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Congratulations to Dr. Kim Tucker and Missy Craig, who won the SU Holiday Decorating Contest! Their Ugly Holiday Sweater theme was a big hit and got us all into the holiday spirit!...

Biology faculty got in the holiday spirit during the annual door/office decorating contest with an Ugly Christmas Sweater theme. Dr. Kim Tucker is pictured here in front of the tree decoration in her ugly sweater, and the door to Dr. Merrie Durmowicz's office is decorated with "Merrie" wishes. Happy Holidays to everyone!...

The annual lecture held in memory of Department Chair and Professor of Mathematics, Susan Palmer Slattery, was held last Thursday, September 18, 2014. Dr. Slattery was an inspiration to both students and faculty and will always be remembered by the Stevenson Community.

This year’s lecture featured Arlene G. Weiner, an Environmental Engineer for the Baltimore District of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Ms. Weiner utilized her 30 years of experience as an environmental professional to speak on building a career in Applied Mathematics. Following the lecture, Applied Mathematics major Anna Foote was named the 2014 Slattery Scholar. She was presented the award by Ms. Thea Zimmerman, Dr. Susan Slattery’s sister. Congratulations to Anna and warm wishes to the Slattery family!

Congratulations to Dr. Blatch for receiving a Faculty Development Research Grant from Stevenson. Her project will help determine why only some fruit flies are able to survive with little folic acid in their diet.  She and her research students “will test the hypothesis that with little folic acid in the diet, only some fruit flies can survive to adulthood because only some individuals have the “right” kinds of microorganisms living in them, those able to provide folic acid to the flies.”  Consequently, flies inherently lacking microbes that can provide the vitamin die, which causes the higher death rates seen in flies not consuming folic acid.  They will also determine at which developmental stage(s) the flies grow faster and when they are more likely to die when they rely on folates from their microbes. Good luck this semester!

Congratulations to Dr. Tucker for receiving the Faculty Development Scholarship Grant from Stevenson. Her project is titled “Incorporating Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (ELNs) into an Introductory Ecology Course” and its purpose is to introduce students to ELNs and collect data to assess the effectiveness of incorporating technology into an introductory field-based ecology laboratory course (BIO115L).  Dr. Tucker proposes to enhance the course by incorporating a collaborative ELN that is stored online via the cloud and accessible through a variety of interfaces (PC, tablet, smartphone).  Specifically, student groups will use a tablet to record experimental methodology and observations in the field.  At the end of each project, each student will analyze and document the group’s data independently, as previously determined to meet the course objectives.  Using the ELN will help students to more efficiently collect and share data among their groups.  Incorporating ELNs in introductory courses will help to get students prepared to use ELNs in practice for their research and in upper-division undergraduate courses. Good luck this semester!

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