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Keyword: experiential learning

Biochemistry senior, Angelica Lackey attended the 2017 American Epilepsy Society in Washington, DC this week where she presented her work with Dr. Kossoff on Ketogenic Diet Second Opinion Clinics. Her internship was conducted at the Ketogenic Diet Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital this summer, where patients learn to control epilepsy through diet. She was able to meet many of the important people who work with the ketogenic diet including famous patients, such as former U.S. ice hockey Olympic Chanda Gunn, who manages her seizures with the help of this diet.  Angelica was even was able to engage in a virtual reality experience where she was able to "walk" around in someone’s brain to map and conduct glutamate receptor binding which she said was "... incredible to say the least!" 

Biochemistry junior Joseph Acqui recently presented his research on the effects of methamphetamine on various molecular and behavioral activities and the connections between methamphetamine consumption and addiction  at the 17th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Phoenix, Arizona The work leading up to the presentation was conducted at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over the summer. Joseph also applied for and was awarded a DREAM (Diversity Resources for Enrichment, Access and Mentoring) Award, which paid for all of his expenses for his trip, lodging and expenses.

 

One of the highlights of Stevenson's First Year Seminar course is formulating a service project to bring to Mustangs Make a Difference Day. Held in conjunction with Day to Serve in the state of Maryland, it is a way for Stevenson students to volunteer and give back to their communities. First Year Seminar classes in the Department of Chemistry came up with several unique service projects. One class hosted a Be the Match bone marrow drive, a second class provided materials to make stress relief Galaxy Jars, and a third class promoted Pedestrian Awareness with a pledge to be safe campaign in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Transportation.   Whatever the project, students enjoyed the opportunity to get to know their classmates and instructors in a more relaxed setting. The teams used all of their materials to make jars, signed up 49 new potential marrow donors, and collected over 200 signatures.

Senior chemistry major Krystine Hill is traveling to Reno, NV this week to present her research at the SciX National Meeting. She received funding from the SU Chemistry Department student travel fund and won a grant from the Society of Applied Spectroscopy to support her travel. She will  be presenting the work she completed this summer at the Naval Medical Research Center, in Silver Spring, MD, focusing on heterotopic ossification, an affliction where combat-wounded patients experience a bony hardening of their damaged soft tissues, causing a myriad of issues, including poor prosthesis fitting. With this work, caregivers hope to provide an earlier intervention and treatment for these veterans. 

Update! Krystine won second place in the poster competition. Congratulations and great work! 

Biochemistry major Tania Rodriguez Cintora won an award from the American Society for Cell Biology Minority Affairs Committee for travel and attendance at the American Society for Cell Biology-European Molecular Biology Organization (ASCB-EMBO) joint meeting in Philadelphia this December. She was chosen out of many very qualified students nationwide, and the award supplies up to $1300 in travel funds for her participation in the 4-day meeting. Her abstract submission was titled “Determining the role of chromatin context on repair of DNA double-breaks formed by a Cas9-linked camptothecin mimic.”

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