Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pre-Medical Sciences Seminar Offered Spring 2018

Pre-Medical Sciences Seminar, Interdisciplinary Studies 300, is a one-credit seminar course that guides students in preparing for application to schools in the medical professions, including allopathic and ostepathic medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, chiropractic, optometry and podiatry.  During the seminar, students will prepare application materials, such as a resume and personal statement, and discuss topics pertinent to the application. The course is recommended for juniors or seniors who are preparing for professional school in medical fields. Pre-requisites: at least 60 earned crests. The course is being taught by Dr. William Schwindinger and is offered on Mondays 5 to 5:50 pm in 119 Hartline. The course is offered each spring semester. Please see Dr. Schwindinger for more information.

BAHS Students are Invited on a HUSKY CAREER ROAD TRIP!

Want to learn about laboratory careers? Want to learn about career opportunities at Geisinger  Medical Center? If the answer is YES,  come and take a Husky Career Road Trip to the Geisinger Medical Center Laboratories in Danville PA on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017.  Geisinger Medical Laboratories operates with state -of-the art technology and information systems to provide laboratory services throughout Central and Northeast PA. 
Here's the schedule of events:
9:15 a.m. Depart campus from Fenstemaker Alumni House
9:45 a.m. Arrive at Geisinger Danville Campus Medical Laboratory Building
·        Breakfast items provided
·        Students will be split into two different groups upon arrival
·        10:00 a.m.
o   Group 1 will conduct a tour of Geisinger’s state-of-the art Medical Laboratory
o   Group 2 will receive an overview of Geisinger Medical Laboratories
§  Review job opportunities available at Geisinger and how to apply
·        11:00 a.m.
o   Group 1 will receive an overview of Geisinger Medical Laboratories
§  Review job opportunities available at Geisinger and how to apply
o   Group 2 will conduct a tour of Geisinger’s state-of-the art Medical Laboratory
12:00 p.m. Depart Geisinger Danville Campus Medical Laboratory Building
12:30 p.m. Arrive on Campus at Fenstemaker Alumni House

The event is sponsored by Alumni and Professional Engagement.  The RSVP Deadline: October 20, 2017.

  RSVP Directions:
1.      Logon to Husky Career Link at []
2.      Select “Register for Events>Information Sessions>Geisinger Health Systems” and click RSVP.
3.      Be professionally dressed, and at Fenstemacher Alumni House (next to Rec center on Light St.) by 9AM on 10/25.
4.      If you have any questions, please contact or visit the Center for Professional Development and Career Experience at 201 SSC,, or call 570-389-4070

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Biology Trivia Report!

What year was the Human Genome Project Completed?  How many trees are needed to make a ton of paper? On what continent was the potato first cultivated. What are the scientific names of the five common model organisms in biology? The answers to these and other questions were pondered by ten teams of students and faculty vying for bragging rights at Tri-Beta's first biology trivia contest of the academic year on October 11, 2017.  The winning team of Dan Stevens, Maddie Aungst, Nate Feiertag and Dr. Davis narrowly edged out the team of Jerome Betz, Dan Deignan, and Dr. Nolt, clinching victory during the final round. The group enjoyed pizza, snacks, and fun. A good time was had by all! Stay tuned for upcoming biology trivia events.

Biology Trivia Teams doing battle!

Dr. Chamuris is inaugural speaker at Science at Bloom: The Dean's Lecture Series

Dr. George Chamuris, Professor
The College of Science and Technology will launch its new seminar series, Science at Bloom: The Dean's Lecture Series, on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7 pm in 108 Hartline. Presenting  the first  lecture is Dr. George Chamuris, professor, Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences. Dr. Chamuris will address "The Plants of Rickett's Glen, A preliminary Vascular Flora, Excluding the Sedges and Grasses."  Dr. Chamuris earned  an A.A.S. from Dutchess Community College, a B.S.from, State University of New York at Albany, a M.S.from James Madison University and a Ph.D.from State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. His  research is in the areas of mycology, botany evolution, and ecology. He teaches classes in Evolution, Cells, Genes and Molecules, Human Genetics, Comparative Biology of Plants, Dendrology, and Evolutionary Genetics. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Biology and Allied Health Club volunteers at The Children's Museum

