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    Connections Newsletter
    Issue 3                                                                                                                                         Spring Semester 2012


    A Note from the Collaborative Director

    Undergraduate Research: Adjusting to Life at a Liberal Arts College

    2012-2013 McNair Scholars

    Fall-Summer Collaborative Grants

    Convention Spotlight



    • Kaela Gedda
    • Jens Paasen
    • Gretchen Panzer
    • Hannah Schmitt
    • Luanne Spence
    • Sarah Titus

    Collaborative Research Stories


    Important Dates

    May 4, 2012 Student Academic Travel Grant and Attendee Grant applications due

    American Association for Cancer Research Reflection

    Nicole Nelson

    Biomedical Concentration Major, Chemistry & Psychology Minors

    It was such an incredible experience to participate in this year’s American Association of Cancer Research meeting in Chicago, Illinois.  This was the first time I have ever attended an academic conference and it blew my mind how much of a production it was.  I was able to explore so many different aspects of cancer research that I was not even aware of.AACRpic

    To say this was a learning experience would be an understatement.  I was submerged in some of the most current and controversial research being done all around the nation!  Vendors were a large part of this meeting.  It was so fun to see all of the new technology that is available, and our lab even saw a cell counter that we may be interested in in the near future.  A handless, blotless Western blotter that would make our jobs in the lab a lot easier since we take about 4 hours per blot we run amazed me.

    The talks and presentations at the AACR conference were so interesting.  Dr. Robert Weinberg, the author of the textbook we use in the Biology of Cancer course, presented at the conference along with Nobel prize winner Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn.  It was an honor to be in the same room as these people, but the experience was amplified by hearing about all of the knowledge they had pertaining to the field.

    The most rewarding aspect of this conference to me was the poster presentation, though.  This was the first time I have presented and it was a new aspect of the research that I had to delve into.  Each of us, as presenters, covered our poster in intervals so we were prompted by questions from other labs and researchers.  I really felt as though I grew as a speaker and excelled during the presentation, so much in fact Dr. Feirer thinks I need to get into pharmaceutical sales since I’m so comfortable in front of a group of strangers.  It was also very interesting to walk around to see the other posters to learn what others are working on.  This is helpful to us because we can better perfect our techniques based off of other researchers work.  I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to further my knowledge and questions in the cancer research field, and I look forward to going to present in Washington D.C. next year!


    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Russ Feirer




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