Friday, September 22, 2017

Emily Weaver receives the James E. Parsons Scholarship

Emily Weaver
Emily Weaver, a medical laboratory science major, has been awarded the James E. Parsons Scholarship. The scholarship was established by Dr. Parsons, retired professor of microbiology, faculty emeritus, and former director of the medical laboratory science program at BU. Emily, a dean’s list student, has received the Daniel R. Miller Scholarship, the J.M. Auten Women’s Intramural Scholarship, and the Mabel Zimmerman Scholarship. Emily is an active member of the BU community, participating in Colleges Against Cancer, Relay for Life, the Biology and Allied Health Club, the Big Event, and Developing Ambitious Student Leaders. She has received Leadership level 1 certification through the center for Leadership and Engagement. Emily also volunteers in her community  at a youth soccer camp. Congratulations Emily!

MacKenzie McDowell at GlaxoSmithKline

MacKenzie McDowell at GlaxoSmithKline
MacKenzie McDowell, a B.S. Biology major and Chemistry minor from Springtown, PA, is currently at the halfway mark of her 6-month co-op in the Protein and Cellular Sciences Department at GlaxoSmithKline in Upper Providence, PA  MacKenzie work focuses primarily in the area of protein purification.  This opportunity has allowed her to apply her knowledge from Cell Biology and Biochemistry 1 and 2 into the research and development laboratories.  MacKenzie has gained expertise with a variety of instruments and techniques such as liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, automated protein purification systems, SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, protein digestion, Western blot analysis, and plasmid preps. She has also gained experience in the departments of Cellular Sciences and the Screening, and Profiling and Mechanistic Biology departments. MacKenzie is enjoying her time at GlaxoSmithKline and getting a feel for working in R&D.  MacKenzie explains, “You may think you know a lot from the courses you take in class, but that is really just a small portion of what you will learn in the field.”

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Emily Ashberry and Ian King receive BAHS scholarships

Emily Ashberry and Ian King are recipients of the Biology and Allied Health Scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. Emily is a biology major and dean’s list student. She is a member of Tri Beta, the biology honor society, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She is a member of the Bloomsburg University Honors Program and is conducting honors thesis research with Dr. Rier  on the effects of sediment–bound phosphorous on stream ecosystems. Emily is actively involved in community service activities including captain of her Relay-for-Life team, Red Cross Blood Drives, Habitat for Humanity, and the Animal Resource Center. She participated in an Honors Program service trip to Jamaica where she volunteered in schools and visited with families. In the future Emily plans to attend graduate school to conduct research in the area of ecology and conservation biology in aquatic environments. Ian is a health sciences major in the pre-physical therapy option. He plans to attend physical therapy school. 
Ian King
Emily Ashberry

Dan Deignan received Dr. Frederick Maue 1976 Scholarship

Daniel Deignan, a biology, pre-medical sciences major and dean’s list student, is this year’s recipient of the Dr. Frederick Maue 1976 scholarship for students pursuing a career in medicine.  Daniel also received the Dr. Stephen Schell scholarship to support preparation for the MCAT exam. Daniel  is active in the Pre-Medical Sciences club and  served as the public relations officer during his junior year. He is also a member of Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society. He volunteers as a member of the Bloomsburg Geisinger Hospital Auxiliary where he interacts with staff and patients. In addition, Dan is also certified in CPR. Dan is an Eagle Scout and serves as an Eagle Advisor.  He also participates in the Sons of the American Legion.  Dan  plans to attend medical school.   

Alisha Grogg interns at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital

Alisha Grogg at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital
Alisha Grogg, a health sciences major from Strausstown, PA, completed a summer internship in the Department of Laboratory Services at WellSpan Good Samaritan Health System in Lebanon, PA. Alisha had the opportunity to work in a clinical laboratory, allowing her to apply her background in anatomy and physiology, microbiology, cell biology, medical terminology and genetics to a healthcare setting. In addition to learning about the privacy standards of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Alisha became proficient in the use of electronic hospital databases. Alisha practiced her aseptic technique as she identified microbial specimens, tested potential pathogens for antibiotic sensitivity, and conducted quality control checks. As Alisha puts it "It’s interesting to be involved in the “behind the scenes” aspects of a hospital, and to see how medical technologists, nurses, and doctors all work together to ensure the best quality care for their patients." 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Join the Pre-Medical Sciences Club!

