Molecular biologist

Brian J. Hutzen, a graduate of Poland Seminary High School and Washington and Jefferson College, received his doctorate in molecular, cellular and development biology at Ohio State University’s December commencement.

Hutzen’s research focused on medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumor in early childhood. His dissertation explored his research and early results of testing.

Dr. Hutzen received the Pelotonia Research Fellowship in 2010, given to OSU graduate students who research cures for cancer.

He will continue his work with the research institute at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, in the Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases.

Dr. Hutzen is the son of Harold and Diane Hutzen of Poland.


Dispatcher of the year

Amy M. Zatvarnicky of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Southington Dispatch Center is the patrol’s dispatcher of the year.

Zatvarnicky, 39, joined the patrol in 1998 and has served at the Canfield Post as well as the Ravenna and Warren dispatch centers. She was selected earlier as dispatcher of the year for the patrol’s Warren District.

She originally is from Austintown and graduated from Austintown Fitch High School.

She lives in Girard and has two children.

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