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.


Thomas Nelson Community College TRiO Program Helps Students Stay and Succeed in College

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Barriers to enrolling in college may have all but diminished but staying in college can be challenging for some students given the demands. As a result, many leave. Recognizing this, like many colleges across the Commonwealth, Thomas Nelson Community College has increased efforts to ensure that students stay the course. Thomas Nelson implemented the TRiO program in fall 2005 to bolster student success and address student retention.

Eighty percent of students who participated in the program during 2005-2006 returned and began classes in fall 2006, according to Virginia Keithley, TRiO Program Director for Thomas Nelson. That figure topped the federal government’s mandate of 60 percent and the program met another federal objective with 60 percent of its 2005-2006 participants earning cumulative grade point averages (GPA) of 2.5 or better, she added.