Elfadil Osman, One of 36 “Gates Cambridge Scholars”

October 2, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


DEALER. YOU KNOW, JIMMY I THINK IT IS SAFE TO SAY OUR NEXT GUEST IS ONE OF THE SMARTEST WHO HAS SAT ON THE COUCH OVER THERE.>>Jimmy: WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY?>>Lisa: OUR NEXT GUEST AND WAITED FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND WHERE HE WAS AN EMPHASIS ON PHYSIOLOGY AND NEUROBIOLOGY, HIS PASSION IS BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH. IT HAS LED HIM TO BE NAMED A 2017 ” GATES CAMBRIDGE SCHOLAR”. SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED TO PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. I THINK IT IS SAFE TO SAY WE BOTH STAND TO LEARN SOMETHING FROM OUR NEXT GUEST. ELFADIL OSMAN, YES DELMARVA WE CAN CALL HIM ONE OF OUR OWN. THINK BACK SO MUCH. CONGRATULATIONS. THIS SCHOLARSHIP IS AMAZING IT IS TO THE PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE IN ENGLAND?>>Man: YES. UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND KNEW I WAS INTERESTED IN GETTING A GRADUATE DEGREES AND THEY SAID WHY NOT LOOK ABROAD? BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS?>>Man: I AM VERY LUCKY THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND WAS SUPPORTIVE. COMING UP HAVING MY HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS ASK FOR ADVICE AND HAVING THEM REMIND ME WHY I LOVE SCIENCE AND WHY SCIENCE IS IMPORTANT WAS A VERY REWARDING PROCESS.>>Lisa: TELL ME ABOUT THE MOMENT YOU FOUND OUT YOU GOT IT?>>Man: I WAS IN CLASS I WAS 15 MINUTES. I OPENED PRETTY MUCH WHATEVER LIES IT WAS A PAID ATTENTION ANYWAY. I GOT THE NEWS I MADE MY WAY OUT OF THE LECTURE HALL. AND IMMEDIATELY CALLED MY PARENTS. IT WAS SO EXCITING.>>Jimmy: THEY WERE LIVING THAT?>>Elfadil: THEY WERE HAPPY.>>Jimmy: YOU HAVE MAJORED IN BIOLOGY SCIENCES WITH HOPES TO ONE DAY ERADICATE MALARIA.>>Elfadil: YES.>>Man: WHY IS THAT? TROPICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES ARE INTERESTING TO ME. NOT ONLY BECAUSE THEY POSE INTERESTING BIOLOGICAL QUESTIONS THEY ALSO TEND TO COME ALONG WITH A LOT OF SOCIAL BURDENS. SO BEFORE I FOUND MY PASSION IN SCIENCE I WAS ALWAYS INTERESTED IN SOCIAL CHANGE. I FOUND BY STUDYING THESE LIKE MALARIA, WE COULD TICKLE OUR BANK AND POSE QUESTIONS.>>YOU GREW UP IN SAUDI ARABIA AND YOU ACTUALLY WITNESSED THE IMPACT OF MALARIA EVEN IN YOUR FAMILY?>>Elfadil: I WAS BORN IN SAUDI ARABIA WAS MY FAMILY INTO SEDAN. THE FAMILY UP NORTH SO I HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE MALARIA. EVEN TODAY MALARIA IS SEASONAL SO IT IS UNFORTUNATE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES WE WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO ERADICATE IT. HOPEFULLY WE CAN ERADICATE IT AROUND THE WORLD. IT TAKES THE GATES SCHOLARSHIP, THE GATES FOUNDATION IS WORKING ON A PROGRAM CALLED ACCELERATE SEVERAL. WANT TO GET RID OF MALARIA I WANT TO BE PART OF THAT PROCESS.>>Jimmy: OBVIOUSLY YOU EYEBALLED THIS. HAVE YOU LEARNED ANYTHING ABOUT MALARIA YOU DON’T THINK MOST PEOPLE KNOW?>>Elfadil: SOMETHING REALLY INTERESTING ABOUT MALARIA IS THE PARASITES THE CAUSE MALARIA IS BY MOSQUITO. THAT IS VERY CLOSELY RELATED TO FLU. THEY GOT I WORKED WITH IS A PLANT BIOLOGIST WE RECENTLY DISCOVERED, IT IS INTERESTING PUZZLE. A PLAN? IT IS PRETTY COOL. SPLIT THAT IS COOL.>>Jimmy: YOU MENTIONED YOU WANT TO JAMES E BENNETT AND YOU WERE EXCITED TO LET YOUR TEACHERS KNOW. HOW MUCH INFLUENCE DID THEY HAVE ON YOUR GETTING THIS? SCHOLARSHIP?>>Elfadil: ENTIRELY. I DID NOT KNOW, I WAS NOT GOING TO BE A SCIENTIST UP UNTIL MY JUNIOR YEAR. IT WAS MY JUNIOR AND SENIOR YEARS THE MY TEACHERS TOOK AN INTEREST. THEY REALLY NAILED US, MADE THEMSELVES AVAILABLE AFTER CLASS. AND THEN MY SENIOR YEAR MY MARINE BIOLOGIST TEACHER MISTER ROYER, AN INDEPENDENT PROJECT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND. HE WAS GUIDING ME SLOWLY, I AM VERY HAPPY, VERY LUCKY TO HAVE SO MANY AMAZING TEACHERS.>>Jimmy: THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE. WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST EXCITING ABOUT THAT?>>Elfadil: I GUESS IS BEING IN AN AREA WHERE I HAVE NOTHING TO GRAB ONTO. I WILL BE COMPLETELY SUBMERGED >>Elfadil: IS GREAT AS IT COULD