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2019 Spring Leadership Lecture Series lineup announced
Philanthropist and businesswoman Melinda Gates, New York Times columnist and political commentator David Brooks, former Barack Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, and Jason Rezaian, former Tehran bureau chief for the Washington Post will appear at Dominican University of California in the Spring 2019 Leadership Lecture Series.
Service-Learning Symposium showcases students' experiences in community
Students in the Service-Learning program shared their personal experiences of community involvement at the biannual S-L Symposium on Tuesday, December 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m. before a standing room only crowd in Creekside Room.
Public History students present immigration research in "Angel Island Experience"
For Andriana Stenros ’19, Lexi Schumacher ’18 and 15 other students in Dr. Jordan Lieser’s Public History course this semester, the opportunity to extensively research and ostensibly re-create the Angel Island immigration process was more valuable than they could have imagined.
Liberal Arts meets Technology in new computer science minor
Dominican University of California today announced the launch of an innovative new degree program that pairs a liberal arts or pre-professional degree with a computer science minor. The program’s curriculum, developed with input from leading employers including Facebook, Lyft, and LinkedIn, is designed to equip graduates with hard and soft skills to compete in an increasingly digital world of work
Passion for science, 10,000 Degrees scholarship fuel freshman's dream
When Lubna Mulla 22’ talks about science, her face just lights up. Science has been her favorite subject since middle school, when a biology class helped ease her transition from India to the United States.
Dominican classes canceled through Wednesday, November 21
Due to continued unhealthy air quality in Marin County and Northern California, classes and select events scheduled for Monday, November 19, through Wednesday, November 21, were canceled.
Dr. Ruth Ramsey honored during International Education Week
Dr. Ruth Ramsey, Dean of the School of Health and Natural Sciences, was named recipient of this year’s Françoise Lepage Global Achievement Award at the Consular Corps and Global Achievement Honoree Reception during International Education Week at Dominican.
JUNTOS experience inspires dance major for Fall Showcase
Zara Anwar’s performance Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA in Dance Fall Showcase on November 9-10 in Angelico Concert Hall was inspired by her work with JUNTOS Collective, a non-profit organization that engages students from across the United States to teach dance in underserved communities.
Pianist William Wolfram performs in Guest Concert Series
Pianist William Wolfram, silver medalist at both the William Kapell and the Naumburg International Piano Competitions, and a bronze medalist at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, performed in the 2018-19 Guest Concert Series at Dominican University of California on November 11.
Digital portfolios create advantage within The Dominican Experience
Kate Shaffer ’19 wasn’t 100% sold on the digital portfolio concept until her portfolio landed her a job.
Student organizations host Election Day party in Fanjeaux Hall
Pre-Law, History, and Political Science and International Studies student organizations held a 2018 Midterm Elections Party November 6 from 6-9 p.m. in Fanjeaux Hall on the Dominican campus.
Behind the scenes look at making of The Dominican Experience video
Jennifer Bellingham’s Dominican experience was so rewarding that she wound up being hired by the University to create a promotional video about it.
Six college teams visit Dominican for Penguin Debate Tournament
Dominican University hosted 28 student teams featuring 56 individual participants from six other colleges -- UC Berkeley, the University of Utah, the University of Arizona, Humboldt State University, Claremont McKenna College, and Los Medanos Community College -- in the Fourth Annual Penguin Invitational Worlds Style/BP Debate Tournament on November 3-4 in Guzman Hall.
Father's path inspires soccer-playing son to follow footsteps to Dominican
Equipped with a GI Bill and a goal of finally earning a college degree, Tom Albert ’15 entered the Adult Degree Completion program. He achieved his dream and now his oldest son, Matt Albert ‘20, is following his footsteps toward a degree at Dominican.
Internships, relationships lead alumna to Children's Hospital nursing career
Since she was 10 years old, Lucy Camarena ’15 knew she wanted to be in the medical field. Internships and relationships at Dominican helped Lucy realize her dream.
