Friday, January 29, 2016

BAHS students shared their research results at the College of Science and Technology Research Day on December 4, 2016.  The event celebrates the achievements of students throughout the college in research and scholarly activities. Leading off the program was Dean Robert S. Aronstam, keynote speaker.  Dr. Aronstam discussed constitutive signaling activity in orphan G protein-coupled receptors. The following BAHS students presented talks and posters:
Masters students Shandna Burroughs and Kirk Jeffries
Kira Englan

Shandna Burroughs (mentor: Dr. Candice Klingerman) Preliminary Results: Ghrelin is affecting sexual and ingestive behaviors of female Syrian hamsters.

Jalil Alston (mentor: Dr. Barry Nolt) evaluation of the fungicide sensitivity and pathogenicity of Pythium spp. cultivated from soils at Dillon Floral Corporation in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

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Kirk Jeffries (mentor: Dr. William Coleman) Investigations of the effects of inhibitory signaling on vesicle pool dynamics using the BAGA-A receptor antagonist bicuculline methiodide.

Samirah Boksmati (mentor: Dr. Candice Klingerman) Effects of Neuropeptide Y on sexual and
ingestive behavior in the female Syrian hamster

Corey Conville (mentor: Dr. Clay Corbin) Behavioral response of mayfly community in trout-stocked tributaries of the Susquehanna River

Kira England (mentor: Dr. Amber Pott) Potential influences of small mammal scavenger
populations on bird-window mortality surveys on Bloomsburg University Campus

Kira England (mentor: Dr. Steven Rier) Diel Stream chemistry and periphyton dynamics

Rachel Johnson (mentor: Dr. Amber Pitt) Eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus allleganiensis alleganiensis) population status, spatial distribution, and microhabitat use in Pennsylvania streams.
Masters student Samira Boksmati

Lexie Mendall (mentor: Dr. Thomas Klinger) Do feeding mechanics affect association between populations in tidal mud and sand flats around Assateague, Chincoteague, and Wallops Islands, Virginia

Jennifer Young (mentor: Dr. Schwindinger) Measuring methylation of GNG11 in human breast cancer.
Jennifer Young
Jean-Nicole Place (mentor: Dr. Schwindinger) Methylation of GNG7 in human breast cancer

Seniors and graduate students in Current Topics in Biology (Biology 489/589.02) conducted original research projects on the epidemiology of Type 2 Diabetes.  Students asked questions about the prevalence and incidence of diabetes in Pennsylvania counties using data from the US National Diabetes Surveillance System at the CDC,  the US Census, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The following students presented posters examining the public health burden of diabetes and its complications in the United States. Dr. Surmacz was the course instructor.

Andrew King and Rebecca Price. Geodemography of Type 2 diabetes in PA
Rob Lewis, Sean DeBarberie, and Nick Bilski
      Nicholas BilskiSean DeBarberie and Robert Lewis. Is your socioeconomic status putting you at risk for Diabetes?
      Katie Greene, Hayley Sparks, and Iane CharlesIs the prevalence of type 2 diabetes related to income in PA counties?
      Christopher Villa and Philip MosolinoIs diabetes related to poverty in PA?

·        Matthew Swift, Christopher Christopher Bastardi, and Jhumur Ray It’s all about th:e numbers: Diabetes Prevalence and Incidence in Columbia County and how it compares to an urban county, Pennsylvania, and the nation.

·        Shandna Burroughs and Kirk JeffriesA comparative analysis of risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes among Hispanics, African Americans, and Caucasians.

       Students in Dr. Klinger's Senior Biology Seminar class presented posters on the achievements and impact of influential biologists. The following students presented posters:

     Mikala Britt.  Structural Chemistry to molecular biology: Linus Carl Pauling

      Jessica Cusanelli. Pioneering U.S. Geneticist. Barbara McClintock

      Kelly Deiter. Historical Overview of Charles Otis Whitman

      Brooke Esbenshade.  Alpheus Hyatt.
      Stephanie Evans. Ed "Doc" Ricketts
      Kaitlyn Hitchener. Thomas Hunt Morgan

      Curtis Rigg. Spencer Fullerton Baird

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Congratulations December BAHS graduates!

BAHS December graduates enjoy a celebration in Hartline lobby after graduation hosted by the College of Science and Technology. Congratulations to all our BAHS graduates! Best wishes for continued success and stay in touch!

