Walker finds herself involved in collaborations she never thought would be related to work and has participated in volunteer activities alongside Oconee Campus students, faculty, staff, and upper level administrators on a regular basis.
I have a B.S. in Biology and a B.S. in Environmental Health Science, both from UGA.
As Biology Lab Coordinator on the Oconee Campus, I make sure the science and chemistry labs have the materials they need and handle the disposal when they are done. Part of that involves training and supervising student lab assistants. Outside of lab duties, I advise biological science majors, and tutor biology & chemistry.
I find lab waste management interesting because it affects us and our environment. I’m very conscious of cost, efficiency, and safety issues. That’s how I decided to pursue a degree in Environmental Health Science.
I’d have to say that I’m most inspired by my colleagues. There is a sense of community that encourages collaboration everywhere you turn. I find myself involved in collaborations I never thought would be related to my job. I’ve participated in volunteer activities alongside students, faculty, staff, and upper level administrators on a regular basis on this campus. It is definitely encouraging to see the busiest of administrators carve time out of their day to get dirty with the rest of us as we recycle, or clean up our “adopted” mile.
My career highlights at UNG include surviving a lab audit unscathed! An outside consulting firm toured our labs and was impressed with the organization and cleanliness of our facilities. In preparation for the audit, some of our lab storage was drastically reorganized, resulting in improved efficiency, inventory control, and safety compliance.
I don’t teach, but I do advise individuals and student groups. My hope is that they are more confident and resourceful as they navigate their college experience and beyond.