Saturday, November 22
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Krasa Student Center

Register today for the Benedictine College of Science 2013 Open House. Prospective students and parents may attend student presentations, participate in pre-professional presentations, and visit Benedictine's lab facilities.

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Program Schedule


11:00 a.m.
Registration and Reception
Krasa 2nd Floor
11:30 a.m.
Welcome by the Dean of the College of Science
Krasa 2nd Floor
12:15 p.m.
Program and Student Presentations, Lab Tours
2:00 p.m.
Refreshments, Meet the Faculty, Student Posters
Kindlon Atrium
2:30 p.m.
Scholars Program Presentation (optional)
Kindlon 161
Tour of Library and Campus (optional)

The following College of Science Lab tours are available during our open house event. Click on a tour name for a tour summary.

Biology Sciences Lab Tour

BK-365 Techniques Lab — This advanced cell biology lab houses sterile cell culture hoods, microscopes, and analysis equipment for cells, proteins, and DNA.Dr. Robin Rylaarsdam will show the research-grade equipment in this lab, and visitors can view live kidney cells, DNA and protein gels, and our newest addition, a flow cytometer in action.Students and faculty use these instruments in advanced biology and biochemistry labs, and in research projects.

BK-317 Microbiology Lab — Dr. Monica Tischler will discuss her work associated with Yale University's Small World Initiative which brings an authentic research experience into an undergraduate class.

BK-356 Cell/Genetics Lab — In addition to introducing the laboratory equipment available to majors taking Genetics and Cell Biology labs, Dr. Philip Novack-Gottshall will discuss student research opportunities within Biological Sciences. He will demonstrate examples of his and his student's research on fossils using morphometrics and digital imaging techniques.

BK-373 Physiology Lab —Dr. Jayashree Sarathy uses this lab to reiterate and expand on various physiological processes that students learn in lecture.Students are taught how to collect physiological data from their own body. For example, they will be able record their EKG and examine the effect of activity on heart rate.Through activities in this lab, the students will develop an understanding of data collection and analysis. They will also develop a portfolio of information containing results of tests that measure a plethora of physiological parameters of the human body.

BK-311 Exercise Physiology Lab — Dr. Pedro Del Corral will demonstrate some of the equipment with the help of a volunteer. Specifically, the use of indirect calorimetry to assess energy expenditure during endurance exercise will be demonstrated. This is a fundamental tool in exercise physiology frequently used with the 12-lead EKG, both of which are used by students in our programs and in undergraduate/graduate exercise physiology research. We would also have additional equipment use by our undergraduate students.

Chemistry and Physics Lab Tour

BK-360 Organic Lab — One of the main instructional labs in chemistry. It is used exclusively for organic chemistry instruction and managed by Dr. Cheryl Mascarenhas.

BK-150 Instrumental Analysis Lab — Dr. Niina Ronkainen will discuss the array of spectrometers and chromatographs that are used for chemical analysis.  This space is utilized primarily for 200- and 300-level chemistry teaching laboratories and for student and faculty research projects that require use of modern analytical tools. All chemistry and BMB majors are exposed to such tools as part of the major curriculum.

BK-018 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Lab — This lab houses Ben U's NMR spectrometer (acquired in 2011) used in several 200- and 300-level chemistry teaching laboratories, as well as in student and faculty research with both organic and inorganic chemistry applications.  All chemistry and biochemistry & molecular biology majors will have hand-on access to this instrument under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Dr. Kari Stone will discuss how the use of the NMR spectrometer is incorporated into the major curriculum.

BK-017 Optics Lab — Managed by Dr. Andrew Wig, this lab houses an array of optical tools that are used in student and faculty physics research. In particular, students and faculty members have worked together to construct an optical tweezers setup, where lasers literally can be used to manipulate particles in liquid media.

Computer Science Lab Tour

BK-016 Computer Science Lab — This lab houses 12 PCs and 3 laptops to be used exclusively by students majoring in Computer Science (CMSC) or Computer Information Systems (CIS). In addition, there are servers in the adjacent server room to support instruction within the lab. This lab provides the CMSC and CIS students with a location to congregate, to work on individual or team projects without outside interference and to socialize with other students within the program. Students have access to this lab through a key card system.

The College of Science maintains a 16-node Linux cluster for research in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science. The cluster has (32) 2-GHz six-core CPUs, each capable of one floating point operation per clock cycle for a total of 384 GFlops (384 billion floating point operations per second).

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