Ashland Science News

Science NewsBecky Richards graduated from Ashland University in 2004 with a significant in Biology. She is at the moment in a mixed MD/PhD program at Oregon Health Sciences University where she has completed her first two years of medical college and is about to complete her doctoral research. Becky just lately co-authored a paper within the prestigious analysis journal Science on a tough to deal with family of viruses.

The ongoing work of the AU Environmental Science Program on the Black Fork Wetlands Preserve was praised at the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (RCSWCD) Annual Meeting held September 2, 2010. The award cited Leadership, Dedication, and Protection” and was based mostly on the program’s work on the Black Fork Wetlands Preserve and the Black Fork Wetlands Environmental Studies Center. The program was cited for including public access to this essential natural space and for contributing considerably to watershed conservation and habitat preservation.

There are over eighty paid five month paid internships accessible to work with professionals in numerous Federal agencies (BLM, NPS, USFS). This is a wealthy expertise from which to launch knowledgeable profession. Interns will complete coaching workshops in June as applicable to their specific venture (some of the choices are Endangered Species Act Legislation, Plant Monitoring & Inventorying, Botany of the West, seed collecting demo & information entry, Wildlife Management, Map/Compass/GPS Skills, Conservation Genetics, and Ethnobotany of the West).

Dr. Soren Brauner (photograph, heart) and Dr. Dick Stoffer (photograph, left), both Professors of Biology and members of the AU Environmental Science Program, accepted the award from Charles Winger (photograph, proper), representing the Board of Supervisors for the RCSWCD. Drs. Brauner and Stoffer spoke to the group concerning the mission of the Black Fork Wetlands Preserve, and answered questions from the audience. Dr. Brauner was director of the Environmental Science Program from 1999 to 2010, and Dr. Dick Stoffer serves as Preserve Manager for the five AU preserves.

There are 15 slots accessible for college kids from non-Keck Member colleges. Students need to be current juniors (seniors in 2011-2012) and US residents or permanent residents. The program includes four weeks of summer research (area and/or lab work depending on the mission), continuing research through the educational yr (jointly advised by a mission school member and a analysis advisor on the students dwelling establishment), attendance on the annual Keck Geology Consortium Symposium, and a publication within the annual Keck Geology Consortium proceedings quantity.