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Congratulations to Siobhan Wroten (BIO ’09) who was recently promoted to Team Leader of Anatomic Pathology at Sinai Hospital. In her new role, Siobhan works with many of the researchers at the hospital on various research projects. She is excited about her new position and the unique opportunities that have opened up for her. As a result, Siobhan is also paying it forward by helping to open additional research opportunities for Stevenson students at Sinai Hospital. Congratulations and Thank You!

Dr. Samuel Obae took his BIO 210 students outside this week for a lab activity where they collected various leaves for identification. The purpose of the lab was to familiarize students with the external and internal features of a monocot and dicot leaf, so that they will be able to identify the different types of leaves and their phyllotaxy (arrangement) on the stem.  This exercise is particularly significant for aspiring botanists, as it provides them with the necessary skills for proper identification of plant specimens.

Senior BS in Biotechnology/MS in Forensic Science student Nichole Young participated in rotations at the Baltimore County Police Department as part of her capstone experience last fall. As part of the experience, she rotated through three forensic units at BCPD: Firearms and Tool marks, Latent Prints, and Controlled Dangerous Substances. When asked about her favorite part of the rotations Nichole replied, “I really enjoyed going through the latent print lab and learning just how challenging it can be to be a latent print examiner.” This spring, she plans to evaluate several common and uncommon presumptive blood tests for her final capstone paper.

Dr. Kimberly Pause Tucker and three students, Mary Grace Moulsdale, Kate Krasnodemski, and Ava Schein, traveled to Florida to assist with manatee captures for a health assessment project lead by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Crystal River, Florida. The USGS has worked toward creating a substantial archive of samples with the successful capture, examination, and release of over 300 manatees in the past decade.  This unique opportunity allowed for valuable hands-on experience with large animals. Students were able to participate in the manatee capture and health assessment, snorkel with the manatees, kayak, as well as observe a Manatee necropsy at a Marine Mammal Pathobiology Lab. Health assessments are important, as they aid in determination of the environmental and medical fitness for a population of wildlife. The health of manatees in particular can alert researchers to any emerging threats to the ocean environment and by extension human health.

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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