Wagner’s Summer in Peru program is designed to give students unique opportunities to learn by doing and apply their academic knowledge though research and community service work in the Moche valley of north coastal Peru. Working with Dr. Celeste Gagnon
are Sophia Fox-Sowell ‘13 (Anthropology & English) and Nicholas Gibaldi ‘14 (Anthropology), who are studying human skeletal remains excavated from the archaeological site Huaca de la Luna
Robert Brandon ‘14 (Psychology) is working on sustainable development and cultural heritage in the rural community of Collambay
Jennifer Ida ‘12 (Anthropology major, Spanish & Mircobiology minor) is engaged in ethnographic research documenting the process of making chicha (traditional corn beer).
An Innovative Era: Microbiology Research at Wagner College
Bonnie Bassler once said "Science is difficult and slow no matter who you are. The hours are long, and the glorious 'aha' days come only very infrequently. You have to keep believing that if you put in the hours, those days will indeed come!" In this second blog, we explores the world of microbiology research here at Wagner College. Research In Microbiology: Dr. Christopher Corbo, Assistant Professor of microbiology and Director of the microbiology masters program is a very busy professor on campus. You can always find him with his team of students investigating and researching in the laboratory. The team includes, Brandon Kocurek '16, Anthony Spano '17, Anthony Gonzalez '16 and Brandon Hart '17 (me). Together the team works to understand the bacterium, Listeria. Listeria is a gram-positive bacteria that is the common cause of food outbreaks. It has recently been in the news for its outbreak in ice cream and pasta salads. This organism is found in the environment in soil, water, and sewage. It is a serious pathogen that has the potential to cause spontaneous abortion in third trimester women. In can cause listeriosis which is fatal. We aim to understand the mode of pathogenesis. We observe the mechanism in which L. Monocytogenes works as well potential ways to limit outbreaks. In order to understand the pathogenesis of Listeria we use Zebrafish because they mimic the human genome. Brandon Kocurek and Anthony Spano inject Listeria through the iris of zebrafish. This induces infection in the central nervous system (CNS) of the fish. Brandon uses advanced technologies such as immunohistochemistry and confocal microscopy to confirm that Listeria does in fact cause infection. Anthony uses the gram stain reaction to see if Listeria infects the tissue. Like Brandon; Anthony has found the same result using different techniques. Brandon explained "This research is important in understand the intracellular mechanism of this organism". Anthony explained that "The use of gram stains allow you to see if the infection is present that way you can understand the other mechanisms at play." Future indications for study include immunology and the way in which the fish elicits an immune response. Together, this research will contribute to understanding the mechanism in which the organism causes spontaneous abortions and listeriosis infections. Bacteriophage Isolation Anthony Gonzalez and I focus on the isolation of bacteriophage. Bacteriophage are viruses that kill bacteria. "Our job is to go out and isolate these phage and use them to kill Listeria to control outbreaks" explained, Anthony Gonzalez. Bacteriophage are so unique in that they are specific and natural. This year was the first time this project has ever been done and a isolation protocol for this organism has been completely redesigned. We collected raw sewage and isolated bacteriophage that are specific to killing Listeria monocytogenes. In addition to the isolation of these phage, we collected images of the bacteriophage through the use of the electron microscope. Wagner College is so unique becausethey have this facility on campus."The EM facility is special at Wagner College. It provides students with advanced skills. Most students leave the microbiology program very proficient in advanced technologies" explained, Dr. Corbo. I joined the research team my freshman year and after observing I knew exactly what I wanted to do. The professors were always there for me and wanted you a part of there team. I wanted to look at alternative ways to treat Listeria other than antibiotic therapies. Future research includes food testing and the creation of vaccinations to prevent infection. Other professors and students are doing research as well. Kathleen Bobbitt, Associate Professor of Microbiology works with her students to kill bacteria using natural extracts. Microbiology is unique! We love it! We love the things we cannot see; they are so relevant to our society...
Junior to Freshman! College 101: Told through Monsters University
WELCOME CLASS OF 2019 I can't believe that two years have passed since I was a freshman at Wagner College. I am here to offer some advice, junior to a freshman, to prepare you and help you through the transition. 1. The Adjustment: Living away from home for the first time is a huge adjustment. It comes with a lot of responsibility. Always make sure you have your ID card and room key. Your ID card is pretty much your life and you can't do much without these items. Advice: Buy a lanyard and keep everything on 1 keychain! But don't wear it around your neck because than everyone knows your a freshman! 2. Don't Be Afraid To Say Hello: You may think that nobody wants to talk to you but everyone is feeling the same way you are. Don't be shy! Don't be afraid to say hello to someone! Chances are they may become your best friend. 3. Roommates: For some, this may be your first time sharing a room. It is important to set ground rules with your roommate in order to prevent conflicts. For example, no talking on the phone in the room past 10:30pm. The room is your home away from home so make sure it is a great experience for the both of you. Look for the positive things in each other oppose to some of the negatives you might stumble upon. Advice: Simple communication goes a long way! 4. Food, food, food: Don't be that freshman that always complains about the...
Project Insight: Student Leader Educational Seminar in Israel
On Friday, August 7, I traveled across the world to Israel to spend a week immersing myself in Israeli culture while gaining insight to the current political, social, and strategic challenges of the region. With a group of 14 other student government leaders from across the United States, hosted by a group of Israeli college students, I journeyed throughout Israel to learn leadership through a variety of experiences as a participant of Project InSiGht. Throughout this...
My Internship Experience
This summer, like most do, has absolutely flown by. It was my first summer here in NYC, and it has been a truly awesome experience! I’ve been living on campus and commuting to my internship at Roundabout Theatre Company, a full-time internship in the management department working on their current and upcoming Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. It’s the perfect internship for an Arts Admin major like myself who wants to go into theatre management,...