BAHS club members shared their knowledge of the skeletal system with area children at Bloomsburg's Children's Museum on Saturday, October 14. The club taught children about the functions of the skeleton and how to identify some bones. Participants had the opportunity to handle real beef bones and to earn about about compact and spongy bone.  One of the highlights was making a macaroni skeleton.  Club members who participated were Elyse Shultz, Allie Ostman,  Juliana Hernandez, Robert Kilpatrick, Sarah Bainey, Searah Kennedy, Sarah Buckley and Shania Moore.  Advising the group are Drs. Hess and Venditti.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Homecoming Tent Party

Dan Stevens
Ryan Schmeck
The College of Science and Technology hosted alumni, students, faculty and staff at a Homecoming Tent Party in the Academic Quad on October 7, 2017. In addition to music, food, and Bounce Houses for the children, CoST ambassadors provided fun, science games for children attending the event.  BAHS majors Justin Heller (Health Sciences), Dan Stevens (Secondary Education Biology) and Ryan Schmeck (Health Sciences) are having fun demonstrating homemade quicksand, fingerprinting, X-ray hands, and "make your own DNA." 

Justin Heller and Ryan Schmeck

BAHS at CoST Career Day

The Biology and Allied Health panels were packed at the annual College of Science and Technology Career Day on October 6, 2017 at Kehr Union. The event, organized by Dr. Brubaker and moderated by Drs. Hare-Harris and Beishline,  featured 9 BAHS alumni who shared advice to current students. The Biology panel consisted of  Dr. Darrin Doran, a family practice resident physician at Geisinger Wyoming Valley; Michael Lightner, U.S. Park Ranger at Sequoia National Park; Heather Mower, Johnson and Johnson; Missy Tomacavage, Analysis Manager at CNV Analysis, Gene DX, Inc; and Jessica Willis, Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience at Lehigh University. Allied Health panelists were Christine Ford, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Vascular and Strategic Projects, Teleflex, Inc; Rachel Kobeski, Physician Assistant, Radiology Associates of Richmond; Mr. Kenneth Roszel, Program Director, School of Radiologic Technology, Geisinger Medical Center; and Andrew Shamberg, Medical Technologist, Geisinger Medical Center. Panelists shared their personal journeys and experiences and fielded questions from the audience. Students were eager to receive advice and to learn about how to stand out from the competition. Panelists reflected on  what they liked most about their careers and the rewards they offered. Students had the 
opportunity to network with panelists at the conclusion of the session. Thank you to all
 alumni who participated. It was great to see you again!

BAHS Career Sessions!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Dr. Stephen Schell Award Winners Announced

Daniel Deignan
Two BAHS students, Daniel Deignan and Nathan Feiertaghave been named recipients of the Dr. Stephen E. Schell Award. This award was generously established by Dr. Stephen E. Schell, MD (BS Biology, 1975), a board certified otolaryngologist and graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. Funding provided by the award assists pre-medical science students in preparing for osteopathic or allopathic medical school by helping to defray the cost of a preparatory course or materials for the Medical College Admission Test.

Nathan Feiertag
Dan, a biology, pre-medical sciences major and dean’s list student,  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.  

Nate, a B.S. Biology, pre-medical sciences major and chemistry minor, was inducted into both TriBeta, the biology honor society and Phi Kappa Phi, the national honor society. He received a Phi Kappa Phi  recognition award for outstanding performance in the freshmen year. Nathan is the vice-president of Tri-Beta and was elected vice-president of the Pre-Medical Sciences Club.Nathan was a member of the BU Varsity basketball team and was recognized as a scholar athlete.   Nathan was a research scholar at Lehigh Valley Hospital where he worked in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to assess the reliability of a videotaping technology tool for assessing the surgical competencies of residents in laparoscopy. He has shadowed at Sacred Heart Hospital and a Lehigh Valley Hospital, volunteered at Maria Joseph Continuing Care Community, and is a certified EMT.  Nathan plans to attend medical school.

