Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Pre-Med Club hosts speakers

The Pre-medical Sciences Club is pleased to host several speakers this semester. Everyone is welcome to attend.  All events begin at 6 pm and are held in G38 Hartline.

--Ms. Alysha Nicholls, Assistant Director of Admissions, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Wed. October 17th at 6 p.m. 

--Mr. David Martin, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. Wed. October 24th at 6 p.m. 

--Ms. Whitney Porter, Director of Admissions, Lincoln Memorial University, College of Ostepathic Medicine.  Wed. October 31st at 6 p.m. 

For additional information, please contact Kayla Sompel, the president of the Pre-Medical Sciences Club, kms45124@huskies.bloomu.edu

Check out BAHS Spring 2019 Elective Course Offerings

BAHS will offer the following elective courses for spring semester 2019. Check with your academic adviser if you are not sure which count in your curriculum. 

·         Biology 231- Biology of Aging

·         Biology 233 – Human Genetics
·         Biology 290 – Writing in Biology
·         Biology 301 – Intro to Health Care Practice (application process – See Dr. Venditti)
·         Biology 333 – Molecular Biology
·         Biology 342 – Medical Microbiology
·         Biology 361 – Comp. Vert. Anatomy
·         Biology 472 – Animal Cell Physiology
·         Biology 473 – Cancer Biology
·         Biology 474 – Human Physiology
·         Biology 410 – Advanced Invertebrate Zoology (new course)
Course description:
Develops an advanced understanding of morphology, anatomy, physiology, adaptations, evolution, life history, and systematics of invertebrate animals.  Major trends in invertebrate evolution will be used to illustrate current thought in phylogeny and systematics.  Current research, collections and museum techniques in biodiversity studies, and invertebrate conservation will be stressed.  Intended for majors in Biology and Graduate Students, particularly students of paleontology, natural history, and conservation.  Mandatory, multiday, overnight, weekend field trips required.  Field trips will entail additional student costs.  Elective course for biology majors and Master of Science in biology students.  Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.  Prerequisite: BIOLOGY 115 (Concepts in Biology 2) ·        
Biology 420 – Global Change Biology
 Biology 442 – Virology
·         Biology 460 – Population Biology
·         *Biology 489 – Special Topics: Redesigning Life
Course description: Will include discussions of the history and current developments in intentionally altered genomic DNA in microbes, plants, animals, and humans, along with applications to research, industry, agriculture and medicine. This is a course for Biology and Health Sciences majors with three hours of lecture/seminar per week. Prerequisite: BIOLOGY 271 (Cell Biology) and BIOLOGY 242 (Microbiology). 
·         *Biology 489 – Special Topics: Human Evolutionary Genetics
Course description: To explore the application of genetic and genomic theory to the study and understanding of human population evolution. Emphasis will be placed on applications of medical (e.g. Genome-Wide Association Studies) and anthropological (e.g. historical human migration patterns) significance. Pre-requisites: Any two of these: BIOLOGY 233 Human Genetics, BIOLOGY 332  Genetics, BIOLOGY 333 Molecular Biology, BIOLOGY 430 Evolution, BIOLOGY 435 Bioinformatics
·         *Biology 489 – Special Topics: Lyme Disease
Course description: CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Lyme disease is the most common zoonotic disease in the United States. We will study Lyme disease from a public health perspective with an emphasis on the northeastern US. We will examine the microbiological, medical, and ecological components of Lyme disease risk, diagnosis, and treatment. Prerequisite: Biology 242 (Microbiology) or Biology 351 (Ecology)

*Please note the pre-requisites for Biology 489. You must have these pre-requisites completed to take the course.  You may not use more than two Biology 489 courses to fulfill elective requirements.

Monday, September 17, 2018

BAHS Seminar Friday, Sept 21

Dr. Venditti publishes research with collaborators in Exercise Science

Dr. Jennifer Venditti
Dr. Jennifer Venditti, BAHS,  and Emily Cumberledge, Cassandra Myers, Curt Dixon and Dr. Joseph Andreacci, coauthors from the Department of Exercise Science, published a paper in the International Journal of Exercise Science entitled "The effect of the menstrual cycle on the reliability of contact-electrode bioelectric impedance analyzers."  Bioelectric impedance analyzers are devices that measure the rate at which a small electric current passes through the body . Because fat tissue provides greater resistance to the current than lean body mass, this technique can be used to estimate body composition. Manufacturers of bioelectric impedance analyzers recommend that women should not be tested during phases of the menstrual cycle when water retention occurs. This research group tested four different bioelectric impedance analyzers in 43 female subjects during four phases of the menstrual cycle: menstrual, follicular, early and late luteal.  They found that the phase of the menstrual cycle had no effect on the body composition measured by any of the analyzers. This information is very useful to those using this technology in clinical or health/fitness settings. 

