TNCC Awarded $40,000 Grant for Greenhouse Renovation

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Thomas Nelson Community College has been awarded a $40,000 grant from Dominion Resources to renovate its existing greenhouse on the Hampton campus. Located on the Hastings Hall roof, the greenhouse will benefit students in Biology, Electronics Engineering Technology and Electrical Technology programs. TNCC expects the renovation to be complete by late spring.

“The College is always striving to stay on the forefront of the newest technology in the industry and with the quick rise of the focus on alternative energy, we felt compelled to get involved,” said Tom Pringle, TNCC Instructor and Program Head of Computer-Aided Drafting and Design.

In fall 2011, TNCC students were asked to assess the needs of Biology faculty, gather information from vendors and formulate a design for the project, which includes the installation of six solar panels on the greenhouse’s roof and a new interior lighting system that will allow students to grow and cultivate plants twice during the semester. (more…)

TNCC Adds Oceanography Course to Science Offerings

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) has expanded its offerings to include Oceanography I and Oceanography II. The new four-credit, two-semester course enhances the College’s Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering curriculum by giving students another option for completing laboratory science degree requirements while enhancing both local and global ocean literacy.

Oceanography I (GOL 111) begins this fall running August through December. Its follow-up, Oceanography II (GOL 112), runs January 2012 through May 2012. “This course is intended for anyone interested in learning the physical, chemical, geological and biological aspects of the world’s oceans. The only prerequisites are Math 03 (Algebra I) and English 05 (Reading Improvement),” said Assistant Professor of Biology Jennifer Martin.

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TNCC Offers Wetlands Field Study Course for Community at Large

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HAMPTON, Va. — This summer Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will provide an opportunity for in-depth wetlands study through a two-week course offered by the Biology Department. Called Topics in Wetlands Biology (BIO 295), the three-credit course runs July 25 to August 4 meeting Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on TNCC’s Hampton campus.

Open to TNCC students, those from other colleges/universities who are home for summer break and the public, the course is an ideal resource K-12 teachers. No science prerequisites are required for the class but a tolerance for outdoor conditions is one important necessity, Biology Professor Martin Zahn explained.

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TNCC Biology Professor Studies Rare Fish in Japan

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s Jennifer Martin studies rare fish, but merely reading about them is not enough. The Assistant Professor of Biology goes where the fish are. Her latest investigation involves intense field research in Japan to gather information to complete a Doctoral degree in Marine Science at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). Martin embarked on the month-long excursion on January 5 and the itinerary includes stops in Tokyo, Sapporo, Kyoto, Kanagawa, Chiba, and several coastal fishing villages.

“My research program centers on marine fishes and their environments, integrating questions pertaining to biology, ecology, genetics and oceanography. More specifically, the focus of my dissertation is on the systematics and evolution of the Lampridiform fishes, the oarfishes and their relatives, from the Indo-West Pacific Ocean,” Martin said.

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TNCC Offers New Biology Wetlands Field Study Course This Summer

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This summer Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will provide an opportunity for in-depth wetlands study through a new two-week course offered by its Biology Department. Called Topics in Wetlands Biology (BIO 295), the three-credit course runs July 26 to August 5 meeting Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on TNCC’s Hampton campus.

The course is open to the general public – especially K-12 teachers – TNCC students and students from other colleges/universities who are home for summer break. No science prerequisites are required for the class but a tolerance for outdoor conditions is one important necessity, according to Biology Professor Martin Zahn.

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TNCC Biology Professor Awarded VCCS Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Jennifer Martin, Assistant Professor of Biology has received the 2010-2011 Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship.

The prestigious award is given annually to no more than three professional educators within the VCCS  “to ensure that capable people within the VCCS have opportunities to prepare themselves for top-level management and instructional positions within the VCCS.”

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