Naomi Atkin, PhD, on genetics and cancer treatment

Naomi Atkin, PhD, on genetics and cancer treatment

Naomi earned a BS in Genetics from UC Irvine in 2015, and received her PhD in May 2021. Her work in the Wang Lab focuses on understanding the role of DNA breakage in cancer susceptibility. Specifically, she has worked on mapping DNA breaks using samples from both AML and breast cancer patients in order to identify break-prone regions of the genome that can then be used to create a DNA fragility and cancer susceptibility test. This work has led to the development of a break mapping method that is compatible with extremely low amounts of input material. Outside of the lab, Naomi also enjoys volunteering as a Head Copy Editor at the Journal of Emerging Investigators.

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Avian ecologist Seth Judge on Hawaiian Honeycreepers

Avian ecologist Seth Judge on Hawaiian Honeycreepers

In this presentation, Seth Judge describes threats to endangered Hawaiian Honeycreepers and discusses current efforts for preventing their extinction. Seth is an avian ecologist working for the National Park Service’s Inventory and Monitoring Program. He conducts forest bird surveys to determine population densities and trends of rare and endangered birds in the Hawaiian Islands. Today he’ll discuss methods for estimating bird populations, threats to Hawaiian birds, and describe tools for preventing the extinction of Hawaiian Honeycreepers. 

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Flora and Fauna of the Tahoe National Forest

Flora and Fauna of the Tahoe National Forest

In this talk, US Forest Service biologists Emily Enochs, Carrie Johnson, and Mary Patterson give an insight into their work with species found in the Sierra Nevada region. This talk was presented live for the students at Tahoe Expedition Academy in spring of 2021.

These three presenters are all biologists with the Forest Service. Carrie is an aquatic biologist and is in charge of fish and frogs. Emily is a terrestrial wildlife biologist who does surveys of primarily owls, goshawks, and eagles. Mary is a botanist and is in charge of rare plants and invasive plants.

One of their primary jobs is to provide project input during the planning phase to ensure that we are not jeopardizing populations of our sensitives species.  This is done by completing pre-project surveys to inventory rare species and invasive species.

 

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All About Amphibians

All About Amphibians

All About Amphibians

Botany, Forestry, and Studying Plants