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Biology and Environmental Science News

Junior biotechnology major Samantha Paulus performed research with Dr. Norris during this year’s S3RP program. They traveled to western NY and followed shifts in hydrology, forest composition, and functioning after girdling trees in small forested plots to simulate an invasive pest (emerald ash borer, EAB). They also established several additional plots that are infested with the EAB in order to monitor these shifts over time as well as compare them to the simulated-EAB plots previously established. When asked what she liked most about this research, she said, “I’m trusted to work with high level equipment.” This was Samantha’s first research experience.


Hadassa Guttman (BS Biotech ’14) and Senior Biology major Sarah Tasker presented their honors capstone research not only at the School of the Sciences poster session, but at a formal seminar in front of faculty members. Hadassa’s research, titled “The Pharmacogenetics of Aldehyde Oxidase”, was performed at BioreclamationIVT under Scott Heyward. She also earned departmental honors. Sarah performed her research at the University of Maryland Medical Center under Dr. Jack Gladstein, Director of Pediatric Headache Clinic. Her research was titled “Sleep Modification and the Management of Migraine”.

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.”

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