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Photo: The White House at dusk

DYC Students Travel to Nation’s Capital for 1st Annual Biology Expedition

Buffalo, New York – February 23, 2016 – D’Youville College’s Department of Biology and Mathematics recently extended their laboratory field trip experiences to Washington DC for the first Annual Biology Expedition. Fifty-seven students enrolled in Introductory Biology and 11 faculty members explored the nation’s capital to study science, history, and culture.

“At D’Youville, we believe that studying the science of life is greatly enhanced by allowing students to experience biology and mathematics in ways difficult to reproduce in a classroom,” says Dr. Marion Olivieri, Chair of the Department of Biology and Mathematics. “For some of our students, it was their first visit to our nation’s capital.”

In DC, the students and faculty visited the Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum and research complex with 19 museums and nine research centers. Students completed an interactive scavenger hunt at the National Museum of Natural History in which they explored science exhibits on earliest human origins, the development of world cultures, gems and minerals, and ancient and modern animals including dinosaurs, mammals, birds, and sea creatures.

At the Smithsonian's National Zoo, students studied the behavior and ecology of multiple animal species. They visited the Giant Panda Behavior Research Station, home of the current national sensation giant panda cub, Bei Bei. “Students observed a research project on orangutan memory and examined the brains of several animals at the Think Tank, an exhibit designed to educate visitors about scientific process and conservation ethic through the understanding of animals as complex cognitive beings,” said Dr. Stacy Ruvio an Assistant Professor of Biology who served as chaperone on the trip.

The students and faculty also toured several cultural museums including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and several others. Sightseeing also included the White House, the Washington Monument and other local points of interest.

As part of their laboratory sessions each fall, DYC professors also accompany small groups of students to area learning attractions, including the Buffalo Zoo, Tifft Farm Nature Preserve and the Niagara Aquarium.


Dr. Marion Olivieri
Phone: 716-829-7647 or email