Outbreak!

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Dr. St. John introduces the activity

Students participating in epidemiology activity

Students participating in epidemiology activity

Drs. St. John and Kamrudin

Drs. Julie St. John (left) and Samira Kamrudin (right)

McMurry Students participated in an epidemiology activity to get a feel for how public health officials learn about and track down the origin of an outbreak.  Twelve students who are interested in health careers solved several scenarios involving communicable diseases, environmental hazards, and bacterial contaminations.  The table with the highest score was presented with a set of kites, as getting outside and getting active is an important part of staying healthy!

We appreciate the efforts of Drs. St. John and Kamrudin, and look forward to more collaboration in the future!

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(from left) Dr. Joel Brant, Kara Black, Dr. T. J. Boyle, Mitchell Crittenden

(from left) Dr. Joel Brant, Kara Black, Dr. T. J. Boyle, Mitchell Crittenden

This weekend, Dr. Boyle and Dr. Brant accompanied Kara Black and Mitchell Crittenden to the 6th Texas Tech Annual Biological Sciences Symposium (TTABSS). Both Kara and Mitchell presented their senior research projects as oral presentations, competing against 6 other undergraduates from Texas Tech and Wayland Baptist universities.

Kara’s presentation was entitled, “Antibacterial activity and Chemistry of Five Texas Plant Species.”  Mitchell’s presentation was entitled, “Clarification of the Distribution of the Eastern Mole (Scalopus aquaticus, Talpidae) on the Southern Rolling Plains Region of Texas.”

Both students represented McMurry well and Kara Black was awarded 1st place in the Undergraduate category.  Please congratulate both students when you see them around!

(Story provided by Dr. Joel Brant)

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