Friday, March 27, 2015

Outstanding Women of BU

Jessica Willis
Two members of the BAHS family were recognized recently as 2015 Outstanding Women of Bloomsburg University, Jessica Willis and Dr. Amber Pitt. Jessica, a graduate student in the biology masters' program was praised for her outstanding scholarship and her service to the department as a graduate assistant. Jessica uses immunofluorescent staining procedures to study the proteins involved in the trafficking of synaptic vesicles in axon terminals under the supervision of Dr. William Coleman.  As a graduate assistant, Jessica supports the laboratory courses  Cell Biology and Integrated Physiology Laboratory, mentors an undergraduate researcher, and tutors undergraduate students in biology each week. She was nominated by Dr. Kris Brubaker who describes Jessica as "very organized and a pleasure to work with." Jessica plans to pursue a Ph.D. in neurophysiology.  

Dr. Amber Pitt
Dr. Amber Pitt, assistant professor, was recognized for Outstanding Scholarship. Dr. Pitt earned a BA in zoology from the University of Vermont and MS and Ph.D degrees in interdisciplinary ecology.from the University of Florida. She conducted postdoctoral research at Clemson University. Dr. Pitt's conservation-driven ecological research focuses on amphibians, reptiles, and aquatic ecosystems. She has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles, delivered numerous invited and contributed conference presentations,  and serves as an editor or reviewer for eight scientific journals. Dr. Pitt has been featured in numerous media outlets for her conservation efforts and has engaged in educational outreach programs. Her work has been supported by a number of grants totaling approximately $460,000. She recently received a Wild Resource Conservation Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to examine the effect of land use regimes on hellbender habitat and population persistence in Pennsylvania. Dr. Pitt was nominated for this award by Dr. Clay Corbin.
Congratulations Jessica and Dr. Pitt!