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Palacios High School POWER SET Members Visit UTMB and Texas A&M in Galveston

January 29, 2016

    On January 22nd and 23rd, Palacios High School POWER SET members traveled to UTMB and Texas A&M in Galveston. On Friday, members were greeted by our guide, Alicia Simmons, and then toured the School of Nursing Simulation lab, run by Dr. Rachel Kilgore, and were even allowed to participate in simulations with their robotic patients. Their patients were talking to them via a microphone and nursing students in a control room and were able to do such things as listen their heartbeat and care for their basic needs. After a valuable talk with the School of Nursing recruiter, Jennifer Spruce-Jamail, about the requirements to get into UTMB's program and the amazing careers available, students learned about summer programs offered by UTMB in the biomedical research field, provided by Dr. Kathy Tiernan. Students can travel to UTMB for an 8 week program where they are able to do research alongside scientists in the lab. From biomedical to biochemistry and molecular biology, students met current female scientists who were working on research for heart disease in diabetic patients, diseases and other critical research areas. To end the day at UTMB, Dr. Gracie Vargas explained her research in the biomedical field and then the students were taken to the School of Medicine's Gross Anatomy lab to view specimens for different research and observation.

    January 23rd took POWER SET to the beautiful campus of Texas A&M-Galveston. We were greeted by Dr. Donna Lang, the Associate Vice President of Academic Operations, and Meredith Zalesak, the Administrative Coordinator for the same department. After and eye-opening overview of the marine based degrees and programs offered by the campus, students were taken to the Sea Life Center where Katie St. Clair lectured about different types of sharks found in the Gulf. Students were able to handle different shark specimens, such as the bull shark and a bonnet head shark. After that, students were able to see different research happening in the Sea Life Center, including the breeding of different varieties of fish. At lunch, four female Aggie Ambassadors ate with the PS members and talked about their path to college and what led them to TAMUG. The final part of the visit was a trip on the Trident, one of their research boats for the campus. Students were able to handle sea life that was netted on the trip, as well as learn about checking the mud bottom of the bay and the visibility of the water. Both UTMB and TAMUG were incredibly gracious and treated Palacios PS wonderfully. We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude for accommodating our visit. We would also like to thank the Nuclear Power Institute and Texas A&M for sponsoring POWER SET and allowing for these incredibly enriching opportunities for the members.


    Photo taken on Trident at Texas A&M-Galveston. L to R, Bottom to top:
    Vy Tang, Serena Zamarripa, Ana Ortiz, Audry Kessler, Erika Espinosa, Lisa Nguyen, Vy Le, Thi Vu, Brittany Guerrero, Lili Vu, An Nguyen, Chasity Nguyen, Emily Shimek, Charity Nguyen, Elizabeth Grange, Krystal Figueroa, Montserrat Garcia, Jenna Dunn, Jessica Nguyen, Cameron Greaves, Christina Peterson, Bianca Hernandez, Brooke Potts, and Karina Garcia.


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