A suspicious letter is delivered to the State House. Inside the envelope is a white powder. The Chemical Terrorism Response Laboratory is activated and Jennifer gets the call. Should a toxic agent be purposely released or a chemical accident occurs, it is her team that identifies the chemicals and the numbers of people exposed.
Who: Daniel Pratt
What: Crime Scene Analyst
Where: Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory
MOSES: Member since 1982.
Dan Pratt, one of 15 inaugural honorees in the state's WOW!/STEM campaign to encourage young students to enter the sciences, works doggedly to find the link between evidence, crime scene and suspect. He explains, "If a person enters a room, they will gather something on their body or leave something behind. It is our lab that 'speaks' when the victim is often unable to do so."
Who: Jenmina Ojuka
What: Environmental Analyst
Where: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
MOSES: Member since 1998.
"When we inhale fine particles -- 2.5 micrometers or smaller -- they can penetrate deeply into our lungs and cause respiratory illnesses," Jenmina explains. He and the DEP air quality team maintain sensitive field equipment that is used to collect and measure air samples, ensuring the air we breathe is safe.
MOSES: Making a Difference.
“There’s something civil servants have that the private sector
doesn’t and that is the duty of loyalty to the greater good –
the duty of loyalty to the collective best interest of all rather
than the interest of a few.”
MOSES Member and MassDEP Scientist David Shakespeare has an incurable, genetic kidney disease (Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)) and needs your help. His health continues to deteriorate as the disease progresses and dialysis looms closer and closer. He needs to find a living donor.
David explains, "My dream is to resume the active life I once shared with my wife and others and to continue my work on behalf of the environment and PKD."
All judges must have a degree from a four year college/university and work in an area of science and or technology. This event is eligible for the Commonwealth's State Employee Responding as Volunteer (SERV), earning participants up to one paid day per month with supervisory approval. Please follow the instructions on the website to get approval (www.mass.gov/serv).
MOSES members making a difference around the world. Each year, MOSES scientists and engineers donate their time to Engineers without Borders. Here is just a small sampling of the good and important work they do.
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