The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

December 12, 2013

Edgewood students learning about future career opportunities by networking with successful professionals

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Calculus, Statistics and AP Biology classes were recently given a lecture by Kyle M. Walsh, assistant professor of Neurological Surgery, Division of Neuroepidemiolgy at the University of California Comprehensive Cancer Center. Walsh spoke to students about his work in genetics and cancer research.

“My broad research goal is to understand how risk for brain tumors can be inherited across generations,” said Walsh. “To address this question, my laboratory investigates genetic and environmental factors which are shared among individuals affected by Glioma and Meningioma. Our ‘gene hunting’ efforts are supported by modern sequencing techniques aimed at identifying mutations underlying brain tumor risk.”

Students were eager to hear about Walsh’s interesting work, as well as his path from high school to where he is now.

“What Dr. Walsh spoke about hit me on a personal note for two reasons,” said senior calculus student Mallorie Barker. “My Dad has rare stage-4 cancer and his tumors were just DNA-tested to find the chemo therapy that would be the most effective. And I also want to be a pediatric oncologist, so it’s interesting to learn now about part of the science that I will be working on in my future.”

Furthering Edgewood’s efforts to network with professionals to provide students learning opportunities, all female students were recently visited by several representatives of Praxair, a local plant. These representatives spoke to the female body about the future prospects for females in the engineering field.

“There is a very high demand for female engineers in Ashtabula, in places that are very near and dear to us,” said Edgewood head principal Karl Williamson.

One speaker, Tonya Fritz from ASHTA, said, “There are a lot of opportunities for engineers, with great career income… chemical engineers have one of the highest paying entry-level jobs at an annual salary of $93,500.”

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