News from the Lab

March 13, 2017

Las Cruces Academy Students visit the Electric Fish Undergraduate Class!

On Monday, 13 March 2017: Ten students in grades 3-8 from the Las Cruces Academy visited the research laboratory of Prof. Graciela Unguez for 3 hours.  She and her group study weakly electric fish (Stenopygus species), who use their electrical sense to find food and avoid predators. They also can regrow their tails, providing a great study of tissue development, as well as genetics and physiology. The students along with Head of School Dr. Lou Ellen Kay and Board Chair Dr. Vince Gutschick caught the Las Cruces bus near our school and rode to campus. Graciela currently reaches a lab-intensive undergraduate course (Bio 309), which also focuses on enhancing the ability of students to explain complex biological concepts to a general audience. For the visit, Bio 309 students had laid out about 8 stations, where the Las Cruces Academy students could learn about the fish with hands-on activities. Check out the pictures with students using the detector of the fish’s electric fields, and also the fish themselves, both hiding in favorite tubes or swimming with ethereal fins. At the end of the visit, many of us participated in a game of navigating by touch (hula hoops) at