Nine Marist Students Attend 2013 AAAS Conference
On February 16, 2013, Dr. Zofia Gagnon (Associate Professor of Environemental Science) and Dr. Lori Wojciechowicz (Teaching Associate of Chemistry and Biology) accompanied nine Marist students to the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference held in Boston, Massachusetts. The students presented posters on the research they have been conducting under the mentorship of Dr. Gagnon and Dr. Wojciechowicz. The research topics that were presented included a histological study of platinum group metal exposure on crayfish tissue, the damaging effects of silver nanoparticles on human lymphocyte DNA, and the effects of opiate treatments on chick embryo development. In addition, two high school students who participated in the “Become a Science Star” program under the mentorship of Dr. Gagnon presented their research projects at the American Junior Academy of Science conference, held in conjunction with the AAAS. One of those students, Charisse Haruta, won the regional US Stockholm Junior Water Prize! She now has the opportunity to compete for the national award. Congratulations to all students participating in this year’s annual conference!