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Dr. Vanya Koo Chairs a Session at the 2015 ASMCUE

Dr. Koo at ASMCUE conference 2015Dr. Koo at ASMCUE conference 2015Dr. Koo attended the 2015 ASMCUE (America Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators) in Austin, TX May 26-29. She enjoyed reconnecting with old colleagues and meeting new ones. Dr. Koo chaired a session of Micro Brews, short presentations given by professors from a variety of higher education types, all related to either research ideas for undergraduates in microbiology or to pedagogic tools used in labs and classrooms. She also presented a Micro Brew on the “Space Lab”, a semester-long assignment currently part of Biol364, where students select and extraterrestrial environment and design a laboratory to study a microbe that they may expect to find in that environment. Several faculty members at other institutions are interested in possibly incorporating the “Space Lab” into their curricula.


Dr. Nadine Rorem, Corbin Renken '16, and Helen Harvey '16, Present at the Society of Freshwater Science Annual Meeting in Milwaukee

Rorem presentation 2Rorem presentation  Dr. Nadine Rorem co-presented a poster of recent research with 2 students, Corbin Renken ‘16 and Helen Harvey ‘16, in Milwaukee at the Society of Freshwater Science Annual Meeting in May. The title of their poster was, “The Effects of Salinity on Growth Rate and Hydranth Morphology in the Invasive Colonial Hydroid Cordylophora. They presented results of research involving several students from the past year. Corbin explained, “I had a great time attending the SFS 2015 Conference with Helen and Dr. Rorem. Presenting our research was a great experience, and I actually learned quite a bit. We got some really good feedback on our work from other scientists in our field, and through their questions and comments, I gained valuable insight into how we can move forward in our research! I am very thankful for the opportunity I had to attend.” Helen stated, “I was so lucky to attend this conference because it allowed me to see the greater collaboration that goes on in the scientific community. All the people we talked to wanted to learn about our project and help us further our research. It was really great to feel so supported.

“The Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) is an international scientific organization whose purpose is to promote further understanding of freshwater ecosystems (rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries) and ecosystems at the interface between aquatic and terrestrial habitats (wetlands, bogs, fens, riparian forests and grasslands).” This year’s theme was ‘Our Freshwater Futures.’ 

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