Monday, February 29, 2016

Check out our Pre-Med March Madness Workshops!


See you at ABLE! March 2016 Events


Get a "hands-on, feet-wet" education this summer!


The Chincoteague Bay Field Station is located in Wallops Island, VA on the eastern shore of Virginia. This barrier island ecosystem provides unique opportunities for students to take classes and to conduct research. Summer classes at the Field Station are a great way to get a “ hands-on, feet-wet” education. Classes are taught by faculty from different colleges of the PA State System of Higher Education but ALL COURSES will transfer to BU WITH THE LETTER GRADE. Courses run three weeks and meet morning, afternoon, and sometimes evening as needed for the course content. You would only take one course in three weeks. Most of the science courses at the field station are not offered at BU and many count as biology electives. Be sure to check with your academic advisor regarding the appropriateness of a class to your particular curriculum!  Please contact Drs. Klinger (tklinger@bloomu.edu), Hranitz (jhranitz@bloomu.edu), or Corbin (ccorbin@bloomu.edu) for more information. Directions for signing up for field station courses will be found later in the spring semester at the BU registrar’s office website.    Course descriptions can be found at www.cbfieldstation.org 


SUMMER 2016 COURSE SCHEDULE 
at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station
3 credits | 4 sessions, 3 weeks each | Open to all college students | 
Housing on-site

Session I
May 16- June 3


Session III
June 27 - July 15

Session II
June 6 - June 24

Session IV
July 18 - Aug 5

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Faculty and student publication: Synapsin discovered in sperm!

Dr. William Coleman, Adam Kulp (2015, B.S. Biology), and Dr. Jennifer Venditti have recently published a research article entitled “Functional distribution of synapsin I in human sperm” in FEBS Open Bio (2015 Sep 21;5:801-8. doi: 10.1016/j.fob.2015.09.006. eCollection 2015.).  This study is the first to investigate the localization and functional role of synapsin in sperm cells.  This collaborative research project that combines the fields of neuroscience and reproductive biology was supported by a Bloomsburg University Research and Scholarship Grant, Beta Beta Beta Foundation Research Scholarship, and an Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Award.      

Hellbender Research Presented at International Congress



Dr. Amber Pitt presented the results of her and her students’ original research on hellbender salamanders at the 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology in Montpellier, France. Her Bloomsburg University student co-authors are graduate students Jamie Shinskie and Sean Hartzell.

Pitt, A.L., J.L. Shinskie, and S.M. Hartzell. 2015. Land use, habitat degradation, and eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) distribution constriction within the Susquehanna River drainage. 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology, Montpellier, France.





Rachel Johnson conducts hellbender research with Dr. Pitt



Biology major Rachel Johnson received an Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA)Award to work with Dr. Amber Pitt last summer on hellbender research. Rachel examined "Eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) population status, spatial distribution, and microhabitat use in a Pennsylvania stream." Rachel presented the results of this original research at the 5th Annual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium in Lewisburg, PA.

Tri-Beta Initiates New Members


Congratulations to New Members of Tri-Beta!




Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) is an honor society for biology students who achieve superior academic records and who display an aptitude for and an interest in the life sciences. Its mission is to stimulate scholarship, to disseminate scientific knowledge, and to promote biological research. Leading Tri-Beta during fall semester were officers, at right: Treasurer, Natalie Mayo; Historian Kira England; President, Christopher Bastardi; Vice-President, Kahli Castagnera; and Secretary, Jean-Nicole Place.  Jennifer Young is serving as historian during spring semester 2016. Dr. Surmacz is the Tri-Beta advisor.

Some of the chapter’s activities this academic year include weekly tutoring to students in introductory biology course, sponsoring  Mock Interviews for biology and allied health science majors, holding bake sales to fund chapter activities, and providing coffee and donuts to Hartline students, staff and faculty during finals week. New members were initiated into Tri-Beta in an initiation ceremony for family and friends in late October. The program included a presentation by featured speaker, Dr. Robert Aronstam, Dean of the College of Science and Technology. Dean Aronstam discussed “Why the brain is not a computer: Insights on synaptic signal transduction.”

