Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Check out Alternate Spring Break!

Alternative Spring Break is an extracurricular program of Service Learning and Research Experiences for PASSHE students at the Chincoteauge Bay Field Station (CBFS) in Wallops Island, VA. Our goal is to engage students in research and environmental education activities at the PASSHE field station during the first weekend of Spring Break.  This program is organized by the field station staff and faculty to provide an enriching experience for students at the field station that features:
·         Faculty-led research experiences
·         Faculty-led field trips
·         Service activities with the field station for environmental education programs
·         Professional development session(s) for careers in environmental science

Dates:  Arrival on Friday March 9th, 2018; Activities on March 10 (Saturday) - March 12 (Monday), 2018.

Location:  Chincoteague Bay Field Station, Wallops Island, VA ; Greenbackville, Wallops Island, and Assateague Island Sites)

Fees: $85 per person

Fees Include: Overnight accommodations in the College Dormitory (Friday, Saturday, Sunday),three meals per day (Saturday, Sunday) and breakfast and snacks on Monday. 

Travel to/from the CBFS: you may either travel to the CBFS in your personal vehicle or with a faculty member in a university van from a PASSHE school. Plan ahead for travel arrangements as vans from any one campus may fill quickly.  Travel in personal vehicle and meals during travel are additional expenses.

Contact:  Dr. John M. Hranitz (Bloomsburg University):

Make your reservation using this online Google form:

Note: The weather at the field station ranges from cold and snowy or cold and wet to mild and sunny at this time of year.  This provides students an excellent opportunity, with guidance from faculty, to learn the logistics of field work in less than favorable weather.  Participants are advised that activities will take place except if dangerous conditions exist.  Plan to dress for the weather and to get wet, cold, and dirty at times. Bring layers that are warm, water repellent, and well ventilated.

Biology Trivia is back!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Dr. Green kicks off BAHS Seminar Series this Spring Semester

Dr. Lauri Green
BAHS Seminars are back! Our first seminar of the spring semester will be held on Friday, Feb 9 at 3 pm in G38 Hartline. Dr. Lauri Green, assistant professor, will share her work on eutrophication from the academic, state, and federal perspectives. Dr. Green earned both her B.S. and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her area of expertise is in nutrient-algal interactions on trophic dynamics in estuarine habitats.  Her research investigates both the effects of nutrient enrichment on food webs and the management practices that reduce eutrophication. Everyone is welcome to attend the seminar. Refreshments will be served.

Josh Petersheim receives PEG grant

Joshua Petersheim, BS. Biology, received a Professional Experience Grant during Winter Session to fund his travel to San Francisco to attend the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Josh presented a research poster entitled "Motor Responses in Honey Bees are Impaired by Sublethal Doses of Imidacloprid." His mentors are Drs. Surmacz and Hranitz.  Josh conducted this work as part of Research in Biology 2. He presented this work at the regional Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium, where he was awarded top abstract in biology. 

Learning About Trees

Dr. George Chamuris shared his expertise  on trees with  about 30 pre-schoolers at the Columbia Child Development Program in Bloomsburg. Dr, Chamuris will be teaching his elective course in Dendrology during Fall Semester.
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 in the form of a professional experience grant to assist students in preparing for osteopathic or allopathic medical school. The Dr. Stephen Schell Award provides funds of $300 - $600 to help defray the cost of a preparatory course or materials for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).  The scholarship can be awarded before or after the costs are incurred. Students in any major are eligible to apply.

Recipients of the 2017 Dr. Stephen Schell Scholarship were Nathan Feiertag and Daniel Deignan.

                You will be prompted to provide:
o   one reference letter from a biology faculty member
o   one reference letter from a faculty member outside biology
o   paragraph describing your career and educational goals.

DEADLINE: 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Please inform Dr. Surmacz if you plan to apply or have any questions.
Biological and Allied Health Sciences Scholarships
Biology and Allied Health Scholarship
$500 or $250
Biology (including Secondary Education Biology) and Health Science majors who are currently sophomores or juniors and have completed 12 credits in biological science courses at BU
Dr. Stephen Schell Scholarship
$300 to $600
A professional experience grant for students pursuing allopathic or osteopathic medical school who will be taking the MCAT exam. Provides funds to help defray the cost of preparing for the MCAT.
James E. Parsons Microbiology Scholarship
Biology and Health Science majors who are currently sophomores or juniors.  Preference to Medical Laboratory Science majors
Frederick R. Maue 1976 Scholarship
B.S. Biology majors officially enrolled in the pre-medical sciences option who are currently sophomores or juniors and have financial need.


