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24 Apr

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Where are they now? Mount science alumni

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Where are they now? In honor of our Division of Natural Sciences celebration this week, we decided to catch up with a few of our recent science alumni and see where life has taken them after the Mount.


Joseph Henain ’14 – Since graduation, Joe has been pursuing his studies in the medical field. This coming June, Joe will be a doctor (MD), pursuing training in the field of Vascular and Interventional Radioloy at Emory University in Atlanta. “My time spent in the Division of Natural sciences taught me how to think critically and approach problem solving in a logical way. I still use this approach in treating patients on a day to day basis!”

Amy Goldstein ’13 – Amy is a chemist in the Quality Control lab for Nature’s Bounty, a vitamin company based out of Long Island. She has also returned to campus to mentor other science students (right: Goldstein, center, shares her experiences on the “Careers in Sciences” panel). “I can attribute my current – and future – success to my experiences at the Mount, especially my relationships with the Natural Sciences division faculty. It was Dr. Maelia in particular who taught me the basics of Analytical Chemistry, which is essentially my job now. She also helped me land my first job and gain real-world experience right after graduation. I’m still very grateful for the support that all of my science professors offered throughout my time there. I’d also like to mention the amazing help I received from the Center for Career and Experiential Education. I had absolutely no resume writing skills, and now I’m a pro!” Continue Reading

20 Apr

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Science at the Mount – Not just for majors

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The Mount’s annual Family Science Night pairs Mount students with young children to teach the basics of science in a fun, approachable way.

As part of the requirement for the core curriculum found in the Mount’s liberal arts education, Mount students of every major end up taking at least one class within the Division of Natural Sciences.

Some students enjoy the experience so much, however, that they end up staying long past that one course.

For example, the Science of Viral Discovery course, taught by Evan Merkhofer, assistant professor of Biology, allows freshman non-science majors to discover previously undocumented viruses and examine the virus’s RNA. Using state-of-the-art technology, the students isolate and characterize viruses known as bacteriophages – viruses that infect bacteria.

The students “really have ownership of this project,” Merkhofer said. “It’s great to see non-science majors taking such an interest in this course and developing their skills.” Continue Reading

25 Jan

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Summer research isn’t just for science majors

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Mount Saint Mary College students in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program worked with Professors Lee Fothergill and Michael Daven to come up with math problems which will be used for education purposes. Here they stand within a sculpture by Richard Serra at the Dia:Beacon museum.

Every summer session, Mount Saint Mary College students have the opportunity to investigate a plethora of stimulating subjects through the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE).

Brittni Troy conducts an observational study of the forest understory at Mohonk Preserve in Ulster County, N.Y.

The earthen smell of the Mohonk Preserve forest set the backdrop for Brittni Troy’s recent observational study. Using a small iPad-like device, she recorded the species, density, and height of the understory vegetation. She then created a map to be used in land management decisions, such as where and when to set controlled burns.

For English major Amanda Wright, SURE was all about the sweet sound of classic Jazz. Wright and her mentor, English professor Nancy Von Rosk, delved into an iconic period of American history through editing the upcoming book, “New Approaches to the Jazz Age.” Wright assisted with researching and gathering materials such as photographs, primary sources, and scholarly articles, as well as with editing essays.

Science professors James Moran and Suparna Bhalla supervised biology/pre-med major Hannah Mulhall, who researched immune responses of lab mice to the cutting-edge blood substitute, OxyVita. Developed by the OXYVITA Corporation in New Windsor, N.Y., OxyVita could be manufactured as both a liquid and a powder, and is the first working blood substitute in powder form in the world.

Mathematics professors Lee Fothergill and Mike Daven, and students Jennifer Kurtz and Toni Navarro, visited local landmarks such as Dia:Beacon and the Franklin D. Roosevelt House in Hyde Park, N.Y. to create “Hudson Valley Math Trails.” The project mixed mathematics with art, history, and more.

Allister Collins and chemistry professor Lynn Maelia test the efficiency of Collins’ rocket stove.

Learn more about the Mount’s science and research programs on the web at www.msmc.edu.

Questions? Email admissions@msmc.edu or call 1-888-YES-MSMC (1-888-937-6762).