Archive for June, 2010

SGA President Mr. Steven Dial Delivering Big News in Atlanta

Posted in Claflin Interns on June 30, 2010 by claflininterns

“What a great experience!”

 I have been interning at CBS Atlanta News for about a month now.  Here at CBS, I am continuing to learn about the “fast-paced” world of journalism.  Atlanta is the #8 market in the country, so I am learning hands on from some of the top reporters, producers, and news directors in the local news arena.

This intern has helped me perfect my writing skills and how to properly articulate while speaking. I have worked on several stories in the past two weeks including: “The Sandy Springs Hoarder.” This story was breaking news here in Atlanta.  The story was about how a 38-year-old woman was living in her house for years with trash “waste-deep.” It took four firefighters and 40 minutes to get her out.

Also, I worked on a “Gang Graffiti” story.  With crime being very high in the city of Atlanta, we covered a story about how graffiti has been at parks for decades. We contacted the city and they came to clean up the graffiti at Mozely Park. Mozely Park was the first park for blacks in the city.

Yesterday, I went out on another breaking news story.  MARTA, Atlanta’s transit service board of directors made a major budget cut vote yesterday. This vote resulted in them termination over 200 workers, shutting down 40 bus lines and even closing some of their public restrooms at their train stations. They made these necessary cuts because they are millions of dollars in the red. I am continuing to cherish these memorable moments here at CBS and I am truly blessed to have this opportunity.

With the end of my internship experience coming soon,I have to create a resume tape before exiting the course. You can click the link below to see some of the work I have done so far here at CBS Atlanta News.


Ms. Jessica Fuller Inspired to Improve Public Health

Posted in Claflin Interns on June 25, 2010 by claflininterns

I was granted the opportunity to be involved in a program between Morehouse College and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention called Project IMHOTEP.  Thus far, this internship has challenged and pushed me beyond my assumed limits.

During the first two weeks of Project IMHOTEP, the days were filled with intense studying and classes for twelve hours a day. The classes included topics on epidemiology, biostatistics, occupational safety and health, special topics in public health, social determinants of health, and statistical snalysis software training. Needless to say, there have been many long days and sleep deprived nights, but overall it is worth it.

The first weekend featured a retreat where we lodged at the beautiful Calloway Gardens Resort. We went to Tuskegee University in Alabama, where we attended a lecture series at the Center for Bioethics.  We toured Booker T. Washington’s house and volunteered at Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Warm Springs Rehabilitation Center. Visiting those places – specifically Tuskegee University – gave me an insight into history, especially African American history as it relates to public health. At Tuskegee, we learned a little more in depth about the “Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment”, as it is commonly known as, and how bioethics evolved into what is today as it relates to research on human subjects.

Those experiences during that retreat will forever stick with me as I continue toward my career goals, because it reminds me of the dedication and hard work, in spite of adversity, that people have sacrificed in order to make change to improve the health of society. Knowing these sacrifices only inspires me to reach for greatness and embark on new discoveries that will benefit society and the field of public health.

I am now into the fourth week of my internship.  I have finished the classes and am currently working at my site at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the Rickettsial Disease and Zoonoses Branch. While working in this branch I have been able to work first hand with some of the top scientists in the field of public health and research. I have been able to learn many new techniques involved in lab research and have been making some great discoveries with my work. Currently, I have been amplifying DNA sequences to identify genetic variability between two Rickettsial species. I find it fascinating because, I never really knew much about Rickettsial diseases. By working with the Rickettsial agents and gaining knowledge through literature, I have found that this research is pertinent to many rising issues in the field of public health and the work I do can aid in helping control the spread of diseases that these rickettsiae species cause.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with individuals at the CDC of such a high caliber, especially since I one day hope to work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a public health professional .  I believe that this opportunity has not only allowed me to experience life as a public health professional, but it has also greatly increased my passion and desire to work in public health.

