GC Journeys Newsletter
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROJECT LEADS TO DISCOVERY OF A NEW SPECIES
Amphipods might have never crossed your mind before because although they are minuscule in size, they are in fact a huge deal. Amphipods are crustaceans that can be found in almost every environment; they are key indicators in determining the health of their surroundings. Their presence or absence can tell you a lot about their habitat, which is helpful in our current ecological climate. They allow you to have a record of what’s there before it changes, so as a society, we can make changes before the environments are gone.
You must be thinking, why all the talk about Amphipods? Because now one more species has been added to the list. Earlier this year, Georgia College’s very own Assistant Professor of Biology, Dr. White, and junior Environmental Science major, Sally Sir, discovered a never before identified species of Amphipod while investigating a sample from White's own collection she acquired during her postdoctoral studying in Okinawa, Japan.
The sample had laid dormant on White’s shelf until she decided to bring it out so Sir could start the examination process as an undergraduate research project. Two months later, after further investigation and sending it off to be finalized, they got the results back confirming that it is in fact a new species of Amphipod. The sample is now back in review having the details finalized, and after publication, the name of the new species will be released. While the team awaits these results, they have some exciting news to share with their fellow Bobcats on their latest endeavors in the world of science. They have added a new member to the team, sophomore Biology major, Elizabeth Durham.
The trip to Panama was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation whose goal is understanding biodiversity through taxonomic training, teaching students to identify, describe, and understand how species are related to each other, focusing on the Smithsonian in Panama. There, they worked collaboratively to obtain a sample of their own, which they have sent off to the lab and are expecting its arrival in the next couple of weeks. Durham describes her time working with Amphipods, “I have been surprised at all the different aspects of studying amphipods: you use microscopes, drawings, and you're using the imaging system. Gaining perspective about how different every research project is and that's why I think I enjoy it, so much because it's very unique and I'm always learning something new. I would never have the opportunity to go to Panama without research, it was my first time out of the country”. They cannot wait for their fresh material to get in so they can start identifying, and hopefully find yet another new species to add to the list of Amphipods. Sir noted that, “There is so much to learn in the world in science and overall, I didn't even know this was something I didn't know before I started it".
GC Journeys Symposium (10/29) Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Liberal Arts Mission
Tentative Schedule (Schedule Subject to Change):
Career Planning Milestone Re-Design
In an effort to create more collaboration between curricular and co-curricular career development planning, and to increase the number of students who complete the Career Planning Milestones, the program underwent a re-design. During the Spring and Summer 2021 semester the Career Center worked with a diverse advisory board comprised of both on-campus and employer stakeholders to plan the revision. The program was implemented this semester, and under the revised plan, students have a variety of ways they can satisfy the requirements of each milestone.
The Career Center is still collecting information on courses and/or programming that have learning objectives tied to career development. If you have a course, assignment, and/or assist students in engaging in co-curricular activities that cover one or more of the following milestones: self-awareness and career exploration, professional networking and engagement, resume writing skills, or interviewing skills, please submit information here.
For more information on the Career Planning Milestones re-design initiative, contact Lauren Easom at email@example.com
Upcoming GC Journeys Programming
October 5th @ Noon- Transformative Experiences through Backward Design & TILT - Jaclyn Queen & Simeco Vinson
October 14th @ Noon- Engaging Students in Collaborative Learning and Critical Thinking with Technology - Si Zhang & Jaclyn Queen
October 25, 3:30 - 5 pm- Transformative Experiences - Cynthia Alby & Simeco Vinson
Directly applicable to teaching in a liberal arts college, this highly interactive two-part series is designed to help everyone be on the same page for the university's GC Journeys program. We will provide you with information to help you make the classes you teach and the programs you teach in more transformative for students and more meaningful for you.
October 29th 12:00-3:00- GC Journeys Symposium
Part two of the two-part series, we will provide you with information to help you make the classes you teach and the programs you teach in more transformative for students and more meaningful for you.
Employer Engagement and Networking Opportunity
As employers and organizations inquire about different ways to engage with Georgia College students and build relationships, interactions within the classroom setting have become a greater topic of interest. Recruiting employers and organizations seeking to connect more with students, and requests to come into the actual classroom setting and visit/facilitate information on various career related topics have grown. As the Career Center seeks to gauge if faculty members are open to employers/organizations visiting and/or presenting during their lecture times, a survey was created to better understand if this would be something our faculty members support. It is also convenient for faculty members to have these scheduled visits in their absences, so they don't have to cancel class(es).
**Dates/topics for these events would be determined by the employer partner, the Career Center and professor/class schedule. Topics could range from professionalism, resume/cover letter writing, interviewing skills, Linked In Profiles, Networking, Job Searching, trends within the workplace, information on the employer/organization, opportunities available, application instructions, etc.)**
GC Journeys Publishes Annual Report
For the second straight year, GC Journeys has published an annual report to help chart the progress of the GC Journeys Initiative.
This year's report includes data on:
- GC Journeys participation (and comparisons to previous years)
- Highlights from GC Journeys News
- GC Journeys Assessment Reports
View the 2020-2021 GC Journeys Annual Report
Communities of Practice
For more information, please contact Dr. Stefanie Sevcik