Clinical Laboratory Science
Eric Jones — a field naturalist and a muddy boots plant ecologist. I have spent the past 20 years seeking out the flora of Augusta County, Virginia. At present I have photographed over 250 species of plants within the county representing over 65 families of vascular plants. These images have been optimized for viewing on the Web and have been incorporated into an e-book /website . Augusta County runs from the crest of the Blue Ridge across the valley to the top of Shenandoah Mountain 50 miles to the west. These ridges are sandstones and basalts and therefore do not neutralize acid rain, while the valley is limestone and therefore able to neutralize the acid runoff from the mountains. The county has everything from a wet prairie at an elevation of 1000 feet to relic forests and shale outcrops at elevations above 3,500 feet. The county contains two wilderness areas (Ramsey’s Draft and The Saint Mary’s Wilderness), a large section of the Washington Jefferson National Forest, and an extensive game management area on North Mountain. In short, I am located in an area with over 2,500 feet change in elevation, a full range of bedrock types, and every possible slope orientation.
In addition to the floral survey work, I am active in the Boy Scouts serving as the Conservation Director for the Stonewall Jackson Area Council, my primary responsibility being the 500 acre Camp Shenandoah. In this role I am working on reforestation and the establishment of warm season grasses and wildflowers. The goal of the restoration is the creation of breeding habitat for quail and other declining bird species. I also work in leadership training and serve as the program director for the summer camp. I have enjoyed working with the local ballet company, and play the Grandfather in The Nutcracker, Dr. Copellius in the ballet Copellia, and the Grandfather in Peter and the Wolf.
Lundy Pentz earned his BA and his PhD in cell and developmental biology from the Johns Hopkins University, where he also designed and taught an evening class and lab in introductory biology. His doctoral dissertation was on trophoblastic tolerance, the problem of why the mammalian fetus is not rejected by the mother’s immune system. He came to Mary Baldwin College in 1980 and since then has taught a number of biology courses and developed laboratory exercises based on his evening college experiences and collected in his The Biolab Book(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2nd ed. 1989). He has directed senior research projects on topics ranging from the immune response to cancer and the role of diesel exhaust in triggering allergies to the antibacterial properties of white tea and the levels of coliform bacteria in local streams. He serves the college as Associate Faculty Marshal and Division Coordinator of Division III (Math and Science) and in 2006 was named Carolyn Rose Hunt Distinguished Chair in the Natural Sciences. From 1986 to 1997 he taught in Mary Baldwin’s summer program for high school students, Young Women in Science, and directed the program for its last five years. In 1997 he became the first participant in the sabbatical program of the University of Virginia’s Center for Developmental Biology and has since then supervised senior projects using in situ RT-PCR to study renin gene expression in developing mouse kidney. In 1999 he began an ongoing summer commitment to the U.S. Army’s Breast Cancer Research Program as a scientific review administrator for a molecular biology grant review panel. Locally he serves on the Lewis Creek Watershed Advisory Committee and involves students in research projects concerning the pollution in this EPA Damaged Waterway. His hobbies include cooking, calligraphy, and model railroading.