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Biochemistry senior, Joshua Johnson, spent this summer interning at Giant Pharmacy as part of his Capstone course. "I have been doing the job of a pharmacy technician, such as taking prescription drop offs, filling prescriptions, making phone calls to patients etc. Also, I learned how to operate the robot Giant uses to count pills." Joshua has enjoyed this amazing internship opportunity and is excited about a career in pharmacy.

Students and faculty who are participating in our Summer Scholars Research Program (S3RP) recently attended an Orioles game to cheer on the O's. A great time was had by all!

Biochemistry senior, Mike Skaro, is completing his Capstone research with Dr. Christopher Plowe at the University of Maryland School of Medicine studying malaria drug resistance. The ultimate goal of the research is to develop vaccines to prevent this deadly disease. Mike reports that he has learned an incredible amount this summer and loves his research project. He plans to use the research skills he has learned this summer when he attends graduate school next year.

Heather Drake is part of the Summer Science Scholars Program (S3RP).  Students are chosen for this special summer program based on their academic record and letters of recommendation from faculty.  She is working with mathematician Dr. Mark Branson developing a map of Baltimore which uses a non-euclidean metric based on the travel time between two points using public transportation.  The goal is to measure the curvature of space in this metric at individual points and correlate this with crime rates in the city of Baltimore - their hypothesis is that areas with low or negative curvature will correlate with high crime rates.

Heather finds this research project very interesting.  She enjoys learning and working with the software program, Mathematica.  This has been a  great opportunity for her to explore a career in research!

Biochemistry junior, Michele Collingsworth, is spending her summer working with Dr. Lynne Hodge in our Summer Science Scholars Program (S3RP).  Her research project focuses on fin whale calls detected in the waters off of North Carolina.  Michele is examining the rate at which fin whales produce two specific call types throughout the breeding season, as changes in production rate during this time might convey information on reproductive status.  Michele is having a great time with this project!

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