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!