Eric Kubota said in a July 18 article on the team’s website. “There’s development needed with the bat. But if the bat comes, he’s really the kind of guy who could become a five-tool player.”