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Virginia Wesleyan College hosted 18 medical microbiology students from the Bayside High School Health Sciences Academy (HSA) May 19, an activity planned as part of the schools’ Professional Development School partnership. The students participated in lab activities alongside VWC Professor of Biology Vic Townsend and Associate Professor of Chemistry Kevin Kittredge, who demonstrated the College’s scanning electron microscope (view photo), nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, and gas chromatograph mass spectrometer. They also studied skeletal elements alongside recent VWC biology graduates Emily Brooks, Maggie Tuthill, and Tatyana Zvonareva (view photo). The students were joined on campus by HSA medical microbiology teacher Luisa Zirkle, HSA director Terry Mejia, and Virginia Beach Public Schools Science Supervisor Ana Cingel. The initiative is part of an ongoing effort by the College to expand mutually beneficial academic partnerships in the community. For more information, contact Hilve Firek, Batten Associate Professor of Education, at 757.233.8749 or