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High School Students Explore Science at College of Pharmacy Summer Camp

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017 - 7:07 AM Arts and Sciences , Pharmacy and Health Sciences , All News
  • College of Pharmacy Professor Dr. Mark Klee demonstrates how to make intravenous infusion in the mock hospital pharmacy.

  • Students reviewing the DNA extraction protocols with College of Pharmacy Professor Dr. Arin Whitman. L-R, Irina Dumanetskaya and Nayoung Lee of Chicopee MA, Conner Gedis of Southwick MA, Loren Horton, Jesse Mendez, and Luke Witherow of Ludlow MA.

  • Area high school students at College of Pharmacy summer camp.

  • Students Mackenzie Powers of Brookline NH, and Olivia Hewitt of S. Windsor CT, looking at cells under the microscope.

  • Dr. Mark Klee observing high school students making intravenous infusions in the mock hospital pharmacy.

  • Mr. Thomas Moore demonstrating the pharmacy iSTAN simulation patient to the students.

  • The winning team in the egg drop competition. L-R, Mackenzie Powers of Brookline NH, Madeleine Kufta of Holyoke MA, Olivia Hewitt of S. Windsor CT, and Jasmine Fu of Longmeadow MA.

The College of Pharmacy held its second annual Golden Bear Pharmacy Summer Camp this year. Thirty-four area high school students were able to attend the free camp, held in the Center for Sciences and Pharmacy on the campus of Western New England University. The camp introduces high school students to opportunities in a variety of science disciplines, and allows them to explore new laboratory technologies.

The camp included a full week of activities coordinated by College of Pharmacy Professor Arin Whitman and presented by more than 20 pharmacy faculty and staff. The workshops and other activities included DNA extraction and purification, fluid and gas separation using chromatography, making therapeutic creams with proper laboratory techniques, as well as participating in microbiology experiments and demonstrations of laboratory equipment. The students spent time with clinical faculty learning clinical skills such as taking blood pressure, and recognizing common uses for medicinal herbs. It was a well-rounded week full of activities and learning.

More information about the annual Golden Bear Pharmacy Summer Camp is available by contacting Dr. Arin C. Whitman, clinical assistant professor at Western New England University College of Pharmacy at arin.whitman@wne.edu.