Nov 25th, 2013 by meredithdurmowicz
Alec Marschke has been volunteering with the Maryland Zoo since 2009 when he started as part of their “Junior Zoo Crew”. He has continued on and is now one of their most versatile adult volunteers with a lifetime total as of this month of almost 1,200 hours of service! He works with tortoises and turtles, insects (including the Madagascar hissing cockroach!), Panamanian golden frogs, screech owls, and snakes.
This year, Alec was selected as “Adult Volunteer of the Year” by Maryland Zoo staff from a large pool of adult volunteers. In order to be in the running for this honor, volunteers need to have completed 300 service hours in the year. “Alec was very special in his situation and was up against very tough competition by more senior volunteers… He assists with our interpretation program covering areas like our Polar Bears and Maryland Wilderness. He also travels all around the state with our Zoo Mobile program making presentations and handling our Embassy collection of animals to school children, libraries, and other facilities. He assists with our Penguin Wild Encounter and is currently on our volunteer cabinet in a leadership position… With all these tasks, time served, great attitude, and consistency he was able to earn the award for 2013.” – Allison Schwartz, Volunteer Manager, Maryland Zoo.
What does this stellar volunteer have planned for his future? Alec is majoring in Biology here at SU because he hopes to pursue a career in research. He is also interested in “conservation through captivity”, in other words, using zoos and aquariums to assist in conservation efforts for imperiled species.
Sep 24th, 2013 by meredithdurmowicz
We would also like to introduce one of our newest members to the department and the School of Sciences , Dr. Samuel G. Obae. As part of the department, Dr. Obae will teach Biology 113 and Biology 114 and mentor students in research on plant secondary metabolites and conservation biology. His research will also focus on the “production of valuable plant compounds using plant tissue cultures and manipulation of culture conditions in order to increase their production”. After asking, Dr. Obae what he likes best about SU so far he replied, “Everyone has been very welcoming and the students are very professional and respective.” Make sure you stop by and introduce yourself and make him feel welcome to the SOS and to his new Stevenson family.
Sep 24th, 2013 by meredithdurmowicz
We would like to introduce one of our newest members to the department and the School of Sciences, Dr. Mark D. Norris. As part of the department, Dr. Norris will teach Biology 115 and Biology 213 and mentor students in research on the subject of terrestrial plant and ecosystem level analysis. His research will also include investigating the “patterns and processes of so-called novel ecosystems in order to ultimately help the conservation or restoration plans to maintain native diversity”. After asking, Dr. Norris what he likes best about SU so far he replied, “there has been a great group of faculty that have really helped me settle in.” Make sure you stop by and introduce yourself and make him feel welcome to the SOS and to his new Stevenson family.
Aug 5th, 2013 by meredithdurmowicz
The Biology Department celebrated two of our dear colleagues this past May. Mrs. Barbara Davidsen, our laboratory manager, and Dr. Andy Kreuz, biology professor, have served the department for over a combined 40 years. Barbara retired at the end of June and will be missed. Dr. Kreuz has relocated to Denver, CO and will also be missed. We wish them both the best as they embark on the next stage!
Aug 1st, 2013 by meredithdurmowicz
Megan Toms, a medical technology sophomore, recently travelled to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee to deliver over 700 hand-knitted caps that she collected for the patients undergoing chemotherapy at the hospital. Megan also delivered a donation of over $1000. She collected the hats and donations as part of a $20 Challenge service project in her fall 2012 freshman seminar course for the university honors program. She went above and beyond, reaching out to her 4-H community contacts, holding knitting workshops, and reaching out to the local media to gain support for her project. Congratulations, Megan! To read the full story, follow this link:
Jul 29th, 2013 by meredithdurmowicz
The Biology Department graduated over 30 students from the biology, biotechnology and medical technology programs this May. We are so proud of all of our graduates and wish them the best as they take their next steps into the professional world!
Jul 24th, 2013 by meredithdurmowicz
Biology Department faculty and students welcomed potential new students at our annual Future Scholars’ Day event in February 2013. Prospective students spent time in the lab or in the field with our faculty, experiencing a sampling of the classroom activities for a typical biology department student. Guests also had the opportunity to speak informally with students and faculty about life as an SU student. Look for the next Future Scholars’ Day in February 2014!