Spring 2010 TRINITY Magazine, Career and Calling
Daron Dykema ’99
“Love God, and do what you want.”
For a college student “desperately peering around each corner in search of a dramatic calling to a career in medicine,” Daron Dykema ’99, a then biology major at Trinity, thought the guest lecturer’s statement about God’s calling bordered on insulting.
Dykema had deferred his admission to medical school to spend two semesters completing his Spanish major in Costa Rica and Spain. During that time, he said he was still waiting for a “burning bush” experience. He came to realize toward the end of that semester that God didn’t have a “dramatic” calling planned.
Today Dykema is a family physician in Anchorage, who splits his time between providing care for under-served populations in Alaska and volunteering at a rural hospital in Honduras. “Through prayerful consideration, I determined that the series of opening and closing doors that had led me to medicine was indeed God’s direction on my life,” he said. It was after this that he was struck by the speaker’s comment, and eventually the wisdom of her words became clear.
“She had gone on to say that when one is truly seeking God’s will and direction in life, he will direct our desires such that we will not be content doing anything except his will,” said Dykema. “It became clear to me that my interests, gifts, and talents in science combined with my desire to serve people was God calling me to a career in medicine.”
God’s guidance and direction continued throughout his time at Trinity. Dykema noted the educational foundation in the sciences that prepared him for medical school; the faith community that challenged him in his personal walk; the extracurricular activities that helped him develop leadership skills; and the study abroad experience that gave him a new global perspective.
“Truly, my entire Trinity experience was integral in shaping me as an individual and preparing me for further education and a life of service in medicine.”
Spring 2012 TRINITY Magazine, Impact
Sara Timmer ’86
Major: Biology and chemistry
In April, Sara Timmer ’86 began conducting a unique experiment. She and her students at Highland Christian School, Highland, Indiana, are germinating soybean seeds in the classroom while other soybeans are germinating way outside of the classroom…namely outer space.
Timmer graduated from Trinity with a degree in biology and chemistry and returned to the College to earn her teaching certification in 2009 through the Adult Studies Accelerated Program.
With her guidance, Timmer’s students wrote a proposal for the experiment to be conducted in space on the International Space Station (ISS). For the proposal, she and students in Highland’s junior high science club sought help from Dr. Lou Sytsma ’65, professor of chemistry at Trinity. Sytsma helped to answer questions they had while they wrote their paper titled, “The Effect of Microgravity on the Quality and Nutritional Value of the Seed Sprout of a Germinated 92M72 Genetically-Modified Soybean.”
The microgravity experiment was selected as part of Mission 1 to the ISS, the third flight opportunity provided by America’s Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP).
The seeds will be flying in a microgravity research mini-laboratory in low Earth orbit. The aim is to see if food can be grown in other environments. When the seeds return to Earth from space, the students will come to Trinity and work with Dr. Bob Boomsma, professor of biology at Trinity, to compare the seed from space and the one germinating on earth.
The SSEP (http://ssep.ncesse.org) is undertaken by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE; http://ncesse.org) in partnership with NanoRacks, LLC. This on-orbit educational research opportunity is enabled through NanoRacks, LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.