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Alumni Kelsea Cole (BIO ’15) has accepted an offer to pursue a Doctorates of Physical Therapy at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. The Physical Therapy program at University of Maryland has been around for over 50 years and continues to be one of the top programs in the nation. In 2002 the program developed into an entry level DPT program for students with a bachelor’s degree. The program gives candidates experience in the University’s cadaver lab as well as clinical hours to best prepare graduates for real world experience. To find more information about the program, visit their website here. Best of luck to Kelsea through this tough program!

Adjunct Professor and research advisor Dr. Matthew Tucker is a co-author on a paper that was just published in the Journal of Parasitology and Vector Biology titled, Evaluation of cytosine DNA methylation of the Biomphalaria glabrata at shock protein 70 locus after biological and physiological stresses. In this study, the researchers measured DNA methylation levels of the heat shock 70 protein in the snail Biomphalaria glabrata, which is a host for the parasitic flatworm Schistosoma mansoni. The study found changes in methylation levels which may have implications for the transmission of this parasitic disease. You can find the full paper here


Sarah Sauthoff (BIO '09), PA-C, is currently working as a Physicians Assistant for LifeBridge Health. She has recently been recognized by her patients and coworkers as Northwest Hospital’s SuperStar employee. The award is given to employees who show their dedication to their position through positive attitude, excellent custom service, and a strong work ethic. Sarah is one of a handful of recipients to be recognized across the entire practice. Congratulations Sarah!

Stevenson opened the 2016 Spring semester with a record breaking winter storm that swept across the east coast. Winter storm Jonas hit Maryland hard, dumping over 30 inches of snow. For 14 continuous hours snow came down 1 to 3 inches per hour. BWI shattered their previous daily snow record of 11.5” in 1935. In 24 hours Jonas unleashed 25.5” of snow making this storm one of the hardest to hit the Maryland/DC area.

In total, 31 states saw snow from this storm (including Florida) and 14 states recorded having over a foot of snow just from Jonas! Maryland also recorded the highest wind gust from this storm at 85mph on Assateague Island. With the lingering snow finally being melted away, students have been in school for a week and teachers are doing everything in their power to bring their schedules back on track!

Over the winter break, eleven students and two faculty members traveled to Costa Rica for environmental science credit. The trip included white water rafting, zip-lining, beaches, jungles, many picturesque views, waterfalls, and wonderful memories galore! While there, students learned about native and non-native species as well as studied plant and other biological matter not found in America. What a fantastic experience for those students!

To see many highlights from the trip, check out the album on The School of the Sciences Facebook page

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