Thursday, June 26, 2014


Here's what's been happening Around CAUSES!
  • Ycov Assa joins WRRI as a lab tech.
  • Architecture major Theo Willhite works with the National Youth Leadership Forum this summer.
  • "My Cautious 180 Degree Turn-Around on UDC" in the Forest Hills Connection

CAUSES extends a big welcome to Mr. Ycov Assa, who is now serving as a technician in the 
Water Resources Research Institute's Environmental Quality Testing Laboratory. Mr. Assa has a masters degree in Soils and Biogeochemistry and extensive experience in soil  and soil water quality analysis. Mr. Assa has more than five years biogeochemistry and nutrient cycling experience. He previously worked at the Biogeochemistry and Nutrient Cycling lab in the University of California-Davis, US Geological Survey (USGS) in Sacramento, and as a Maryland Agricultural Research Station Technician. His expertise will help the lab meet its ultimate goal of becoming a NELAC-certified lab, which is the most prestigious lab certification in the nation. 

CAUSES Architecture Senior, Theo Willhite, has been selected to lead as Program Coordinator the of The National Youth Leadership Forum: Careers in Engineering & Technology. Over eight days this summer, the program will provide high school scholars with the rare opportunity to join other high-achieving high school students to explore the educational pathways and careers associated with these cutting-edge fields.The locations for this exciting real-world career exploration and campus immersion experience are: the University of California, Berkeley and the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. Through his participation in this program, Theo will have help to impact the future of more than 1200 high school scholars interested in Engineering and Technology. Congratulations, Theo--you're doing us proud!

If you haven't had the chance, visit the Forest Hills Connection to read My Cautious 180 Degree Turn-Around on UDC. In an excerpt from the detailed piece, author Carol F. Stoel writes: UDC has joined the ranks of other universities that are responding to the needs of working adults who want to improve their knowledge in science, engineering and math and their management, communication, and policy skills by offering a new degree, the Professional Science Master’s degree. UDC’s is in Water Resource Management. Not all initiatives are successful, but programs that draw high school students into real research experiences are very popular. One is the EnvironMentors program that gives high school students a chance to be mentored by federal researchers at EPA, USDA and other federal agencies and do real scientific field work. Another is the 4-H Summer Camp and Summer Bridge programs helping students gain necessary skills for succeeding in college.As you know, the PSM degree and 4-H programs are housed under CAUSES--thanks FHC!

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