The Pre-Medical Sciences Club will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, September 20 at 6 pm at ABLE, the Academic Biology Learning Environment, in Columbia Residence Hall. The club invites all students interested in careers in the medical sciences to attend. The club provides mentoring, hosts speakers from various medical and professional schools, conducts fundraisers, provides community service opportunities, and organizes trips to various professional schools. Serving as officers for the 2017-2018 academic year are: President, Adrienne Yordy; Vice-President, Nathan Feiertag; Secretary: Ali Martin; Treasurer, 
Tara Full; and Historian, Dan Deignan.  
The club is advised by Dr. Ardizzi.

BAHS Seminar on Friday, September 22 at 3 pm in G40 Hartline

Special Presentation on Thursday, September 21

BAHS Welcomes New Honors Students!

Several entering BAHS freshman are members of the Bloomsburg University Honors Program.  The Honors  Program provides unique educational opportunities that includes independent research, involvement in the local community, special general education classes, travel, and participation in the scholars learning community. Welcome to the following BAHS freshmen in the Honors Program: Oriana Balascio (Biology-pre-medical sciences); Emily Chambers (Health Sciences, Pre-physician assistant); Allison Chaballa (Biology, pre-medical sciences); Mateo Marshall (Health Sciences-Pre-physician assistant); Rachel Nenstiel (Health Sciences); Brianna Werley (Biology--pre-medicine); Margaret Wetzel (Health Sciences, Pre-physical therapy);  Joining our incoming freshmen, are current honors students. Lauren Bunnell (Health Sciences, pre-physician assistant); Madeline Dorcely (Biology); Lizmeidy Hernandez (Biology, pre-medical sciences); Mikayla Ulicny (Medical Imaging); Emily Ashberry (Biology); Emily Noll (Health Sciences-Pre-physician assistant); and Marcus Roberts (Biology). Congratulations to all! We are proud of you for taking on this challenge.

Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society is Seeking New Members

Juniors, Seniors & Graduate Students

Interested in joining
Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society?
Tri-Beta Crest

Application Deadline:  Friday, September 29, 2017

Initiation Ceremony: Sunday, October 22, 2017, 108 Hartline, 3:00 p.m.

For application & information, contact Dr. Surmacz: 268 Hartline   or or 389-4132

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Dr. Klinger presents at the North American Echiniderms Conference

Dr. Klinger at the
Museum of Comparative Zoology
Dr. Klinger presented a paper entitled Thermal tolerances of three species of Echinometra (Echinodermata: Echinoidea) in Panama  in July at the North American Echinoderms Conference in Worcester, Massachusetts. This presentation summarized work he conducted during his sabbatical with collaboraters H. Lessios and A. Calderon of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.  Dr. Klinger is shown at left picking through the collections at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University in Boston, as part of the North American Echinoderms Conference. He found a type of specimen of one of the animals that he studies, catalogued by Alexander Agassiz in the late 1800's.

Dr. Klinger teaches Biology of the Galapagos

Dr. Klinger and friend
In May and June, Dr. Klinger participated as an honored guest faculty member in the course "Biology of the Galapagos."  This course was offered by the Education Abroad program of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Dr. Klinger is shown bonding ar right with one of the land iguanas in the Galapagos Islands.

