The Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) project at the University of Southern Maine, directed by AMS Associate Professor S. Monroe Duboise, was featured in the January 19, 2012 edition of the Gorham Times. The article talks about the December 2011 visit by the SEPA project to the classroom of GMS teacher Angela Gospodarek.
A team of SEPA staff members from USM brought a scanning eletron microscope (SEM) into the classroom which allowed the students to study various microbes. Student had the opportunity to operate the SEM, take a look at the unseen world of microbes, and discuss their observations. They also gathered bacteria samples to be grown and photographed at the USM lab. The lab will then send the images of these microbes back to the students.
USM community members who participated include Gail Fletcher, a retired biology professor from WNEU and coordinator of the SEPA program; Karen Moulton, a laboratory manager at the Duboise Virology and Electron Microscopy Laboratory; and Jeff Gaynor, an electron microscopist and graduate student at the Duboise lab.
This project is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The complete article can be viewed on Vol 18, Num 1, Pg 6 of Gorham Times.