Senior elementary education
major Hanna Moore was
recently named a 2013
Outstanding Teacher Intern by
the Mississippi Association of
Colleges of Teacher Education
(MACTE). During a ceremony at
the Mississippi Department of
Education building in Jackson,
she was honored alongside other
outstanding teacher interns.
Hanna completed her student teaching at
Runnelstown Elementary School. She has maintained
a 4.0 GPA, is a Carey Scholar, and is a member of
Alpha Chi National Honor Society.
WCU Chemistry
Students Participate in
Video Project
Four Carey students and
one alumnus participated in a
project titled “Energy Content
of Agricultural Products” with
Annenberg Learner of the
Annenberg Foundation. Annenberg
Learner funds and distributes
educational video programs with
coordinated web and print materials
for the professional development of
K-12 teachers in the U.S.
Participants were Johnathan
Hugh Broome (’11), currently in his
second year as a graduate student
in chemistry at the University of
Southern Mississippi; senior biology
and chemistry major Jonathan
Clement; junior chemistry major
Tyree Ratcliff; senior biology and
chemistry major LailaYounes; and
senior biology and chemistry major
Talal Younes.
Dr. Marcus Steele, chair of
the department of chemistry
and physics, supervised the
students’ project, and the goal
was to determine the total energy
Mississippi produces through
traditional crops such as cotton,
c rn, rice, and sweet potatoes
that could be used for bio fuel.
Neal Duffy, producer/editor for
Science Media Group at the
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for
Astrophysics, and Jimmy Day,
freelance photographer, filmed
the clips that will be used in the
Annenberg Learner video for high
school science students.
USDA-ARS Scientist Dr.
Gretchen Sassenrath, along with
Duffy and Day, interviewed Dr.
Steele and the participating students
on their research, including Jon
Clement as he demonstrated how
the students measured energy
content of sweet potatoes using the
calorimeter.
“The Carey students are so
bright and were so much fun to
work with,” Dr. Sassenrath said.
“They have learned quite a bit
about biochemistry as well as a lot
of practical information from this
project, and it provides a wonderful
opportunity for them to pass on
their knowledge to high school
students.”
Pictured (left to right) are Dr. Marcus Steele, Physical Science
Technician Jason Corbitt, Dr. Gretchen Sassenrath, Tyree Ratcliff, Alcorn
State University Extension Program Regional Coordinator Rockiell
Woods, Neal Duffy, Jon Clement, and Jimmy Day.
Senior chemistry major Tyree
Ratcliff has been selected to
participate in the 2013Vanderbilt
Summer Undergraduate Research
in Chemical Biology program in
Nashville, Tenn., from May 27 to
August 2. Tyree was one of the
10 chosen out of 500 applicants
for the program. The ten-week,
hands-on course is designed to
introduce chemistry, biochemistry,
and biology students to the research processes and the
interdisciplinary nature of contemporary research. The
students will participate in a mini-symposium on drug
discovery, attend seminars given by Vanderbilt Institute
of Chemical Biology faculty, and participate in weekly
discussions on various topics.
Tyree will work directly with Dr. Jens Meiler,
associate professor of chemistry at Vanderbilt, on a
current project involving structural and chemical
biology. Dr. Meiler’s laboratory develops computational
methods to investigate proteins and their interactions
with small molecule substrates, therapeutics, or probes.
“I am honored that I was selected for this
distinguished program,” Tyree said. “This will be the
third summer research program I have participated in. I
spent one summer working with the USDA and another
at Kent State University in Ohio. I am grateful for the
experience these research programs have given me and
look forward to working with Dr. Meiler this summer.”
Chemistry Major
Selected for Research
Project at Vanderbilt
WCU Student Named
Outstanding Intern
Sch olarsh ip
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