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Biology and Environmental Science News

Keyword: outreach

In April, Dr. Mark Norris helped lead and present a 3 week series on Environmental Stewardship at the Reisterstown United Methodist Church. The weekly topics included: our relationship with nature, our impact on the environment (including climate change), and environmental justice. This was done in preparation for and recognition of Earth Day.

Environmental Science students Stephanie Ayres and Diamonique Clark, and Biology major Keeley Cook (all pictured above with Dr. Tucker), led a stream clean-up for Mustangs Make a Difference Day. Over 1000 trash items were removed from the stream and surrounding wildlife protection area between the Owings Mills and Owings Mills North campuses....Click here to read more.

Summer in the School of the Sciences is just as busy as the academic year! BS/MS student Madison Vida and Biology major Delaney Patterson are working all summer with the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences program. The two are laboratory assistants and have responsibility for ensuring that all of the supplies and equipment needed are ready for use by the high school teachers who come from across the country to receive hands-on training in this national STEM curriculum. Both Madison and Delaney are former PLTW students themselves, so they know the value of this curriculum in preparing students for STEM majors and careers.

Senior Biology major Keeley Cook and senior Biotechnology BS/MS major Nichole Young both recently earned a College Reading and Learning Association Master Level Certificate. They received their certification awards at the 2nd annual . Keeley demonstrated her dedication to her fellow students, as well as her persistence to earn this certificate through 75+ hours of actual tutoring experience (Levels I, II and III), hours of training on required topics, and other requirements. Nichole was additionally honored at the banquet with a medal for working in the Academic link for over two years.

Dr. Kimberly Pause Tucker and three students, Mary Grace Moulsdale, Kate Krasnodemski, and Ava Schein, traveled to Florida to assist with manatee captures for a health assessment project lead by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Crystal River, Florida. The USGS has worked toward creating a substantial archive of samples with the successful capture, examination, and release of over 300 manatees in the past decade.  This unique opportunity allowed for valuable hands-on experience with large animals. Students were able to participate in the manatee capture and health assessment, snorkel with the manatees, kayak, as well as observe a Manatee necropsy at a Marine Mammal Pathobiology Lab. Health assessments are important, as they aid in determination of the environmental and medical fitness for a population of wildlife. The health of manatees in particular can alert researchers to any emerging threats to the ocean environment and by extension human health.

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