You will be prompted to provide:
o   official transcript
o   one reference letter from a biology faculty member
o   one reference letter from a faculty member outside biology
o   paragraph describing your career and educational goals.

QUESTIONS?       See Dr. Surmacz, 146 Hartline,

Monday, January 29, 2018

Fall Elective Offerings

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Plan ahead!  The following elective courses are planned for Fall 2018.

Biology 200 - Dendrology, Dr. Chamuris
Biology 212 - Veterbrate Zoology, Dr. Hranitz
Biology 233 - Human Genetics, Dr. Chamuris 
Biology 333 - Molecular Biology, Dr. Davis
Biology 343 - Immunology, Dr. Houston
Biology 364 - Histology, Dr. Corbin
Biology 445 - Pharmacology, Dr. Schwindinger
Biology 475 - Human Physiology, Dr. Hansen
Biology 477 - Plant Physiology, Dr. Williams
Biology 431/531 - Developmental Biology, Dr. Hansen
Biology 452/552 - Limnology, Dr. Rier
Biology 4/576 - Neurophysiology, Dr. Coleman
Biology 489/589 - Current Topics in Biology - Hormones and Obesity
Biology 489/589 - Current Topics in Biology - Medical Genetics

Plan Ahead! Summer College at BU

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Summer courses are a great way to catch up or get ahead! BAHS will offer the following courses during summer 2018:

Session 2: May 21 - June 29, 2018
Biology 114 Concepts in Biology 1
Biology 173 Anatomy and Physiology 1
Biology 205 Nutrition
Biology 240 Introductory Biology
Biology 242 Microbiology
Biology 252 Field Zoology (first three weeks)
Biology 343 Immunology

Session 3: July 2 - August 10, 2018
Biology 100 Cells, Genes and Molecules (online)
Biology 174 Anatomy and Physiology 2
Biology 205 Nutrition

BAHS students attend SICB meeting

Sean Hartzell
Cody Pavlick
BAHS students and faculty traveled to San Francisco, CA during winter break to attend the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative Biology (SICB). SICB is a national professional organization whose mission is to promote research in many fields of specialization in biology from molecules and cells to ecology and evolution. SICB supports biology education and scholarship at all levels, from Kindergarten to postgraduate. SICB strives to inform the public, policy makers, and grant agencies of new knowledge in biology and its potential applications. Research is presented in a series of plenary sessions, symposia, workshops, exhibits, and oral and written poster sessions. The theme of the 2018 conference was on Science Communication. Presenting research at the 2018 SICB meeting this year were BAHS undergraduates Cody Pavlick and Joshua Petersheim, graduate student Bradley Ohlinger, and faculty members Sean Hartzell, John Hranitz, and Cindy Surmacz.
Dr. Surmacz and Joshua Petersheim

Hartzell, SM, Pitt, AL, Davis S, Rier, ST.
Invasive rusty crayfish (Orcnectes rusticus) are more active diurnally than
anativer congener (Orconectes limosus)

Ohlinger,BD, Klinger, TS, David GT, and Hranitz, JM.  Innate Flower Choice and Flower Constancy in a Solitary Bee and a Social Bee.

Brad Ohlinger, Josh Petersheim, Dr. Hraniz,
Cody Pavlick and Sean Hartzell
Pavlick,CR, Emily BR, Erika, MJ, Rivera-Figueroa, V, Salaguinto, TC, Fernandez, A, Hranitz, JM, Gonzalez, VH, Petanidou, T, Tcheulin, T, Barthell, JF. Removal of a Spcialist Pollinator on Field Bindweed 
Reveals Competitive Release for a 
Generalist Pollinator.

Petersheim, J, Llewellyn HJ, Surmacz CA, Hranitz, JM. Motor Responses in Honey Bees are Impaired Following Exposure to
Sublethal Doses of Imidacloprid.

Bradley Ohlinger