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Expanding Skills in the Laboratory

Many people spend their summers picking tomatoes and green beans from vegetable gardens. Christina Zarek, a junior from Grand Island, Nebraska, spent the summer of 2014 studying them in a laboratory as part of a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs). “I worked in a microbiology lab that studies Pseudomonas syringae , a plant pathogen that infects tomatoes, soybeans and green beans,” said the biochemistry major whose career goals include working in research followed by teaching at a small liberal arts college. Her REU took place at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As she explored ...Read more

Finding Themselves on the Same Trail to Wyoming

Hiking opportunities near Laramie, Wyoming, provide three outdoorsy Hastings College alumni with much-needed breaks from their graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Wyoming. “It’s unusual to have three students from a small department at a small school in the same graduate program,” said Dr. Neil Heckman, Chair of the Hastings College’s Chemistry Department . “I did not anticipate my initial contact with Dr. Leonard would yield this return.” The trail from Morrison-Reeves Science Center to Wyoming began several years ago when Nebraska-native Dr. Brian Leonard spoke to Hastings ...Read more
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