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Biology and Environmental Science News

Date: Jul 2014

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Sciences is a national STEM curriculum that emphasizes problem solving and teamwork. Stevenson University has trained almost 800 teachers from all over the country since 2007 and we will have more than 150 teachers here this summer. They spend two weeks working in the labs on hands-on activities that their students will do in the classroom. Stevenson was one of the first national affiliates for the program and Biology faculty act as the Affiliate Director and Laboratory Manager for this program.

Congratulations to the Environmental Club for winning several awards at the Student Government Club Leadership Awards Banquet held in April! They won Best Collaborative Program for the GreenFest event and Dr. Kimberly Tucker won the award for Best Club Advisor. Liz Carino (BS Bio ’14), who served as the club’s vice president, won the award for Outstanding Leader.

Sean Reynolds (BS Bio ’14) presented his honors capstone research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in April at the University of Kentucky. His research, “The Effect of Climate Change on Migration Timing among American Migratory Birds”, was performed here at Stevenson with Dr. Matanoski. According to the NCUR website, its mission is to “promote undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education.”

The Biological Sciences department would like to congratulate the 34 Biology, Biotechnology, and Medical Laboratory Science graduates. Best wishes on your future endeavors!

Congratulations to Kari Norquist (left), Kelly Spencer (middle), and Erin Wolfe (right) for being the department’s first Biotechnology/Forensic Science (BT/FSCI) BS/MS graduates! The BT/FSCI BS/MS option became available during the fall of 2010. Students interested in this program apply during their junior year and are able to start taking graduate classes during their senior year in order to earn their master’s degree in as little as one year after obtaining a bachelor’s degree. These students completed and graduated from the undergraduate biotechnology program this past May and are continuing their graduate studies in forensic science this upcoming fall.

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