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Namedropper 4/9/2019

April 9, 2019 GMT

High notes

NASA Armstrong employee and former Scranton resident David B. Dowdell was recognized with NASA’s Space Flight Awareness Award for outstanding support of human space flight.

Dowdell, an Armstrong senior instrumentation lead, was recognized for his career of consistent and outstanding leadership and technical expertise, according to NASA.

Dowdell leads the development flight instrumentation team for the ascent abort launch test. He was responsible for the overall design, management of requirements, test program, integration and operation of the instrumentation system, as well as management of the work across multiple organizations, centers and contractors, according to NASA.

Dowdell has built a career of being the best of the best in this field, his nominators wrote. He received a NASA Honoree Award for his work in flight instrumentation on the hypersonic X-43A that reached a world speed record flight test in November 2004. He was also recognized for his work on the successful 2010 Orion pad abort test of a system that will propel the astronauts’ capsule away from a launch pad emergency. He also assisted with the preparation of the Orion ascent abort 2 test of the crew escape system that pulls the capsule away from the rocket during launch, which is now planned for June 12, according to NASA.

Super students

Cecilia Horchos is the 2019 recipient of the Scranton District Dental Society’s Dr. Todd M. Angelo Memorial Scholarship and the Dr. Bernard Shair Memorial Scholarship Award.

Horchos is a University of Scranton student set to graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience and a minor in biochemistry. From West Chester, Horchos plans to attend the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in the fall.

She is a member of the Nu Rho Psi Honor Society and the University of Scranton honors program. She volunteers at the Leahy Community Health & Family Center Food Pantry, where she is also the volunteer executive coordinator and volunteers at the clinic office.

Horchos issecretary for Ready, Set, Brush! — a community outreach program to teach young students about the importance of oral care — a founding member of the Polish Cultural Society and member of the university’s Health Professional Organization.

The Dr. Todd M. Angelo Memorial Scholarship is in memory of Dr. Todd Angelo, who died in November 2011. The Dr. Bernard Shair Memorial Scholarship Award is an endowment fund founded by the family of Dr. Bernard Shair, who died in 1982. Both scholarships are given to a University of Scranton student who has been accepted by a dental school and who shows tremendous promise in the field of dentistry.

Stars in Stripes

Air Force Airman Leif A. Harrigan graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Harrigan, son of Deborah K. Horan of Moscow, and Justin D. Harrigan of Philadelphia, is a 2017 graduate of North Pocono High School.

Harrigan completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. He earned four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.