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On April 25, Biotechnology major Ashley Babyak and biology faculty member Dr. Matt Tucker presented their research at the World Malaria Day Conference at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Dr. Tucker reported that there was a lot of interest in their research, particularly because it was conducted by undergraduate students.

Dr. Kimberly Tucker, Director of the Center for Environmental Stewardship (CES), received recognition as the Student Employee supervisor of the year. Currently Dr. Tucker oversees 2 employees. Diamond works as the CES assistant and Kate works as a biology research assistant. Plenty of positions will open up next fall in CES and in biology research, so be on the lookout to work with an award winning boss!

 This is Dr. Tucker’s second major award since coming to Stevenson in 2013. She won Advisor of the year for Environmental Club in 2014. Congrats on an awesome achievement!

Madison Socks (BIOTECH ’16 ; F. SCI ‘17) has earned recognition as being Student Employee of the Year for Stevenson University. Beyond that, Madison was selected as Maryland Student Employee of the Year by the Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators. Her employment advisors, Laura Guida and Sarah Brush (pictured above), nominated Madison for her hard work and dedication to the job. As a Laboratory Assistant, Madison helps organize laboratory equipment, prepare classes, and monitors the proper disposal of hazardous waste. Congrats to Madison and all of the other wonderful student employees of the School of the Sciences.

 

Peter Hoblitzell has the most double’s wins in program history for tennis. Peter and his teammate Bryan Gieselman took down Albrights No. 1 doubles pair 8-4. The duo has now won four straight double matches while peter has won three straight singles, playing at No. 2. Good luck to Peter on the rest of the season!

Senior Kathy Acosta will be working with Mount Rainier National park in Ashford, Washington after graduation. She will be working with the Cascade Butterfly Program to monitor subalpine butterfly populations, plant phenology, and communicating the program progress and findings to the public. The Cascades Butterfly Program is a volunteer-based program that monitors the distribution and abundance of subalpine butterflies. Butterflies are very sensitive indicators of climate change and when monitored can give information about changes to an ecosystem.

Kathy will travel in June out to Washington where she will live in a bunkhouse provided by the internship for 12 weeks. The park is located in a very desolate area. The closest small grocery story is 35 miles from the park and larger stores are over 60 miles from housing. Cell phone coverage is very limited and it is not unusual for snow every once in a while over the summer. An average day of work for this internship requires between 5 and 10 miles of hiking a day, and multiple overnight camping sites on a weekly basis. 

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