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November 2021 Edition of the Official Newsletter of the
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SANS LSAMP students present research at ABRCMS
Extracurricular activities prove beneficial for biology major
Dreyfus Foundation grant supports chemistry activities at UMES
UMES Extension hosts Small Farm Conference
Video: WBOC interviews USDA's Dr. Dewayne Goldmon
Photo Gallery:  UMES Extension Small Farm Conference
Video: WMDT interviews San Domingo farmer on SFC bus tour
Stirring Scrapple, Preserving a Black Farming Community
Thanksgiving tradition demonstrated on bus tour 
Message from the SANS Dean
SANS student selected for new NOAA EPP/MSI fellowship 
Video: WMDT visits the UMES Extension 4-H STEM Festival
Photo gallery: UMES Extension 4-H STEM Festival
Alum is inaugural 1890 Universities Foundation Congressional Fellow
2022 Biological Internship Opportunities in Chincoteague
UMES Land-grant Scholarship Program
COVID-19-UMES Updates & CDC Fact Sheet
Fall 2021 semester comes to a close 

The end of the Fall 2021 semester and the winter break are close at hand.  Best wishes from SANS to our students for success in final exams, papers and projects.  We are confident that our faculty members have prepared you to forge ahead. Don't forget to reach out to campus resources for help, such as the Center for Access and Academic Success, the Writing Center, the Counseling Center and the Career Center.  Photo by Todd Dudek, Agricultural Communications.
SANS LSAMP students present research at annual  biomedical conference
Pictured above, ABRCMS award recipients, are: Destiny Parker (top center), Teemer Barry (left) and Fabiola Beauvoir (right).

SANS students involved in the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program virtually attended and presented their research November 10-13 at the 2021 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.  Three of the eight UMES students highlighting their work through an ePoster won an award for their effort.  Kudos to Teemer Barry, chemistry (Dr. Victoria Volkis); Fabiola Beauvoir, physiology and pharmacology (Dr. Tracy Bell); and Destiny Parker, developmental biology and genetics (Dr. Sadanand Dhekney).  They were among 401 award recipients.

Barry’s research poster titled, “Probing Specialty Crops and Medicinal Herb Extracts for Potential Antifouling Agents,” focused on using natural sources, such as super-fruits and medicinal herbs as the basis of an alternative biocide.

Beauvoir’s poster titled, “Sodium Hydrogen Exchanger Isoform 3 Gene Expression in the Kidney of a Type II Diabetic Zebrafish Model” focused on understanding the mechanisms that link increased sodium reabsorption in the kidney to the development of high blood pressure in diabetic patients.

Parker’s poster titled, “Influence of Growth Regulator Concentrations on In Vitro Rooting and Plant Regeneration in Vitis (Grape),” focused on identification of efficient rooting treatments that enable rapid regeneration of in vitro shoots and improved precision breeding.

Student research would not be possible without the research faculty and program directors who play an essential role in mentoring students, Bell said.  “A heartfelt thank you to all of our research mentors at UMES for the invaluable knowledge and experience you impart on our students and for supporting the UMES LSAMP program.  It could not be done without you!”
Semester's extracurricular activities prove beneficial for biology (pre-med track) major

The future looks bright for junior biology major Iyinyeoluwa “Ruth” Okulate.  Her name just keeps popping up on the lists of end-of-year student accolades—all preparing her for a career in medicine.

Okulate, who is in UMES’ Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation program, plans on taking her MCAT in March 2022.  When Dr. Tracy Bell, an associate professor of biology and LSAMP program coordinator, posted a notice to the group about an opportunity to receive financial assistance and test prep, she jumped on it.  Her application, which included answering a series of questions, providing her GPA and submitting two essays, earned her a spot on the list of recipients of Proton Guru’s 2021 MCAT Ladder Scholars. 

She was also among eight SANS students who are in the LSAMP program to attend and present ePosters at the 2021 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.  Held virtually again this year due to the ongoing pandemic, Okulate was the only UMES representative to compete in the 3-Minute Lightning Talk. 

“I really enjoyed it,” Okulate said. “It helped me practice being able to describe my research work precisely, not necessarily quickly.  All of the necessary information has to be presented in a small period of time like an elevator pitch, a skill that may help you get an internship down the line.”

Okulate, a UMES Richard A. Henson Honors Program Vanguard and vice president of the student association, also shared her work as a delegate to the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Orlando.  The four-day event featured poster competitions, informational sessions, keynote speakers, roundtable discussions and opportunities for networking. 

Presenting her research poster titled, “Intraperitoneal Injection of Insulin Increases the Expression of the Sodium Hydrogen Exchanger Isoform 3 (NHE3) in the Zebrafish Kidney,” she said, “helped prepare me for my pursuit of an M.D./Ph.D.”

