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STAR 2012 Culmination Ceremony

(July 23, 2012) Families and friends gathered at the Eastbank Regional Library in Metairie on the evening of July 19, for the culmination ceremony honoring the STAR Class of 2012 Student Scholars.

To begin the event, the members of this year’s Science-Technology-Academics-Research (STAR) program defended their research projects—displayed on professional posters produced by medical illustrator Barbara Siede—and answered numerous questions from attendees about their methods and 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 and Neil Aguiluz of Molecular Genetics Research)

Comparison of the PTC Taster Genotype and Phenotype in Two Louisiana Families
(led by Dr. Paula Gregory of LSUHSC)

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

DNA Transfection & Cell Signaling
(led by Dr. Julia Cook and Dr. Akannsha Singh of Molecular Genetics Research)

What’s in Your Yogurt?”
(led by Dr. Maureen Shuh of Hypertension Research)

Following the poster presentations, Sr. Administrator of Academic Outreach Allison Sharai delivered opening remarks and introduced Dr. William Pinsky and Janice Piazza. Each of them discussed the importance of the STAR program to Ochsner and thanked the educators and leaders for their hard work.

Sharing reflections on the 5-week program were STAR Scientific Director Dr. Jawed Alam, STAR Team Leader Melisa Enclade, and STAR Junior Team Leader Alton Denson, Jr.

As part of the students’ reflection speech, the students showed 2 student-produced music videos that highlighted their time during the program.

STAR students Allie Baldassaro and Malik Robinson received a special award for scoring a 99% overall top score in the 14-part medical terminology course.

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

For more information about the STAR Class of 2012, class photos, and weekly student-produced newsletters, visit www.ochsner/STAR.

Information about the 2013 STAR program will become available in January 2013.

For more information about Academic Outreach at Ochsner or to get involved, contact the Academic Outreach office at 504-842-5321, email EducationOutreach@ochsner.org, or visit the Academic Outreach website.

Academic Outreach serves the community and maintains Ochsner’s position as a national academic leader by supporting educational development, providing unique academic resources, and connecting students and teachers with innovative academic opportunities. 
STAR 2012 culmination

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