Lewis Hall Cell Lines: Fall 2014
Saint Leo University
A newsletter to promote a scientific community among the alumni of the Saint Leo University biology, environmental science, and medical technology programs, and to foster the professional development of current science majors.
 
IN THIS ISSUE
  of Lewis Hall Cell Lines
  Letter from the Editor
  Alumni Interviews
  Congratulations in Order
  New Technology in Lewis
  Coming in March 2015
  Costa Rica Sustainability Trip: A biologist’s perspective
  Photo Features
  Department of Mathematics and Science Full-Time Faculty and Staff
 
   
  Letter from the Editor
 
Dr. Shawn Weatherford
I hope this message finds you well, and that you are harboring fond memories of your time at Saint Leo. I hope you enjoy reading the articles below to update you on the post-baccalaureate lives of former classmates and the engaging student experiences offered by my colleagues in the department. As our new, three-track biology curriculum gains steam—the tracks are ecology, biomedical and health sciences, and general biology—the faculty is focusing on providing and enhancing experiential-learning opportunities for students. And, we need your help! If you are working in a biology-related field, and your organization provides internship experiences appropriate for biology students, please contact me at shawn.weatherford@saintleo.edu. We are attempting to make contacts with community partners who are willing to provide summer or semester internship opportunities within the biological sciences.

Also, we love hearing from our biology alumni. Please send me an update with any information of new jobs, promotions, or celebrations and I will share this with the biology faculty.

Cheers,

Dr. Shawn Weatherford
Editor, Assistant Professor of Physics
shawn.weatherford@saintleo.edu

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  Alumni Interviews
 
Barry Vance ’04
Barry Vance ’04

Shown at left: Alumni Barry Vance and Candice Shive Vance with their daughter, Lola Rose Vance

Current status: Earned environmental science degree, and now lives in the Ocala, FL, area. Position: Associate scientist at Water & Air Research

Tell us about your job at Water & Air Research. What projects have you worked on, and how long have you been there?

I started working at Water & Air Research immediately following my graduation from Saint Leo. I started doing water quality sampling on lakes and rivers in central Florida. Since then I have worked on an array of projects from plankton and macroinvertibrate studies, to wetland restoration and monitoring, to gopher tortoise relocation. I love that about this field— you never know what you might be working on next week!

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Jelani McPhee '09, MD
Jelani McPhee ’09, MD

Current status: Now earning the MBA at Saint Leo University to prepare for an eventual future in private medical practice. Plans to pursue his medical residency after completing his MBA. In the meantime, he is also tutoring current science undergraduates at the Learning Resource Center.

Tell us what you have been doing since earning your bachelor’s degree.

After I graduated from Saint Leo, I worked at a microbiology lab institute on my island (St. Lucia) for six months. Then I applied for St. George’s University School of Medicine (Grenada), where I pursued my doctorate of medicine and graduated on June 14, 2014. I also returned to my island in July and volunteered in the Windward Island Games as the sports medicine assistant doctor.

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  Congratulations in Order
 
January Watters ’12
January Watters ’12 is the third author (after Yun Bai and Jae-Young Kim) of the article “Adaptive Responses to Dasatinib-Treated Lung Squamous Cell Cancer Cells Harboring DDR2 Mutations” published in Cancer Research (online publication October 27, 2014, print publication in November). This is her first publication. She is a Ph.D. student in cancer biology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa,FL.

Do you have news to share? Email shawn.weatherford@saintleo.edu.

 
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  New Technology in Lewis
 
Students around Anatomage Table

Saint Leo University has acquired for its undergraduate population in biology and criminology a teaching tool usually found in medical schools. Faculty are training on the highly sophisticated Anatomage Table (made by California-based Anatomage Medical) and teaching laboratory assistants about it too. The table looks like an operating room table and allows students to view true 3D gross body images on a life-size scale, and from different perspectives. The surface works as a touch screen so that users can retrieve images relevant to the teaching objective of a given lesson. The table should help make Saint Leo an attractive undergraduate institution for talented prospective biology majors who want a career in medicine. The table will also be used by criminal justice faculty from the School of Education and Social Services for teaching forensics.
 
