Will Smith (14C), Courtney Large Sanchez (13C) and Alayna LeCroy (12C) traveled to Cambodia with Mercer University’s School of Medicine for their Mercer on Mission trip

Three Berry alums serve on a medical mission trip

Three Berry grads Will Smith (14C), Courtney Large Sanchez (13C) and Alayna LeCroy (12C) traveled to Cambodia with Mercer University’s School of Medicine for their Mercer on Mission trip. Berry had a pretty strong showing, as there were only 10 medical students on the trip! They served as medical providers for close to 1600 patients. “In Cambodia, I was able to take a patient all the way from their problem through a plan,” Will said. “I’ve been dreaming of this career for most of my life, so getting to treat patients was incredible.” Berry’s biology and chemistry courses, along with a strong liberal arts foundation, are essential to helping our pre-medical students to succeed in their futures as physicians. These three Berry alumni have a bright future in medicine.

Professor of Biology Martin Cipollini

Professor of Biology David Bruce Conn

Associate Professor of Biology Catherine Borer

Assistant Professor of Physics Truong Le

Dr. Le and students Brinkley Edge and William Newman co-presented “Jets Launching Radius in Low-Power Radio-Loud AGNs” at AGN Winds on the Georgia Coast, Jekyll Island, Ga., June 25-29, 2017.

Assistant Professor of Animal Science Sunday Peters

Dr. Peters presented “Utility of robust mixed models in describing growth of seven strains of chicken using Logistics and Richards growth functions” and “Application of Bayesian robust mixed models in the use of non-linear functions to describe growth of three turkey genotypes” at the Poultry Science Association Meeting, Orlando, Fla., July 17-21, 2017.
He co-published “Molecular evolution of type II MAGE genes from ancestral MAGED2 gene and their phylogenetic resolution of basal mammalian clades” in Mammalian Genome and “Repeats conservation at the mammalian KCNQ10T1 – CDKN1C region suggests a role in genomic imprinting” in Evolutionary Bioinformatics. 

Professor of Analytical Chemistry Charles Earnest

Dr. Earnest and student Ethan T. Miller published “An assessment of barium and strontium carbonates as temperature and enthalpy standards” in the Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry. 2017.

Environmental science major lands internship with the U.S. Geological Survey

Sophomore environmental science major Carley Carder (19c) just landed her dream internship with the United States Geological Survey! A lover of geoscience and coral reefs, Carley was ecstatic when Dr. Tamie Jovanelly, associate professor of geology, told her about the U.S. Geological Survey Dive Team. That set Carley on a mission to contact the right people to get an internship. With her professor’s help, she contacted Dr. Lauren Toth, a scientist working on the Coral Reef Ecosystems Studies project. Normally, undergraduates are not considered for internship positions with the research team, but Carley’s diving expertise and her experience with isotopic dating methods at Berry put her a cut above the rest. This summer, she’ll be at the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center monitoring growth of corals in the U.S. Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Florida Keys. Carley says of her experience, “The professors at Berry are so engaged with their students and want us to succeed. Dr. Jovanelly worked so hard to get me this internship, and when one door shut, she knew exactly what to do to keep the line of communication open.”

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