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Biology and Chemistry

Religious Studies

Getting lost in a great novel.
Going on walks throughout campus and along the gorge.
Undertaking spontaneous activities/events.
Acrobatic Yoga.

President of Niagara University Men's Club Soccer
Research Assistant
Peer Tutor
Student Panel Leader
Summer/Fall Orientation Leader
Teacher's Assistant/Recitation Leader
Member of Biology Club, Circle K, American Chemical Society (ACS)

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Baby I'm Back

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Howdy, everyone! We're back and ready to go. Although I, for one, could have used a few more days of rest and relaxation at home, others may disagree.

While I'm at it, I wish I still had some Christmas cookies to munch on. One month is just not enough time to eat all of the delicious baked goods my mom provides. My personal favorites are buckeyes, which, for those of you who aren't familiar with Ohio delicacies, are peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate with a little peanut butter exposed. They look like the buckeye nut from the trees. They are SO GOOD - unless you are allergic to peanut butter! Even then, they are still delicious but they would have a nasty side effect, unfortunately.

Without a doubt, these first few weeks have not been easy and, in some way, I wish they were, so I could gradually get back in the groove. Instead I was thrust headfirst into freezing cold water. I cannot complain - I love what I do. I enjoy being busy and challenging myself is a personal test to improve my capabilities as a student and person.

On the bright side, to all of you out there reading this, I am applying for a research funding grant from the American Society of Microbiology. I think one of the most beneficial aspects of a small school setting is the ability to participate in one-on-one projects with professors that can lead to perks such as a research grant. If I get the funding and they accept the abstract I send them at the end of the summer, I may be asked to present it at the next national conference. MIND BLOWN! The thought of presenting at such a high level gives me the goose bumps.

One final note”¦ the new integrated science building that is being built is beautiful. I took a tour of it over this past weekend and, let me tell you, I have never fallen in love with a building until that one. I'm more excited than ever to move into it next year.

”˜til next time!

Academic chairs are many, but wise and noble teachers are few; lecture rooms are numerous and large, but the number of young people who genuinely thirst after truth and justice is small.” — Albert Einstein


James Lioi