October 2018

BSC Students in Kenya: High School Teachers' Workshop and Medical Camp

Chirchir with students in Kenya     This summer, undergraduates McKenzie Granata and Holly Farkosh joined Dr. Habiba Chirchir (Marshall University) and Dr. Briana Pobiner (Smithsonian Institution) in Kenya. They helped prepare and organize teaching materials for a high school biology teachers' workshop, as well as in facilitating the workshop. The materials included resources for teaching evolution in a biology classroom for the teachers and their students, specifically for 12th grade students.

    They then volunteered at a medical camp in which they assisted medical professionals in measuring and recording vital signs (e.g. blood pressure), recording basic data from patients, organizing pharmaceutical products, and sterilization of medical equipment, etc. Congratulations to McKenzie and Holly for a successful and productive summer!

BSC Alumnus Guest Speaker, Wednesday, October 24

    BSC alumnus Dr. Shane Perrine will speak on the "Neurobiology of co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder" at 4-4:50 p.m. October 24, in S374. Dr. Perrine is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI. Come learn!

Are You Looking for a Research Internship or Capstone?

    The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers by providing research experiences at one of 17 participating Department of Energy laboratories/facilities, working with scientists on the laboratories' ongoing research. Internships last either 10 weeks during the summer, or 16 weeks during the spring or fall. Visit https://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/ to learn more about the program, and explore the FAQ here. The deadline for spring internships is October 9, and the deadline for summer experiences is generally in early January.

Volunteer for Science-Themed Halloween Bash for Kids!

    The College of Science/WV Science Adventures 2nd Annual Halloween Science Bash will be October 27 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. (1:00-6:00 p.m. with set-up and clean-up). This outreach event is for the local community, and features science- and Halloween-themed family fun (haunted house, slime, etc.). If you or a student group you are involved in wants to volunteer to make this day spectacularly fun, please email Dr. Strait at straitho@marshall.edu. This is a great opportunity to share your love of science with the community and get more kids interested in science!

What are They Doing Now? An Update on BSC MS Graduate Shelby Timm

    Shelby Timm graduated from Marshall in 2015 with her MS in BSC. Shelby was a part of the MU Herpetology lab and conducted research on the effects of stream liming on larval Spring Salamander life history strategies. Following graduation, she worked as an Americorps crew leader for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, removing invasive species from priority locations throughout the two states, and then returned to Marshall to work with Dr. Jayme Waldron as the Wildlife Translocation Project Manager for multiple grant-funded research projects in South Carolina.

    Last year, Shelby was hired as a Resource Staff Scientist by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). In this position, she is the principle investigator of an amphibian and reptile research project, while also having the flexibility to assist on other projects throughout the area. Her primary research is on herpetofauna within the Missouri Ozarks Forest Ecosystem Project (MOFEP), a >100 year study exploring the effects of different timber management strategies on the native flora and fauna.

    The MOFEP was designed as a landscape-scale experiment with a total of nine forest compartments (~1000 acres each). Three treatments, including even-aged forest management, uneven-aged forest management, and no harvest (control), were randomly assigned to the compartments prior to the start of MOFEP in 1992, and are applied every 15 years. Each of the nine compartments are further divided into stands, which are smaller units designated based on the timber structure, age and size class, and site characteristics. Only a subset of stands are harvested during each treatment so that the entire compartment will not be fully treated for 100 years.

    Throughout MOFEP, numerous research projects, addressing herpetofauna, birds, ground flora, small mammals, overstory, and many others, monitor the landscape-level impacts of these treatments on the forest ecosystem. Shelby is currently using multi-season occupancy to analyze 23 years of herpetofauna data to study the impacts of the treatments on rare species, as well as what other site characteristics might regulate their distributions. Overall, few compartment-level impacts have been observed in any of the amphibian and reptile species; however, the project is still in its early stages.

    The results of these research projects will help guide MDC forest management throughout the state. These research projects require countless seasonal field technicians to collect data. Opportunities to work on various projects within MOFEP are available throughout the year and can often be found on the Texas A&M job board and other ecology-based job boards.

    Thanks for the interesting update, Shelby!

Are You Interested in Study Abroad Opportunities?

    The School for Field Studies has numerous programs available to students interested in environmental field studies. Opportunities exist all over the world, including Australia, Bhutan, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Panama, and Tanzania. Start your exploration by reading their FAQ.

    Marshall's Office of Study Abroad is available to all students interested in studying in another country. To participate, students must have completed their freshman year, and must have a 2.5 GPA or higher. A wide variety of programs, including some that are led by Marshall faculty, are available to interested students!

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

Stuffed Cells cartoon


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