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  Coming in March 2015
 

Saint Leo University will host the Florida Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting on March 20-21, 2015. The university is hoping for a broad range of disciplines to be represented in biological sciences, physical sciences, science teaching, engineering, computing, and mathematics, as well as social sciences. This could be a good opportunity to visit the campus and hear from scientists from across the state. Membership fees in the academy are modest. Details about the academy and submissions can be found at www.floridaacademyofsciences.org. Please encourage fellow alumni and colleagues from other central Florida institutions to participate.

For more information, please contact the local arrangements chair, Dr. Iain Duffy of the Department of Mathematics and Science, at (352) 588-8410 or by email at iain.duffy@saintleo.edu. Alternately, contact the assistant chair, Dr. Darin Bell of the Department of Mathematics and Science at (352) 588-7368 or by email at darin.bell@saintleo.edu.

 
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  Costa Rica Sustainability Trip: A biologist’s perspective
 
Costa Rica trip
By Dr. Cheryl Clauson, assistant professor of biology

During spring break of 2014, Saint Leo students and faculty were offered the opportunity to go on an educational trip to Costa Rica with a focus on sustainability. The trip was organized by Dr. Patricia Campion, who is a sociologist at our school, as well as director of the Global Studies Program.

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  Photo Features
 
Chem Lab Experiment

In a Spring 2014 chemistry lab, Dr. Darin Bell’s students worked with nitrogen triiodide (NI3). Students observed that the substance is stable as a liquid, but become unstable when dried—creating a popping noise and the pinkish clouds.

Partial Solar Eclipse viewing

On October 23, 2014, the department hosted an outreach event inviting students and the community to safely view a partial solar eclipse at sunset. The direct image of the eclipsed sun was taken with a NASA telescope. The event also included a pre-eclipse lecture and hands-on activities for younger children.
 
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  Department of Mathematics and Science Full-Time Faculty and Staff
 
Dr. Siamack Bondari
siamack.bondari@saintleo.edu
Department Chair
Professor of Mathematics
Dr. William Ellis
bill.ellis@saintleo.edu
Assistant Department Chair
Associate Professor of Biology
Dr. Audrey Shor
audrey.shor@saintleo.edu
Assistant Professor of Biology
Advisor for Graduate Programs
and Careers
     
Dr. Darin Bell
darin.bell@saintleo.edu
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Dr. June Hammond june.hammond@saintleo.edu
Associate Professor of Music
and Mathematics
Ms. Emma Tadeo
emma.tadeo@saintleo.edu
Academic Coordinator
     
Ms. Linda Bergen-Losee
linda.bergen-losee@saintleo.edu
Laboratory Director and Instructor of Biology
Dr. Jess Jones
jess.jones@saintleo.edu
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Robin van Tine
robin.vantine@saintleo.edu
Professor of Biology
     
Dr. Brian Camp
brian.camp@saintleo.edu
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Monika Kiss
monika.kiss@saintleo.edu
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Shawn Weatherford
shawn.weatherford@saintleo.edu
Assistant Professor of Physics
     
Dr. Howard Carey
howard.carey@saintleo.edu
Assistant Professor of Biology
Director of Pre-Health Professions
Dr. Chris Miller
chris.miller@saintleo.edu
Professor of Biology
and Ecology
Dr. Jacci White
jacci.white@saintleo.edu
Professor of Mathematics
Director, Honors Program
     
Dr. Cheryl Clauson
cheryl.clauson@saintleo.edu
Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Leo Ondrovic
leo.ondrovic@saintleo.edu
Associate Professor of Biology and Physics
Dr. Jerome Williams
jerome.williams@saintleo.edu
Associate Professor of Chemistry
     
Dr. Iain Duffy
iain.duffy@saintleo.edu
Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Thomas Ricard
thomas.ricard@saintleo.edu
Assistant Professor of Engineering and Physical Science
 
 
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