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2009-2010 GeoKids LINKS Fellows Participate in Legs Against Arms
The fourth annual “Legs Against Arms” 5K race was held on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at Saint Joseph’s University. The event was a huge success with over 700 walkers and runners, over 500 youth, and over 20 teams, many of which were running in memory of loved ones lost to gun violence. There were also appearances by Mayor Nutter, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. and Deputy Mayor Gillison.
Following the race was a children’s festival that focused on antiviolence programs sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility. Second year M.S. Biology graduate fellows Stacey Dougherty and Jessica Oates, participated in the festival with a science educational display, called Recycling: How Nature and Humans Do It! Stacey and Jess presented two examples of how nature and humans recycle: a rotting log and homemade potting plants to children and adults. Stacey and Jess discussed the importance and benefits of reusing waste in order to reduce the amount of trash that ends up in landfills.
Jess and Stacey are the recipients of a National Science Foundation GK12 fellowship. Through a collaboration outreach program with the Wagner Free Institute of Science and the School District of Philadelphia called GeoKids LINKS, Stacey, Jess and five other graduate fellows help to teach hands-on science activities into K-6 classrooms.
2009-2010 GeoKids LINKS Fellows Participate in the 21st Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium
The 21st annual “Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium” meeting took place on Friday, April 23, 2010 at the Saint Joseph’s University campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Symposium commenced at 5:00 PM with the keynote address in the Wolfington Teletorium in Mandeville Hall, followed by a reception in the Tower Foyer. Presentation of posters by research students from SJU and area colleges and universities will start at 6:45 in the Campion Student Center.
This year’s keynote speaker and recipient of the Christopher Clavius, S.J. award was Dr. Hazel Barton, Ashland Professor of Integrative Science, Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Kentucky University. Her talk is entitled "Amazing Caves: Amazing Microbes" is free and open to the public.
The Symposium was open to both undergraduate and graduate students engaged in research in the areas of Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, the Natural and the Social Sciences. The following four GeoKids LINKS fellows presented posted at the 21st Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium: Rebecca Orozco: “Quantifying Phenotypic Variation in Physiology, Morphology, and Reproduction of Switchgrass.” Stacey Dougherty: “The effects of isolation and experience on preference for large shoals in juvenile fish."
2009-2010 GeoKids LINKS Fellows Attend the NSF GK12 Annual Meeting in Washington DC
The 2010 “NSF GK-12” Annual Meeting was held in Washington, DC on March 26 - March 28, 2010. The meeting was held at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill and was open to all GK-12 project team members (PIs and CoPIs, graduate fellows, K-12 educators, project managers, evaluators, research advisors, university and school administrators, and others). Four NSF GK12 graduate fellows from SJU, along with the PI, one research advisor, and the Project Manager, along with GK12 team members from over 80 other institutes of higher education attended the meeting. SJU graduate fellows presented a poster entitled “Use of a Long-term Water Quality Assessment study in Two elementary classrooms”.
The poster focused on a long-term classroom/field study in two5th grade classrooms, which analyzed the water quality of two local Philadelphia streams. Along with the posters, fellows brought 5th grade student journals, tools, and worksheets used by the students, along with displaying research data and results.
While at the meeting, SJU team members had many opportunities to network, attend small group sessions that focused on strategies for integrating research into the classroom, preparing fellows for the classroom, developing and implementing international research partnerships, strategies for sustaining GK12, project development and implementation, and recruiting GK12 fellows. The meeting also included three poster sessions, a luncheon and keynote speaker session with Dr. Nalini Nadkarni from Evergreen State University, an award presentation, and special interest sessions.