Congratulations to the following new members of Tri-Beta.

New Initiates
Tala Abdulal
Ashley Barba
Kelly Barko
Hanan Ben Nacef
Paige Betts
Nicholas Bilski
Rebecca Bodwalk
Gabriella Bonchack
Mikala Britt
Emily Broadbent
Lauren Chamberlin
Aubrey Cole
Jaclyn Cortellessa
Elliott Fackler
Olivia Falko
Katelyn Garbrick
Alexander Gosch
Jacqlene Hoffman
Kurt Knepley
Nathaniel Kresge
Kayla Lavella
Kendall Leet
William Madden
Michaele Moniger
Shaidy Moronta
Jonathan Perez
Dominick Policare
Ethan Powell
Trina Reese
Alexandra Schlack
Ashley Schucker
Matthew Swift
Taylor Trautwein
Brittany Underkoffler
Justin VanDerMolen
Afton Wittmeier Ross Adamek
Beverly Andre
Corey Conville
Haley Kravitz
Jessica Baker
Samirah Boksmati
Kirk Jeffreys
Andrew King
Jamie Shinskie

Current Members:
Carrie Barry
Christopher Bastardi
Kahli Castagnera
Kira England
Brooke Esbenshade
Sean Hartzell
Natalie Mayo
Lexie Mendall
Philip Mosolino
Jean-Nicole Place
Jennifer Young
Josie Pervola
Morgan Strong












Monday, February 8, 2016

Play Biology Trivia!

Tri-Beta will host Biology Trivia on Tuesday, February 23. Flaunt your biology knowledge! Come and join in the fun! Form a team of 4 students or 3 students and 1 faculty member. Please sign up outside 146 Hartline by February 22. Free pizza and snacks will be served! Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams.


Mock Interviews on February 19


Tell me about yourself. What is your greatest weakness? What is the most difficult decision that you ever made?  What was your favorite class and why?


Practice answering these and other questions!  All BAHS majors are invited to participate in MOCK INTERVIEWS on Friday, February 19 at 3 pm in 178 Hartline. This is a great opportunity to practice for that upcoming interview for jobs, clinical programs, and graduate and professional schools.  All students will receive two interviews by BAHS faculty, followed by feedback and snacks.  Please sign up outside 146 Hartline. Participants should send a resume to Dr. Surmacz (csurmacz@bloomu.edu) and should dress professionally. The event is sponsored by Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society.


Check out the February Events at ABLE!


Road Trip to Johns Hopkins Hospital




Dr. Barry Nolt and BAHS Medical Imaging majors took a road trip to Baltimore, Maryland during  fall semester to check out the Schools of Medical Imaging at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The students learned about programs in radiography, nuclear medicine, and diagnostic ultrasound. They also had the opportunity to pose along the waterfront at the  Baltimore Inner Harbor!  Making the trip were MI majors: Gina Fiore, Emily Barrett, Darianny Antonio, Devin Jenkins, Searah Kennedy, Cole Sexton, Alex Moore, Catelin Pancer, Josh Howard, Jade Hoffman, and Kyle Ruhl.

BAHS Students on the Dean's List



Congratulations to BAHS majors who were named to the Dean’s List! 

