Sunday, September 27, 2020

Sarah Buckley directs summer camp at NJ state park


Senior Sarah Buckley, a biology major in the natural history option, served as Adventure Camp Director at White Clay Creek State Park in Newark, Delaware. This day camp featured a different theme each week, including Adventure Rangers, Mines and Minerals, Outdoor Adventure Skills, Stream Splashers, and Camp Awesome. Sarah led all sorts of fun activities and crafts, including hiking, fishing, nature programs, games, and most famously at White Clay: tubing and creek exploration! 

Sarah reports that the campers were thrilled that White Clay Creek was able to hold summer camps this year in light of COVID-19. While camp looked a bit different with new safety measures in place, the kids and counselors had no less fun!  Sarah shared that the camp director position taught her valuable life skills during just five weeks of camp and "I've made so many memories that it was hard to leave at the end of the summer! "

BAHS alumna Sarah Cantymagli


Alumna  Sarah Cantymagli, a 2018 cum laude graduate who majored in Biology, Natural History, has been enjoying her volunteer work at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Looks like fun Sarah!


Friday, September 25, 2020

Dr. Steven Rier receives grant


Dr. Steven Rier
, professor, and collaborators at the Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University,
 received a grant for $327,500 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.  The proposed research will evaluate the vulnerability and resilience of headwater streams in the Delaware River basin to climate change. Dr. Rier and his research students will collaborate with an amazing group of scientists at the Academy of Natural Science on an important project concerning the health of stream ecosystems in the 21st century.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Come and learn about medical careers!


 

Biology & Allied Health Science Club welcomes new members!


The Biology & Allied Health Science Club will hold its first general meeting of the semester on Monday, September 7, 2020 @ 7 pm via Zoom, The club will disc
uss membership requirements, new executive board elections & upcoming activities. Please contact Olivia Horman at och24124@huskies.bloomu.edu with questions. New members are welcome! A link will be sent out via email.

BAHS Seminar Series features thesis proposals

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Congratulations to BAHS Alumna Beverly Andre

beverly Andre
Beverly Andre, BS Biology, pre-medical sciences (2017), earned her master's degree in Biomedical Sciences from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM).  Beverly conducted research at the University of Pennsylvania on racial disparities in healthcare and Veteran Affairs. Beverly will enter medical school at PCOM in August to begin pursuing a career as a physician.  At BU, Beverly was active in campus life.  She was on the Multicultural Student Advisory Board, the treasurer of the Black Cultural Society, the treasurer of IMPACT, a member of the BU Dance Ensemble and the Gospel choir, and was involved in the Health Science Learning Community. Beverly conducted research with Drs. Cindy Surmacz and John Hranitz on the effects of apiary treatments for Varroa mites on honey bees. Beverly presented her research at the national meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. She received grants from the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences and Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society to support her work. Congratulations Bev!

Health Science Learning Community Names Mentors

The Health Sciences Learning Community (LC),  housed in Columbia Residence Hall, aims to provide an environment for students in health science majors to build relationships with classmates, peer mentors, and faculty and to achieve academic success. Freshmen who are majoring in Speech Pathology and Audiology, Biology, Health Physics, Exercise Science, Health Sciences, and Medical Imaging are eligible to join. A key element of the program are the mentors, upperclassmen who  help community members make the transition to college, focus on team building, and plan activities to engage the community.  Selected to serve as mentors for the 2020-2021 academic year are:  Allison Beaver (Health Sciences, pre-physician assistant), Phillip Friggle (Speech Pathology and Audiology), Allison McClain (Speech Pathology and Audiology), Emily Ciurleo (Speech Pathology and Audiology), Madison Gustin (Speech Pathology and Audiology), Audrey Kepple (Medical Imaging), and Racquel Walsh (Speech Pathology and Audiology).  The director of the Health Sciences LC is Dr. Jennifer Venditti, associate professor in the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences. 

Friday, June 26, 2020

BAHS Students head to clinical programs


Congratulations to the following BAHS students who have been accepted to clinical programs and will begin their training this fall semester at sites in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey.  Students will begin programs in Radiologic Technology (RT), Sonography (S), Nuclear Medicine (NM), Cardiovascular Technology (CVT), and Medical Laboratory Science (MLS). We are very proud of you!  Have a rewarding and successful clinical experience!  For more information on allied health programs at BU. contact Dr. Jennifer Venditti, jvenditt@bloomu.edu