This internship experience is allowing me an opportunity to network and establish relationships with a variety of professionals in the public health realm. I realize that establishing these relationships early on will be mutually beneficial for me and the people I have met.

Ms. Keaira Berry Researching Metabolic Disorders at University of Virginia

Posted in Claflin Interns on June 24, 2010 by claflininterns

I am currently at the University of Virginia conducting research under the mentorship of Dr. Chien Li.  I am  investigating the effects of stress on energy homeostasis and the implications it may have in metabolic-endocrine disorders such as obesity and type II diabetes. I know…exciting right?! 

I did get to talk with Dr. Cheryl Apprey via email and am scheduled to have dinner with her sometime this upcoming week.  I attended the Endocrine Society meeting June 18-23, 2010 in San Diego, CA. I am very excited about this opportunity to experience a new city and establishing more connections through networking at the conference. I will be gaining more training in the fall through a Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program either at Tufts University, the University of Chicago, or a National Institutes of Health site.

I am still waiting on the confirmation for acceptance. I should know officially by the end of next week. I will keep you updated on my progress!

Ms. Philana Payton Experiencing a Mixture of Research and Exploration in Washington, D.C.

Posted in Claflin Interns on June 16, 2010 by claflininterns

Ms. Philana Payton

I have been in Washington D.C. at Howard University for almost a week now through the Leadership Alliance Program and have already had some great experiences.

When I first arrived to Reagan Int’l Airport, I had to take a taxi to my residence hall. From there, I moved into my room. Thankfully, there were two other Claflin students who had arrived earlier that day for another program and were staying in the same dorm. Seeing familiar faces definitely made the transition from South Carolina life to the fast-paced atmosphere of D.C. much easier.  Since  Sunday, I have been able to explore the city somewhat and learn my way around Howard’s campus fairly well.  I have also begun my research for the program. I was assigned a mentor who specializes in Women in Film.  She has been a great help in developing a specific research topic that I must be ready to present at the National Symposium in New Jersey by the end of the summer.

From what I understand, I will be conducting a majority of my research out of the Library of Congress, which is an awesome opportunity because the resources there are almost endless.  The next few weeks should be filled with intense study but I will also explore more of the city. The Howard University students and faculty have been very welcoming and continue to make this experience worthwhile both academically and socially.

Isaiah Jones Finding Inspiration as a Fellow at Emory University

Posted in Claflin Interns on June 8, 2010 by claflininterns

Isaiah Jones is attending the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Summer Institute at Emory University.

I have almost completed my first week here at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.  I am a recipient of the UNCF/Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship.  This esteemed fellowship is known for preparing the undergraduate student to achieve their Ph.D. and become a tenured professor.

I am attending the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Summer Institute for all Fellows from across the nation. There are 32 of us this year.  I count it a rare opportunity and a priviledge to be in the company of such intelligent individuals who have a similar goal in mind: to obtain a Ph.D.  I can truly say that the participants of this program are transformative and profound in their perspectives and total outlook on society. 

I have been thoroughly enjoying myself, in the work and in the recreation at Emory.  This campus has an atmosphere of self reliance and accountability.  Not to mention, it is a large campus.  My living accommodations is in a sorority house with all of the Undergraduate Fellows. 

The work itself is challenging and requires research, analytical skills, time and patience.  I am working on a prospectus that will lead into my study of a two-year thesis on the topic of “Speakers of a Second Language: Addressing the Stereotypes that Plague Multilingual Individuals in a Culturally Rich Society.”  This topic is subject to modification.

My most empowering moment at this campus so far would be a session that I  attended. The Rudolph Byrd Lecture Series is dedicated to the life and continued work of Dr. Rudolph P. Bryd.  Dr. Byrd is a renowned professor of American Studies.  He joined the Emory University faculty in 1991.  Dr. Byrd earned his PhD at Yale.  The speaker for the lecture was a “super-star” in the realm of Gender Studies,  Dr. Beverly Guy- Sheftall, director of  Women’s Research & Resource Center and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College.  She spoke on the topic of “Coretta Scott King: The Radical Teacher Activist.”  I will leave only one powerful quote from Dr. Guy-Sheftall’s lecture:

“There is no way to make peace while preparing for war.” — Coretta Scott King

I am thankful to those who helped me achieve this opportunity.  I will take full advantage of my resources here at Emory University. And I will continue to enjoy myself.