BAHS students honored in 2017 edition of Who's Who

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges is an organization that recognizes outstanding achievement by juniors or seniors in scholarship, leadership, and community service. The following BAHS students received this prestigious honor in 2017:

Beverly Andre                          Darianny Antonio                        Sarah Bartra
Hanan Ben Nacef                    Allison Bleistein                           Iane Charles
Aubrey Cole                             Elliott Fackler                              Kurt Knepley
Deja Lloyd                                Shaidy Moronta                           Ashley Schucker
RaneshaTodd                           Mallory Tomaschick                    Alex Trezza
                                                 Lauren Chamberlin


BAHS Students shine at the Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium was held at Kehr Union at Bloomsburg University on August 2, 2017. This event was sponsored by Bloomsburg University, Bucknell Institute for Public Policy, Geisinger Health System, and Susquehanna University. Dr. Scott Inch, Department of Mathematics and Digital Sciences, delivered the keynote address on Murder, Malpractice, and A Really Big Oil Spill: My Strange Academic Career. Undergraduates in  the region had the opportunity to showcase their research in all disciplines at this annual poster symposium. With 95 submissions this year, the event provided students with ample opportunities to interact with fellow researchers and to learn about new methods and fields of study. Presentations were evaluated in the categories of Biological Science, Clinical & Translational Research, Natural Science & Engineering, and Social Science & Humanities. Participating as judges were Drs. Hess, Schwindinger, Surmacz, Venditti.  This year BAHS students certainly did stand out at the annual event in the category of Biological Sciences:

Top Abstract Award: (Invited to present a talk and awarded a certificate)
Joshua Petersheim (Biology, molecular biology). Sublethal Effects of Imidacloprid on Motor Responses in Honey Bees. Co-authors Heather Llewellyn. Mentors: Drs. Surmacz and Hranitz

Top Poster Award: 
Glen Maneval, Jr. (Biology, molecular biology) Antisense Oligonucleotide Knock-Down of GNG5 and GNG11 in Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) Cells. Mentor: Dr. Schwindinger

Audience Favorite Award:
                      Dhir Gala (Biology, pre-medical science). Identifying the prevalence of 
                      mutations affecting the splicing process in the DiscovEHR cohort and                                their disease associations. Dhir conducted this research in the Clinical &
                      Translational category as part of Geisinger’s Summer Undergraduate 
                      Research program. His mentors are Raghu Metpally, Sarathbaby 
                       Krishnamurthy and David Carey.

Presenting URSCA Research:
                     Brandon Arnsberger (Biology, pre-medical science) and Jared Harris 
                     (Biology, molecular biology) . Determination of Stress Response Genes, 
                     Hypoxia-Inducible Factor-1 and Nicotinamide Mononucleotide 
                     Adenylyltransferase, in the Solitary Bee Species, Megachile rotundata, in 
                    Response to Heat Shock. Mentor: Dr. Brubaker

                    Haley L. Kravitz. (Health Science) M1 muscarinic receptor cholinergic 
                    transmission efficacy increased by the positive allosteric modulators BQCA                       and DTT. Mentor:  Dr. Schwindinger   

Dr. Brubaker, Jared Harris and Brandon Arnsberger

Haley Kravitz and Dr. Schwindinger

BAHS faculty at the SVURS!

Dhir Gala, participant in Geisinger's Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Joshua Petersheim and Dr. Surmacz
Glen Maneval and Dr. Schwindinger

ABLE opens for the the 2017-18 academic year

ABLE, short for Academic Biology
 Learning  Environment, began its 10th year  of operation at Columbia Residence Hall with an Open House on Sept 11, 2017.  ABLE provides a location for students in introductory biology courses to study individually or in small groups, work with tutors and faculty, use laboratory resources and computers, access a small library, and attend review sessions. The center has been supported by three TALE faculty-scholar grants. The Open House was extremely well attending with "standing room only."  Greetings were delivered by Dean Robert Aronstam and Dr. Angela Hess, BAHS department chairperson, and attendees had the opportunity to meet BAHS faculty and graduate students. And of course, there was lots of food, including anatomical treats such as Dr. Hess's amazing eyeball, skull, and heart cookies and of course, brain jello. Door prizes were also handed out. The monthly calendar of ABLE events is posted on course BOLT sites and on the bulletin board near the BAHS department office. All students are invited to come to ABLE to take advantage of its services.