Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It's Pre-Med March Madness!

Applications being accepted for the Margaret Till Physiology Award

Juniors and Seniors in the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences are invited to apply for the Margaret Till Physiology Award. Dr. Till, faculty emerita and former BAHS chairperson, established a physiology award to be granted to a junior or senior who is currently enrolled or has successfully completed at least one senior physiology lecture course and Integrated Physiology Lab. Physiology lecture courses are Microbial Physiology, Human Physiology, Plant Physiology, Animal Cell Physiology and Comparative Physiology. To be eligible, students must be graduating in Spring 2015, Summer 2015 or Fall 2016.  Applications for the $250 cash award may be obtained outside 146 Hartline.  In addition to the application form, students must submit a grade report form, a recommendation letter from a physiology professor, and a 350 to 500 word  essay which describes the role of physiology  in their future careers. Applications are due Friday, March 20, 2015.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Learn about the new MCAT exam!

The Pre-med Club is hosting an information session on the new version of the Medical College Admission Test, MCAT 2015, on Monday, Feb 16 at 4:30 pm in the Science and Health Science Living and Learning Community room at Columbia Residence Hall.  MCAT 2015 will launch in April 2015 and will be required for admission to allopathic, osteopathic, podiatric, and veterinary medical schools.

Come learn about:
-Exam content and format
-How to prepare for the exam
-Exam Scoring
-Registration-Testing schedule and procedures
-Receiving scores

Everyone is welcome!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Faculty Updates

Dr. Thomas Klinger shares his thoughts on his spring semester sabbatical...

During this leg of my sabbatical, I have been invited to participate in a program exploring the development and promotion of conceptual frameworks for sustainable practices in communities which rely on shallow-water coastal marine resources.  Dr. Chang-Po Chen is Chief Supervisor of the Taipei Wetland Society, and Dr. Hwey-Lian Hsieh is a faculty member with the Biodiversity Research Center of the Academia Sinica, Taipei.  They have asked that I join their efforts to frame culturally relevant constructs for ecological concerns, which could be used in public education and policy efforts.  Drs. Chen and Hseih, a husband and wife team, are hoping that my participation will contribute experience in fisheries and aquaculture, particularly with invertebrate animals, and insights into Western views on sustainability and on the value ascribable to marine natural resources.  They have developed a wonderful, multipronged program to promote conservation of horseshoe crabs in the South China Sea.  They, and their students, are involved in investigating population biology, fisheries research, educational programs, and policy work.  I am hoping to participate in their diverse programs with an eye toward generalizing their highly successful approach and looking toward applying the framework to other marine invertebrate animals in other parts of the world.
Photos: top, Dr. Thomas Scott Klinger, Professor, Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences
bottom, horseshoe crabs!

Opportunities to present research

Mark your calendars!

There are several opportunities for BAHS students to present the results of  independent research projects during spring semester.  Contact your research mentor to learn more about the following opportunities:
Beta Beta Beta Northeast District 2 Convention:
Members of Tri-Beta are invited to attend the Beta Beta Beta Northeast District 2 Convention at Cabrini College, Radnor, PA on Saturday, March 28. The program will include student papers and posters, a keynote speaker, and opportunities to meet with students from Tri-Beta chapters in the Northeast.

Annual Meeting of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists (CPUB) is an organization of biology faculty from the fourteen universities in the State System of Higher Education. CPUB’s mission is to promote research and teaching in biology. To accomplish this goal, CPUB holds annual meetings to highlight student and faculty research and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas among biology faculty and students. The Annual Meeting of CPUB will be held on April 10-12, 2015 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. This is a good venue to present the results of your undergraduate or graduate research projects!
Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences 
The Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences (PAS) is an organization dedicated to advancing technology, education and science in the Commonwealth, both in academic and industrial settings.  PAS sponsors an annual meeting to promote research, presentation, and discussion among its members.  PAS will meet this year on April 10-12, 2015 at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. The deadline for abstract submission is March 6, 2015.
Bloomsburg University College of Science and Technology Research Day
Everyone is invited to Research and Scholarship Day on Friday, May 1 in Hartline Science Center.This is a wonderful way to share your research results with the University community and to celebrate the end of a successful semester.




