Three outstanding Rotary meetings this month

Billy Cundiff

Billy Cundiff

Norm Noble

On Tuesday, August 4, Dr. Shelley Haydel, an associate professor in the School of Life Sciences and a Researcher in the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, will present a talk on antibiotic resistance.

Dr. Haydel’s research interests are focused on the regulation and function of M. tuberculosis two-component systems, the role of these systems in mycobacterial virulence, and host-pathogen interactions at the molecular level. Her laboratory combines genetic and biochemical approaches to study the molecular mechanisms of these regulatory systems and cell culture and animal models to investigate the role of these systems in the M. tuberculosis disease process. Dr. Haydel is also interested in understanding the physicochemical properties of antibacterial clay minerals and the microbiological mechanism(s) by which clay minerals promote bactericidal and/or bacteriostatic activity.

On Tuesday, August 11, Brianne Brown, therapist with 360 Physical Therapy, will discuss – what else – physical therapy. Physical therapy helps to both rehabilitate and educate people to get them moving again and back to a better quality of life. In her presentation, she will be covering many aspects of therapy.

Brianne received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science at Minnesota State University. She went on to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at A.T. Still University as well as her certification in manual therapy (CIMT). Brianne has a special interest in manual therapy with experience in orthopedics, post-operative rehabilitation and spine care. Outside of work she enjoys sports, running and reading.

On Tuesday, August 25, Billy Cundiff will talk about life as an NFL kicker and ovarian cancer research. Cundiff is probably most infamous for his kick in the 2011 AFC championship game, in which his team, the Baltimore Ravens, had an easy game-tying field goal on the 22-yard line that would have resulted in overtime. But Cundiff missed it, resulting in the Ravens losing and sending the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl.

But kicking field goals is not all that Cundiff does. Today, he’s Kicking for the Dream. Kicking for the Dream was created by Cundiff as a way to bring together kickers, punters and long snappers in the fight against ovarian cancer. They do this by supporting Colleen’s Dream Foundation in their effort to fund research for early detection and improved treatment for ovarian cancer. Kicking for the Dream enables kicking specialists from around the country to participate in raising awareness and revenues to help support early detection and advanced treatment research of ovarian cancer.

The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes meets for breakfast every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. in the Oakwood Country Club Ballroom. The meetings start at 7:00 a.m. and end promptly at 8:00 a.m. The cost of breakfast is $12. To make reservations for any meeting contact Rotarian Don Prestin at 480-802-0439.