Honor Graduates:

Summa Cum laude
Kira England 
Myrle Newcomer

Magna cum laude
Philip Mosolino

Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Richard Merrick
Cody Rome
Autumn Scoviak

Bachelor Science in Biology
Ross Adamek
Jalil Alston
Kira England
Brooke Esbenshade
Laura Herrols
Kaitlyn Hitchiner
Echo Wertz

Bachelor of Science, Health Science
Nicholas Bilski
John Chernewski, Jr.
Jessica Cusanelli
Alyssa Donze
Jillian Donze
Matthew Kendra
Philip Mosolino
Stephen Motze
Myrle Newcomer
Kendra Rehm
Curtis Rigg
Morgan Strong

Medical Imaging
Morgan Balabaugh

Devon Chilensky
Samantha Fields
Stephanie Jones
Taylor Kreston
Taylor Lisella
Nellie Marsh
Olivia Peck
Rebecca Stein

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Spooktacular BAHS Club!

The BAHS Club stole the show at the last campus Farmers Market of the season.  The market on Friday, October 30 celebrated Halloween and the harvest season. BAHS Club officers Dana Frobese, Justin VanDerMolen, Kahli Castagnera, and Jenny Young shared spooky and informative biological facts about bats, pumpkins, black cats and spiders to curious onlookers. Drs. Venditti and Hess are the BAHS Club advisors.

Meet the "Stinkpot" Turtle!

Graduate student Sean Hartzell and Dr. Amber Pitt published a note in Herpetological Review reporting the occurrence of the Eastern Musk Turtle (Stenotherus odoratus) in Montour County, PA. This represents a northern range extension for this native Pennsylvania species known as the "stinkpot" turtle.  The turtle, pictured at right, is one of the smallest turtle species in the United States.

Check out their note:
Hartzell, S.M. and A.L. Pitt. 2015. Geographic Distribution: Sternotherus odoratus (Eastern Musk Turtle): USA: Pennsylvania: Montour County. Herpetological Review 46(4): 566.

Opportunity for Pre-med Students

Penn State College of Medicine Primary Care Scholars Program
May 16 to May 27, 2016

      The Penn State College of Medicine Primary Care Scholars Program is an exceptional opportunity for undergraduate students to receive exposure to medical school and issues in primary care.

The Program:

       First week, Scholar students come to Penn State’s College of Medicine campus in Hershey to learn about important issues in health care delivery and primary care, medical school admissions, financial aid, and the medical school's curriculum process. There are numerous opportunities for Scholar students to interact with medical students and faculty and learn about the philosophy and practice of primary care within the disciplines of family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics. Large and small didactic groups, discussion groups, seminar presentations, and informal gatherings are the methods of instruction.
      Second week of the program is a clinical experience in which the student shadows a family physician, general pediatrician, or general internist. If the student chooses, this could be a location near his/her college or hometown.


     College students who attend participating partner colleges and universities and who have completed their sophomore year are eligible. Post baccalaureate students may also apply. Students apply through their college pre-health advisors, who send the completed applications to the primary care office at Penn State University College of Medicine. A panel, similar in many respects to the admissions committee, reviews the applications and selects approximately 30 students per year to participate in the program.
     Special consideration is given to students interested in primary care fields, those who are considered likely to practice in underserved rural or urban settings, and underrepresented minorities.


     Completed application materials are to be submitted to Dr. Joseph P. Ardizziroom 145 HSC, by 4:30 PM on Friday 5 February.  Please see attachments for further information and application instructions, forms, and documents.

Preparing for the MCAT?

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 to assist students in preparing for osteopathic or allopathic medical school. The Dr. Stephen Schell Scholarship provides funds of $300 - $500 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.

To apply for the scholarship, please submit the following packet of materials to Dr. Surmacz, 146 Hartline, by 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 5, 2016:

·         BU Scholarship Application Form (may be downloaded from MyHusky or obtained from the Financial Aid Office, 119 Student Services Center or from the wall pocket outside Dr. Surmacz’s office (146 HSC).

·         official transcript

·         one reference letter from a faculty member in your major

·         one reference letter from a faculty member outside your major

·         paragraph describing your personal and professional goals.

Recipients of the 2015 Dr. Stephen Schell Scholarship were Justin VanDerMolen, Katherine Hawkins, and Shaidy Moronta.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Surmacz

BAHS Scholarships: Apply Now!

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
James E. Cole Scholarship
Current BU Medical Imaging majors who will be on campus fall 2016
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.

·         BU Scholarship Application Form (may be downloaded from MyHusky or obtained from the Financial Aid Office, 119 Student Services Center or from the wall pocket outside Dr. Surmacz’s office (146 HSC).
·         official transcript
·         one reference letter from a biology faculty member
·         one reference letter from a faculty member outside biology
·         paragraph describing your career and educational goals.

Friday, February 5, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

SEND/DELIVER MATERIALS TO:    Dr. Surmacz, BAHS, 146 Hartline Science Center 
QUESTIONS?       See Dr. Surmacz, 146 Hartline,