Tuesday, August 2, 2016

BAHS Students Present at the Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium

Sarah Bartra at the Susquehanna Valley
Undergraduate Research Symposium
The 6th annual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium was held at Bloomsburg University on July 27, 2016.  The event was co-sponsored by Bloomsburg University, Bucknell Institute for Public Policy, Geisinger Health System, and Susquehanna University. Undergraduates from all disciplines were invited to present their research at the symposium in the following areas: biological science, clinical and translational research, natural science and engineering, and social science and humanities. The keynote address was delivered by Jennifer K. Wagner, J.D., Ph.D,  the Associate Director of Bioethics Research for Geisinger Health System. Her presentation addressed  the topic "DNA lawyer: Define Your Own Career."   The symposium is a great opportunity for students to present their research, to learn about research methods in other  fields, and to participate in a professional conference. Drs Schwindinger and Coleman served as symposium poster judges.  Among the 97 submissions this year, were four BAHS students and their mentors:

Brandon Arnsberger (Mentor: Dr. Kevin Ball, Psychology)  Role of Medial Prefrontal Cortex Dopamine D1-Like Receptors in Chronic Restraint Stress-Induced Increases in Palatable Food Craving.

Sarah Bartra (Mentors: Drs. William Coleman and Jennifer Venditti) Investigating the Role of Synapsin I During Human Sperm Capacitation and Acrosome Reaction.

Kurt D. Knepley (Mentor: Dr. William Coleman.)  Distribution of and Colocalization of Synapsin I, II, and III, and Rab3a within the Earthworm Nervous System.

Daniel Steinhauser (Mentor Dr. Matthew Ricker, Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences). Quantification of the Spatial Extent and Water Quality Improvement Functions of Alluvial River Islands in the North Branch Susquehanna River Basin.