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Jordene Downer

Junior Parlee Center Fellow / 2015 FUTURE Student

 Being a CSCG fellow and a FUTURE student has allowed me to become more immersed into the world of science and see what it really has to offer. Before FUTURE, I was not participating in research here on campus and I was not sure where to start. The program has allowed me to participate in research and develop a new found love for it. One of the goals of the Parlee Center is to prepare its Fellows for leadership positions both in science and the public sphere. The Parlee Center will challenge me to gain confidence and think critically while shaping me into a stronger leader who will be able to take on any task that I put my mind to and also helping others when they are in need. After Ursinus, I plan on attending Medical School and pursuing my PhD.

 

My Major / Minor / Campus Organizations

Major in Neuroscience / Minoring in  African American and Africana Studies/Apart of String Orchestra , Sankofa Umoja Nia (SUN), and Radio Show WVOU

 

My Favorite Parlee Center Events

My favorite CSCG event was Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn: Science journalism and the nature of reality.  The speaker, Amanda Gefter, discussed the fundamentals of physics, and her love and her journey to figure out the origin of the universe. Her presentation was very enlightening and easy to follow.

 

My Research (FUTURE and beyond)

In the summer of 2015, during the four-week FUTURE program, I worked with Dr. Carlita Favero and my mentor Samantha White ’17.  I studied the effect of parental ethanol exposure in the width and amount of corridor cells in mouse embryos.  Ethanol has a detrimental effect on the development of the brain during gestational period. In order to see this affect, I examined the part of the brain that has corridor cells. These cells allow a specific axon to travel to the right place in the brain which helps one communicate better with their surroundings. I viewed these cells under the confocal microscope to see if there was an effect of ethanol on the brain. I plan to continue my research in the fall by gathering more data.

Due to FUTURE I was given the opportunity, this Fall (2016) to attend the Society for Neuroscience (SFN) Conference in San Diego.  Here, I will be viewing other studies from other neuroscientists as well as presenting the work I did during FUTURE.

 

My Parlee Center Fellow Courses

POL-399 (Science and the Common Good); MCS-256 (Decoding Science); Soc-110 (Contemporary Issues)

Life After Ursinus

The Parlee Center will challenge me to gain confidence and think critically while shaping me into a stronger leader. I will be able to take on any task that I put my mind to and also helping others while doing so.