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In late July, while most faculty were making their preparations for classes to begin, Dr. Sydella Blatch had a different type of preparing to do; she was preparing for 10 to 12 hour days at a week-long leadership conference in DC. ...Click here to read more.

Dr. Keith D. Johnson and his summer research students Blake Ford and Rojesh Shrestha beat out nine other teams including the University of Maryland, NOAA, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Smithsonian at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Annual Oyster Olympics. The event was held at the Oyster Restoration Center in Shady Side, MD on July 10, 2015. Teams competed in a number of events including cage-building, oyster shell bag filling, shell shaking, a scavenger hunt and a canoe race. It was a great opportunity to learn about restoration, network with others working in the field, and help get materials prepared for further restoration while having some fun. GO MUSTANGS!!

The Department of Biological Sciences welcomes its newest faculty member - Dr. Rebecca Burgess! Dr. Burgess comes to SU from a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. She earned her Bachelors degree in Biology from Cornell University and went on to earn two Masters degrees and her doctorate from Columbia University's Department of Biological Sciences. Her research will focus on the molecular mechanisms that govern chromatin changes during cells' responses to DNA damage. Dr. Burgess arrived on July 1st and has already begun setting up her research program to be ready to welcome her first research students in the fall. Welcome!

Dr. Keith Johnson, Diamonique Clark (ENV '16), and Jessica Kim (BIO '15) recently travelled to Quebec City in Quebec, Canada to present their research on the “Presence and Diversity of Marine Life on Artificial and Natural Reefs in the Chesapeake Bay” at the Xth Benthic Ecology Meeting. Their work was completed as part of the Stevenson Reef Ball Project, in which all freshman School of the Sciences majors participate, making concrete reef balls that are deposited in the Chesapeake Bay to help rebuild reef habitat for marine life. A portion of Dr. Johnson's research focuses on recording the diversity of organisms inhabiting the artificial reef in order to determine whether it is having the desired effect.

SOS faculty and staff wore red on Friday, February 6, 2015 in support of heart disease awareness and the national “Go Red for Women” campaign. National Wear Red Day was started 12 years ago to bring attention to heart disease, which is the #1 killer of women.

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