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.

BAHS students inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective honor society that recognizes academic achievement in all fields of higher education. Only the top 7.5% of juniors and the top 10% of seniors and graduate students are eligible to join the society. Phi Kappa Phi members are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and awards that fund graduate and professional schools and study abroad. The following BAHS students were inducted during in April 2020: Sarah Buckley, Casey Donahoe, and Allison Sowers. Our new initiates join current BAHS students who are members of Phi Kappa Phi: Lauren Bunnell, Courtney Kovalaritch, Kyle Mausteller, Gabrielle Piccolo, Kathryn Sherry, Mikayla Ulicny, Heather Llewellyn,   Congratulations to all!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Dr. Lauri Green featured on PA Outdoor Life

Dr. Lauri Greed

















Don Jacobs, host of WNEPS's Pennsylvania Outdoor Life, and Dr. Lauri Green, BAHS assistant professor, check out the Tree Swallow Project at a local artificial wetland. Dr. Green discusses her work on year 2 of the project and opens a nest box to reveal tree swallow chicks.  She also explains the migratory patterns and the food supply of the tree swallows. Check out the segment of Pennsylvania Outdoor Life at the following link: 

https://www.wnep.com/article/entertainment/television/pa-outdoor-life/tree-swallow-project-update-lauri-green-bloomsburg-university/523-9d92b9fd-b8d1-4cdb-83ba-d98e38affa8a

This is Dr. Green's fourth appearance on Pennsylvania Outdoor Life.

Salute to BAHS scholar athletes

Sixteen BAHS students were  celebrated as scholar athletes during spring semester. To receive this honor, student athletes must achieve a 3.25 GPA or higher during the past two semesters while competing in a sport. The following BAHS students were recognized: Amanda Aulenbauch, Biology (Track & Field); Riley Snyder, Biology, pre-medical sciences (Track & Field); Emily Wasilewski, Health Science, Pre-physician assistant(Track and Field); Mikayla Barrow, Health Science,e-physician assistant (Field Hockey);Rachel Strockbine, Health Sciences (Field Hockey); Derek Bussey, Health Sciences, pre-physical therapy (football); Allison Bardman, Health Science (Lacrosse); Gabrielle Piccolo, Health Sciences-pre-physician assistant (lacrosse); Haley Fiske, Health Sciences, pre-physical therapy (soccer); Nathan Slotnick, molecular biology (soccer) Kimberly Bucher, Health Science (soccer); Alexandra Burrows, health sciences, pre-physician assistant (soccer); Maggie McDonald, Health Sciences, 2nd degree nursing (soccer); Colton Schnars, Health Sciences (swimming); Deanna Shuster, Health Sciences (swimming); Vitoria Nery, Biology pre-medical sciences (Tennis) Congratulations to our BAHS scholar athletes for their successes in the classroom and in the field, court, track, pool, etc...