Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sean Hartzell publishes work on Amphibians and Reptiles in Columbia County

Sean Hartzell
Sean Hartzell, a 2015 Biology graduate and graduate student in the M.S. Biology program, has published an article in the recent issue of the Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. Sean's article is entitled " A Checklist and Distributional Synthesis of Amphibian and Reptile Species in Columbia County, Pennsylvania. Sean used specimens in the herpetology collection at Bloomsburg University, literature reviews, museum holdings on VertNet, and verified submissions on the Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey to construct his checklist.  He confirmed that 39 amphibian and reptile species occur in Columbia County (11 salamanders, 9
anurans, 6 turtles, 1 lizard, and 12 snakes). Eleven of these species are of conservation concern in Pennsylvania. Check out Sean's article at

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Dr. Venditti is the new assistant dean of CoST

Dr. Jennifer Venditti
Dr. Jennifer Venditti  has been named the new assistant dean of the College of Science and Technology. Dr. Venditti is an associate professor in the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences and has been on the faculty since 2010. She earned her B.S. in Biology from Shippensburg University and her M.S. in Biology from Bloomsburg University. Dr. Venditti earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Lehigh University, where she specialized in reproductive biology and cell biology.  Her research focuses on sperm cell biology. Her collaborative research with Dr. Coleman and BAHS alumnus Adam Kulp was the first to investigate the localization and functional role of synapsin in sperm, a protein typically associate with neurons, and  was published in FEBS Open Bio in September 2015. Dr. Venditti received the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarly Activity in 2013. She served as the Health Sciences LLC coordinator, chair of the College of Science and Technology Recruitment Task Force, and chair of the Health Sciences Symposium Committee.  Dr. Venditti developed the course Introduction to Health Care Practice, a health science elective that offers students background preparation, training, and practical skills to work in a health care setting. She also teaches Human Biology, Endocrinology, Introduction to Health Care Practice, and laboratories in Concepts in Biology I, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Cell Biology. Dr. Venditti has taught previously at Lehigh University, Penn State Lehigh Valley, and Kutztown University.  Congratulations Dr. Venditti!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Dr. Coleman awarded tenure and promotion

Dr. William Coleman
Congratulations to Dr. William Coleman for earning tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor. Dr. Coleman has been at Bloomsburg University since 2011.  He received his B.S. in Biophysics from the University of Scranton and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Lehigh University. Dr. Coleman teaches neurophysiology, integrated physiology,  laboratories in Anatomy & Physiology I and II, and Current Topics in Biology: The Synapse.  His research  is aimed at understanding how neurons communicate, specifically the events involved in synaptic transmission, Dr. Coleman and his students are exploring topics  
such as  synaptic vesicle cycling and dynamics  and the distribution and interaction of synapsin proteins.