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Congratulations to Senior Biology major Sergut Admasu for winning the Stevenson University Student Employee of the Year Award this past April. Sergut works as the Front Desk Coordinator in the Academic Link. She started working there in Fall 2011 as a Front Desk Receptionist, but was promoted to Front Desk Coordinator in Spring 2012.

She also won the North East Association of Student Employment Administrators Student Employee of the Year. Each spring, the National Student Employment Administration coordinates a Student Employee of the Year competition in conjunction with the regional affiliates. The Northeast region includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Virgin Islands, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. Congrats on this achievement as well Sergut!

Kerry Lambert, a rising Senior Biology major, performed research with Dr. Obae during this year’s S3RP program. Her research dealt with making a molecular key to identify Japanese barberry cultivars. When asked what she liked most about this research, she said the subject matter and the lab techniques. This was Kerry’s first research experience.

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.

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