Site-specific art installation project takes shape across campus
In a unique form of self-expression, Art 1082/3D Design students will visualize their thoughts and ideas through nine site-specific art installations they are creating across the Dominican campus to be displayed, weather permitting, from October 24-31.
Soul Candy XIX showcases diverse talents of Dominican students
Dominican students were treated to free food and free entertainment on October 24, when hidden talents were on display at Soul Candy XIX.
Alumna thriving as arts manager for City of Los Angeles
A love of art has led Tashina Garcia-Garza ’08, ‘14 MA from Victorville, a small town in the California high desert, to Los Angeles where she runs the municipal art program at the Los Angeles International Airport.
Presidential hopeful Julian Castro speaks in ILS Fall Lecture Series
Politician -- and possible 2020 U.S. presidential candidate -- Julian Castro closed the 2018 Fall Leadership Lecture Series at Dominican University of California in San Rafael on October 25. The series is presented by Dominican in partnership with Book Passage.
ILS Fall Lecture Series welcomes presidential historian Michael Beschloss
Presidential historian Michael Beschloss spoke in the 2018 Fall Leadership Lecture Series at Dominican University of California on October 18.The series is presented by Dominican in partnership with Book Passage.
Convocation kicks off exciting Family Weekend 2018 at Dominican
Academic achievements, athletic contests, and many other fun activities will highlight Convocation and Family Weekend 2018 on Friday and Saturday, October 26-27.
Student team wins $1,000 top prize in Penguin Tank competition
The Physician Assistant Studies’ team “Physician Assistant Society” won the top prize – $1,000 – in the Second Annual Penguin Tank competition in the Garden Room on October 10.
Students collaborate with professionals at IPE Speed Networking event
More than 100 Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant and Nursing students met with local professionals and clinicians in Dominican’s inaugural Interprofessional Education (IPE) Speed Networking event on October 10.
Information sessions for prospective graduate students at Dominican
Prospective graduate students are welcomed to attend a series of information sessions at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, starting Thursday, October 11, with a MS in Counseling Psychology from 6-7 p.m. in Magnolia House.
PoliSci class hosts voter information sessions for students
“My favorite saying is that `Democracy requires participation and participation requires information,’ ” says Alison Howard, Chair of the Division of Political Science, International Studies, and History.
Alum utilizing golf scholarship to pursue master's degree in UK
Golf was important to Drew Nelson ’17 when he was an Academic All-American at Dominican earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in business. He didn’t know then that golf would become the link to receiving a scholarship that will allow him to pursue a Master’s of Science (MSc) in Management with a focus in Finance at Durham University in England.
"No Belles" play at Dominican celebrates role of women in science
The Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Dominican is hosting “No Belles,” a dramatic play by Portal Theater actors, in Angelico Concert Hall on Friday, October 12, starting at 3:30 p.m.
Associate art professor wins Pamela Levine leadership award
Lynn Sondag, Associate Professor of Art in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, has been awarded the Pamela Levine Arts Education Leadership Award by Marin nonprofit Youth in Arts.
Dominican announces computer science partnership with Make School
Dominican University of California and San Francisco-based Make School are collaborating on a creative new venture that will reimagine the bachelor’s degree for today’s students and tomorrow’s workforce.
Kleiner Perkins’ Randy Komisar talks with BSB students
Kleiner Perkins Advisor Randy Komisar, co-founder of Claris Corporation and CEO of LucasArts Entertainment and Crystal Dynamics, talked with Barowsky School of Business (BSB) students in Guzman Lecture Hall on September 27, sharing invaluable insight into entrepreneurship.
Dr. Hall named "Campus Champion" for supercomputing network
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has named Dr. Randy Hall, Dominican’s Dr. Lillian L.Y. Wang Endowed Professor in Chemistry, as a “Campus Champion” for the XSEDE (eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) supercomputing network.
MBA global business focus helps alumna jump to job in China
The value of the versatility Mengya Wang MBA ’15 learned in Global Business at Dominican is now being realized in her new position as Community Manager for The JUMP! Foundation in Beijing, China.
