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Division of Math, Science, Technology and Health
Renato Tameta, Professor in the Division of Math, Science, Technology and Health has had extensive hospital laboratory experience and shares that experience with his students in microbiology and human biology classes. He sat with us recently to talk about his love for science, the paths his students have taken after attending SUNY SCCC and the wonders of the human body.
What’s something new and innovative you’re doing this semester?
Visual intelligence by Amy E. Herman inspired me this summer. It is about sharpening perception and how to use it effectively. Students will give their observation from a work of art that will reinforce the scientific method. In addition, there will be exercises to apply various techniques in creativity development.
Where have some of your students gone after college?
Most of my students go to nursing school while some have decided to pursue pharmacy, medicine, physical therapy and nutrition. They are now alumni of Belanger School of Nursing, Albany College of Pharmacy, Boston University, and Upstate Medical College. Special mention to Graham Bastian, former president of the Science Club, and an outstanding student at SUNY Schenectady in 2014 who transferred to Cornell University to enter the field of nutrition. Some of my former liberal arts students are now fireman, criminal justice investigators and social workers.
When did you start liking science?
A fourth-grade experiment about air pressure attracted me to science. Several times I had to repeat it at home. Biology in high school exposed me to nature, especially microscopic living things that showed the Curious George in me. Our unique human body gave me endless questions to answer and as I always say to my students, “know your body first before knowing your car.”
Tell us a bit about the poster presentations your students do in Microbiology and Genetics.
Poster session is a teaching tool that provides more benefits to students than a written report. It contains great amounts of information and increases confidence for the presenter. Teamwork encourages cooperation among group members. With natural sciences like Microbiology and Genetics, research exposes students to current discoveries and they also get the opportunity to share them with others.
About Renato Tameta
Renato Tameta, Professor, teaches Human Biology and Microbiology. He began studying Clinical Microbiology, his specialty, after being accepted into the Exchange Visitors Program between the United States and the Philippines to enter the School of Medical Technology of Samaritan Hospital in Troy. Then, extensive hospital laboratory experience became the foundation of his teaching career. He holds an M.S. in Medical Biology from Long Island University and a B.S. in Medical Technology from Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines.