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Senior Kathy Acosta will be working with Mount Rainier National park in Ashford, Washington after graduation. She will be working with the Cascade Butterfly Program to monitor subalpine butterfly populations, plant phenology, and communicating the program progress and findings to the public. The Cascades Butterfly Program is a volunteer-based program that monitors the distribution and abundance of subalpine butterflies. Butterflies are very sensitive indicators of climate change and when monitored can give information about changes to an ecosystem.

Kathy will travel in June out to Washington where she will live in a bunkhouse provided by the internship for 12 weeks. The park is located in a very desolate area. The closest small grocery story is 35 miles from the park and larger stores are over 60 miles from housing. Cell phone coverage is very limited and it is not unusual for snow every once in a while over the summer. An average day of work for this internship requires between 5 and 10 miles of hiking a day, and multiple overnight camping sites on a weekly basis. 

Ajani Khalfani, a senior biology major, completed an internship at GBMC this summer to fulfill her senior capstone hours. With the help of one of her professors here at Stevenson, Ms. Carol Schmidhouser, Ajani secured the internship in the general surgery department with the Finney Trimble Surgical Associates Team. She was able to observe many surgeries in the general operating room ranging from hernia repairs, to appendectomies, a cholecystectomy, a thyroidectomy, and even some plastic surgery procedures. Ajani additionally was able to observe several deliveries in the Labor and Delivery Suite (both vaginal and C-section), as well as shadow residents in the GYN Oncology Suite. Some of the duties she performed during her internship included answering and making phone calls from the operating room when the nurse was occupied and turning over the operating room for the next patient. Ajani says that her favorite part of her experience was being in the Labor and Delivery Suite, because she is working towards becoming an obstetrician, and this internship offered her the opportunity to see firsthand what obstetricians do and the environment in which they work. The picture above shows Ajani at the hospital dancing in a video submission for the Medline Pink Glove Dance Contest, which raises money for breast cancer. GBMC took first place in the competition, winning $10,000 for a local breast cancer organization. Great job Ajani!

You can follow this link for the story: http://thedailyrecord.com/2014/10/02/gbmc-wins-10k-for-breast-cancer-nonprofit/

Forensic Science graduate student Kari Norquist (BS BT ’14) is performing her forensic science internship in Washington, D.C. She is one of our first BS/MS students in the Biotechnology/Forensic Science program and she will be completing her graduate studies this school year. The link to the story can be found below. It also includes a video that shows Kari working with the instrument. Way to go Kari!

http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/26117116/new-dna-crime-fighting-tool-in-the-district

Senior biology major, Christopher Snyder has accepted a position of Research Scholar at The Neuroscience Research Institute at SUNY Old Westbury, Old Westbury, New York. This is a full-time position in the laboratory of Dr. George B. Stefano, where Chris completed an internship during the summer of 2013. Congratulations Chris and Good Luck!

 
 
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