Guest Concert Series welcomes Wolfram piano recital Nov. 11
A guitar recital featuring Korean-born Jiji and special guest Gulli Björnsson from Iceland opened the 2018-19 Guest Concert Series at Dominican University of California on September 30. The lineup for the 18th season of GCS also includes pianist William Wolfram, the Del Sol String Quartet, and the Tilden Trio.
Actress Sally Field in conversation with Janis Cooke Newman at Dominican
Academy Award-winning actress and director Sally Field spoke in the 2018 Fall Leadership Lecture Series at Dominican University of California on September 29 in front of a crowd of more than 600. She appeared in conversation with author Janis Cooke Newman in the only stop in Northern California on the "In Pieces" national book tour.
Business student inspired to help organize 2020 Census Awareness event
Encouraged and supported by faculty and staff, Karla Hernandez Navarro ’20 has been inspired to apply the skills she has gained in the classroom to bring a Census Awareness event to Dominican.
Dominican welcomes Japanese Occupational Therapy students to campus
Students and faculty in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Dominican University of California hosted 28 OT students from Osaka, Japan in an educational and cultural exchange on the San Rafael campus September 18-20.
Global learning real-world experience invaluable for MBA student
Traveling to Buenos Aires this summer to participate in the Barowsky School of Business’ Global Consulting Practicum was an invaluable experience for Josh Godoy ’16 and ’18 MBA in his new job with a worldwide software company headquartered in San Francisco.
From Adult Degree Completion program to Master's in Humanities
“I think the Humanities and Cultural Studies program was a no brainer for me for my work, I so made a really conscious decision when I chose that program because I could see very clearly the path of the degree and how that supports my professional career.” - Sara Moncada (MA Humanities ‘18)
Senator John Kerry in conversation with Governor Jay Inslee at Dominican
Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opened the 2018 Fall Leadership Lecture Series on Thursday. Senator Kerry appeared on the Angelico Concert Hall stage in conversation with Washington Governor Jay Inslee before a crowd of more than 500.
U.S. News and World Report ranks Dominican one of top colleges in West
The U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges guidebook has once again ranked Dominican University of California as one of the top regional universities in the West.
Alumna thriving as full-time producer with NBC and grad school student
As a marketing producer for the TODAY Show, NBC Nightly News, The Tonight Show, SNL, Olympics coverage and more, Mariah Chinchilla ’14 has parlayed a summer internship her junior year at Dominican into a dream job at NBCUniversal in New York City
General Colin Powell talks with BSB students
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell talked with Barowsky School of Business (BSB) students Thursday evening, sharing invaluable insight into leadership and service.
Dominican in top third of Wall Street Journal/THE college survey
Dominican University of California ranks in the top third of U.S. colleges and universities nationally in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education college survey, focused on a university’s ability to deliver valuable outcomes and quality education for its students.
Tapestry from Dominican featured in San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
A tapestry that hung in Dominican’s library for more than 40 years is one of the featured works in a new exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). The tapestry was designed by poet, essayist, visual artist, and former Dominican professor Etel Adnan.
President Marcy named Visiting Scholar at Harvard Graduate School of Education
Dominican University of California President Mary B. Marcy has been named a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) for the fall 2018 semester. The appointment will allow Marcy to expand her research examining the future of small colleges and universities in today’s challenging higher education environment.
Employers value skills developed by The Dominican Experience
A new national study reveals that business executives want to hire students with skills associated with the liberal arts – the very skills Dominican develops and showcases through its unique model for successful student engagement, The Dominican Experience.
AVD grant supports The Dominican Experience
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations (AVD) has awarded Dominican University of California a $190,000 grant in support of The Dominican Experience, the University’s distinctive educational model that equips students with the ability to succeed at Dominican and beyond.
Student life experience inspires alumna in new role at Harvard
Brittany Mitzner ’16 is now applying her experience last summer as Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement at Dominican to her new job overseeing first-year student programs in the Dean of Students Office at Harvard University.
Orientation Leaders welcome incoming students to Dominican
It was love at first sight for nursing major Ynez Rodriguez ’20 when she stepped foot on the Dominican campus. She decided then and there this close-knit community in Northern California was just the right fit for someone wanting to experience life beyond Southern California.
