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NASA Scientist to Visit MCTC

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
Anne Douglass

Anne Douglass, NASA senior scientist. Photo from NASA.

The MCTC STEM Career Internship Club, in collaboration with Augsburg College, invites all students, faculty and staff MCTC to a great lecture by Dr. Anne Douglass, senior scientist of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

The lecture, Finding My Way Through the Ozone Layer, will take place Tuesday, April 14 from 1:15-2:15 p.m. in S.2400.

For more information about the club or the event, please contact Rekha Ganaganur, Chemistry and Biotechnology instructor and club advisor at Rekha.Ganaganur@minneapolis.edu, or Anton Crane, club president, at nz6413rx@go.minneapolis.edu.

About Anne R. Douglass, Ph.D:

Anne Douglass is a senior scientist with the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. She has worked with NASA since 1981, and is presently a project scientist for Aura, the Earth Observing System atmospheric chemistry satellite that was launched in 2004.

Her research uses atmospheric constituent observations along with models to understand and predict the evolution of stratospheric ozone and other species that are important to ozone and climate.

Douglass is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (1998) and the American Geophysical Union (2007). She received a NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 2009 and a NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2012.

She spent many years studying physics, obtaining a BA from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. (1971) and a master of science from the University of Minnesota (1975). She began her career in atmospheric science and the use of satellite observations at Iowa State University where she completed her PhD in physics (1980).

About Finding My Way through the Ozone Layer

My 30-plus year career in the atmospheric chemistry and dynamics laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center began in 1981 following a lengthy graduate school career that featured two universities, experimental work, development of a primitive atmospheric model, and a growing family. On arrival, I began to learn about atmospheric chemistry, especially that related to stratospheric ozone and the connections between chemistry and climate. The maze I call my scientific career is filled with unexpected twists and turns and even a few blind alleys, but most of the time satellite measurements of ozone and other trace gases helped me keep my bearings. Although complexity of Earth system modeling, computational requirements, and computational capabilities have all increased dramatically during my career, the “back-to-the-data” approach has prevailed and is likely to continue to do so for decades to come.

Biotechnology Program Named Finalist for Tekne Awards

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

TekneBiotechSTORYThe Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) named Minneapolis Community and Technical College’s Biotechnology Program as one of 36 finalists for the 15th annual Tekne Awards, which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The program is a finalist in the workforce development award category, which honors innovative approaches to training workers in transition or youth with technology skills and successfully matching them to jobs that meet the needs of Minnesota companies. Other category finalists include Creating IT Futures Foundation (Downers, IL) and Genesis 10 (St. Paul).

“For 15 years, the MHTA has honored the technological innovators of Minnesota,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president of MHTA. “We’re delighted to see such a fantastic display of technological advancements this year, and are proud to shine a light on our state’s outstanding science and technology industry.”

Finalists will gather to be recognized for their vast achievements in the state’s tech-based economy. The finalists span twelve categories recognizing the organizations, products and leaders driving technological innovation locally. The Tekne Awards honor those who have played a part in discovering new technologies impacting the lives and futures of people living in Minnesota and all over the world.

“MCTC’s biotechnology program is interdisciplinary, leading to multiple career paths and diverse higher education opportunities, serving biotech students and science majors. We are very grateful to MCTC and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities support for making this happen,” said Chemistry and Biotechnology faculty Rehka Ganaganur.

This nomination comes two years after the College announced a biotechnology partnership with the University of Minnesota and Ganganur recognizes how local academic and industry partners have come together to make Biotechnology a unique, award-worthy program.

“Minnesota’s scientific industry, and the universities of higher education including the University of Minnesota have made the program robust through extending a wide range of partnerships, transfer of courses, equipment, internships, jobs, scholarships and research opportunities,” said Ganaganur. “We also thank the LifeScience Alley, BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, and national centers of bioscience such as the BioLink and Cold Spring Harbor Labs, for all the support and partnerships they have provided in many ways.”

MCTC Science Division Recognition Event April 30

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments
MCTC Science students.

MCTC Science students at the 2013 recognition event.

Please join the talented Science students, faculty, tutors and friends at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) as they showcase their hard work and accomplishments at the 4th annual Science Department Student Recognition Event Wednesday, April 30 from 2:30–6 p.m on the Science Center 3rd floor!

  • 2:30–4:15 p.m.—Student project display and poster sessions; meet & mingle
  • 4:15–6 p.m.—Award ceremony and music

Special honorees include:

  • Students graduating with an A.S. degree in the sciences
  • Science students transferring from MCTC to another institution
  • Science tutors
  • Work-study students in science labs
  • Student officers, project leaders of the STEM Career and Internship Club, Engineering Club, Science Club, Urban Farm Collective and Three-Legged Frog Club
  • Students who have participated in research projects or obtained summer research fellowships or internships
  • S-STEM, North Star STEM, MM-STEM and PDL-BioPharma scholarship recipients
  • Students with other special achievements

All Science and Engineering students, faculty and friends are invited! Showcase your accomplishments and celebrate your success with family and friends! The Science division is proud of all its students.

Princeton University Molecular Biology Professor to Speak at MCTC

Posted on: March 21st, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Dr. Bonnie Bassler, Princeton UniversityThe MCTC Biotechnology program and STEM Career and Internship Club proudly present a great session with Dr. Bonnie Bassler, Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. As part of the April 8 STEM Fair, Dr. Bassler’s talk will provide key insights into the mechanism by which bacteria communicate, called “quorum sensing.” Bacteria use quorum sensing to coordinate certain behaviors including antibiotic resistance.

Join Biotechnology and the STEM Career and Internship Club for “Tiny Conspiracies: Cell-to Cell Communication in Bacteria” Tuesday, April 8 from 1:30–2:30 p.m. in T.1250 (the first floor plaza by the dining room).

Dr. Bassler is a recipient of the American Philosophical Society Award, Royal Society Fellowship Award, L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Award and The National Academy of Sciences Fellowship. An example of Bonnie Bassler’s work can be found as a TED talk here.

Research is Booming at Community Colleges, and MCTC is No Exception

Posted on: March 5th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments
MCTC students at the capitol present their research. Pictured: Minnesota Sen. Scott Dibble and Instructor Rekha Ganaganur.

MCTC students presented their research at an event in the Capitol rotunda. From left to right: MCTC Biotechnology student Felix Meyer, Minnesota Senator Scott Dibble, MCTC Biotechnology student Kendra Prum and MCTC Chemistry and Biotechnology instructor Rekha Ganaganur.

Last week science students from community colleges around Minnesota gathered in the Capitol rotunda and presented the findings of research projects they’d participated in. Students from MCTC’s Biotechnology program and STEM Internship Club presented both individual and group research on topics including DNA barcoding, comparative analysis of essential oils and metal-resistant bacteria and its application in bioremediation. Students were accompanied by MCTC faculty mentors Rekha Ganaganur (Chemistry and Biotechnology) and Renu Kumar (Biology). Click here to read more about the growth of research in two-year colleges.