Before the end of the school year, science-minded students from the Ball Preparatory Academy program at Ball High had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Deepak Srivastiva, a world-renowned scientist known for his cutting edge work in the field of stem cell and cardiovascular research. Srivastava was in town to receive the Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumnus Award, given to a former UTMB student who set themselves apart in the medical profession through their accomplishments in their area of expertise. His father, Sativa Srivastava, has been working at UTMB as a biochemistry and molecular biology scientist since 1974.