Century student honored for service

Madison Heldt, a Century High School junior, has been honored by Daily Points of Light, a nonprofit based in Atlanta, Ga.

The organization’s mission is to “inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world,” according to its website.

Heldt was honored Nov. 25 for her community service work and the “Colors 4 Kiddos” fundraiser for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

“Your volunteer efforts [demonstrate] the power of service to create tangible change,” read an email from the organization.

“We think this is a pretty special honor and are very proud of our girl,” said Madison’s mother, Karen Heldt.

When Madison — who is now 16 — was 6 years old, her family learned she had lipoprotein lipase deficiency, a disorder that typically causes the body to improperly break down fats in food. As a result, fat particles build up in the blood. Those affected by the deficiency may experience, among other difficulties, abdominal pain and pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas.

A story about Heldt’s service as a bat girl for the Hillsboro Hops baseball team ran in an August 2013 issue of the Hillsboro Tribune.

Professor earns Fulbright award

Pacific University associate professor Nancy Neudauer has received a Fulbright Specialist Award to teach at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Cape Town, South Africa.

Neudauer will spend three weeks during December and January teaching matroids at the institute, a center for postgraduate study that promotes mathematics and science throughout the continent, recruits and trains talented students and teachers and advances initiatives in education, research and technology.

AIMS opened in 2003 as a partnership between three African and three European universities. It has received international acclaim for preparing African students for research and teaching careers in the mathematical sciences.

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