Check out their paper:

CUMBERLEDGE, E. A., MYERS, C., VENDITTI, J. J., DIXON, C. B., & ANDREACCI, J. L. (2018). The Effect of the Menstrual Cycle on Body Composition Determined by Contact-Electrode Bioelectrical Impedance Analyzers. International Journal of Exercise Science11(4), 625–632.


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Welcome new faculty!

Professor Alex Hoke
Professor Jonathan Bobek

BAHS welcomes two new part-time adjunct faculty members this fall semester. 

Professor Alex Hoke earned his bachelors degree in Biology from York College of Pennsylvania and his master’s degree in Biology from Bloomsburg University. His research interests center around reptiles and amphibians with respect to how temperature affects performance and physiology. Alex served as a graduate assistant in the Concepts in Biology 1 course when he was a graduate student. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and video games.  However, his free time has significantly decreased since he and his wife welcomed their first child into the world in June of this year. Congratulations!

Professor Jonathan Bobek has a bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Scranton and a master's degree in Biology from Arizona State University. Jon is interested in the relationship between environment and genetics in the influence of heath and behavior, in both animal and human models. Jon has studied the genetic underpinnings related to honeybee foraging behavior at both Bloomsburg University and Arizona State. He has worked with research staff at Geisinger to conduct biobanking studies and clinical trials in Oncology. Jon is currently employed as a Project Coordinator at the Geisinger Cancer Institute. In his spare time, he enjoys playing board games and video games with his wife and two children. 

Welcome to BAHS!

BAHS Faculty and Students publish research

 Graduate student Shanda Burroughs, 2018 BAHS alumni Taylor Trautwein and Arjun Dalsania, and faculty members Candice Klingerman, Jennifer Venditti, and William Schwindinger  recently had a paper accepted for publication in the journal Hormones and Behavior.  Dr. Klingerman's laboratory examines the neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying diseases of energy dysregulation, such as obesity and anorexia, from an evolutionary perspective. Their recent work investigated reproductive and feeding behaviors in Syrian hamsters. The BAHS research group was the first to show that the chemokine Prokineticin 2 simultaneously enhances reproductive behavior and decreases feeding behaviors  in a female mammal. Ghrelin, a hormone secreted by the stomach and hypothalamus, had opposite effects.  These novel findings demonstrate the need to further investigate the roles of ghrelin and Prokineticin-2 in regulating feeding and reproductive behaviors. Congratulations to all of the co-authors!

Check out their paper:

Burroughs, S., Schwindinger W.F., Venditti, J.J., Trautwein, T., Dalsania, A,, Klingerman, C.M. 2018. Prokineticin-2 and ghrelin robustly influence the sexual and ingestive behaviors of female Syrian hamsters. Hormone Research,

 2018 Sep 3. pii: S0018-506X(18)30103-X. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2018.08.013. [Epub ahead of print]

Shanda Burroughs and Dr. Candice Klingerman

Taylor Trautwein, Dr. Candice Klingerman, Arjun Dalsania
Dr. Jennifer Venditti

Dr. William Schwindinger

Saturday, September 15, 2018

ABLE Open House

BAHS graduate students  provide tutoring at ABLE.
Happy Prize winners
It was standing room only at the ABLE Open House at Columbia Residence Hall on Monday, September 10.  Students were invited to tour the facilities, meet with tutors, enter a door prize raffle, and of course, enjoy snacks, including  Dr. Hess's "body part cookies." ABLE, short for Academic Biology Learning Environment, is a resource area on the first floor in Columbia Residence Hall.  ABLE provides a place and resources for students in introductory biology courses to study individually and in groups together and with faculty.  ABLE contains models, bones, charts, microscopes, slides, books, workbooks, and computers.  Tutoring and review sessions are also held there.  ABLE is open 
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday
  through Friday.    

Friday, September 14, 2018

Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society

Tri-Beta Officers 2018-2019
Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) is a an honor society dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study. The mission of Tri-Beta is: 1) to stimulate scholarship; 2) to disseminate scientific knowledge; and 3) to promote biological research.Since its founding in 1922, more than 175,000 persons have been accepted into lifetime membership, and more than 430 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Among these, are Bloomsburg University's Rho Chi Chapter, founded in 1984. Leading the chapter this year are from left: President: Kaitlyn Gresko; Secretary: Elizabeth Kester; Treasurer: Allison McCracken; Historian: Michaela Roth; Vice-President: Rachael Ryver; Historian: Andrew Cross. Current student members are: Emily Ashberry, Jerome Betz III, MacKenzie McDowell, Dhir Gala, Aaron Gordon-Weaver, Devin Jenkins, Heather Llewellyn, Benjamine Paul, John Poling, Jennifer Ringsdorf, Phoebe Slavens, Colleen Tobey, Emily Weaver, Ian WhitesideDrs. Hare-Harris and Surmacz are co-advisors.  New members will be inducted at an initiation ceremony on Sunday, October 14 at 2 pm in 108 Hartline. Dr. Kate Beishline will be the guest speaker. Applications for membership are currently being accepted are available outside 146 Hartline.

