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Thank you note from the Office of Diversity to UNM Graduate Students Patrick Cutler (INCBN IGERT Fellow), Shalini Low-Nam and Samantha Schwartz for their participation in the Dream Makers Health Careers Program.  



Front row: Carolyn Johnson, Integrative Training in Motor Control & Movement IGERT/University of Chicago - Ashanti Edwards, Physical & Biomolecular Foundations for Designing Nanoprobes IGERT/Johns Hopkins University - Katherine Hoffman, Ecosystem Informatics IGERT/Oregon State University.

Back Row: Keith Rutlin, I-STAR IGERT/Kansas State University - Claudia Farber, Interdisciplinary Training in Perceptual Science IGERT/Rutgers University - Linda Bugge, Integrating Nanotechnology with Cell Biology & Neuroscience IGERT/University of New Mexico - Tykeia Robinson, Solving Urbanization Challenges by Design IGERT/Columbia University - Gail Ryser, Urban Ecology 2 IGERT/Arizona State University Advisory Board Meeting - October 27, 2010

INCBN IGERT Program Coordinator Linda Bugge attended the first Advisory Board Meeting in Cambridge, Massachussets. The group discussed ways to engage IGERT Fellows in the new website . Webinars, students videos, and the new job opportunities page were all endorsed by the group. encourages the students to actively participate in the website, sharing their stories and educational experiences as well as forming an academic community.  




Kit Carson Elementary School Math & Science Night - Nov. 5, 2009

Fellow Amber McBride facilitated Kit Carson Elementary School’s Math and Science Night. Kit Carson Elementary is located in the South Valley of Albuquerque, and is comprised of mostly socio and economically disadvantaged Latino students. As one teacher said, “These kids aspire to be roofers, etc., because this is what their parents do for a living. They don’t know differently.” Amber's contribution to science night was a hands-on demonstration making ice cream using liquid nitrogen.  




Early College Academy - Dec. 2-3, 2009

This outreach projet was a collaborative effort in the SOM Pathology Department including INCBN IGERT Fellow Patrick Cutler, INCBN IGERT Advisor Dr. Diane Lidke, Shalini Low-Nam, Heather Ward and Amanda Carroll-Portillo, with the assistance of teacher Laura Konopka. They visited ECA and presented information on fluorescence and miscroscopy. The students labeled their own cells using a protocol developed by Dr. Lidke. Then the students visited the UNM facilities where they were given presentations on microscopy and how it relates to some cancer research. Using fluorescence miscroscopy, they examined the cells they had previously collected and labeled.  



 HBCU-UP National Research Conference - Oct. 28 - Nov. 1, 2009

Linda Bugge, Program Coordinator, and Bayo Falase, INCBN IGERT Fellow, attended the 10th Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universitites Undergraduate Program's National Research Conference held in Washington, D.C. This was a great conference, and we look forward to many of these undergraduates applying to be INCBN IGERT Fellows!  



Menaul High School AP Biology Class Outreach - Cancer Research at UNM - Sept. 21, 2009

UNM Graduate Students Patrick Cutler (INCBN IGERT Fellow), Shalini Low-Nam and Samantha Schwartz organized this outreach program where and AP Biology class from Menaul High School visited UNM. They made worksheets for the class, showed them around the lab, and showed them some fluorescence miscroscopy. Shaila Shodean was the teacher that helped organize this event.  



American Cancer Society's Relay for Life - June 19 & 20, 2009

INCBN IGERT Fellows Nathan Withers and Patrick Johnson volunteered at this year's Relay for Life at Balloon Fiesta Park. They spent time with cancer survivors talking about the research they are currently conducting in their University of New Mexico labs.  




 HBCU-UP National Research Conference - Oct. 23-26, 2008

INCBN IGERT Program Coordinator, Linda Bugge, attended the Historcially Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program's National Research Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. More than 700 undergraduate students attended, making this an exciting recruiting event!