Dreyfus Foundation grant will support opportunities in chemistry at UMES
Dr. Deborah Sauder has been awarded a Jean Dreyfus Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions for 2021 by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.  The grant will fund a campus visit by a distinguished chemistry professional in the spring and summer undergraduate research opportunities for two UMES students—all related to chemistry. 

UMES’ award of $18,500 will provide for a two-day visit to campus by Dr. Kimberly Jackson, chair and professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Spelman College.  She will give a technical talk for the STEM community on campus along with a presentation for the public, including the neighboring higher educational institutions.  In addition, she will meet with UMES students to discuss chemistry-related careers and UMES faculty to discuss research collaborations.

The award will also fund an opportunity through the Department of Natural Sciences for two UMES students to pursue chemistry research at the university during the summer of 2022.  It will be awarded, Sauder said, following a competitive applications process that will be conducted in February.  Each summer intern will receive a stipend of $4,500 in addition to room and board for the duration of their internship along with a $1,000 award to defray the costs of attending a meeting the following fall to present the results of their research.  The interns will also benefit from professional development support in collaboration with other summer research programs offered through UMES’ Department of Natural Sciences.

UMES Extension hosts Small Farm Conference
VIDEO:  Click on the image above for 47 abc's interview with Dr. Dewayne Goldmon, the USDA Senior Advisor for Racial Equity and keynote speaker for UMES Extension's Small Farm Conference.
Click HERE for WBOC's interview with Dr. Goldmon
Click HERE for photo gallery!
San Domingo farmer showcases traditional farming practices for UMES Extension's
Small Farm Conference
VIDEO:  Click the image above as 47 abc's Jordie Clark talks to Newell Quinton about keeping agricultural traditions, such as fall scrapple making, alive in the Black farming community of San Domingo.
Read more HERE in Lancaster Farming
Read all about it in Delmarva Farmer HERE


Dear SANS Stakeholders,

The Thanksgiving break is a mere speck in the rear view mirror. However, it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge this annual occasion for reflection on all the things we are grateful for over the past year. My list is extensive, but I am most grateful for the unique opportunity to work with so many talented individuals including internal and external partners to deliver a mission that is seriously needed and urgent. Whether you look at it from the lens of our educational obligations, or the critical research and extension programs that we deliver, these activities significantly touch many people’s lives - therefore, a big thank you to all.
November was also notable for a number of other things including a very productive Small Farm Conference here on campus. It also saw the return of the annual youth-focused STEM festival. At the global level, the gathering of world leaders for the 26th Conference of Parties (
COP 26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change received much attention. It is amazing that a quarter century has passed since the first COP meeting in Berlin, Germany, in 1995. Despite the years of accumulated scientific knowledge, this issue that impinges on the future of this planet continues to be mired in challenges driven in part by the individual self- interests of nations across the globe. In many ways, climate is a local issue, and I salute our faculty and students who are pursuing enquiry to better inform how to address the challenges posed by climate change.
Final exams, commencement, and other year-end holidays are now in sight. With this said, I would like to wish our students well as they continue to expand their horizons of knowledge and to address the remaining challenges for the semester. Let me also take this opportunity to wish the entire team and our partners the very best wishes for the remainder of 2021 and Happy Holidays!
Moses T. Kairo
SANS Professor and Dean

SANS student selected for new NOAA EPP/MSI fellowship program supporting STEM research
Shanelle Haughton will be an inaugural participant in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s José E. Serrano Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions Graduate Fellowship Program pilot.  The federal agency’s Office of Education selected the doctoral student in UMES’ Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Sciences graduate program for the honor.  Serrano is a retired congressman who spent his career “supporting equal opportunity, education and economic prosperity of underrepresented communities.”

Haughton, one of three graduate students selected for the pilot program, will spend a year conducting collaborative research at the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center based in Seattle, Washington.  Her fellowship research, “Evaluating the Physiological and Immune Responses of Tanner Crabs (Chinoecetes bairdi) to Hematodinium sp. Infection,” involving use of tools like immunological assays, gene expression analysis and bioinformatics will be conducted under the mentorship of Dr. Ingrid Spies.  Haughton previously worked with a researcher at the center, Dr. Pamela Jensen, on her required NOAA Experiential Research and Training Opportunity project titled, “Understanding Hematodinium sp. in Alaskan Crabs:  New Hosts, Improved Detection and Health Effects in a Changing Ocean.”
4-H STEM Festival returns, youth take interest in STEM-related fields
VIDEO-Click on the image above as 47 abc visits the UMES 4-H STEM Festival where youth had a chance to interact with community partners and campus organizations to learn about various STEM careers through hands-on activities.
Click HERE for 4-H STEM Festival photo gallery!
SANS alum is inaugural 1890 Universities Foundation Congressional Fellow
Ellis Collier, who graduated from UMES in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in general agriculture and most recently held the post of senior legal research associate for UMES Extension's Agriculture Law Education Initiative, was selected as the first 1890 Universities Foundation Congressional Fellow.  He began his assignment early November to the House Agriculture Committee on Capitol Hill where he will be working on agricultural public policy issues and general legislative affairs.

