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Pathways Scholars Visit Mammoth Cave

mammoth_cave-2Mathematics and Computer Science department faculty Dr. Glenn Acree (Pathways director) and Dr. Danny Biles (Pathways program manager) recently took seven of the students from the Pathways Scholarship Program to Mammoth Cave National Park. The students were given a description and viewing of the instruments used to monitor and maintain the climate in the cave, received explanations of the geological features of the Mammoth Cave system and learned about the history and folklore regarding the cave. Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the cave system and is a part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south central Kentucky. It is the world’s longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles explored. Pathways is a scholarship and mentoring program for students in the areas of biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, mathematics, neuroscience and physics which was established by a National Science Foundation grant.  The students attending were Angela Gaetano, Jack Streeter, Spencer Colling, Lee McGill, Josh Stark, Kathryn Hook and Emily Deas.