STUDENT
PROGRAM
MODALITY
Sydni Edwards
Albert Einstein
RT
Hailey Glovach
Albert Einstein
RT
Holly Holzer
Albert Einstein
RT
Ashley Brent
Geisinger
RT
Ashley Conaway
Geisinger
RT
Chloe Dodge
Geisinger
RT
Krista Eck
Geisinger
RT
Kaitlyn Kaiser
Geisinger
RT
Bryce Kessler
Geisinger
RT
Xiang Liao
Geisinger
RT
Emily Lott
Geisinger
RT
Sara Manbeck
Geisinger
RT
Rachel Reader
Geisinger
RT
Margaret Bisciotti
Johns Hopkins, MD
S
Sydnee Ferguson
Johns Hopkins, MD
NM
Taylor Fite
Johns Hopkins, MD
S
Lauren Lancello
Johns Hopkins, MD
S
Alyssa Rizzo
Johns Hopkins, MD
NM
Amber Zurewich
Johns Hopkins, MD
RT
Stephanie Zemaitaitis
Lackawanna College
S
Olivia Belles
Misericordia University
S
Tori Tingley
Misericordia University
S
Chelsea Kocher
PA College of Health Sciences
CVT
Audrey Edgell
Penn College of Technology
RT
Jake Hunsberger
Penn College of Technology
RT
Ashley Wilkins
Penn College of Technology
RT
Emma Mangiaruga
South Hills
S
Timothy Holt
St. Christopher's Hospital
RT
Tabitha Phillips
St. Christopher's Hospital
MLS
Elizabeth Reynoso
The Valley Hospital, NJ
RT
Austin Bowers
Wellspan
RT
Katelyn Boyer
Wellspan
RT
Gary
Wellspan
RT
Breanne Sauter
Wellspan
RT
Aimee Valero-Mendez
Wellspan
RT
Austin Albright
Penn State Hershey
MLS
Kiersten Eddinger
Robert Packer Hospital
MLS

Hannah Anderson presents thesis research on Mosquito vectors for West Nile Virus


MacKenzie McDowell defends thesis research

MacKenzie McDowell
Zebrafish embryos

On June 24, MacKenzie McDowell defended her thesis research to a zoom audience on "Fishing for Alpha-L-Fucosidase: Evaluating Enzyme Activity and the Reproductive Role in Zebrafish (Danio rerio). Alpha-L-fucosidase is an enzyme that is generally thought to play an important role in fertilization of the egg by sperm. MacKenzie's research was the first to demonstrate the presence of alpha-L-fucosidase in zebrafish sperm, where it was associated primarily with the sperm pellet. Minimal activity of alpha-L-fucosidase was detected in egg extracts, suggesting that its role in reproduction is associated with the sperm.  Fertilization success was diminished in the presence of an inhibitor of alpha-L-fucosidase supporting the conclusion that the enzyme is involved in gamete interaction.  Check out MacKenzie's images of zebrafish embryos! MacKenzie's thesis advisor is Dr. Jennifer Venditti. Drs. William Coleman and Abby Hare-Harris served on her thesis committee. The project was supported by a Bloomsburg University Research and Scholarship mini-grant and a thesis research grant to MacKenzie. MacKenzie earned a B.S. in Biology at Bloomsburg University, where she was president of the Biology and Allied Health Science Club and a mentor in Health Science Learning Community. Mackenzie plans a career in Research and Development.  Congratulations MacKenzie!

Monday, June 22, 2020

Dr. Stephen Schell Award Recipients Named

Pre-medical science majors Oriana Balascio and Casey Donahoe are recipients of the 2020 Dr. Stephen Schell Scholarship. The 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.
Oriana Balascio


Oriana Balascio is a biology major and chemistry minor enrolled in the 3 + 2 Master’s in Biology program at Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of the Bloomsburg University Honors College. She has received a BU Academic Excellence Scholarship. Oriana has been inducted into Tri Beta Biology Honor Society and is a member of the Biology and Allied Health Club. Oriana’s research in cancer biology in Dr. Kate Beishline’s lab  has been supported by a Professional Experience Grant.  She is a College of Science and Technology Student Ambassador. In the Honors College, Oriana was a peer mentor and co-chair of the Honors College Service committee. She has a black belt in Tang Soo Do karate,. Oriana plans to become a pediatrician .
Casey Donahoe


Casey Donahoe is a biology, pre-medical sciences major and Spanish minor from Danville, PA. Casey, a dean’s list student, was inducted into Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.  She has conducted research on the effects of pesticides on honey bees under the mentorship of Dr. Surmacz. Casey has served as Vice-President of the Biology and Allied Health Club  and was elected Treasurer of TriBeta for the 2020-2021 academic year. Casey is also a member of the Pre-medical  Sciences Club.  Casey has volunteered extensively in the community, participating in The Big Event, Relay for Life, Bloomsburg Children’s museum programming,  and Camp Cranium activities. She is a chemistry and Spanish tutor at BU’s Tutorial Services.  Casey  participated in Jan Plan, an intensive shadowing program with physicians at Geisinger Medical Center and is employed as a medical scribe in the Bloomsbur Geisinger Emergency Department.  She plans to become a physician.