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Rachael graduated from Novi High School in Novi, Michigan. Rachael completed their senior research project by developing a method of detecting blastomyces dermatitidis in soil using PCR. This study lays the foundation for further studying blastomyces dermatitidis in soil samples from endemic regions in northern Michigan. Rachael is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society. Rachael recently was selected to go to MSU to train in qPCR techniques and assisted in their cow bacteroides project. Rachael plans to attend graduate school in the future to study biochemistry.

Rachael Cunningham
2010 Outstanding Graduate
Forensic Chemistry

Department of Environmental Sciences

Facilities & Equipment

Chemical Instrumentation

 


GIS Lab

16 GIS workstations with Arc GIS 10.1 & 36 inch poster plotter


Professional GPS Hardware

 

Field Sampling Equipment

Van Dorn bottles, flow meters, Hydrolab multiparamer sonde, Ponar dredge, drum samplers, battery powered sampling pumps, etc.


Hiltunen Field Station

~40 Acres with shoreline on Sugar Island in the St. Marys River

A Summary of Inquiry in the Secondary Science Classroom

Allen Good

Although forms of inquiry have been around since the early 1900s, the use and implementation of inquiry in the secondary science classroom before 2000 was limited (Quigley, 2011). With the publishing of the National Science Education Standards in 1996, the discussion and use of inquiry grew (National Research Council, 1996). In a national of constantly changing education pedagogies and practices, inquiry is discussed, yet implemented less and less (Drayton, 2002; Nadelson, 2009; Banerjee, 2011). There are many published works that demonstrate how to use inquiry in one specific lab, but work needs to be done to insure the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills in the next generation of workers and thinkers.

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