Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Congratulations to BAHS Scholar Athletes

The Husky Awards Banquet held at Nelson Field House on April 26 celebrated the accomplishments of BU's scholar athletes. Award recipients maintained a GPA of 3.25 during the past two semesters. Congratulations to the following BAHS scholar-athletes who were honored at the banquet: Nathan Feiertag, biology, pre-medicine (basketball); David Carney, biology (football); Blake Remensnyder, health sciences, pre-pharmacy (football); Christian Whiteside, health sciences, pre-physical therapy (football); Eleanor Kirby, medical imaging (field hockey); Erin Smith, biology, pre-medical sciences (softball); Mallory Tomaschick, health sciences, pre-physician assistant (softball); Olivia Falko, biology (soccer); Nicholas Angeny, health sciences (pre-physical therapy); Samantha Campbell, health sciences, pre-physician assistant (swimming)l Danielle DelGiorno, health sciences, pre-physical therapy (swimming); Rachel Sullivan, health sciences, pre-physical therapy (track and field). 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Happy 25th Anniversary to the Health Sciences Symposium!

The Health Sciences Symposium celebrated its 25th anniversary this year! For the past 25 years faculty, students, staff, and the greater community have gathered each April to consider trending topics in healthcare. The symposium is a collaborative effort of departments in the College of Science and Technology and the Health Science Living and Learning Community. The symposium is supported by the Provost's office and the Berwick Health and Wellness Fund. Serving on the 2016 Health Sciences Symposium Committee were Dr. Jennifer Venditti, Committee Chair, Biological and Allied Health Sciences;Dr. Robert Aronstam, Dean, College of Science and Technology; Dr. Michael Borland, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Ms. Debbie Chamberlain, Living and Learning Communities;Dr. Kelly Dauber, Exercise Science; Ms. Jennifer Hunsinger, Living and Learning Communities; Dr. Judith Kipe-Nolt, Biological and Allied Health Sciences; Dr. Joan Miller, Nursing Faculty Emeritus; Ms. Kristy Sands, Nursing; Dr. Cynthia Surmacz, Biological and Allied Health Sciences; Dr. Qing Yue, Audiology and Speech Pathology

For a walk down memory lane take a look at speakers and themes from the past 25 years. Have an idea for next year's symposium theme?  Contact Dr. Venditti, symposium chairperson.

Health Sciences Symposium History

Dr. Carol Frattali
Director, Health Services Division,
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Health Care Issues/Health Insurance
Dr. Barbara Ainsworth
Department of Physical Education, Exercise, & Sport Science
University of North Carolina
Epidemiology and Cardiovascular Disease
Dr. Bernadine Lacey
Nursing Advisor to President Clinton’s Task Force on Health Care Reform and the Clinton/Gore Transition Team Task Group on Health Care Delivery
Howard University
National Health Care Reform
Ms. Norma Swenson
Co-director of the Women’s Health Book Collective
Co-author:  “Our Bodies, Our Selves” & “The New Ourselves Growing Older”
Women’s Health Issues
Dr. Henry W. Foster
Nominee for U.S. Surgeon General
Scholar in Residence,Association of Academic Health Centers
-Established the “I Have a Future Program” to help reduce teen pregnancy
Sex Education
Dr. Peter R. Gould
Evan Pugh Professor of Geography, Penn State University
Author:  AIDS, the slow plague
Dr. Steven N. Blair
Director of Research, Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research
President, American College of Sports Medicine
Senior editor of the Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity
Physical Activity
Dr. M. Jocelyn Elders
Former U.S. Surgeon General
-Advocate for public health care reform
Public Health Issues
Dr. George Lundberg
Editor-in-chief, Journal of the American Medical Association
Keynote: The Evolving US Health Care System
Medical Safety in the Healthcare System
Dr. Jeffrey S. Wigand
-exposed the tobacco industry
- was chronicled in the 1999 movie “The Insider”;
Dr. Bob Arnot
NBC Chief Medical Correspondent
Keynote: “Emerging Diseases and the Threat of Bio-terrorism
Emerging Diseases and Bioterrorism
Dr. Steve Allen
family physician and son of comedian Steve Allen.
Keynote: “Juggling Life’s Stress: Creative Silliness”.
Stress Reduction
Dr. Dean Hamer
Chief, Section on Gene Structure and Regulation, Laboratory of Biochemistry, National Cancer Institute, NIH
Living with our Genes
Dr. Gregory McDonald
Assistant Medical Examiner for the City of Philadelphia. 
Medical Director of Forensic Medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Lynn McCormick Matrisian (BU Alumna)
Ingram Distinguished Professor of Cancer Research
 Chair, Department of Cancer Biology,
 Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, TN.
President, American Association for Cancer Research. 
Cancer Research
Dr. F. Daniel Davis
Executive Director, President’s Council on Bioethics. 
Ph.D,, Georgetown University
Biotechnology, Bioresearch and Bioethics
Dr. David Snowdon,
Professor of Neurology
College of Medicine,Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
University of Kentucky
-Keynote: Aging with Grace:  Findings from the Nun Study.
Aging/Alzheimer’s Disease
Ms. Terry Wise
author of “Waking Up:  Climbing Through the Darkness.”
Theme: Improving Health through Mental Well Being.”
Suicide Prevention
Dr. Christopher Still
Director, Obesity Institute, Geisinger Medical Center
- Keynote:  “New Approaches to Obesity:  Making Choices for a Healthier tomorrow.”
                              Dr. David Strayer
Professor of Psychology, University of Utah
Theme: Analog minds in a digital world
Digital Technology and Multi-tasking:  Effects on Brain Function
Dr. Martha Farah
Director, Neuroscience Institute, University of Pennsylvania. Keynote:  “Brain Enhancement Drugs:  Personal and Societal Implications.
Brain Enhancement Drugs
Ms. Kathy Mattea
Grammy award winning country singer
- Keynote: “The Healing Power of the Arts.”
Healing Power of the Arts
Dr. Stephen Ilardi
Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Kansas
Keynote: We Were Never Designed for This:  The Psychological Toxicity of Modern Life (And What We Can Do About It)”
Lifestyle and Treatment Approaches for Depression