Collier, who also earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law, was selected from "a pool of high-achieving graduates of 1890 universities."  The new, prestigious position is sponsored by Cargill.  

"We sponsored this program, and launched our Black Farmer Equity Initiative, to demonstrate action, and to raise up diverse voices, perspectives and opportunities that advance equity and inclusion across our industry," said Greg Jones, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Cargill.  

"Growing up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, 1890 Universities have been pivotal to my development academically, professionally and personally. 1890 Universities are essential to the future of STEM, as they produce some of the brightest minds that this nation has to offer. I am thankful for the foundation for giving me the opportunity to work on Capitol Hill to effect change," Collier said.
Deadline for application is February 20, 2022, but apply early!  Selections may begin before the closing date.  To apply, email cover letter, resume and email and phone numbers for three professional references to Katie Walker, wildlife biologist at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge at Katie_Walker@fws.govEmail Walker for more information on general requirements and benefits.
The health and well-being of our campus and the community is our highest priority. The University's Task Force is working diligently to stay informed of changing dynamics in the coronavirus outbreak. 
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Volunteer opportunity for Maryland
student climate action coalition

The MaryPIRG Student Climate Action Coalition is a body that brings together students of public universities across Maryland to take action to accelerate climate action on college campuses statewide.  UMES’ representative is Iyinyeoluwa “Ruth” Okulate.  The student organization is seeking a volunteer coordinator to lead research into environmental justice, work on community service opportunities and develop initiatives for students related to climate change.  Contact Okulate at if you are interested in in this volunteer position or if you are interested in becoming a delegate.
The NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC) trains and graduates students from underrepresented communities in marine science for careers in research, management, and public policy that support the sustainable harvest and conservation of our nation's living marine resources. With its partner institutions, the LMRCSC conducts research on marine and estuarine systems congruent with the interests of NOAA Fisheries. The Center is supported by the NOAA Education Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI). Click on the image to read its latest newsletter.
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SANS in the News

Stirring Scrapple, Preserving a Black Farming Community
Lancaster Farming, November 27, 2021

Thanksgiving tradition demonstrated on bus tour
Delmarva Farmer, November 19, 2021

Bowie, Coppin, UMES secure funding to strengthen the STEM pipeline for students of color, November 19, 2021

4-H STEM Festival returns, youth takes interest in STEM related fields
WMDT, November 13, 2021

18th Small Farm Conference held at UMES
WBOC, November 7, 2021 

UMES gets a visit from Dr. Goldmon, helping to grow the ag industry
WMDT, November 6, 2021

San Domingo farmer showcases traditional farming practices for UMES Extension
WMDT, November 5, 2021

UMES and USDA to help socially disadvantaged agricultural communities 
WMDT, November 1, 2021Can we print our food? (Col. by Dr. Jennifer Timmons)
The Delmarva Farmer, October 29, 2021

Community Briefs: UMES Small Farm Conference set Nov. 5-6
Cape Gazette, October 29, 2021

Good Morning Delmarva, UMES Small Farm Conference
WMDT, October 29, 2021

UMES ag dept. prepares for small farm conference
WMDT 4 abc News Hour, October 28, 2021

USDA senior advisor for racial equity will be keynote speaker at UMES Small Farm Conference
Bay To Bay News, Delaware, October 28, 2021

We Hear About the Return of the 4-H STEM Festival
DelmarvaLife, WBOC TV, October 26, 2021

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension 4-H STEM festival slated for Nov. 13
Bay To Bay News, Somerset County, October 26, 2021

How HBCUs are Tackling Climate Change (Dr. Jurgen Schwarz)
US Black Engineer, October 2021

UMES Receives $30 Million Grant For Efforts To Train Marine Biologists Entering Workforce
HBCU Buzz, October 7, 2021

New Research Publications

Morales-Núñez, A.G., and Chigbu, P. 2021., Carinacuma umesi, a new genus and species of bodotriid cumacean (Crustacea: Malacostraca: Peracarida) from shallow waters of the Maryland Coastal Bays, Mid-Atlantic region, USA. PeerJ. DOI 10.7717/peerj.11740

Pokoo-Aikins, A., Timmons, J.R., Min, B.R., Lee, W.R., Mwangi, S. N., Chen, C., 2021., Effects of Feeding Varying Levels of DL-Methionine on Live Performance and yield of Broiler Chickens. Animals.  DOI 10.3390/ani11102839

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