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Events for the Charleston Chapter

2011 Grice Graduate Marine Biology Student Colloquium
(09/23/2011)
GPMB Colloquium successfully entered into the record books. The graduate student papers and posters were (as usual) very impressive (http://spinner.cofc.edu/marine/colloquium.htm).

The Charleston Chapter of Sigma Xi sponsored two awards:
1. Best poster award: Mr. Tim O'Donnell, "Characterizing the genetic population structure and genetic influences of winter-kill events in spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) in South Carolina."
2. Best oral presentation: Ms. Kristin Stover, "Performance changes when exposed to varying oxygen levels in the Atlantic blue crab, Callinectes sapidus."

We are grateful to SX members who organized the activities: Drs. Karen G. Burnett, Tod Leighfield, Robert Dillon

2011 Student Research Day at the MUSC
(11/04/2011)
The Charleston Chapter of Sigma Xi participated with poster and oral presentations judges and cosponsored one poster award and one oral presentation award together with the College of Graduate Studies at MUSC. We are gateful to the local organizing committee (Dr. K. Jackson Thomas and Carol J. Lancaster) and to all judges.

2011 Professional Development Workshop for Science Teachers in Dorchester 2 School District
(11/16/2011)
A professional development workshop for science teachers in Dorchester 2 School District took place at Summerville High School on Wednesday (11/16/2011). We had about 25 teachers involved. Dr. Ana Oprisan (SX member) cooridated the workshop. Our chapter of Sigma Xi was one of the sponsors of this workshop.

2011 Science Teachers Workshop
(12/03/2011)
The workshop covered physical sciences applications for science teachers and counted towards their professional development credits required by the school district.
The workshop was hosted by the College of charleston, Department of Physics and Astronomy, in the old science center room 108, on Saturday (12/03/2011), from 9 am until 1 pm. All hands-on activities were coordinated by Dr. Ana Oprisan (SX member). Our chapter of Sigma Xi was one of the sponsors of the workshop.

2012 Mitchell Elementary Science Outreach
(01/05/2012)
Dr. Robert Dillon from the College of Charleston and Ellen Mintz, NBCT, Math/Science Lead Teacher at Mitchell Math and Science Elementary School planned another exciting science outreach event for the first week of 2012.
The schedule of the event is:
Thursday, Jan 5 - Grade 3 Geology (New NSCB building)
Thursday, Jan 5 - Grade 5 Chemistry (New NSCB building)
Friday, Jan 6 - Grade 4 Physics (Old RHSC building)
Friday, Jan 6 - Grade 6 Biology (Old RHSC building)
The Geology will be led by Ms. Lauren Humphreys at our new fossil museum. She'll be expecting two consecutive classes at 9:00 and 10:00, same as in 2011.
The Chemistry will be led by Drs. Brooke Van Horne and Neal Tonks.
The Physics will be led once again by Drs. Ana and Sorinel Oprisan in Room 118 of the (old) RHSC building with two consecutive classes at 9:00 and 10:00.
Dr. Robert Dillon will lead the Biology program and will cover animal form & function, two classes (9:00 and 10:00) in Room 228 of the old RHSC.
The event is cosponsored by Charleston Chapter of Sigma Xi and Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant to the College of Charleston

2012 Lecture and tour of the Neurorehabilitation Research facility at MUSC
(01/19/2012)
Dr. Steve Kautz from the Medical University of South Carolina will offer a tour Neurorehabilitation Research facility starting at 3PM on 1/19/2012. The tour should last about an hour and there are 3 “stations” or “stops” on the tour for us to see.

We are grateful to Dr. Thomas, K. Jackson, Vice-President of the Charleston Chapter of Sigma Xi, for make all arrangements.

16th Annual student research colloquium at Grice Graduate Marine Biology Laboratory
(09/28/2012)
The Student Research Colloquium of the Graduate Program in Marine Biology (GPMB) was established in 1998, to increase awareness of research activities by students and faculty affiliated with GPMB; to provide graduate students with experience in making scientific presentations; and to promote interactions among faculty and students conducting research in marine biology.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Thomas Near, Associate Professor, Yale University.

The graduate student papers and posters were (as usual) very impressive (http://spinner.cofc.edu/marine/callabstracts.htm).
Oral presentations were held at the Marine Resources Research Institute, at Fort Johnson.
The Friday evening poster session and social, and the Lowcountry Boil on Saturday took place adjacent to the Marshlands House at the outdoor classroom. Posters were on display prior to the poster session in the hallways of MRRI, beginning Wednesday, 9/26, and moved to the outdoor classroom by 3:00 p.m. on Friday. Poster presenters attended their posters in two shifts, from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. on Friday.

The Charleston Chapter of Sigma Xi sponsored two awards for the Best Oral Presentation:

1st prize: Tim O'Donnell, GPMB -- "CHARACTERIZING THE GENETIC POPULATION STRUCTURE OF SPOTTED SEATROUT (CYNOSCION NEBULOSUS) ALONG THE SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES"

2nd price: Leah Fisher, GPMB -- "A LABORATORY EVALUATION OF HATCHLING LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE (CARETTA CARETTA) PERFORMANCE IN RESPONSE TO DIFFERING CONTROLLED INCUBATION TEMPERATURES"

We are grateful to SX members who organized the activities: Drs. Karen G. Burnett, Tod Leighfield, Robert Dillon.

2012 Student Research Day at the MUSC
(11/02/2012)
The Charleston Chapter of Sigma Xi participated with poster and oral presentations judges and cosponsored one poster award and one oral presentation award together with the College of Graduate Studies at MUSC. We are grateful to the local organizing committee (Dr. K. Jackson Thomas and Carol J. Lancaster) and to all judges.

The 2012 keynote speaker was Dr. Mary B. Kennedy (http://www.its.caltech.edu/~mbklab/mary.html). More details at http://www.musc.edu/grad/srd/.

Sigma Xi award went to Amy B Young for "Oxytocin Attenuates Cocaine Self-administration and Reinstatement to Cocaine-seeking in Rats", Amy B Young, Liyu Zhou, Ronald E See; Neurosciences, MUSC.

2012 Science Teachers Workshop
(11/17/2012)
The workshop "Real time physics using Vernier probes and hand held interfaces" covered physical sciences applications for science teachers and counted towards their professional development credits required by the school district.
The workshop was hosted by the College of Charleston, Department of Physics and Astronomy, in the old science center room 108, on Saturday (11/17/2012), from 9 am until 1 pm. All hands-on activities were coordinated by Dr. Ana Oprisan (SX member).

The workshop was part of the Mathematics and Science Partnership grant that was funded by the SC State Department of Education with funding from the federal government. The purpose of the grant was to increase the content knowledge of the local mathematics and science teachers with sustained professional development. The professional development involved Science and Math For Teachers (SMFT) content courses in the summer with follow-up during the academic year.

Our chapter of Sigma Xi was one of the sponsors of the workshop.

 

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