Sweet Briar student receives Centra award

Sweet Briar College student Karlynn McCarthy, who is majoring in engineering, is this year’s recipient of the Greenbriar Award, a research prize created in 2016.

The award is through a partnership with the college and Centra Health System’s Centra Medical Group. Les Reed, president of Centra Medical Group, presented the $500 prize to McCarthy on May 14 during the engineering semester-end project exhibition in Guion Science Center.

Centra established the annual award to honor a student researcher from Sweet Briar for a completed project in the areas of science and technology or science and medicine. McCarthy, a rising senior, won the prize for her project “Water Treatment for Development Countries: Concrete Filtration.”

“My research project was about finding a tool that enabled underdeveloped countries to produce clean, drinkable water by utilizing local materials,” McCarthy said in a news release. “Water quality is a growing issue in the world, and solutions can have a huge impact on many individuals’ quality of life. In making a possible tool, I used concrete as my resource since it is one of the most common building materials found around the world. In the end, I tested water quality by utilizing concrete filters and found promising results.”

This summer she is interning with the Naval Air Systems Command in North Carolina, she said.

“In my final year at Sweet Briar, I am hoping to expand my research by testing how water quality in space might be preserved through concrete filtration,” McCarthy said. “This development is due to my love for the aerospace industry and work being done by NASA. After graduation I hope to be entering the aerospace field and contributing to the advancement of space travel.”

Poplar Grove announces addition of golf professional emeritus, instruction director

Poplar Grove Golf Club in Amherst recently announced the hiring of longtime PGA Tour veteran Dick Mast as golf professional emeritus and director of instruction.

The Bluffton, Ohio native joins his son, Jacob, who recently was named head golf professional at Poplar Grove. The duo will handle golf operations at the club while a significant part of Dick Mast’s time will be spent playing with member groups and giving individual lessons as well as clinics to members and guests, according to a news release.

“Poplar Grove is a remarkable Sam Snead design that will only continue to get better as renovations finish up,” Dick Mast said in the release. “Between the opportunity to work with my son and all the exciting improvements in store for the club, I am thrilled to get to work to serve our members and guests.”

The course is amid a $3 million renovation that includes rebuilding bunkers, teeing grounds and green complexes; updating drainage, clearing trees, remodeling practice areas and renovating golf paths with a new fleet of golf carts. Phase 1 of the project is projected for early summer 2019. For more information, visit www.poplargrovegolf.com.

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