2018 ILS Fall Leadership Lecture Series lineup announced
Former Secretary of State John Kerry, actress Sally Field, presidential historian Michael Beschloss, and politician Julian Castro are appearing at Dominican University of California in the Fall 2018 Leadership Lecture Series.
Double major prepares for fall semester at University of Oxford
The news last fall that Monica Barry ’20, a double major in English and History, had been selected to study at the University of Oxford brought tears to her eyes.
Students learn hands-on broadcasting skills in partnership with Pacifics
Dominican’s broadcasting partnership with the San Rafael Pacifics baseball team has been a big hit for students in the Department of Communications and Media Studies, providing valuable hands-on experiences for students preparing for careers as broadcasters.
High school students, parents invited to Summer Preview Days
High school students and parents, check out Dominican University of California this summer!
Occupational Therapy students return from Merida program in Mexico
Thirteen Dominican Occupational Therapy students spent this summer in Mexico participating in a four-week program that combined intensive Spanish language instruction with community fieldwork.
Communications student broadcasting for professional baseball team
As summer jobs go, Forrest Hunt ’20 feels like he has hit a home run.
Leadership roles motivate student to pursue higher ed career
Emanuel “Manny” Cifuentes-Machado ’19 has received so many leadership opportunities and positive experiences at Dominican that the business and communications double major has decided to give back.
Veritas Cup winner forms friendships as RA, BFA in Dance student
As the recipient of the Veritas Cup, Erin McKay ’18 is appreciated and acknowledged to be a great friend of the senior class.
John Lithgow, Dr. Mary Yeager deliver Commencement keynote address
Stressing the power of relationship building, award-winning actor John Lithgow and his spouse, economic historian Mary Yeager, delivered the keynote address as Dominican celebrated Commencement 2018 on May 12 by conferring degrees on 479 students, including 326 undergraduates and 153 graduates.
Rivals turned friends from Hawaii now heading to law school
When David Nguyen ‘18 and Josh Rosenberg ’18 competed against each other in soccer for rival high schools in Hawaii, they had no idea they would carry the Aloha spirit to Dominican and become friends with the same aspirations to attend law school.
Federal grant supports nursery plant research at Dominican
The National Ornamentals Research Site at Dominican University of California (NORS-DUC) has been awarded a $513,000 federal grant to continue studies focused on eliminating quarantined diseases of nursery plants in order to safeguard plant health and the environment.
Retiring principal recalls life-changing decision to seek teaching credential
Whenever Skip Kniesche ’91 receives an application and resume from a Dominican student, he automatically places it on the top of a stack of teaching candidates on his desk at A.E. Kent Middle School.
BFA in Dance student inspired by opportunities, open-mindedness
As the senior class in the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program prepared for its final performances April 27-28 in Angelico Concert Hall, Erin McKay ’18 was reflecting on her decision to attend Dominican University of California.
Students participate in opening of national civil rights memorial
Cheyenne Sykes ’20 and Mariah Ashby ’19 were in Montgomery, Alabama where they were invited to attend the two-day grand opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration on April 26-27.
Dominican women's soccer hosts North Bay Fire Relief benefit event
Dominican University of California Athletics and the Penguins women's soccer program hosted a North Bay Fire Relief benefit quintuple header featuring other Bay Area college teams on Sunday, April 22, at Kennelly Field in the John Allen Sports Complex on the Dominican campus.
Psychologist's research focuses on power of mentoring in education
Supportive relationships with relatives, community members, and educators can help to level the playing field for first-generation students, according to a new study by researchers from Dominican University of California and Johns Hopkins University.
Washington D.C. attorney returns for Reunion Weekend awards ceremony
For Reunion Weekend April 20-21, Jennifer Morrissey ’88 had a lot of catching up to do.
Department of Commerce service officers meeting with business students
Eight Foreign Service Officers of the U.S. Department of Commerce were guest speakers at the “ACCESS ASIA: Healthcare and Life Sciences” business forum on April 19, in the Garden Room at Edgehill Mansion on the Dominican campus.
