Science Students Participated in River Cruise

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fourteen Westminster College science students participated in the Ohio River Watershed Cruise Sept. 22.

The boat, with nearly 400 passengers from the environmental field, cruised the Ohio and Allegheny Rivers near Pittsburgh.  Scientific presentations on the local watershed and Marcellus Shale energy extraction were given and more than 20 educational displays related to watersheds, conservation, and alternative energy were on exhibit.

Westminster chemistry majors Nicole George and Zach Smith and their adviser, Dr. Helen Boylan, Westminster associate professor of chemistry, presented a display on solar energy and Sustainability in Motion, an outreach program they oversee.

"It was a great opportunity for our students to experience first-hand what is going on in the environmental field," Boylan said.  "The students were able to network with many environmental professionals."

Boylan, a Westminster graduate who joined the faculty in 2001, earned her Ph.D. from Duquesne University.

Contact Boylan at (724) 946-6293 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Front (l-r): Dr. Helen Boylan, Kelly Gould, Ashley Blystone, Nicole George, Jamie Daum, Caitlin Roberts. Back (l-r): Andrew Clark, Cory Seese, Zach Smith, Tom Dean, Nate Ferrebee, Justin Jones, Bobby Wehrle, Scott Braden, Nathaniel Delk

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(L-r) Nicole George, Zach Smith, Dr. Helen Boylan