Fall 2015

Jennifer Albanese
Medical Imaging 
Darianny Antonio
Medical Imaging 
Emily Ashberry
Biology BS
Madison Aungst
Health Sciences BS
General
Emily Barrett
Medical Imaging 
Carrie-Anne Barry
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Sean Beattie
Medical Imaging 
Cassandra Becker
Medical Imaging 
Hanan Ben Nacef
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Therapy
Nicholas Bilski
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Therapy
Allison Bleistein
Biology BS
Environmental Biology
Rebecca Bodwalk
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Amber Bogdanowicz
Medical Imaging 
Gabriella Bonchack
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Assist
Randy Bonilla
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Mikala Britt
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Assist
Emily Broadbent
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Assist
Laura Campbell
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Victoria Campbell
Biology BS
Molecular Biology
Kahli Castagnera
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Therapy
Lauren Chamberlin
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Leah Chan
Medical Imaging 
Allison Charles
Medical Imaging 
Aubrey Cole
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Assist
Elizabeth Cole
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Assist
Jessica Comstock
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Assist
Corey Conville
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Tonya Copello
Medical Imaging 
Karis Cornelius
Medical Imaging 
Andrew Cross
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Abigail Culver
Biology BS
Valerie Davi
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Therapy
Daniel Deignan
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Jonathan Del Colliano
Health Sciences BS
General
Bethany Deppen
Medical Imaging 
Alexandria Dougherty
Medical Imaging 
Tessa Eckman
Health Sciences BS
General
Hannah Edgar
Medical Imaging 
Kira England
Biology BS
Environmental Biology
Elliott Fackler
Biology BS
Environmental Biology
Olivia Falko
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Nathan Feiertag
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Kyle Flannery
Health Sciences BS
General
Grace Fronheiser
Biology BS
Katelyn Garbrick
Biology BS
Haley Giannone
Biology BS
Environmental Biology
Aaron Gordon-Weaver
Biology BS
Environmental Biology
Katie Greene
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Therapy
Kaitlyn Gresko
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Assist
Emma Hecker
Medical Imaging 
Jade Hensinger
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Assist
Taylor Heydt
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Jade Hoffman
Medical Imaging 
Dylan Houser
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Therapy
Niles Kauffman
Medical Imaging 
Elizabeth Kester
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Assist
Eleanor Kirby
Medical Imaging 
Kurt Knepley
Biology BS
Molecular Biology
Troy Koch
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Therapy
Katlyn Koppen
Biology BA
Courtney Kovilaritch
Medical Imaging 
Nathaniel Kresge
Biology BS
Kayla Lavella
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Therapy
Morgan Lewis
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Deja Lloyd
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Assist
Brett Luhrman
Medical Imaging 
Alyssa Mack
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Thomas Marshall
Health Sciences BS
Clinical Lab Science
Alison Martin
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Marjorie Martin
Medical Imaging 
Patrick Martin
Biology BS
Natalie Mayo
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Therapy
Allison McCracken
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Therapy
Lexie Mendall
Biology BS
Environmental Biology
Andre Minenko
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Kyle Mogensen
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Assist
Michael Moniger
Biology BS
Environmental Biology
Shaidy Moronta
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Philip Mosolino
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Therapy
Tiffany Mulligan
Medical Imaging 
Megan Muthard
Health Sciences BS
General
Mackenzie Ney
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Assist
Benjamin Paul
Biology BS
Environmental Biology
Jonathan Perez
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Mitchel Petersen
Medical Imaging 
Dominick Policare
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Therapy
Ethan Powell
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Claire Pressimone
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Therapy
Victoria Reggie
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Blake Remensnyder
Health Sciences BS
General
Ryan Rhoades
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Assist
Emily Rine
Health Sciences BS
General
Jennifer Ringsdorf
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Marcus Roberts
Biology BA
Natural History
Michaela Roth
Biology BS
Cole Sexton
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Therapy
Sabrina Sholtes
Medical Imaging 
Terri Shoop
Medical Imaging 
Elyse Shultz
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Zachary Shuster
Biology BS
Alyssa Smith
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Bailey Smith
Medical Imaging 
Erin Smith
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Kayla Smith
Medical Imaging 
Brina Jo Sotelo
Medical Imaging 
Derek Stahl
Medical Imaging 
Morgan Stauffer
Medical Imaging 
Daniel Steinhauser
Biology BS
Environmental Biology
Max Strickler
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Therapy
Morgan Strong
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Therapy
Rachael Sullivan
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Therapy
Devan Sweeney
Medical Imaging 
Matthew Swift
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Mallory Tomaschik
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Assist
Alyssa Torch
Medical Imaging 
Michael Torch
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Therapy
Alex Trezza
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Olivia Trumino
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Therapy
Brittany Underkoffler
Health Sciences BS
Medical Lab Science
Christopher Vila
Health Sciences BS
Pre-Phys Assist
Sarah Vital
Medical Imaging 
Michaela Wagner
Biology BS
Pre-Medical Science
Kasey Walker
Biology BA
Emily Weaver
Health Sciences BS
Medical Lab Science