Dr. Jerri Bartholomew:  OUTREACH

Klamath High Schools:  2011 and 2012

Before the close of school for summer 2011, Judith Jensen, Educational Solutions Director, invited the members of the Bartholomew Lab to meet with Klamath Falls students to explore the science associated with the lethal salmon parasite, Ceratomyxa shasta (C. shasta).  Students had been studying C. shasta ecology and genetics as part of an Educational Solutions project, "Learning Genetics to Save the Salmon."

Drs. Jerri Bartholomew, Sasha Hallett and Julie Alexander from OSU met with 70 biology students from Klamath Union (Scott Olsen's Environmental Sciences classes, Lana Crumrine's Honor's Biology class);  Mazama (Clint Radford’s Biological Investigation class), and Henley High School (Chuck Shannon's Genetics class).  The two-day schedule included a full-day field trip, demonstrations in Lana Crumrine's KU classroom and a pot luck dinner and discussion.

Field trip activities included snorkeling to search for polychaetes, the tiny invertebrate host of C. shasta (the Klamath Dive Team stood by for student safety.).  The Bartholomew Lab set up stations for students to dissect infected Chinook juvenile salmon (brought from OSU), examine polychaetes with a microscope, and watch demonstrations of DNA analysis techniques.  Students got better acquainted with the scientists at the potluck and discussed their own ideas of how to solve the C. shasta problem and asked the scientists many questions.  The occasion was reported in the local Klamath Herald. 


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Jerri Bartholomew guiding a
fish dissection at
Klamath Union High School

Sascha Hallett assisting
students locate myxospores
in salmon intestine

Julie Alexander showing
students tiny
freshwaer polychaetes

Julie explaining all about
polychaete worms

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Klamath Union High School students learning how to use common lab equipment.


 Klamath High School 2012

Again in 2012, but at the other end of the season (late September), the Bartholomew Lab connected with Klamath High students.  Gerri Buckles and Julie Alexander traveled to the town of Keno to access the Klamath River at one of the Bartholomew Lab's long term monitoring sites.  They met with 30 students from Klamath High School to show them some research in action.

Gerri demonstrated molecular aspects of C. shasta detection and fish dissections.  Julie demonstrated field collection techniques and discussed polychaete ecology with the students.  Students were able to demonstrate proficiency in understanding the life cycle of C. shasta and actually FIND the polychaete host in the river section.  Such fun!

Educational DVD:  Members of the Bartholomew Lab assisted Educational Solutions Director, Judith Jensen, in the production of a one hour DVD, "Saving Salmon:  Bringining C. shasta back into Balance" for use in the ES Spring 2011 six week high school project, "Learning Genetics to Save Salmon."  The DVD explains the complexity of C. shasta science and reviews progress in genetics and ecology.  Approximately 200 students from Klamath Falls schools, Hoopa Valley High School and Bandon High School participated in the project.

Booth at Corvallis, Oreogn DaVinci Days 2013

The Bartholomew Lab Members hosted a booth in the Discover OSU section of the festival on the topic of Saving Salmon.

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