The Institute for Family Health
June 2014 — Present
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Program Assistant at The Institute for Family Health
- Educated school groups about sustainability by teaching them about renewable energy, urban farming (aquaponics, hydroponics), and composting.
- Wrote reports for a park construction grant, and coordinated volunteers for water quality testing.
- Assisted in various fundraising tasks including database upkeep, thank you letters, and general correspondence with outside supporters.
- Extensive involvement in characterization of private wells for RMA contamination.
- Spearheaded public relations effort to gain public support and approval for private well sampling.
- Responsible for sample collection, packaging shipment (including Chain-of Custody), laboratory analysis of inorganic parameters and analytes, database management, laboratory supplies inventory, and maintenance/cleaning of laboratory equipment.
- Shadowed health care professionals in varied public health fields including food safety, pool, septic and body art inspections, vector control, and Mother’s first initiative.
- Responsible for various aspects of waste management projects including research, designing literature, public outreach and communication.
- Worked independently to acquire and compare critical data related to bacterial and archaeal ammonia-oxidizing communities.
- Extensive application of laboratory techniques such as ligation, transformation, electrophoresis, cloning, plasmid isolation, Gel Electrophoresis, PCR and plate streaking.
- Presented research at the 18th Annual Front Range Ecology Symposium.
- Acted as a live-in mentor for an international residential living and learning community.
- Organized various internationally orientated programs and educational activities.
- Served as teaching assistant for a section of ~30 freshmen.
- Held office hours, graded tests, acted as a student role model.
- Part of a research team seeking to implement poppy seed bio-fuel in Afghanistan and Pakistan in a non-profit organizational setting.
- Prepared literature review on various topics including peak phosphorus and ecology of research implementation onto different societies.
- Supervised up to 15 kids ages 4-11; built communication, leadership, and teamwork skills.
- Responsibilities included data collection for a Plum Pox Virus survey including field collection and shipment of leaf samples.
- Gained substantial experience with nematode extraction from soil samples, cataloging of data and maintaining a concise scientific journal.