Dr. F. Daniel Davis
Director of Bioethics, Geisinger Health System.
-Keynote: “Dying and Death: Contemporary Challenges Surrounding the Definition, Experience, and Medicalization of Dying”
End of Life Issues
Dr. David Feinberg
CEO Geisinger Health System
Keynote: Caring. It is such and old idea that it almost seems brand new.
The Future of Medicine

Congratulations to Students Heading to Med School!

The Pre-professional Advisory committee sends its heartiest congratulations to students who successfully gained admission to professional schools in medical fields. You did it! Congratulations to the following students who will head  to the Philadelphia College of  Osteopathic Medicine as part of BU’s new affiliation agreement: Sarah Hay, Julianne Heater, Erik Rahner, Blake Shoemaker, and  Timothey Shuey. We hope to hear more good news and details when decisions are finalized. The committee wishes all pre-professional students a rewarding, relaxing, and rejuvenating summer. Remember summer is a great time to job-shadow.  Many students also choose to do their volunteer work during the summer. Students applying to medical school for the current cycle are reminded to submit their completed application packets to the committee as early as possible, preferably by July 1 for an early fall letter. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Jessica Baker defends master's thesis

Congratulations to Jessica Baker who successfully defended her thesis entitled "Ecological feeding niche overlap between three species of sympatric sea cucumbers: Sclerodactyla briareus, Thyonella gemmata, and Leptosynapta tenuis." Jessica's research on sea cucumbers was conducted at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station. Dr. Thomas Klinger was Jessica's mentor and Drs. Amber Pitt and Clay Corbin served on her thesis committee. Jessica's undergraduate degree is from Radford University, Radford, Virginia.  Following graduation, Jessica has accepted a position as Naturalist at the Assateague Island State Park, Maryland. 

BAHS Students selected for Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective honor society that recognizes academic achievement in all fields of higher education. Only the top 7.5% of juniors and the top 10% of seniors are eligible to join the society. The following BAHS undergraduates were inducted on April 17, 2016 at a ceremony attended by faculty, administrators, and family members: Carrie-Anne Barry, Biology, pre-medicine; Hanan Ben Nacef, Health Sciences, pre-physical therapy; Allison Bleistein, Biology; Gabriella Bonchack, Health Sciences; Mikala Britt, Health Sciences, pre-physician assistant;
Emily Broadbent, Health Sciences; Aubrey Cole, Health Sciences; Kayla Lavella, Health Sciences; Natalie Mayo, Health Sciences, pre-physical therapy; Dominick Policare, pre-physical therapy, Stephanie Serafin, Medical Imaging; Matthew Swift, Biology; Mallory Tomaschik, Health Sciences pre-physical therapy; Brittany Underkoffler, Health Sciences, medical lab science; Also inducted were the following biology graduate students: Jessica Baker, Shandna Burroughs, Kirk Jeffries, Andrew King and Jamie Shinskie. These new inductees join current BAHS students who were inducted previously into Phi Kappa Phi: Kahli Castagnera, Health Sciences, pre-physical therapy; Lauren Chamberlain, Biology, pre-medical sciences; Kira England, Biology, environmental biology; and Sean Hartzell, Biology, natural history, currently a BAHS graduate student.


