Sebastian Cardona Ramirez, the recipient of the John D. Bies International Travel Scholarship, dined with Dr. Bies at the Barred Owl on Thursday, April 25.
The scholarship supported Ramirez’s travel to Cartagena, Colombia where he attended the Latin American meeting for hip and surgery (ELCCR) and presented a podium presentation titled “Response of fibroblasts to mechanical tension: considerations for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.”
Dr. Bies advocates for awkward situations and believes international travel and discomfort are prescriptions for personal and professional growth: https://mizzoumag.missouri.edu/2013/11/in-defense-of-awkward-situations.
Ramirez is a Fulbright Scholar from Colombia pursuing his PhD in pathobiology in the Thompson Lab.
The photo above, from left to right: Myunghee Lee (PhD candidate in political science), Sebastian Cardona Ramirez, Jeni Hart (Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies), Mark Thomas (Senior Director for Advancement) and John Bies (Adjunct Professor of History and Political Science at USC).