2019 Clearview Award of Merit recipients

By Clearview Public Schools
March 11, 2019 - 6:21am

STETTLER- Clearview Public Schools is pleased to announce that Angelina (Weber) Gandolfo and Brendan Bell, Ph. D. have been selected as the 2019 recipients of the Clearview Award of Merit.

The award is offered to present or former students/employees of the school division who have achieved excellence in a particular field, for which they are recognized provincially, nationally or internationally.

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Angelina (Weber) Gandolfo is a a former graduate of Gus Wetter School in Castor.

She spent her elementary, junior high and high school years studying violin and voice and performing at festivals, school functions and community events.

Angelina graduated from McGill University in 2014 with a Master of Music degree.

As an avid orchestral musician, Angelina has played with the Virginia Symphony, National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Indiana University Festival Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute Festival Orchestra, McGill University Symphony Orchestra, and Eastman Philharmonia.

She has performed as guest soloist with the Concordia Symphony Orchestra in Edmonton, and is an Alberta Provincial Music Festival award recipient in the category of Strings, Voice, and Creative Music.

Currently, Angelina maintains a private violin studio at the Virginia Beach School of the Arts.

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Brendan Bell, Ph. D. is a former student at Donalda School and Wm. E. Hay.

He is an Associate Professor at the Universite De Sherbrooke in Quebec.

Professor Bell’s research aims to identify the disruptions in the expression of genes in cancerous cells and in cells infected by HIV while the virus is still in a latent state.

His starting point is the finding that a number of cancers are associated with alteration of the process that normally determines the programmed death of diseased cells. 

His overall goal is to understand and determine how cell death signals express themselves at the molecular level.

With respect to AIDS, Pr. Bell’s work focuses on the latency mechanisms of the HIV virus, and more particularly, the HIV-1 promoter and virus transcription.

Existing therapies are unable to destroy HIV in infected cells when the virus in still in a latent state.

Professor Bell’s work could lead to the development of new gene therapies for cancer and AIDS over the next few years.

The Clearview Award of Merit presentations will be made as part of the school division’s annual Recognition Night in Stettler on Thursday, June 6.

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