Wednesday, October 8 the BioScience Center of Excellence students left campus and traveled to Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota to attend the Nobel Conference 50 “Where Does Science Go From Here?”
The 50th Nobel Conference at Gustavus celebrated a half century of bringing breakthrough science to lay audiences in the upper Midwest, across the country, and more recently around the world. Nobel Conference 50 assembled previous Nobel Conference participants to look at recent advances and future directions in the physical sciences, evolutionary biology and ecology, medicine and physiology, and the intersection of science and society.
On Wednesday, October 1, the BioScience COE students loaded up the bus and headed to the University of Minnesota to attend the annual Health Careers Fair. There was over 60 tables of health related resources, including: health degree programs from the U of M and beyond, pre-health student organizations, and opportunities for experiences on & off campus.
On Friday, September 12, the SSM BioScience Center of Excellence students traveled to the University of Minnesota to participate in a medical device prototype activity.
The students were divided into teams, given a situation that needed a medical device solution, and turned loose in the lab.
On Monday, September 15, 2014 the BioScience Center of Excellence students, along with Dr. LaLiberty traveled to the University of Minnesota to attend the CTSI Poster Session and Celebration. Nearly 70 researchers showcased how they are moving their discoveries along the translational path and into real-world practices. Students visited different research posters and asked the presenters questions on their research. Good practice for the students’ own poster presentations in May of 2015 at SSM’s own Research Symposium.
On Sep 6 – 7, the BioScience COE students traveled to Camp Omega in Waterville, MN for the 3rd Annual BioScience Retreat. It was a jam-packed 26 hours that included hiking, canoeing, rock-wall climbing and archery. There was also a bonfire and s’mores followed by the ever-anticipated “night hike” (along wooded trails, no flashlights allowed) led by Mr. Blackmer, our SSM Campus Naturalist. The main event of the weekend was the annual “Spoons” Championship where Kevin Du (’16) came out on top after a hard-fought battle! Once again, the BioScience retreat provided lots of fun and friendship, but did not provide much sleep!!
It was a great pleasure for the BioScience Center of Excellence Students to spend Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the University of Minnesota’s Visible Heart Laboratory. Dr. Paul Iaizzo, along with his lab team gave the students a full tour of the lab, the privilege of observing a morning of procedures and his undivided attention during a lab lecture on the history of the Visible Heart Laboratory. It was an amazing opportunity for the students.
On Mon, Feb 17, the BioScience Programs students went to Carleton College to hear a talk given by Erica Nakajima, a 2008 Carleton graduate who is currently in the Physician Scientist Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Nakajima talked not only about the events that led to her choice of careers, but also about her laboratory research which concerns metabolic diversity in head and neck cancers. The photos below show the BioScience Program students with Ms. Nakajima (center of photo), and one of the BioScience students asking Ms. Nakajima a few questions after her talk.