Dean Simmons (blue shirt on the left) joins the Mount community in accepting the #IceBucketChallenge to raise funds for the care and treatment of ALS patients and families! A big thanks to the Mount community for coming out to support and donate! Check out more photos of the event: https://www.facebook.com/MSMUSchoolofNaturalScienceandMathematics?fref=photo
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Ariel Wirchnianski, C’13, is part of a team of international scientists whose research on a deadly virus similar to Ebola could help save thousands of lives. The deadly fever infection is called Lassa and is found primarily in West Africa. It causes an estimated 100,000 deaths annually and in March 2014 was diagnosed in an individual in the U.S. Wirchnianski works in the virology lab at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland.
Wirchnianski, along with three other team members studied the way Lassa virus infects healthy cells. They discovered the virus uses a two-step process when attacking the healthy cells. Their work confirmed similar studies by scientists at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, and the University of Kiel in Germany and their findings were recently published in the prestigious journal Science.
Our 2014 summer research students, faculty & staff enjoyed a Pizza Party hosted by Dean Simmons. These students received summer grants through the Mount’s SRIP (Summer Research Internship Program), NSF (National Science Foundation) and NIST SURF (National Institute of Standard Technology-Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship). Congratulations students and thank you Dean Simmons!
Dahyana has received the 2014 Honors summer research grant. This grant will support her research aimed at identifying molecular pathways involved in the body's response to strokes and other inflammatory diseases. Her mentor is Dr. Jen Staiger.
Over 40 8th grade students from the Mother Seton School travelled to Mount Saint Mary's to enjoy a day of science. The SNSM supported this day by providing activities for the students to participate in that would expand their knowledge into the world of science. Both students and faculty contributed to this learning experience by holding presentations and experiments for the 8th graders. The students learned about polymers, bones and muscles, and even had the opportunity to create GAK which is a cross between putty and jell-o. The students also learned about the profession of psychology from our very own psychology professors.
Our wish is that the students enjoyed their day of science and we hope to host the Mother Seton School students again in the future!
Students taking a computer graphics class presented their final projects to members of the Mount community. Two students worked together to create an animation that included three key parts: the who, the what, and the where. The judges had a little friendly competition to see which person could guess correctly the who, the what, and the where of each animation. Dr. Brian Heinold, an assistant professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, won the grand prize!
Each team did very well and we wish each of them the best of luck with these projects!
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Chris Bradley, has recently received two grant awards for the 2014-2015 year. Two pieces of equipment have been obtained through these awards, a UV-visible Spectrometer and a Potentiostat, that will aid in enhancing the educational and research experiences in green and renewable energy science.
The funding for the UV-visible Spectrometer is provided by The John J. Leidy Foundation. This instrument is an important piece of equipment for use in laboratory courses and undergraduate research in the Division of Chemistry. The spectrometer could impact the studies of more than 500 students annually over the next 15+ years. The funding for the Potentiostat is provided by the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh. This instrument, too, is an important piece of equipment in the Divison of Chemistry. The Potentiostat could impact the study of more than 500 students annually over the next 15+ years.
Congratulations to Dr. Bradley and the Chemistry Department for receiving these prestigious awards!