Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BAHS students present research at the Pennsylvania Academy of Science Meeting

The 91st Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science was held on April 11 at Lebanon Valley College. Jacob Morton, Blake Shoemaker and Drs. Surmacz and Hranitz presented a poster on their research on the "Effects of Temperature on the Levels of Heat Shock Protein 70 in Blackworms (Lumbriculus variegatus)." The aim of this research is to determine if blackworms can be used as bioindicators to assess the health of aquatic ecosystems. Blackworms are good candidates because they are sensitive to a variety of environmental toxins and display easily measured physiological responses to stress.  Jake and Blake's research investigated the physical properties, physiological and behavioral changes, and cellular stress responses in a population of cold-adapted worms in order to establish a control for comparison. Dr. Surmacz also presented a talk on "Vision and Change in the Biology Classroom:  Meet the Life Science Teaching Resource Community."