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TriBeta is an honor society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending knowledge through scientific research. Each year Tribeta hosts new and exciting events for both its members and the Stevenson community.

This year is no exception, as the Tribeta officers (pictured above) make plans to offer biological science major specific T-shirts along with their Tribeta shirts! These shirts will be available for Biology, Biotechnology, Environmental Science, and Medical Technology majors. The order process will be set up online, so purchase will be quick and easy. The idea behind the shirts is that biological science students will be able to show pride in their majors and that they will bring the biological sciences closer together.

Additionally, Tribeta will be continuing Downtime with Dogs! During midterms and finals week, Pets on Wheels will bring therapy dogs to campus to offer stress relief for students. This year Downtime with Dogs events will be held on both Greenspring and Owings Mills, as there is a large portion of the student population that do not spend any time on the Owings Mills Campus.

Movie nights will continue to be held on the Owings Mills Campus to foster a presence in the community and promote what TriBeta is about. The induction ceremony for new members will be held in November. Continue to check the Tribeta bulletin board for events and other fun, educational information.

For more information about Tribeta visit: http://www.tri-beta.org/


 

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.

Dr. Randall Munson, Retired Research Program Director for Sanofi Aventis, came to Stevenson last week to speak to students in the BT 205 course: Biosafety and Quality Assurance. Dr. Munson spent approximately 50 years working as a Medicinal Chemist for Big Pharma and shared his knowledge about biosafety and quality assurance in the field with students. This course introduces the safety and quality control issues related to product development in the biotechnology industry and Dr. Munson’s presentation was beneficial to enhancing student learning in this area.

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!

Kendel Quirk, a freshman Biology major, moved back to the United States to attend Stevenson University after living for 10 years in Budapest, Hungary. She knew she wanted to attend a University that was similar to her high school, the Greater Grace International School, where each class has no more than 16 students and all of the teachers really cared about individual students.

After hearing about Stevenson University from family and friends, she knew that she would be comfortable here. Once she visited campus, she realized this was the school she wanted to attend.  Kendel has enjoyed growing up in an international environment and will never forget the people she has met and the friends she has made. Welcome to the Stevenson family Kendel!

“Attending an international school since the third grade and being one of the few Americans in the school has definitely affected me. Not only have I made best friends who are from all around the world, but I also was able to learn about different cultures and their perspectives on many different things. Even spending the night at a friend's house taught me something new about a culture different than my own. This is something that I will always be grateful for, and although it was difficult to be away from home at times, I wouldn't change anything from these past ten years. I now consider Budapest as my home.” – Kendel Quirk

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