Maya Lowney (Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree with a major in physiology) and Christie Rosputni (Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree with a major in physiology)
Honors Student’s Work Spans Science and Art
Originally from Hawaii, Maya Lowney majored in physiology and minored in dance and health and human values. She graduated with honors in physiology in May at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Department of Physiology convocation.
During her time at the University of Arizona, Lowney’s work has spanned the arts and sciences. Under the mentorship of Department of Physiology Lecturer Cindy Rankin, PhD, Lowney investigated the physiological and mental benefits of dance in rehabilitative therapy. She also choreographed and danced in two public performances: one celebrating women in the UA Women’s Plaza of Honors, the other celebrating freedom.
Lowney currently interns with Elder Rehab at the Jewish Community Center and serves as a dance teacher. She also is active with the Tucson Community Food Bank, the Dancer’s Consort and Cyclovia of Tucson.
Lowney was selected as the UA Honors Freshman of the Year in 2014-15 and is a recipient of this year’s Pillars of Excellence Award for Outstanding Honors students; only 10 students from across campus are awarded this honor each year.
Balancing Work, Family and Physiology
Also an honors graduate is Christie Rosputni, who majored in physiology with plans to become a pediatrician.
She has balanced work as a certified medical assistant and operations manager at SPARCC Sports Medicine with a variety of activities, including shadowing a local pediatrician and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Rosputni is senior chair of the Physiology Honors Academy and a recipient of this year’s Pillars of Excellence Award for Outstanding Honors students; only 10 students from across campus are awarded this honor each year. A recipient of the Laura and Arch Brown Scholarship for UA Honors College students, Rosputni has prior careers in technology and culinary arts. She also commits her time to serving as a parent volunteer.
Rosputni has served as a volunteer note taker for the UA Disability Resource Center and has participated in two research groups, including a project in diabetes prevention. Working with Melanie Hingle, MPH, PhD, assistant professor in the UA Department of Nutritional Sciences, Rosputni investigated the effects of education and awareness on the incidence of type 2 diabetes in rural youth populations.