Donna Beer Stolz, Ph.D. – Associate professor of Cell Biology

Donna Beer Stolz, Ph.D. – Associate professor of Cell Biology

Getting to know the people appearing on the EDGE of EXTINCTION Human cards. If I remember correctly Donna wasn’t sure if she was interested when I initially asked, so I had to send in the big guns and asked Athia to hike a bit with her. After a few miles of chatting, she was on board. We are glad to have her in the game and along the trail. Donna has a knowledge of the natural world I find refreshing. We talk about many of the species we find along the trail when hiking. Below are a few questions we asked Donna along with her responses. What is your full name and title? Donna Beer Stolz, Ph.D., Associate professor of Cell Biology, Associate Director of the Center for Biologic Imaging Where do you work and reside? I work at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. I live in Glenshaw (Shaler), PA What is your educational background? I have a BS in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, both degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst What was your life like growing up? I grew up in rural north central Massachusetts, close to the New Hampshire border but about 1 hr away from Boston. Our property bordered on a dairy farm. My sister and I would spend a lot of time outdoors every season, playing outside in the streams, ponds, with the cows, my friends horses, playing hide and seek in the hayloft at the dairy farm, riding our bikes to our grandmother’s house, about 2 miles away. I loved to collect insects with my dad. I also liked to sew. In the winter we...
Dale Luthringer – Environmental Education Specialist

Dale Luthringer – Environmental Education Specialist

Getting to know the people appearing on the EDGE of EXTINCTION Human cards. We first met Dale while visiting Cook Forest State Park. The girls had finished their first game, WILD: North East North America, and we were looking for educators who would include it in their teaching materials. Dale accepted a couple games and reviewed it with us so he knew how to play the game. Six different schools tested the WILD game that year and their feedback indicated a desire for more cards or expansion packs. We connected with several people to make that happen including Dale. In our “Nature Bites Back” expansion pack, Dale was the wild card. A year or so later, I caught him between events and shared with him the girls’ second game, EDGE of EXTINCTION: The Educational Trading Card Game. He accepted a few starter decks and took a minute to look over the Allegheny National Forest Starter Deck. After a few minutes of talking, he agreed to be a part of the game, and sent me a photo of himself next to one of Cook Forest’s largest trees. The girls got busy coming up with ideas for his Human card later that day. We had a card that would take out the human cards one-by-one (Man-Eater card) but we didn’t know how to remove that card once it was played… So Dale, being a park ranger as well as an educator, became the face of the “Ranger” card. We asked Dale a few questions about who he is and what he does. Here are his responses. What is your full name and...
Two New Locations to buy EDGE

Two New Locations to buy EDGE

Clarion, PA If you are looking for EDGE in Clarion County, you can now stop into Michelle’s Cafe for a coffee and a starter deck. Ann and Nancy now stock EDGE of EXTINCTION. They also have game tables scattered throughout the cafe in case you bring a friend. If you have not had a chance to check out the cards yet, they provide a preview deck next to the display.   Gettysburg, PA Holly and Arty at Four Corners Games now carry EDGE along with several other trading card games. When Maia and I were in Harrisburg for Let’s Play PA we had the change to drive down and play a few rounds with Holly. The next time you are in Gettysburg, stop into Four Corners Games and tell them we sent...
Athia and I took on a weekend of hiking

Athia and I took on a weekend of hiking

Athia and I hiked parts of the Baker Trail and North Country Trail this weekend. We met up with some of the Baker Trail Gurus like Dewaine, Patty, Donna, Sarah and Ruth on Saturday morning for a two day hike. Our trek took us 15 miles on Saturday. Then we slept at a cabin in Cook Forest for the night. Sunday’s hike was about 10 miles before we made it to our car. Janine and I are working hard to make sure our girls are ready for the life that hits you after high school, so I am happy to report that Athia was a trooper the whole time. It was a lot of mountains and valleys, and with the help of a few snickers bars… I did a great job without complaining. 😉 Athia did much better than me on the hike, and ended the trek with a smile… I think. She was up with Dewaine at the head of the pack so I couldn’t see her very well. We passed an enormous beaver dam on Saturday. I think it is the largest one I have seen so far. It was pretty awesome to witness. We also passed by a clear-cut section of forest. We have been looking for a photo of clear cutting for the game for several years, so I am happy that we now have one … but also happy that it took us three years of searching to find one. The folks at the Baker Trail are all in for a Baker Trail Area Starter Deck, so the girls and I will get started...
Three New Decks are Ready!

Three New Decks are Ready!

You can now order Arches, Zion and Great Smoky Mountain National Park Starter Decks. Check out our online store for more details. Maia and I will be attending Let’s Play PA on February 18th. I will be presenting at the conference. Athia and Janine will be away at a Girl Scouts weekend so Maia and I will be learning what we can and reporting back with what we learn from the experts in the gaming and education industries. If you can attend, please do. It is hosted by Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. More details can be found online. Bad Ideas? If you have a bad idea we should consider, let us know. If there is a better way to play, more fun way to learn about the game, or just a location or species we should consider including in the game, please let us know. Bad Ideas are encouraged. What’s next for us? In addition to the three new decks, we have been working on the following four Starter Decks. Rocky Mountain National Park Everglades National Park Glacier National Park Glacier Bay National Park On Feb 3, I have been asked to attend a meeting at the IU 6 (Intermediate Unit 6) building to teach the gifted program teachers how to play EDGE of EXTINCTION. The girls will be in school, but I think I can teach the game pretty effectively in their absence. If enough of the gifted programs pick up the game, it should provide this year’s travel funding we are hoping to secure to get the images we need for some of the parks...