PEER Program and KAMU-TV Continue to Promote STEM
Posted February 28, 2017
Dr. Larry Johnson presents a PEER program
The spring 2017 semester continues to see a valuable partnership
between the Partnership for Environmental Education and Rural
Health (PEER) program and KAMU-TV with live STEM (science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics) educational webcasts
provided to K-12 students nationwide. These presentations feature
professors, scientists, veterinary students, technicians, and
clinicians who inform students about veterinary medical and
STEM-related topics aligned with state science standards. Topics
range from human and animal health to college preparation and
enable K-12 students to make relevant connections between science
and real-world careers. So far this semester, over 9,000 students
from as many as 17 states have participated in the webcasts.
KAMU-TV films each presentation in high definition, and they are
uploaded to the PEER YouTube channel (
for future viewing.
Programs recently uploaded to the PEER YouTube channel
- Cool Cat – Veterinary technicians Paula
Plummer and Katy Waddell, from the Veterinary Medical Teaching
Hospital at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences (CVM), discussed and demonstrated
feline-friendly handling techniques.
- Examining Plant and Animal Cells – Histology
professor Dr. Larry Johnson showed vivid microscopic images of the
organelles of plant and animal cells—including blood, muscle, and
epithelium—and discussed the interactions of cell structure and
function. A detailed examination of the cytoplasm and nucleus also
revealed how cells differentiate.
- Stress and How to Overcome It – Going to
school can be stressful. Social problems, difficult learning tasks,
taking tests, and just being a teenager all create stress. In this
presentation, Dr. Bill Klemm, a Texas A&M scientist who studies
the brain, considered what stress is and how it affects the body
and mind. Most importantly, he outlined ways for coping with and
reducing school stress.
- Bugs in your Blood: Malaria –
Over 400 million people become infected yearly with malaria, and
more than 1 million children under 5 years old die each year of
malaria. How and why does this happen? How can it be prevented? If
you lived in Texas 100 years ago, you could have become infected
with malaria! Why doesn’t Texas have malaria today and why aren’t
Texans becoming infected? Or are they? Dr. Jeffery Musser, of the
Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, explored the biology
of the disease, its role in history, where in the world malaria
occurs, and how it can be prevented.
- Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth: Dentition
– Dr. Rachael Eckert, resident at Texas A&M Large Animal
Teaching Hospital, described the structure and function of various
animal teeth and also discussed the unique aspects and care of
- Keep it Clean! – Dr. Mark Stickney, from the
Texas A&M Small Animal Teaching Hospital, examined
homeostasis—the role of microorganisms in the spread of disease—and
how doctors use "aseptic technique" to protect their
- Small Animal Oncology: Cancer in Pets – Dr.
Carissa Wood, veterinary resident instructor with the Department of
Small Animal Oncology at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical
Teaching Hospital, discussed cancer in pets, describing the
pathology of cancer, types of pets affected, and treatments
available. She also provided insight on how treating cancer in pets
provides valuable research for human medicine!
For more information about the PEER program, visit peer.tamu.edu.
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