can you wash ugg boots Langston Hughes students visit USGS National Center Labs
On Feb. Geological Survey (USGS) National Center in Reston welcomed 18 students from Reston’s Langston Hughes Middle School (LHMS) as part of the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper “Day at the Lab/African American Month” national events.
The visiting students enjoyed a tour of the Reston Microbiology Lab, conducted by USGS Director Suzette Kimball and laboratory staff scientist Dr. Denise Akob. The lab also studies diseases impacting amphibians across the United States. The middle school students also visited the USGS Groundwater Dating Lab, which is currently developing and improving methods that are used to understand and manage the nation’s water resources. Dr. Karl Haase spoke to the students on the critical tools used to examine the quantity and availability of groundwater. Contamination is always a looming issue, and the USGS uses scientific methods to monitor groundwater purity.
Thousands of young people from more than 200 communities nationwide visited federal labs this week to engage in science, technology, engineering, and math related educational opportunities and to instill a passion for STEM, entrepreneurship, and innovation in our nation’s young people. In an interview, Director Kimball stated the need to reach young scientists at an early age to encourage an appreciation for the ever evolving field of science. “The USGS hosts an average of 1500 interns each summer at its 400 locations around the country. To promote the internships, we work with organizations, including the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), among many others. Our internships are not all science in nature; many of our interns are studying public affairs, and even bringing to light the importance of social media on the world of science.”
One example of a successful internship program was the hiring of a four year intern Fawn Marie Golden, who interned from 2008 2011 while she pursued her undergraduate degree. Fawn Marie, who holds a degree in Environmental Science, is now a Technical Information Specialist at the Reston office of USGS, and helped facilitate the students’ day at USGS.
“Working here has been enriching and exciting. USGS has an interdisciplinary program that encourages interaction with all students”she said.
Langston Hughes Middle School, named for an African American poet and orator, is dedicated to student achievement and accountability as a first priority. The USGS has been engaged in community outreach opportunities with LHMS for almost 25 years as part of an official ‘business partnership’ providing a variety of educational activities for the students.
In addition to internships and the Day at the Lab Tour, the USGS offers summer science camps in conjunction with the Reston Association. All budding scientists are encouraged to apply.
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