Justin VanDerMolen receives awards

Justin VanDerMolen
Recipient of the Outstanding senior in Biology Award
and the Margaret Till Physiology Award
Justin VanDerMolen, a senior biology, pre-medical sciences major, has been named the Outstanding Senior in Biology by the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences. Justin has also received the Margaret Till Physiology Award. This award was established by Dr. Margaret Till, professor emerita and former department chairperson, is granted to a junior or senior who is currently enrolled or has successfully completed at least one senior physiology course and integrated physiology lab. Candidates must write an essay describing the impact of physiology on their career. The recipient of the Margaret Till Physiology Award  receives a  $250 cash prize and a plaque that is presented at the College of Science and Technology Honors Symposium.

Justin will graduate spring 2016 summa cum laude and plans to attend medical school. He has gained health care experience during an internship in medical imaging and in a clinical rotation called Jan Plan at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. Justin is a campus leader serving as the treasurer of the Biology and Allied Health Science Club, a member of the Developing Ambitious Student Leaders Club, and an office worker and peer tutor at University Tutorial Services. His outstanding achievements have been recognized by a host of honors and awards including dean’s list each semester and selection for membership in The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society. He is a recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Freshman Award, the Dr. Stephen Schell Scholarship, the James E. Cole Scholarship, and the STEM scholarship.  Justin serves his community by participating in a variety of activities that include Bloomsburg University’s Big Event, clean-ups at local parks, Relay for Life, Empty Bowls to End Hunger, Operation Christmas child, and the Color Run. He has engaged local children in conducting science experiments as a volunteer at Bloomsburg’s Children’s Museum and at sessions with area boys scouts and girl scouts. Justin was recognized for his scholarship, leadership and service in Who’s Who Among Students in Colleges and Universities. Justin plans to pursue a career as a physician in the Air Force. 

BAHS students present at PAS

Katie Greene, Rebecca Proce and Andrew King
 present posters on Type 2 Diabetes
BAHS students enrolled in Current Topics in Biology: Type 2 Diabetes (Biology 390) during fall semester 2015 presented the results of their epidemiology research projects at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences at Delaware Valley University recently. Master's students Andrew King and Rebecca King presented a poster on the "Geodemography of Type 2 Diabetes in Pennsylvania." Andy and Becky also presented this work at the Health Sciences Symposium.  Katie Greene, a Health Science major in the pre-physical therapy option, presented a poster that addressed the question " Is the prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes related to income in Pennsylvania counties?" This work was a collaborative effort with BAHS majors Hayley Sparks and Iane Charles. The posters generated a great deal of interest and discussion from conference attendees.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Kira England nominated for top awards

Kira England has recently been notified that she has been nominated for two prestigious honors, the Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence and the graduate fellowship of the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. Kira graduated summa cum laude in December 2015 with a major in biology, environmental biology option. 

Kira has been very active in undergraduate research. She conducted research in stream ecology in the laboratory of Dr. Steven Rier. Her work examined the responses of algal communities to nutrient pollution. Kira also performed research in the conservation ecology laboratory of Dr. Amber Pitt. Kira led a student field crew that investigated the impact of scavenger populations on detection rates of bird window collisions as part of the international, collaborative Ecological Research as Education Network.  Kira and Dr. Pitt have submitted a literature review on the effects of post-fire salvage logging on forest bird populations for publication in the Journal of Forestry. Kira is currently interning in genetic counseling at Geisinger Medical Center. In this capacity, she conducted a research project on inefficiencies in genetic counseling in cancer patients. Kira has presented at numerous undergraduate symposia including the College of Science and Technology Research Day, the Susquehanna River Symposium, and the Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Kira has been named to the Dean’s list during each of her semesters at Bloomsburg University and has received the David and Roberta Soltz Scholarship.  Kira has been selected for membership in the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society. She served as the historian of Beta Beta Beta.  Kira has been recognized twice by a listing in Who’s Who Among Students in Colleges and Universities. Kira will attend Cornell University to pursue a Master’s degree in environmental planning. Kira aims to apply her interests in environmental planning towards climate change adaptation. Congratulations Kira! Best of luck at Cornell!