This month at the GSA General meeting we had the PDCO come to speak with us! The slides from their presentation along with their lists of upcoming events is available with the minutes on the GSA documents page!
This month SACNAS hosted an informal happy hour and Q&A session with Biophysics Dr. Ibrahim Cisse about his experiences as an underrepresented minority in science and academia! For more information on SACNAS visit the student groups page!
Jackie used her GSA Travel Award to attend the 2017 American Society for Radiation Oncology Conference.
“I presented a poster of my work but also had the opportunity to attend great talks, learn more about the field, and network with clinicians and scientists.”
Come join the GSA for the Mt. Vernon Ghostwalk! We will see if we can catch any ghosts still lingering in the world of the living after Halloween. We will meet on Friday November 3rd in front of the Belvedere at 1 Chase St in Mt. Vernon at 7:15pm. For now, only SOM grad students can purchase tickets, but we can open it up on Thursday evening.
Online ticket sales for this event are closed.
The GSA went apple picking September 30th at Rock Hill Orchard in Mount Airy, MD and tried out (probably a little too much of) ice cream from the onsite Woodbourne Creamery! After an initial ice cream sampling, the corn maze was the first thing conquered by our grad students. We then browsed through both the upper and lower orchards to find varieties such as Golden Delicious, Royal Empire, Jonagold de Coster, Jonathan, Red Delicious, Stayman, and Melrose. At the end of the day, we treated ourselves to, you guessed it, more ice cream! Woodbourne Creamery raises their own Guernsey cows developed by french monks on the island of Guernsey. These cows are known for superior milk, and we definitely agree the ice cream should be tried by all.
We are planning an apple picking trip to Rock Hill Orchard & Woodbourne Creamery (http://www.rockhillorchard.com), which has pick your own apples, fresh from the farm ice cream, and corn mazes! This will be on Saturday September 30th, and we will be carpooling there. The plan is for carpools to leave Baltimore around noon in order to arrive at the orchard by 1pm. Then we will stay for about 3 hours until 4pm and arrive back in Baltimore around 5pm.
Once you have RSVP’d via one of the options below, follow the URL in the confirmation email if you would like to signup for the carpool. It is important to RSVP regardless of whether you are carpooling or not in order to receive day of weather postponing information or possible but unlikely orchard changes due to apple availability.
As for pricing, Rock Hill Orchard charges by bag not by weight as well as an entry fee to the orchard (multiple entry fees are included depending on the size of the bag purchased as seen below). We should have enough people that nobody will pay an entry fee even if they aren’t picking apples:
- Small Bag – $12 , includes up to 2 guests. This bag holds 5 to 6 pounds of apples
- Medium Bag – $21 , includes up to 4 guests. This bag holds 11 to 12 pounds of apples
- Large Bag -$34 , includes up to 6 guests. This bag holds 22 to 24 pounds of apples
- Additional guests – $3 each
Their Fall Combo is $11/person for a small bag and entry to both cornmazes. For groups 10 people or larger, the Fall Combo price is reduced to $10/person if everything is purchased in one transaction (another important reason to RSVP so we know who is coming)!
Hope to see you there!
Online registration for this event is closed
The GSA hit the trails this August 5th for a hike in the Catoctin Mountain park. After a week of thunderstorms, the weather cleared up so we could enjoy the beautiful rolling hills in western Maryland. The hike was lead by Kyla Britson, Kathleen Cunningham, and Michael Ketcha who have started a new student group: Hopkins Hikers. If you were disappointed to miss this hike, never fear! Hopkins Hikers will be leading hikes every month so keep your eyes on the GSA digest to catch future events.
With a blast from the past, this re-envisioning of the Power Rangers’ origins was enjoyed along with pizza and drinks last night in the GSA lounge!
For Friday and the final day of GSA week, we hosted a cookout in the PCTB courtyard in the afternoon and then took 50 students on the Urban Pirates cruise in Baltimore Harbor!
Thanks for everyone who came out to GSA week to make it a great time and until next time, Arrr Mateys!!
For Thursday of GSA Week, The Charmery came and served us up some fantastically yummy ice cream (even dairy free!) with great toppings and temperature sensitive spoons! We were able to serve 150 people ice cream in less than an hour for this event. Thanks to everyone who came and to The Charmery!