August 6, 2018 - The Record
The Fall 2018 Semester kicks off with some great events to watch out for. Today, the Campus-wide New Student Orientation will set incoming students with useful information, fun ice breakers, and an Interprofessional Education Experience.
This evening, from 5:00 to 7:00, come to An Evening with Touro's Stars for demonstrations of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine!
8/15 Town Hall
8/29 Club Day
|Napa Valley College Summer Intern Dylan Saechao (L) researches mandibular anatomy with Dr. Andrea Taylor (R).|
What Dylan Saechao has discovered this summer about the feeding systems of animals could change the path of his career. A third year student at Napa Valley College (NVC), Mr. Saechao enrolled in the Summer Research Internship Program with Touro University California (TUC). Completing two months of research in the Musculoskeletal Design and Performance Lab, learning how the anatomy of muscles and bones meet specific needs in different animals, Mr. Saechao plans not only to major in Biology, but to seek a more specific focus in line with this research such as kinesiology, the study of the mechanics of body movements.
“The internship program has allowed me to be very hands on,” says Mr. Saechao, who comes from Fairfield. “We go through a whole plethora of information, and every day I learn something new about how complex and beautiful these body systems are.”
For the past nine years, close to 60 students just like Mr. Saechao have taken part in the TUC-NVC Summer Research Program, gaining the opportunity to engage in graduate level research in fields like cellular and molecular biology, epidemiology, and chemical sciences. This summer, Mr. Saechao was paired to work with Dr. Andrea Taylor, Professor of Basic Sciences at the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
“The program is a great idea, and it gives us a chance to empower these young people to pursue their career dreams and aspirations,” says Dr. Taylor. “These are the kinds of opportunities that can truly help shape future careers.”
As an elective offered by the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program at NVC, interns are immersed for two months of academic research where they do things like grow bacteria, extract plasmid DNA, or study human gene expression. Mr. Saechao’s project involved microscopy and imaging in order to quantify fiber type composition and distribution of the chewing muscles in model primate species.
Previous interns have built from their experience to enroll in four-year programs that lead to careers in research and health-related professions. 2011 TUC-NVC intern Eric Lee went on to graduate from San Francisco State University with a degree in General Microbiology and now conducts research on infectious diseases. Sylvia Mendoza-Villalovos also enrolled in the program in 2011 before earning her degree in Plant Sciences at University of California Davis, now working in the field for Solano County.
Program founder Dr. Daniel Keppler, Associate Professor and Director of the College of Pharmacy Master of Science Graduate Program, explains, “The program gives the students the benefit of gaining experience close to home; and many of them go to NVC because of their interest in viticulture. Not only are they incredibly bright and of great help in the lab, having their presence here also broadens the diversity of our campus.”
|New Healthy Options Across Campus!|
In support of our faculty and student research on diabetes and obesity, Dining and Catering Services has stocked brand new vending machines across campus with products that are kosher certified and free of high fructose corn syrup.
Now in place and available for use, each machine is stocked with snacks, on the go light meals, and beverages to get you through the day! Make sure to check out the new machines located in the same convenient locations throughout campus:
- Wilderman Hall Grand Hall Living Room
- Lander Hall 1st Floor by the Lander Bistro and on the 2nd Floor at the top of the stairs
- Farragut Inn outside of the Dining and Catering Services Offices
- Library breakroom
- Library Building outside of IT
- 690 Walnut located inside of the Student Affairs office breakroom
*Machines accept credit card or phone pay. Cash is not accepted.
The 2018 Fall Semester begins with a new facet in the mosaic of student life. Mr. Devon (Dayvon) Lee is TUC’s first Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Devon’s position was created in response to the advocacy of students to provide student services and support the analysis of admissions data to improve the recruitment of a diverse student body.
An alumnus of UC Davis and the University of Kansas, Devon is a scholar of Sociology and African & African-American Studies who is currently completing his doctorate at Virginia Tech. As a scholar-activist, Devon has led marches, rallies, and a national summit in Belize. Devon's hobbies are spoken word, hiking, biking, and Judo.
What are the tools a person can use to bring social change?
The greatest tool that anyone can bring to the promotion of diversity and inclusion is their vulnerability. Vulnerability is an important tool because it allows us to recognize our role within interlocking systems of oppression by allowing us to feel what we may not quite understand. That feeling is also a great learning opportunity created at the intersection of lived experience, research and direct action. While we all might be situated in different locations on the continuum of privilege and penalty, vulnerability can open hearts and minds to achieving collaborative interests.
What opportunities do you see at Touro?
In the course of my two months here I have met people excited about outreach and educational programs that serve our mission of social justice. I have also met people disheartened by what they understand as a lack of intentional effort and investment in sustainability. This dynamic reflects what Martin Luther King Jr. called creative tension, which he used to create non-violent direct action to add pressure to white supremacist systems of logic and power. At Touro, we have a similar opportunity to use creative tension in our classrooms, workspaces, communities and outreach to promote our mission of social justice.
Can you tell us about your family? How do they shape who you are?
My family taught me that there is no greater joy than sacrificing for the things that you believe in. I remember growing up, my father had the word patience as his screen saver to always remind him of what was important for his personal growth. I remember my mom never giving up after failing her nursing board exam (NCLEX) several times. My parents taught me self-awareness and personal growth. Sacrifice, perseverance, and self-awareness are the greatest lessons that my parents taught me. Those lessons are what have shaped me the most.
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