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March 10 , 2008
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Please direct questions and comments to: stippel@muskingum.edu

In this issue:

  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Internship Opportunities with Big Cats!
  • Muskingum's ACM Chapter
  • Internships at Blue Rock Station

Science Quotes

  • "In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind."--Louis Pasteur
  • "The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them"--Sir William Bragg
  • ""The proof of a high education is the ability to speak about complex matters as simply as possible." R.W. Emerson


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    Clinical Laboratory Science

    SWGHC School of Medical Technology has an opening for the class starting July 14, 2008 in their Medical Technology Program (Clinical Laboratory Science). They are looking for Junior or Senior science majors who are strong in the sciences with a GPA of 2.75 or higher and will be completing the program pre-requisites.

    16 semester hours of Biology including:

    Microbiology
    Immunology
    Genetics or Molecular Biology
    Anatomy and Physiology (1 semester minimum)

    16 semester hours of Chemistry including:

    Organic and/or Biochemistry

    1 course Statistics

    Any interested students should contact Corinne Hartwell, MS, MT(ASCP), Program Director, SWGHC School of Medical Technology. Phone 440-816-8859 or email: chartwell@swgeneral.com

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    Internship Opportunities With Big Cats

    Exotic Cat Internship

    Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a no-kill facility dedicated to rescuing abused, abandoned and unwanted big cats. The refuge is located in NW Arkansas is seeking a full-time, 6 months Intern Keeper. The refuge is a non-profit facility of over 100 rescued exotic cats. Work is often physically demanding. Applicants must be self-motivated, with high desire to provide the best care available to animals. Applicants must also be observant and able to keep detailed records. The ability to work in a team environment or independently is important. A degree in Zoology, Biology or related field is preferred, but experience with exotic animal husbandry may be considered. Ten positions are opened each internship. Internships run every six months. If you are looking for a full-time internship working around big cats you just may have found it.

    Job Description:

    Work in a Captive Animal Institution - Responsible for the daily care of Tigers, Lions, Cougars, Black Bears, Black Leopard, African Serval, Caracal, Bobcats, Rhesus Macaque, and Hoof stock. Duties include animal husbandry, enrichment, record keeping of animal behavior, educational public tours, and customer service.

    Prepare and Present Information to the Public - Responsible for greeting customers and guided tours throughout the facility. Educate the public about each resident species and the direction of the facility's future.

    Prepare and Maintain Animal Housing - Responsible for maintaining animal and customer safety through daily exhibit checks. This includes routine landscaping, clearing habitats of underbrush, and providing animal enrichment.

    Prepare Diets and Monitor Feeding - Maintain food quality and hygiene standards or produce and meat. Prepare and diets and monitor every animal's intake. Feed all animals and observe quantities of waste for diet recommendations. Record weight loss or gain for each animal.

    Monitor and Maintain Animal Health - Maintain daily records of animal defecation and any loss of appetite to identify any abnormal behavior and signs of illness. Administer daily medications. Prepare and maintain quarantine areas for recent rescues.

    Restrain and Assist in Moving Animals - Assist in relocating cats to more appropriate enclosures. Follow all safety procedures in loading and unloading and during transport of animals.

    Identify Behavioral Needs and Improve Husbandry - Identify behavioral needs and provide approved enrichment for the animals which includes but may not be limited to environmental and scent enrichments.

    Maintain Exhibits and Assist With Design - Assist with the design and construction of 1/2 acre enclosures. Maintain exhibits daily and detect and control pests. place power to control ticks and clear underbrush to prevent snakes.

    Compensation:

    Weekly cash stipend for food.
    Housing is provided on the refuge.
    Amenities: Heat, A/C, utilities paid, full bath, kitchen, washer & dryer, satellite TV, free long distance, internet service.

    Dates:

    New Position begins: August 15, 2007
    Deadline for fall internship applications: April 15
    Deadline for spring internship applications: November 15

    To Apply:
    email: emily@turpentinecreek.org 

    Send your cover letter and resume to:

    Emily McCormack
    Volunteer program
    Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
    239 Turpentine Creek Lane
    Eureka Springs, AR 72632

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    Muskingum's ACM Chapter Competes

    Muskingum's ACM chapter took two interdisciplinary teams to the 19th annual Denison University programming contest on February 23rd. the teams included majors from Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Business. the Muskingum teams took early leads, only to fall to around 7th and 8th places by the end of the contest. Everyone had a great time, and are looking ahead to the next contest! Participants included Colin Streb, Charles Doan, and Sarah Hare in the "Hamiltonian Cyclists" team, and Chris Bowles, Amy Miller, and Zac Conley in the "Answer: 101010" team.

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    Internships at Blue Rock Station

    Internships at Blue Rock Station - Philo OH Learning opportunities for 30, 60 or 90 days from Mid-May through September 2008. Learn sustainability through micro-tourism using Ohio's first Earthship as the centerpiece for gaining knowledge in leadership, marketing, alternative building construction, animal husbandry, natural gardening and lots more. Annie and Jay Warmke's work is cutting edge because it merges the future of green living with the tried and true marketing techniques used by the big tourism destinations. Write to them letting them know your goals and expectations. Contact: (740) 674-4300 or annie@bluerockstation.com

    Activities 2008 at Blue Rock Station

    • build a strawbale extension onto the llama barn (to be used for winter housing of llamas and goats)
    • create a solar system for radiant floor heat in the sunhouse room
    • design and create a solar heating system for winter water use by the goats, llamas and chickens
    • assist in the week-long strawbale build (June) and/or the weekend builds
    • learn how to make and apply mud plasters: working on the two-bed cottage, Earthship living room, garage extension,and sunroom
    • design and build an overhang out of salvaged materials to create an eating area for visitors
    •  design and build a glass bottle wall for the garden to serve as an espalier for peach trees
    • carpentry projects as well
    • general farm chores that might include feeding llamas, mowing fields, working the garden
    • lead and participate in tours
    • participate in llama treks
    • participate in cooking and canning classes
    • organic gardening: planting, composting, growing, natural insect control and more

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    MCAT Registration

    Registration will open for the June through September MCAT test dates on Tuesday, March 11 for testing locations in the U.S., Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and other parts of Asia, including new locations in China.  We regret that we cannot post a specific registration opening time March 11th.
    Registration will open in early April for June through September testing in Canada.  The registration opening for Canada will be separate from other locations so that we can add two special, Canada-only administrations to accommodate our examinees' summer testing preferences.  Both of these new sessions will be held Saturday, August 9 - one morning and one afternoon session.

    The announcement for the specific registration opening day will be posted in mid-March on the Canada Web page (http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/canadian.htm).  These additional sessions will not appear on the Schedule of 2008 Test Dates and Times but they will appear within the MCAT Scheduling & Registration System when we open registration in April for the June through September exam dates.

    Our website (www.aamc.org/mcat) will be updated today or tomorrow to reflect this information.


    Michelle Sparacino

    Director, MCAT Test Administration & Operations