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Marshall University - Biological Sciences Newsletter
October 2015

Fall Career Expo is Tuesday, October 13; Job-A-Palooza is October 21

    MU's Career Services' Fall Career Expo is Tuesday, October 13, from 1-4 p.m. in the Don Morris Room of the Student Center. You can explore the continually-updated list of employers participating in the Expo.

    Career Services also sponsors the Fall Job-A-Palooza on Wednesday, October 21, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center. Employers will offer part-time and seasonal jobs, as well as internships. You can see a list of participating companies here. Come prepared with resumes, and be ready to be interviewed on the spot! Visit the Career Services website, which contains links to articles that help you prepare for a job search and interviews.

    Don't forget to log into your Marshall JobTrax account to keep your profile information updated, upload current resumes, cover letters, etc., and to search for jobs and internships. For assistance with your JobTrax account or with resumes, interviewing, and more, call Career Services (304-696-2370), or visit at 1681 5th Avenue, between Harless Dining Hall and the JCE Performing Arts Center.

Consider a Summer Study Abroad Adventure in Peru!

    Want to try something new, explore the edges of your comfort zone, and have an amazing adventure? College study abroad is a great way to do this - it's a life changing experience, sets you apart from others in the job market, and is surprisingly affordable. This summer, BSC professor Dr. Suzanne Strait will be teaching two interdisciplinary courses in Peru. These courses include extensive field experiences, and much learning takes place outside the typical classroom setting - you will be learning by doing and seeing. One course Dr. Strait is teaching is Intro to Biological Anthropology, which will including topics such as human osteology, forensics, paleopathology (diseases you can diagnosis from bones), and zooarcheology. Her second course is Human Population Biology, which will focus on the morphological and physiological adaptions to living at high elevation (since most of Peru includes high altitude populations). Two other courses are available during this program: Andean Archaeology, and Introduction to Cultural Geography. We will visit the Nazca lines, Arequipa, Puno Cuzco, Incan Valley, and Lima, and our final destination will be the famous archeological city of Machu Picchu. All courses are taught in English, all students in this program are from WV, KY and OH, and three local professors will be leading this program.

    To learn more, contact Dr. Strait ( or visit the KIIS website.

Stuffed Cells by Zedmalia Wolfe
The scientifically-correct adventures of an archaean, a plant cell, and an animal cell.

Stuffed Cells cartoon

Student Conservation Association Internships

    Are you interested in conservation? Would you like to experience an internship that you might be able to use as your capstone experience? Consider the Student Conservation Association, a non-profit organization involved in restoring, protecting, and preserving America's public lands. They offer internships in a wide variety of areas, from forestry to archaeology to water quality monitoring to public outreach, and more. SCA interns work in the field with a partner agency or organization, gaining hands-on experience in conservation. Internships last from 12 weeks to 12 months. Visit this website to learn more about the SCA intern program, and you may also wish to read the FAQ.

Have You Considered Attending Graduate School?

    Students already involved in BSC's Master of Science (MS) and Master of Arts (MA) degree programs can tell you that education doesn't have to end after you earn your BS. Whether you've already been involved in research as an undergraduate, or whether you've just taken a course that ignited your interest, you may want to explore the graduate options available in BSC here at Marshall.

    The main page for our graduate program is here; there are several related links on the right side of that page. The Department offers a number of Graduate Assistantships, on a competitive basis, which pay a stipend and at least the majority of your tuition. This is a good time of year to start considering whether you wish to be a member of our graduate program and to take the time to speak with faculty whose research areas interest you. If you have questions about the program, or what to expect from graduate school, feel free to email

Brag Box An abbreviated list of recent BSC student and faculty accomplishments:

    Sammi Adkins, MS 2015 with Dr. Brian Antonsen, has accepted a teaching position at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Charleston, WV. Sammi says that she plans "to implement many of the hands-on learning tools that I gained through my experience as a GA to encourage young students to be interested in the sciences. I did not become excited about science until college; in fact, I was intimidated by science and assumed that it was too hard for me to grasp. Unfortunately, I think many young students experience this feeling toward science, and some may not be fortunate enough to have professors who will take the time to show them how exciting and not-so-intimidating science really is. I hope that by teaching science in an engaging and exciting way, I will be able to recruit students to study in the STEM fields when they reach college age. Ultimately, I hope to teach science in the coal fields of West Virginia and would like to have crayfish as class pets." Those are wonderful goals, Sammi, and we wish you great success!

What’s New in Biological Science:Additional time spent outdoors by children results in decreased rate of nearsightedness. (September 15, 2015; The JAMA Network Journals via The addition of a daily outdoor activity class at school for three years for children in Guangzhou, China, resulted in a reduction in the rate of myopia (nearsightedness, the ability to see close objects more clearly than distant objects), according to a new study.

Selected BSC Contact Information

Dr. David Mallory, BSC Chair S-350 (304) 696-2353
BSC Graduate Program Information   (304) 696-2427
BSC office, TA applications, various forms S-350 (304) 696-3148
Susan Weinstein, BSC News S-204 (304) 696-2428


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