UNM-LA EMS And Science Faculty At ScienceFest

UNM-LA Instructor Leslie Dendy, right, offered a pH testing activity, which drew participants of all ages during ScienceFest 2017. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
EMS Instructor and LAFD Battalion Chief Joseph Candelaria talks to community members during an open house in August 2016. EMS Instructor/LAFD Deputy Chief Steve Dewald looks on from the simulated ER/hospital room. Photo by Kateri Morris/UNM-LA


The community is invited to participate in University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Sciencefest activities. The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training facility at UNM-LA will be open for members of the public to visit 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, July 13.

Discovery Day, Saturday July 14, Biology faculty will host a booth near Ashley Pond with a strawberry DNA extraction activity.

The Emergency Medical Services Training facility on the UNM-LA campus comprises areas for scenario-based training, including models of a bathroom, a living/bedroom area, an emergency room and an ambulance simulator. Along with high tech manikins, the classrooms provide students with the opportunity to experience a variety of real-world scenarios.

The public is invited to visit the facility and learn about the equipment, the program and the instructors. The Emergency Medical Services training facility is located in rooms 614 and 615 in Building 6 on UNM’s campus. Visitors should park on the west side of campus and follow signs to the classrooms.

“We are excited to show the community our EMS training facility. This program serves a variety of students including those who are majoring in EMS and Fire Science on our campus, as well as students who want to take a class to become EMT certified. We also use the classrooms for our Personal Care Attendant and certified Nursing Assistant programs,” UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney said.

Saturday, July 14, UNM-LA will participate in the Discovery Day of Sciencefest, with instructor Cindy Budge hosting a booth at which visitors may extract DNA from strawberries. Human DNA is used for criminal investigations and in medical research.

The purpose of removing DNA from strawberries is to provide participants with an understanding of how DNA can be separated from nuclear membranes. Current UNM-LA students will also be at the booth, assisting with the experiments.

UNM-Los Alamos is an innovative, rigorous, and affordable comprehensive branch community college that provides foundations for transfer, leading-edge career programs, and lifelong learning opportunities. Learn more at losalamos.unm.edu.


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