This semester, Tri-Beta is hosting Biology Trivia on Wednesday, September 19. Everyone is welcome! The group tutors each Weds from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at ABLE in Columbia Residence Hall. Community service events, Mock Interviews and a fundraiser are also planned for fall semester. The chapter will host the regional district 2 convention of Tri-Beta during spring semester.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Research Presentation at SVURS

Harsimrat Sidhu at the SVURS
Harsimrat Sidhu presented his research, “CRISPR-Cas9 Targeting of Gng11 Gene in CHO-K1 Cell Line,” at the Susquehanna Undergraduate Research Symposium (SVURS) at Bucknell University on August 1, 2018. Harsimrat, a Biology, pre-medical sciences major, conducted this research with mentor Dr. William Schwindinger. 

Justin Salak earns Dean's Summer Research Award

Justin Salak
Justin Salak, B.S. Biology, pre-medical sciences option, conducted research this summer in the laboratory of Dr. Kate Beishline.  His work was sponsored by the College of Science and Technology Dean's Summer Research Award. Justin presented a poster  at the eighth Annual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium at Bucknell University.  The Title of his poster was “Assessment of the Role of CTCF in Human Telomere Replication.” For his summer project, Justin optimized experimental conditions for DNA combing and staining of telomere repeats for Single Molecule Analysis of Replicated DNA (or SMARD for short). These experiments provide the foundation for future studies on the way the binding motifs of CTCF located adjacent to telomeres, which regulate telomere transcription, are effecting the local DNA replication. He was able to optimize about 70% of the protocol before the end of the summer.  Dr. Beishline's work is supported by a BU Research and Scholarship Grant. 

Bloomsburg University Conference of the Academy

 Bloomsburg University held its first “Conference of the Academy” on August 22 and 23, 2018. Sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and organized by Dr. Mark Tapsak, Interim Assistant Vice-President and Dean of Graduate Studies and Sponsored Research, the event brought faculty together from throughout the university for a celebration of scholarship.  Faculty from all four colleges shared their research interests in presentations at McCormick Human Services Center.  BAHS faculty who shared their scholarship at the conference were:

Dr. Kate Beishline:  Dr. Beishline earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Drexel University.  Her work examines the regulation of telomeres, the protective structure at the ends of proteins, with a goal of understanding their role in  cancer and aging.

Dr. George Davis:  Dr. Davis earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Champain-Urbana in plant molecular biology. Dr. Davis’s work uses the tools of genetic engineering to  promote higher yields  of crops.  His current work uses engineered plants to secrete antibodies as a way to improve plant growth and development.

Dr. Angela Hess:  Dr. Hess earned a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the University of Iowa. She studies the molecular mechanisms underlying the development of melanoma, focusing on a receptor tyrosine kinase called EphA2.

Dr. John Hranitz: Dr. Hranitz earned a Ph.D. in Biology from Mississippi state University. Dr. Hranitz has broad research interests that encompass ecological genetics and physiological ecology of animals.  His work studies a variety of taxa, including amphibians, reptiles and bees, and applies a variety of techniques from molecular biology

Dr. William Schwindinger:  Dr. Schwindinger earned an M.D. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  He shared his work on G-protein coupled receptors, specifically the gamma subunit, and its role in hormone and neurotransmitter action in health and disease.

Dr. kate Beishline
Dr. Angela Hess

Dr. George Davis
Dr. William Schwindinger

Dr. John Hranitz

Upcoming BAHS Seminar on Friday, September 14

BAHS Students head to Clinical Programs

Dr. Judith Kipe-Nolt, allied health coordinator, is pleased to announce that over 50 BAHS students have entered clinical programs this semester. Congratulations to all for gaining admission to these programs. We hope that you have a successful and rewarding clinical experience. Stay in touch! 

Clinical students, their clinical sites, and their specialties are:
RT= Radiologic Technology
S = Sonography
MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MLS = Medical Laboratory Science

Fall Semeste 2018 BAHS Seminar Schedule

BAHS announces an exciting series of presentations for its fall semester schedule of seminars. All seminars are on Friday at 3 pm in G38 Hartline.  Refreshments are served.  Special thanks to Dr. Thomas Klinger for his efforts in assembling this diverse offering of presentations.