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Culmination Ceremony Celebrates 2011 STAR Students

(August 2, 2011) Families and friends gathered in the Brent House Conference Center last Thursday evening, August 28, for the culmination ceremony honoring the 2011 STAR class.

To begin the event, the members of this year’s Science-Technology-Academics-Research (STAR) class defended their research projects—displayed on professional posters produced by medical illustrator Barbara Siede—and answered numerous questions from attendees about their methods and their findings in the following experiments:

Cell Signaling and Immunoblotting – Western Blot Method
(led by Dr. T. Cooper Woods and Dr. Chasity Coleman of Molecular Cardiology Research)

Cloning and Expression of the Insulin Gene
(led by Dr. Jawed Alam of Molecular Genetics Research)

To Taste or Not to Taste – PTC Taster: Phenotypes and Genotypes
(led by Dr. Paula Gregory of LSUHSC)

Virus Detection by the ELISA Method
(led by Dr. Li Li and Chelsea Grimes of Cellular Immunology Research)

Following the poster presentation, Director of Knowledge Management Ethel Madden delivered opening remarks and introduced Dr. William Pinsky. Dr. Pinsky discussed the importance of the STAR program to Ochsner and thanked the educators and leaders for their hard work. To the students Dr. Pinsky said, “My hope for all you students is that you saw enough this summer—the different aspects of medicine—that it has cemented your commitment. We are anxious to watch where you go and what you accomplish.”

Sharing reflections on the 5-week program were educators and leaders of the program: Dr. Jawed Alam, Dr. Paula Gregory, Melisa Enclade, Sobia Arshad, and Allison Sharai.

The students presented a graphic thank you in the form of a slide show of photographs from their dozens of clinical rotations, lab afternoons, informal chats, and informational lectures.

STAR student Jaylen Parquet received a special award for scoring 100% on all the medical terminology quizzes. Also winning awards for excellence in medical terminology were Abigayle Rhode-Pausina, Neda Khoshkhoo, and Ekuase Ogunbor.

To conclude the ceremony, all the STAR students received a STAR lab coat monogrammed with their names and a certificate of achievement. 

STAR 2011

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