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Jessica Forbes (BIO, '13) is currently enrolled in a master’s degree program in biology at the Central University of Washington. CWU is the former home of a chimpanzee sanctuary made famous by one of its inhabitants, a chimp named Washoe, who was famous for sign language experiments in the 1960s.

CWU has since moved its chimps to a sanctuary in Canada, where Jessica will likely be travelling to gather data for her thesis research. In addition, she may also have the opportunity to travel to South Africa for her research. She plans to study either the conservation genetics of chimpanzees or the behavioral variations of some subspecies of chimps.

Of her program, she reports, "All of the faculty seem to be impressed with how many undergraduate research opportunities are available at SU and with some of the skills we learn in our courses! The students in our program can be trained in biology, anthropology, or psychology- so they're happy when students have experience with molecular biology techniques!" As an added bonus, Jessica enjoys great views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams.

Taylore Willis, a Senior Interdisciplinary Studies major with concentrations in Biology and Psychology, participated in a 9-week program at the University of Montana located in Missoula. The program was sponsored by the National Science Foundation through the Introductory Multicultural Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (IM-SURE) office. While there she worked with the university's College of Forestry and Conservation under the direction of Dr. Cara Nelson. 

The research she is performing is looking to determine spatial variation of soil nematodes in western Montana grasslands, and is anticipated to be completed by spring 2015 with the Biology Department at Stevenson University. The things Taylore values most about her experience are the opportunities she was given to build professional connections, to conduct research heavily reliant on field work, and the fact that she will receive a guaranteed acceptance to her mentor's lab for graduate school. You can follow this link for more information: http://im-sure.dbs.umt.edu/cms/index.php

“This was truly one of my best summers so far, and I am looking forward to seeing how this experience will prepare me for life after Stevenson.” –Taylore Willis

 

Sean Reynolds (BS Bio ’14) presented his honors capstone research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in April at the University of Kentucky. His research, “The Effect of Climate Change on Migration Timing among American Migratory Birds”, was performed here at Stevenson with Dr. Matanoski. According to the NCUR website, its mission is to “promote undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education.”

Congratulations to Christopher Snyder (BS Biology ’14) for having his capstone research published in the Medical Science Monitor Basic Research journal! His article, titled "The effects of morphine on Parkinson's-related genes PINK1 and PARK2", can be found using this link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4026148/. Chris did his capstone research in the laboratory of Dr. George B. Stefano at the Neuroscience Research Institute at SUNY Old Westbury in Old Westbury, New York and is currently working there full-time.

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Biology Kimberly Pause Tucker on the publication of her research into the identification of bacterial viruses in the environment. The research, entitled “Diversity of environmental single-stranded DNA phages revealed by PCR amplification of the partial major capsid protein,” was done in collaboration with scientists in Florida and France. It sheds light on the presence of and diversity of bacterial viruses called phages in the environment. Dr. Pause Tucker is also the Director of the Center for Environmental Sustainability here at Stevenson University. You can find the article here: http://www.nature.com/ismej/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ismej201443a.html.

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