Eshan Patel ’13 and Victoria Ruff ’14 spent their summer working with Assistant Professor of Biology Mindy Reynolds researching the cytotoxic, genotoxic, and mutagenic effects of coexposure to nickel and cobalt.
Tyler Brice ’13, Hannah O’Malley ’12, and Brendyn Meisinger ’13 are studying the landscape ecology of the eastern painted turtle (Chrysemys picta picta) with Assistant Professor of Biology Aaron R. Krochmal. The project, now in its third year, uses radiotelemtery to document and quantify the means by which C. picta detect, locate and travel to new aquatic habitats when their home habitats become degraded or dry up. By understanding how aquatic turtles use the terrestrial environment when seeking out new habitats, Dr. Krochmal and his students aim to help wildlife managers and habitat conservationists to make informed land use decisions.Dr. Krochmal and his students hosted interested students and local professionals at their field site at Dupont’s Chesapeake Farms, where guests learned about the project and helped the team collect key data.
The undergraduate students in Dr. Amick’s laboratory are designing new palladium-catalyzed reactions for organic synthesis. The new reactions they design will be employed to synthesize large flat and bowl-shaped molecules, which can be used in nanotechnology, organic electronics, and organic photovoltaics (solar cells).