Monday, March 18, 2019

Dr. Stephen Schell Award supports MCAT preparation

Preparing for the MCAT exam?
Check out the Dr. Stephen Schell Scholarship

Dr. Stephen E. Schell, MD (BS Biology, 1975), a board certified otolaryngologist and graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, has generously established an award to assist students in preparing for osteopathic or allopathic medical school. The Dr. Stephen Schell Scholarship provides funds of $300 - $500 to help defray the cost of a preparatory course or materials for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), not the exam itself.  The scholarship can be awarded before or after the costs are incurred. The funds can be allocated between July 2019 and June 2020. Students in any major are eligible to apply.

To apply for the scholarship, please submit the following packet of materials to Dr. Surmacz, 146 Hartline, by 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2019. Reference letters may be sent directly to Dr. Surmacz or may be delivered in sealed envelopes with the recommender’s signature over the flap.

·         resume and unofficial transcript

·         one reference letter from a faculty member in your major

·         one reference letter from a faculty member outside your major

·         statement describing your personal and professional goals.

Recipients of the 2019 Dr. Stephen Schell Scholarship were Jasmine Bailey and Justin Salak.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Surmacz

Study at BAHS this summer!

Margaret Till Physiology Award

BAHS Fall Elective Offerings

Check out the resources at ABLE!

Research Study Participants Needed

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sean Hartzell discovers crayfish color variant

BAHS instructor Sean Hartzell has observed a bilaterally partitioned color variant of an an Appalachian Brook crayfish (Cambarus bartonii bartonii)  in Fishing Creek in Columbia County. This is the first report of this coloration in this species. Similar color patterns have  been observed in the papershell crayfish and the American lobster. Professor Hartzell hypothesizes that possible explanations for this bilateral coloration include a during embryonic development and bilateral partition of primary and secondary sex characteristics. Professor Hartzell's discovery has been published in the Canadian Field-Naturalist.

Sean Hartzell (2017) A bilaterally partitioned colour variant of an Appalachian Brook Crayfish (Cambarus bartonii bartonii)  from Eastern Pennsylvania. Canadian Field-Naturalist (131(4): 335-337/

Friday, February 15, 2019

BAHS Club celebrates Darwin Day!

Wednesday, Feb 12 was the 210th birthday of Charles Darwin, the author of the 1859 book, On the Origin of the Species. Darwin's contributions to the science of evolution provide a unifying theory in biology that explains the unity and diversity of life. The BAHS club celebrated Darwin Day with free cake in Hartline lobby.

Join us on the BAHS trip to The Franklin Institute

Join us on Saturday, March 2 on a bus trip to the Franklin Institute, a renowned museum in Philadelphia, named after scientist and statesman Benjamin Franklin.  Check out their website for a look at their current exhibits, attractions, and programs:   The group will leave BU at 7:30 am and return ~ 7:30 pm. The trip costs $20 (non-refundable) and includes bus transportation and admission to the museum.  Please register in the BAHS department office, 115 Hartline, by February 25.  First come!  Thank your to the BAHS club, the Pre-Medical Sciences Club, the Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society, and the BAHS fund for sponsoring this trip.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

BAHS club brings biology to the Bloomsburg Children's Mueseum

BAHS Club members shared  their knowledge of "Rat Grossology" at the Bloomsburg Children's museum with area youth on Saturday, February 9, 2019.  Along with learning fun facts about anatomy and physiology, the children had the opportunity to dissect rats under the guidance of BAHS club members, Rachel Ryver, Liz Kester, Maria Morgante, Taylor Lightner, and Stephen Tapsak.  Drs. Hess and Venditti are the club's advisers. Thank you for bringing biology to the community!

It's biology trivia time!!!!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Pre-Medical Science Club hosts West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

A representative from the Office of Admissions at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) will be on campus on Wednesday, February 13 at 6:30 pm in G40 Hartline to meet with interested students.  WVSOM, located in Lewisburg, WV,  is known nationally for its emphasis on rural, family and primary care medicine. BAHS alumni Brandon Arnsberger and Ethan Powell are currently enrolled as medical students at WVSOM.   Everyone is invited to attend!  For more information, please see Kayla Sompet, president of the Pre-medical Sciences Club.

Tri-Beta shows off baking skills

Kyle Mausteller, Lauren Bunnell, and Jerome Betz III
Ian Whiteside, Andrew Cross, Lizmeidy Hernandez, Elizabeth Cole

Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society hosted a pre-Valentine's Day Bake Sale in Hartline Lobby on  February 11 to raise funds for their upcoming trip to the Franklin Institute with the Pre-med club and the BAHS club.  Thanks to all who supported the cause.  Yum!