Martin Chidyausiku Researching DNA at Yale University

Posted in Claflin Interns on June 8, 2010 by claflininterns

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Nicholas Panasik, front left, and Nobel Laureate Dr. Martin Chalfie, front right, listen as Claflin sophomore Mr. Martin Chidyausiku, center, discusses his research on enzymes. Mr. Chidyausiku is currently enrolled at a summer internship at Yale University.

Victoria De Sormoueax, Ifeanyi Emole and I arrived here in New Haven for the commencement of our Yale Sackler Internship on the 31st of May. I must say it has truly been an amazing experience. After we were shown to our rooms by the lovely resident manager, Jocelyn Traina, we went to meet all the other Sackler fellows who were also chosen on the basis of being the best in their respective schools. We had a cookout at the house of Dr. Lynee Regan, who is the director of the Sackler Institute.  There we met up with students from Duke University, Connecticut College and the University of Maryland Baltimore to name a few. We also were introduced to our respective principle investigators (PIs) whose labs we will be working in and whose mentorship we would be under. I met my PI, Dr. Patrick Sung, and his lovely wife and got a chance to discuss his lab goals, interests and current projects.  Currently, Dr. Sung’s research involves investigating genes and proteins responsible for repairing DNA in cells including the BRCA genes that are the catalyst for breast cancer.

The following day was both hectic and exciting as I got to see my lab for the first time. Although, I am the only fellow in our program whose lab is located in the Yale Sterling Hall School of Medicine it was not lonely. The Sung lab is a big lab that has more than 12 friendly members – two post-graduates, Dr. Dorina Saro & Dr. Valeria Busygina, of which I will work with personally. The lab focuses on projects which involve radioactively labeled DNA experiments, thin layer chromatography, DNA hybridization, gel electrophoresis and so much more. I started work on Tuesday with an evaluation on research fundamentals.  I am thankful to (Claflin Assistant Professor of Biology) Dr. Nicholas Panasik for adequately preparing us for in our intense Journal Club meetings at Claflin.  Last year’s Claflin Sackler fellows, Jennifer Ozomna and Naeema Hooker, gave us tips as well as where we, as a group, discussed relevant articles and research topics.

Yesterday, we attended workshops (with lunch) conducted by the assistant director of the program, Dr. Dorottya Blaho, on lab safety and research ethics.  They were informative and interesting.  It was also nice to meet and talk to the other fellows and find out how their Yale experience was going. I found that the general consensus was, “exciting but tough, however well worth the work!” For my lab today, I had to take and successfully complete the first part of the grueling radiation training with NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) to earn certification to work with radioactive substances. Now, I am off to take the second parto of that training which also requires extensive studying.  Wish me luck!

SGA President Steven Dial Tells the News in Atlanta

Posted in Claflin Interns on June 8, 2010 by claflininterns

Steven Dial reporting for CBS News in Atlanta

 I am interning at CBS Atlanta News.  Here at CBS, I go through the day shadowing reporters, writing scripts, editing packages and some of the newscasts live in the studio.

“This intern is a great experience and fun as well.”

Recently, I went out on my first breaking news story where the FBI and other local agencies raided a group of businesses in the Chamblee/ Tucker Area here in Atlanta. I have also had the opportunity to work on my resume tape, in addition to doing stand ups and working on packages. 

I also covered the DeKalb County Indictment Story last week. The former county school board superintendent and other officials were indicted for funneling money to each other. This week, I am working the morning shift with our 5-7 A.M. morning show “Better Mornings Atlanta.”

I also attend the morning meetings where all the reporters and producers sit down and pitch/ assign stories for the day.