Blog: Sea Gazing This blog originated as an independent honors assignment I had developed for a biological oceanography class I had taken with Dr. Monica Medina. Though the class is over, I'm continuing the blog, but with a more entertaining approach. Please feel free to comment on the blog and suggest new topics, papers, or ways to improve my writing style!
Blog Post: "Chicken Pox" of the Sea -- Corals Can Get Sick Too As part of an extra credit assignment in the biological oceanography course I had taken with Dr. Monica Medina, I wrote this blog with my partner Shane Pusey and submitted the entry to No Bones, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History blog about invertebrates. The post describes different coral diseases and how these diseases impact coral health. ((Note** I realize coral diseases are caused by viruses and/or bacteria, I used "chicken pox" in the title as a play on words (not as an inference to the biological basis) with the coral disease White Pox.))
Social Director of Nittany Divers In this position, I organized events related to the sea, though not always tied to conservation and science. Some of the events I organized included holding a club viewing of Mission Blue, arranging speakers who work in marine science to present at meetings, and hosting holiday potlucks/game nights.
Women in STEM Day Penn State hosts a Women in STEM Day every year for middle school girls. My science club participates by carrying out an hour-long activity on a science-related topic. This was the first year I planned the presentation and activity, which I centered both on conservation. For the activities, I designed a bingo game with a recycling theme and a personality quiz, "Which Endangered Species is Your Spirit Animal?"