Nuts about our alumni!

The faculty at MC pride themselves on their alumni.  We know they  are well trained and flexible, ready for a number of different post-graduation paths.

A recent research study  on peanut allergies that has gotten a lot of press has reaffirmed this pride.  Researchers in the LEAP (Learning Early About Peanut Allergy) Project have discovered that the conventional wisdom about peanut allergies may have been wrong.  The original  article can be found in the New England Journal of Medicine and the results have been reported in major media outlets like CNN and the New York Times.   One of our own, alumna Kaitie (Fernandez) Lawson, MC class of 2009 was involved in this work.

Kaitie works at Rho, a contract research organization, as a biostatistician helping medical research teams design experiments and make sense of the results. Her involvement with  LEAP is described in the Appendix to the NEJM paper, which you can see here.  She says she uses her liberal arts skills every day when she has to communicate difficult concepts either in writing or in presentations. Her training also allows her to see things from  multiple perspectives and to deal with a variety of people and situations.

CaptureKaitie completed a math major at MC while she played on the soccer team and sang in the concert choir and Off Kilter.  After graduating, she was accepted into a highly competitive Master’s program in Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill . She was hired at Rho after getting her Master’s degree.

Kaitie is another example of where a math major from a liberal arts college can take you. We look forward to having Kaitie as a guest speaker in the S3 program in the near future.

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Save your energy

At MC, the faculty, staff and students are encouraged to find their passion and follow it.  That is how the Environmental Initiatives Office was conceived and it is now off and running.  The Daily Times wrote a great article explaining how this office began and what we hope to accomplish.


Andrew Godfrey , in the red shirt, is the first Scots Science Scholar to work with the Environmental Initiatives Office.

Andrew Godfrey, 2014 Scots Science Scholar has begun the huge task of analyzing the college’s energy usage over time.  He is looking for places in residence halls, academic and administration buildings and athletics where energy savings can be found so that MC can reduce its carbon footprint.

As we continue into the next stage of the work, we’ll be finding ways to test energy reduction strategies so that we can implement those with the biggest impact. This work is serving a dual purpose.  The S3 program includes the  opportunity for students to get involved in research early in their college career.  It is an especially positive experience when that research directly benefits our community, local and global.

Submitted by Maria Siopsis, Co-director, Scots Science Scholars.


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