Honors student focuses on policy change for SCW Conference project
For her senior thesis Mujeres in Action, Samantha Hunt ’18 has applied the knowledge she gained from personal experiences in El Salvador; Tijuana; Washington, D.C.; and Uganda to research designed to bring awareness to female-led Civil Society Organizations and their plight to cause policy change.
Dr. Melba Beals address, awards highlight "Unity in Diversity Week"
As part of the Unity in Diversity spring schedule, civil rights leader Dr. Melba Beals, Chair Emeritus of Dominican's Department of Communications and Media Studies, delivered a keynote address on April 3 in Guzman Lecture Hall.
History major follows passion to land job in Walt Disney Family Museum
Sierra Najolia ’18 came to Dominican to study history and prepare for a career as a dentist. Half way through her freshman year she discovered that science was not her passion, so instead she followed her heart and pursued a career in the history field.
John Lithgow, Mary Yeager to deliver keynote address at Commencement
Dominican University of California is pleased to announce that the accomplished actor John Lithgow and his spouse, the eminent economic historian Mary Yeager will jointly deliver the keynote address at the University’s 2018 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m.
Students spend spring break in Patagonia for global conservation
In a spring break trip to gain perspective of their role in protecting the environment on a global level, students in Professor Vania Coelho’s upper division BIO 3505 International Field Biology class recently visited the Patagonia region of Argentina.
Student Summit on School Safety featured Stoneman Douglas graduate
Dominican University and Congressman Jared Huffman hosted a Student Summit on School Safety and Gun Violence Prevention on March 18. Bradley Thornton, a 2015 graduate of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. participated in the event via Skype.
Biology major earns fellowship to conduct malaria research in Malawi
After spending last summer in the SSRP Amgen Scholars program at Stanford University studying coral reef organisms, Biology major Dimitrios Camacho ’19 will spend this summer as the first Dominican student in the UC Berkeley Minority Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) fellowship program to conduct malaria research in Malawi.
Business students relish their rewarding Oxford Scholars experience
For Jake Quast ’19 and Sophia Stetson ’19, studying at the University of Oxford led them to experiences, friends, and opportunities that have enhanced their already rich Dominican Experience.
Reimagining Citizenship program info session at Novato City Hall March 6
Dominican University of California and the City of Novato will host an information night for high school seniors and their parents for the new Reimagining Citizenship program on March 6 from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Novato City Hall.
Zero Discrimination Day film and panel discussion at Dominican
Dominican’s Global Public Health Department joined with Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance and The Spahr Center to co-host a Zero Discrimination Day film and panel discussion on March 1.
Alumna thrives in pursuit of doctorate degree in physical therapy
Kelsey Lardner’s experience as a Biological Sciences major and volleyball player at Dominican served her so well that she is in pursuit of her doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Dominican receives PacWest Academic Achievement Award again
Dominican’s student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom. Since the University’s 2009 transition to NCAA Division II athletics, Dominican has led the Pacific West Conference in academic performance for seven out of the last eight years.
Panetta Congressional intern has impactful experience in D.C.
For Sayra Trejo ’18, a double major in Political Science and Communication/Media Studies, the opportunity to serve as a Panetta Institute Congressional intern during the fall semester was an ideal time for her to be in Washington, D.C.
Denise Lucy joins Marin General Hospital Board of Directors
The Marin General Hospital Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Denise Lucy, Founder and Executive Director of Dominican University of California’s Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) and Professor of Business & Organizational Studies, as a new member of the hospital board.
Occupational Therapy professor presents autism research in Iran
Dr. Laura Greiss Hess, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, traveled to Iran in December to present her research and clinical experience focused on working with children diagnosed with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
MBA grad turns Capstone project into health care product company
The road to Rob Chase’s role as founder and president of NewGen Surgical traveled through Dominican in more ways than one.
Fletcher Jones Foundation Grant supports Digital Learning Lab
The Fletcher Jones Foundation has awarded Dominican University of California a $600,000 grant to establish the Fletcher Jones Foundation Digital Learning Lab in the Archbishop Alemany Library, President Mary B. Marcy announced today.
