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SJA Science Summer Experiences 2013
SJA Science students have had a productive summer. The following students presented their summer science experiences to Beta Chi Pi, the science honor society at their August meeting.
Reana Elder, sophomore, attended a weeklong Camp Cardiac at Washington University.
Camp Cardiac provides an introduction to careers in medicine, allowing the students to interact directly with experts in the medical field. Its primary focus is the heart, its structure, care and maintenance especially the importance of diet and exercise.
Natalie Imo, junior, attended the World Aquarium Aquatic & Marine Science Initiative (WAAMSI) where she carried out focused hands-on field research experience in marine biology. She traveled to Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory to apply firsthand what she learned during a six week training laboratories and to meet with other marine and aquatic sciences professionals in the field.
Alex Harris, junior, participated in the Youth Exploring Science at the St. Louis Science Center. This program promotes the Saint Louis Science Center's mission "to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning throughout the community.” The program provides an inquiry based learning environment that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Claire Henson, senior, worked as an intern at Washington University Neurofibromatosis Center. Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves in the brain and throughout the body. The Neurofibromatosis Center researches the disorder and how life can be improved for individuals with the condition. Claire presented what she learned about the condition and the research activities in which she was involved at the center over the summer.
Katie Hayes and Sara Kochanski, seniors, presented information about their volunteer efforts through Teens Learning in the Community at Mercy Hospital. They volunteered from June to August, helping out where needed on the floors and planning and carrying out special events such as luaus and carnivals.
Ashley Taylor, senior, was selected as one of the scholars taking part in a six week research program through STARS, Students and Teachers As Research Scientists. Ashley carried out research with Dr Laurie Shornick at St. Louis University. Her research presentation at the end of her project was titled, “Cytokine expression and goblet cell formation in neonates during chronic response to respiration viral infection.” Ashley was recognized for her work during a celebration at University of Missouri-St. Louis, the sponsoring institution, in July.