Tag: Biomedical sciences
The end of this Fall 2009 semester is upon us and activities in the McMurry BIMS program are winding down. Students are home for the holidays, grades have been posted, and faculty are closing the chapter on one course while preparing for the semester to come.
This also represents a winding down period for my role as dean of the School of Natural and Computational Sciences. Beginning next semester, I will return to my first love (academically) and rejoin my faculty as a professor. I will continue to teach microbiology but also will create some new courses for the benefit of BIMS students. Expect the first new offering, an advanced microbiology elective, to be previewed on campus next fall. It ought to be fun.
In the meantime, for all our students and friends I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and blessings for the coming year. May we all acknowledge the Greatest Gift of them all – a Savior born in Bethlehem to save His people. Any other gift we might receive pales in comparison.
The BIMS program is too new to have any graduates with a BS in Biomedical Science degree. However several of the most recent McMurry graduates with other majors were heavily involved in BIMS courses.
Derek David distinguished himself on the baseball diamond and in the classroom. As a player he was named the NCAA Division III Baseball Player of the Year for 2008 in his final year of eligibility. This year, he took Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Microbiology among his courses to finish out his Biochemistry degree. He begins his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in the fall.
Salvador Prieto was born in Mexico but raised in Texas. His Biology major was filled with BIMS courses as he prepared for a career in the medical profession. During his junior year, he made the decision to pursue Physician Assistant training rather than the MD. This fall he will begin the Masters in Physician Assistant program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, VA.
Whitney Truran graduated in December after completing her Biology degree and playing golf for McMurry. An avid baseball and basketball fan, she was frequently seen talking sports with Dr. Tom Benoit and others when she was not hard at work as a lab assistant for the department. This fall she begins a career as teacher and coach in the Houston area where her knowledge of biology and exceptional interpersonal skills should make her an instant success and highly effective teacher.
There are other stories to be told, but they will have to wait for a future post.