BAHS Seminar Friday, October 13, 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Spring elective offerings!

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Electives are a great opportunity to explore new fields, pursue a specific interest, or prepare for graduate or professional school. The following biology and health science electives are planned for spring 2018. Consult your curriculum guide or academic advisor to determine which ones count towards your particular academic program.

Biology 222 Comparative Biology of Plants, Dr. Chamuris
Biology 233 Human Genetics, Dr. Chamuris
Biology 333 Molecular Biology, Dr. Davis
Biology 343 Immunology, to be announced
Biology 361 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Dr. Corbin
Biology 411  Radiation Biology, Dr. Fallahian
Biology 435 Bioinformatics, Dr. Hare-Harris
Biology 442/542 Virology, Dr. Nolt
Biology 451/551 Conservation Biology, Dr. Wood
Biology 442/542 Virology, Dr. Nolt
Biology 456/556 Ecostreams, Dr. Rier
Biology 470/570 Medical Parasitology, Dr. Henry
Biology 474 Human Physiology, Dr. Coleman
Biology 479 Integrated Physiology Lab, Drs Williams and Coleman
Biology 489/589 Current Topics in Biology, Research Methods, Dr. Green

Writing in Biology will also be offered by Dr. Ardizzi.

In addition, to the above electives, the following core classes for various BAHS programs will also be offered: Concepts in Biology 1 and 2, Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Ecology, Genetics, Medical Terminology, Introduction to Nutrition.

Mock Interviews are coming!


For BAHS majors who are interested in gaining interview experience for clinical programs, graduate and professional schools and jobs.

Friday, November 3, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Sign-up outside 146 Hartline by October 30, 2017

Sponsored by Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society

Medical Imaging Students take a road trip to Johns Hopkins Hospital

Drs. Nolt and Kipe-Nolt and a group of Medical Imaging Majors headed off to an Open House at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD on September 29, 2017. Students  had the opportunity to learn more about the imaging programs available at John Hopkins Schools of Medical Imaging and to take a tour of the facilities. On the field trip were Mia Perrino, Keara Suprock, Nate Bischof, Emily Kenna, Sunni Criste, Elizabeth Drumm, Katy Highlands, Emily Reynolds, Emily Hackenbertm and Jordyn Heckard

Come and play biology trivia!

Biology Trivia 

G40 HSC at 6 pm,
 Wednesday, October 11
Sign-ups are outside 146 Hartline.
Pizza and snacks!

Sponsored by TriBeta

Everyone welcome!
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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Heather Detwiler studies abroad in Australia

Heather Detwiler, a B.S. Health Sciences major in the pre-accelerated nursing major, received a BU Professional Experience Grant to study abroad in Australia during the summer through at program at the University of Canberra.  She conducted research on the prevalence of concussions in youth populations in conjunction with the Australia Institute of Sport. Her work focused on the treatment and prevention of concussions in youth soccer players, a field that has not received much attention. Concussions are associated with long-term neurocognitive impairment. Australia has a higher prevalence rate for concussions among youth soccer players, perhaps since heading the ball during games and practices is allowed.  Heather's study compared the differences between youth soccer concussion treatment and prevention methods between Australia and the United States. During her stay in Australia, Heather had the opportunity to travel, visiting Melbourne, The Great Ocean Road, Canberra, Sydney, Cairns, Tjapukai National Park, Fitzroy Island, and the Great Barrier Reef. In addition to seeing kangaroos, wallabees, and koalas, Heather had the opportunity to scuba dive and snorkel, go white water rafting, and watch a cricket match.