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April 2017  |  Spring Update 

Student Success: Liv Gripko  
Prestigious Undergraduate Research Position

Biology major, Liv Gripko taking a selfie with Lady Liberty, Summer 2016

Undergraduate biology department research student, and Thomson Research Fellow, Liv Gripko, was selected to participate in a prestigious research position at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, last summer. Needless to say we had a few questions about this incredible opportunity!  Please note, Liz has great passion for biology and life in general, so hold on to your hats!

How did you find out about the American Museum of Natural History research opportunity?
I actually found out about it my freshman year, I was searching around online for internship opportunities to build my experience and help me explore my passions. When I came across it, the deadline to apply had already passed though, but I kept it in the back of my mind for next year. Sophomore year came and I applied, but I actually didn’t get accepted. I could not let such a great opportunity pass by though and keenly re-applied the following year (junior year). That would be the last year I could apply also, as you can’t apply if you are a senior, so to say the least, I was anxious. Thankfully, I was accepted (after a phone interview); that was a happy day!

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Dr. Jessica Orlofske: Inaugural Class of the
Rundbland Research Fellows

Assistant professor of biology, Dr. Jessica Orlofske, researching dragonfly asseblages.

Last summer, Dr. Jessica Orlofske, an assistant professor of biology at UW-Parkside, was one of three members of the inaugural class of the John J. Brander and Christine E. Rundblad Research Fellows at the Milwaukee Public Museum. The fellowship provides funds for summer research activities and also involves a service component to the Milwaukee Public Museum. 

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UW-Parkside students make a real difference
for the Women’s Resource Center

HESM 321 Women’s Health Issues class – Fall 2016
Instructor: Dr. Penny Lyter

UW-Parkside’s Professor Penny Lyter partnered with the Women’s Resource Center in Racine (WRC) for her Women’s Health Issues course to make the curriculum more relevant for her students and to help a community organization that addresses a critical issue in women’s health. For a second year in a row, this class provided services designed to assist the needs of this organization.  Three months after the start of this year’s project, the students not only presented workshops for clients and staff at WRC and collected undergarments and clothes for the women and children who have left their homes with only the clothes on their backs, but also secured  funds including a substantial grant for the organization from the Webb Foundation.

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CNHS Annual Celebration:
Past and Future!

The College of Natural and Health Sciences invites you to attend the third community event. This event is intended to reconnect with alumni and to provide an opportunity for a fun evening for you and your colleagues and peers.  It is also a way to help support the College Advisory Board Scholarship fund and to offer networking opportunities for students. This year the event will take place on Thursday evening, October 12, 2017 at 5:30 and will be a sit-down dinner.  A ‘save the date’ notice will be sent out soon.

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In This Issue

Student Success: 
Liv Gripko

Faculty Feature:
Dr. Jessica Orlofske

Women's Health Course Making a Difference!

Alumni Celebration: 
Past and Future


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