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Dr. Keith Johnson is offering an opportunity for students to join him on a research trip to the Galapagos Islands for a one credit option associated with Biology 115 and Environmental Science 307. The trip is set for January 6-13, 2015. They will first be touring a few mainland sites in Ecuador, including an active volcano and the equatorial line. Following this, they will head out to the Galapagos Islands and spend several days hiking, snorkeling, and moving between the islands on boats. Additionally, students will be able to spend some time at the Darwin Research station, where they work on Land Tortoise conservation. This is an incredible opportunity for students to explore other cultures and learn about conservation efforts.

Erin Smith, class of 2006, will be heading to Nepal this January with the Acupuncture Relief Project. She graduated with a Master’s degree in acupuncture from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Erin has worked at the Blueberry Gardens Healing Center in Ashton and feels that this trip to Nepal will be a great experience for personal growth. The Acupuncture Relief Project is a nonprofit organization that sends practitioners to work in clinics set up by the Nepalese government in remote villages. For more information check out the following link:

Dr. Gary Dorough, the Division Director of US Army, National Ground Intelligence Center, came to Stevenson last week to speak to students in the BT 205 course: Biosafety and Quality Assurance. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1992 and has worked as a Director at the Department of Defense for the past two years. This course introduces the safety and quality control issues related to product development in the biotechnology industry and Dr. Dorough’s presentation was beneficial to enhancing student learning in this area.

Laura Miller, the Director of the Human Research Protection Program at INOVA hospital in Virginia, came to Stevenson last week to speak to Biotechnology 205 students about protection of human research subjects. She received her Master’s degree in health system administration from Georgetown University in 2005 and has worked at INOVA since 2006. Ms. Miller strives to bring more research into the healthcare setting, but her focus is mainly on protecting the human participants during research. Her presentation helped reinforce student learning about safety concerns for subjects involved in human trials.

Dr. David Harbourt, a Biosafety Officer for the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, presented to a Biotechnology 205: Biosafety and Quality Assurance class about his experiences in biosafety. He has worked as a Biosafety Officer for the past two years. He is a member of the American Biosafety Association and the Society of Toxicology, and is a Councilor for the Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association (ChABSA).  Dr. Harbourt graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Ph.D. in Toxicology. The BT 205 course introduces safety and quality control issues related to product development in the biotechnology industry and Dr. Harbourt’s presentation enhanced student learning about biosafety.

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