Environmental chemistry class inspires recent alum to new career
When Victor David ’17 arrived at Dominican, he thought he would one day become a neurosurgeon. One class and one professor helped him change his mind – and follow his heart -- and sent Victor on his way to a new and exciting career.
Research by Dominican professor examines State of Union Address
Reporters from USA Today and the San Jose Mercury News talked with Dominican University political scientist Alison Howard about President Trump’s first State of the Union address. Howard and colleague Donna Hoffman, professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa, have spent more than a decade studying how presidents use the State of the Union address to communicate with the public and request legislation of Congress.
Dr. Ruth Ramsey named Dean of School of Health and Natural Sciences
Dr. Ruth Ramsey has been appointed Dean of the School of Health and Natural Sciences (HNS) at Dominican University of California.
President Marcy elected to Executive Committee of CIC Board of Directors
Dominican University President Mary B. Marcy has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Board of Directors. President Marcy will serve a two-year term from January 2018 to January 2020.
Student broadcasters getting hands-on real-world experience
They sat side by side at courtside to broadcast Dominican basketball games in the Conlan Center this past season, but classmates Brandon Cadiz ’20 and Forrest Hunt ’20 came to Dominican from different directions to achieve their goals.
Madeleine Albright final speaker in 2018 Spring Lecture Series
Longtime journalist Maria Shriver, former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, activist Cecile Richards, award-winning novelist and short story writer George Saunders, and One Book One Marin honoree Arlie Russell Hochschild headlined the 2018 Spring Leadership Lecture Series at Dominican University of California.
Inspiring student immersion trip to El Salvador has farreaching impact
Three years ago, Lianni Castro ‘04, assistant director of Campus Ministry, volunteered to have her hair shaved to lead a “Bald for a Change” women’s rights fundraiser. She did so to benefit in part CoMadres, a committee of mothers and relatives of prisoners established in 1977 to discover the truth behind the disappeared and politically assassinated during El Salvador’s civil war.
Business of learning energized alum to return to Dominican for MBA
When it came time for Zach Norman ’11 to pursue his MBA, he had many options.
Dominican, City of Novato program focuses on reimagining citizenship
Dominican University of California and the City of Novato are creating a unique scholarship program in which students will receive a high quality college education while engaging with the community through local government. Students will gain both the intellectual capacity and the practical experience necessary to serve as informed, engaged citizens in their own community.
Students bring Shakespeare, social justice to San Quentin visits
English major Rebecca Van Horn ’18, Business major Nhan Pham ‘19, and Dance major Bri Wilson ’18 never imagined that their shared love of Shakespeare would lead them into San Quentin State Prison and captivate them with a revealing and rewarding connection to inmates.
Occupational Therapy alumni providing impact in community
The opportunity to earn two degrees from Dominican provided Sabrena McCarley ’04 and ’09 MBA with the education and foundation to be a confident leader, which she applies to her position now as Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) Chair for the Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee.
Nursing/OT students collaborate on program to support senior citizens
Samantha Naguit ’18 has always known she wants to be a nurse. Caring for others is in her blood.
Student-athlete fast-breaking into valuable business internship
When Xavier Williams ’19 came to Dominican from Southern California to play basketball, he embraced the team effort that surrounded him on campus. In addition to scoring on the court, he has scored a big internship off the court.
New study at Dominican identifies intervention to reduce coral damage
As rising ocean temperatures threaten the health and long-term survival of coral reefs, a new study by researchers from Dominican University of California has identified interventions that can substantially reduce the damage to corals during periods of high water temperature.
Art class brings community awareness to food insecurity at Thanksgiving
For students in the Honors Community Engaged Arts class, the opportunity to contribute to a project that brings awareness to food insecurity around Thanksgiving was rewarding, revealing, and deeply personal.
Students present elephant seal research data at major conference
Sheridan Wilner ’19 and Luz Torres ’19 presented a research poster the weekend of November 18-19, 2017 in Pasadena at the annual meeting of the Western Society of Naturalists.