Applications Being Accepted for Research Experience for Undergraduates in Turkey and Greece.

Applications are currently being accepted for students who are interested in studying bees and pollination systems in the Republic of Turkey and Greece.  The research program is entering its 10th year and has collaborations with several universities in western Turkey and eastern Greece.  The program involves a research mini-course in Oklahoma for three days followed by departure to Istanbul.  The group visits historical sites in the Dardanelles as it travels to research sites in Greece and Bursa Turkey.  Application deadline is March 13th 2015.    Support is provided through a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates Grant to the University of Central Oklahoma and includes travel to all research sites, daily expenses, housing, and a salary stipend.  Students with interest in the behavior, ecology, and molecular biology of insects are encouraged to apply.  Underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply. Web site: http://www.uco.edu/cms/reu/   

For additional information, contact Dr. John Hranitz, Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences and Interim Director, Research and Sponsored Programs and Center for Undergraduate Research at jhranitz@bloomu.edu

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Check out the Pre-Med Club

The Pre-medical Sciences Club will hold its first meeting of the spring semester on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at ABLE, first floor Columbia Residence Hall.  All interested students are welcome!  Items on the agenda include Pre-Med March Madness workshops, the open house at The Commonwealth Medical College, future sessions on MCAT 2015 and Medical School information; bake sale and dodge ball tournament fundraisers, and participation in Relay for Life. For additional information, please contact club president, Katie Hawkins kfh19385@huskies.bloomu.edu

Friday, February 6, 2015

BAHS Summering Offerings

The Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences plans to offer the following courses during Summer College 2015. This is a great chance to catch up or get ahead! Registration for Summer College courses will begin around March 6, 2015. For more information, please see: http://www.bloomu.edu/summer
First Six Weeks (Session 2), May  18 - June 26, 2015
Biology 102, Ecology and Evolution
Biology 114, Concepts in Biology 1
Biology 173, Anatomy and Physiology 1
Biology 208, Medical Terminology
Biology 242, Microbiology
Biology 343, Immunology
Biology 351, Ecology

Second Six Weeks (Session 3), June 29 to August 7, 2015
Biology 100, Cells, Genes and Molecules
Biology 174, Anatomy & Physiology 2
Biology 205, Introduction to Nutrition. 

Attention BS/BA Biology majors: Ecology will NOT be offered in the spring of 2016. If you are planning on graduating in spring 2016, you must either take ecology summer 2015 or fall 2015.



Sunday, February 1, 2015

Pre-Med March Madness is heading your way!

Interested in applying to professional schools in medical fields? Check out Pre-Med March Madness

These workshops sponsored by BU’s pre-professional committee are just what the doctor ordered:

Sophomores and Juniors who are interested in careers in various medically-related professions medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, chiropractic, optometry, dentistry, etc.) are strongly encouraged to attend the Pre-Med March Madness workshops to be held at 5:00 p.m. at ABLE in the Columbia Living Learning Community Room on these Mondays:

March 2:   The Application Process. The Pre-Professional Advisory Committee will guide you through the rigors of applying to professional schools, including AMCAS and AADSAS. Students will share their experiences with the admissions process.
March 16:  Creating an Appropriate Resume. Sure you have a resume, but is it appropriate for your application? Come to this workshop with a print-out of your re- sume for break-out sessions of peer and advisor review. It is OK if the resume is kind of rough. Sophomores are especially encouraged to attend.
March 23:  Telling Your Story in the Personal Statement. Writing about yourself is probably the most difficult part of the application. For that reason, applicants tend to procrastinate in
writing this important document.  Come to this workshop with a printed rough draft of your personal statement, or at least some ideas on paper for break-out sessions of peer and advisor review.  Juniors are especially encouraged to come.

For more information contact: Committee Co-Chairs, Dr. Ardizzi and Dr. Surmacz (Biological and Allied Health Sciences), Dr Bell (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Dr. Borland (Chemistry and Biochemistry),Dr.Morgan (Chemistry and Biochemistry), or Dr. Schwindinger (Biological and Allied Health Sciences.) Sponsored by Bloomsburg University Pre-professional Committee