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Date: Feb 2014

The School of Natural Science and Mathematics has created a new graduate program set to begin Fall 2014. A Master's Degree in Biotechnology and Management will be available to students who want to be a part of that vital link between biotechnology research and development and the process of moving products to market. The 2-year course sequence includes courses in the areas of biology, business, and biotech. Graduate students take eight week courses that meet one night a week from 6-9:30pm at the Mount's Frederick Campus.

For more information about this graduate program, visit

Four Mount professors have teamed up to demonstrate one successful approach in a new article in the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. The article, "Inquiry-Based Learning: Inflammation as a Model to Teach Molecular Techniques for Assessing Gene Expression," was authored by Science Department faculty Drs. Kathryn (Gunn) Dye, Christine Seitz McCauslin, Jennifer Staiger, and Dana (Pirone) Ward. The article describes a successful approach to teaching molecular biology laboratory techniques.

Dr. Katy Dye comments on the article and successful collaboration with her colleagues, "This article is the result of great collaboration. Dana Ward, Jen Staiger, Christine McCauslin, and I have worked hard the last several years to make our annual summer biotechnology course a success, and we wanted to share the curriculum that we developed with other biology educators. We're excited to see it published, and we're already planning our next article! Work is enjoyable when you have great colleagues."

Jordan Desilva recieved a $400 travel grant through the Maryland American Chemical Society (ACS) Local Section. This travel award is to be used to attend the Dallas National ACS meeting in March. Jordan will present a poster on his work with Dr. Bradley's group and he will have the chance to attend other talks, posters, and network with the chemical community.

More information about the American Chemical Society can be found here

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