During the week of January 24th, 2024, Mr. Bendele's dual credit Evolution class at Central Catholic HS had the privilege of hosting two distinguished speakers.
On Wednesday, Dr. Mary Beth Hawkins, a biochemist and professor at St. Mary's, delivered a captivating presentation on the evolution of estrogen in vertebrates. Starting with fish and progressing to mammals, including humans, Dr. Hawkins explored the fascinating hormonal changes throughout different species. She also discussed the presence of estrogen-like toxins in our environment, such as pesticides, which enter our bodies by binding with estrogen receptors.
Continuing the educational series on Monday, Dr. Ted Macrini, the Biology Chair at St. Mary's and a paleontologist, presented to Mr. Bendele's class. Dr. Macrini's talk centered around the diversity and ecology of marsupials. To enhance the session, Dr. Macrini brought along Francisco Garcia, a Central alum from the class of 2021, and Nathan Sadler, a graduate from the class of 2023. Both alumni shared their experiences and spoke about the various programs available at St. Mary's.
The presentation concluded with a Q&A session, allowing students to engage with the esteemed guests. It was inspiring to witness our Central graduates thriving at St. Mary's and generously devoting their time to connect with their younger Central brothers.