“The kids are always so excited,” Gallagher said. “That’s one of my favorite parts of the event.”
Gallagher said a particular exciting workshop was “Dr. Reyda’s Microscopic Marvels Workshop” presented by Florian Reyda, an assistant biology professor at SUNY Oneonta and well-known parasitologist. Reyda, who was featured on an episode of The Dr. Oz Show last year, introduced guests to the world of parasites. Participants got to see magnified images of parasites that exist in the wild and some that can infect humans, dogs and local fish.
SUNY Oneonta students who have conducted parasitic research alongside Reyda at the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station near Cooperstown helped with demonstrations, Gallagher said. One student taught guests about a new organism that was discovered this past semester.
SUNY Oneonta biology, chemistry and physics majors did a great job assisting with the presentations and activities, Gallagher said.
“My favorite part of the event is watching the college students, who have been in my classes, being so good with the children,” Gallagher said. “It’s very gratifying.”
Overall, Gallagher said, the event went very well and received a great deal of positive feedback.
“The parents and children said the activities this year were better than ever,” Gallagher said. “And we intend to do it again next year.”