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Biology and Environmental Science News

12 volunteers came together to remove over 500 pounds of trash from Gwynns Falls watershed on April 5th. The section of the watershed that was cleaned sits between the Owings Mills and recently acquired Owings Mills North campuses. During this event, over 1100 items were collected in 3 hours. Some interesting pieces of waste were found including but not limited to: 6 tires, 15lbs. of astroturf, a tricycle, a fridge drawer, a propane canister and so much more. 

On April 21st, Stevenson’s Greenspring campus will have GreenFest, which is an entire event dedicated to being more environmentally friendly. During this all day event, there will be seminars in St. Paul Companies Pavilion on animal behavior, essential oils, green policing, environmental ethics and meditation stress management. There will also be live animals, vegan food, and beekeeper Dr. Matanoski on the quad to talk about the importance of our environment!

Congratulations to freshman biology major, Allison Bishop, who set a new school record in discus throw at the Danny Curran Invitational. Her throw of 32.18 meters was best in the field in this invitational hosted by Widener  It is great to see our students succeeding both in and out of the classroom.

The Nu Sigma chapter of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society Induction held their induction ceremony on March 23, 2016 which was attended by family, friends and faculty. Dr. Rebecca Burgess was the invited speaker who gave a very interesting talk on the Pioneers of Science, both molecular and human. New officers were sworn in, and then 21 regular members, 4 graduate members, and 19 associate members were inducted into the society.

Senior Biology major Neill Baker (pictured with his father) has been accepted into the Peace Corps to work on Coastal resource management projects in the Philippine Islands for 27 months. In June, Neill will begin his journey with 3 months of pre service training in Manila where he will receive orientation to the culture and language, after which he will begin projects such as coral reef management working with the National Parks as well as governments on both the local and district level.

Neill’s interest in the Peace Corps program began in 11th grade when he took a geography class with a professor who had friends traveling the globe with the Peace Corps. This had always appealed to him and after learning more about the Peace Corps through classes and personal research he decided to apply. Stevenson University professors Dr. Keith Johnson and Dr. Tracey Mason are Peace Corps alumni and were instrumental in answering any questions and helping Neill with the application process. Neill is very excited to get away for a while and explore the world while he is still young. Everyone here at Stevenson wish him the best with this experience!

Environmental Science senior Peter Hoblitzell was named MAC Commonwealth Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for the first week of the season. Peter’s excellent performance in both singles and doubles got him four wins in four games during their two matches this past week. Currently Peter is playing No. 2 Singles and No. 1 doubles for the Mustangs. Since October, Peter has posted the best record on the team at 8 wins with only 2 losses. Way to go Peter!

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