Friday, October 21, 2016

Welcome back Alumni!

BAHS alumna Kristen Venditti, BS Biology 2015 (right), is greeted by Dean Robert Aronstam (middle) and Assistant Dean (and sister!) Dr. Jennifer Venditti (left) at the College of Science and Technology Tent during homecoming weekend festivities. A good time was had with plenty of food, a raffle, Roongo, and BAHS staff and faculty.

Tri-Beta Updates

Tri-Beta Biology Officers,Rho chi chapter,  2016-2017
Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) Biology Honor Society is a national organization for students dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. The mission of Tri-Beta is to stimulate scholarship, to disseminate scientific knowledge, and to promote biological research. The BAHS Rho Chi chapter of Tri-Beta was established in 1984.  Leading the chapter this year are officers (pictured at right) Vice President Emily Broadbent, Historian Gabriella Bonchack, Secretary Alexandra Schlack, Treasurer Aubrey Cole, and President Lauren Chamberlin. Current members are Tala Abdulal, Beverly Andre, Kelly Barko, Hanan Ben Nacef, Paige Betts, Allison Bleistein, Gabriella Bonchack, Emily Broadbent, Lauren Chamberlin, Aubrey Cole, Jaclyn Cortlessa, Elliott Fackler, Olivia Falko, Jacqlene Hoffman, Kurt Knepley, Haley Kravitz, Nathaniel Kresge, Kayla Lavella, Kendall Leet, William Madden, Shaidy Moronta, Jonathan Perez, Ehtan Powell, Trina Reese, Alexandra Schlack and Ashley Schucker. Advising the group is Dr. Surmacz. The group this year has provided tutoring at ABLE each Wednesday from 5 to 6 pm for students in introductory biology courses and held a Biology Trivia Contest for students and faculty.  An induction ceremony is planned for the near future to welcome 38 students into membership. Also on this semester's agenda are hosting Mock Interviews, conducting a fundraiser,guest speakers, and providing coffee and donuts during finals week to students, faculty, and staff. Please see any officer for more information about Tri-Beta.

Beverly Andre receives CUR travel grant

Beverly Andre, a senior pre-med major, receives travel
grant from the Council for Undergraduate Research
Beverly Andre, a senior biology major, pre-medicine option, and chemistry minor, has received a travel grant from the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR). CUR is a national organization whose mission is to enhance opportunities for students and faculties to engage in investigations that make an original intellectual contribution to their discipline. Over 900 colleges and universities, including Bloomsburg University, are members of CUR. The CUR travel grant will support Beverly's attendance at the annual conference of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in New Orleans, LA in January 2017. Bloomsburg University's College of Science and Technology will provide a matching grant. Beverly will present a poster entitled: Sublethal Stress Associated with Apiary Treatments for Varroa Mites.  The presentation is co-authored with Beverly's mentors,  Drs Cindy Surmacz and John Hranitz. and with collaborators Drs. Ibrahim Cakmak and S.Cakmak from the Beekeeping and Development Center in Bursa,Turkey. Honeybees have experienced global declines, most pronounced in the USA and Europe, linked to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). While CCD may be caused by many factors, Varroa mites strongly influence hive health and persistence, directly as an ectoparasite and indirectly as a disease vector. Beekeepers control infestations with acaracides, pesticides applied to bee hives to kill mites.  Beverly's work examines the hypothesis that acaracides may cause sublethal stress in honeybees and uses the intracellular chaperone heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) as a biomarker for sublethal stress. in honeybees. This research has the potential to inform beekeepers on the pesticide types and dosages that will control mite infestation while minimizing stress to the honeybees.

BAHS at CoST Career Day

Mr. Ken Roszel, M.S., R.T. (R), program director,
School of Radiologic Technology at Geisinger Medical Center
discusses careers in Medical Imaging.
BAHS students turned out in great numbers for the biology and allied health panels at the College of Science and Technology Career Day that was held at Kehr union on October 14, 2016.  Students had the opportunity to ask questions of alumni panelists, to get advice on how to enter and succeed in various graduate and professional programs, and to learn about the daily activities and opportunities that can be found in various careers.  Panelists at the biology session were: Melissa Tomacavage, senior analyst in Genomics at GeneDx; Deidre Fahy Belolan, quality engineer at Amcor Rigid Plastics; Kerri Horwath, Vaccine Specialist at Vaxserve, Inc; Dr. Gene Kinney, Chief Operating Officer at Prothena Corporation; Amanda Naugle Robinson, medical laboratory scientist at Evangelical Community Hospital; and Jessical Willis, doctoral student in neurobiology at Lehigh University.  Allied health panelists were Amber Kolk, medical laboratory scientist at Geisinger Medical Center, Dr. Shannon Carper, physical therapist at Commonwealth Home Health & Hospice; Laura Laidacker Moore, physician assistant, Geisinger Medical Center, Kenneth Roszel, program director, School of Radiologic technology at Evangelical Community Hospital; and Kim Warren, microbiology assistant supervisor at Wilson Hospital. The biology and allied health sessions were moderated by Drs. William Schwindinger and Barry Nolt and organized by Dr. Kristen Brubaker. Thank you to all of our alumni panelists--it was great to see you all. We are proud of all of your successes. Stay in touch!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Celebrating Academic Achievement

Celebrating Dean's Candy Bar Day in Hartline Lobby
Dean's List Candy Bar Day celebrates students in the College of Science and Technology who were named to the Dean's List during Spring Semester 2016. To be eligible, students must earn a GPA of 3.5 or above. Receiving her candy bar is Madison Quinn, BAHS Medical Imaging major. Shown with Madison are from left, student worker Meaghan Eckel, Dr Robert Aronstam, Dean of the College of Science and Technology, Madison Quinn and Shannon Yarnell, CoST secretary. Congratulations to Madison and to all our candy bar recipients!.

BAHS Students on the Dean's List, Spring 2016 
Ramona Adrien, Health Sciences BS, pre-physical therapy
Alina Allgyer, Biology BA
Nicholas Angeny. Health Sciences BS, pre-physical therapy
Elijah Anseaume, Biology BS
Darianny Antonio, Medical Imaging BS
Nicholas Apfelbaum, Biology BS, environmental biology
Brandon Arnsberger, Biology BS, pre-medical sciences
Emily Ashberry, Biology BS
Brandon Ball, Biology BS, environmental biology
Emily Barrett, Medical Imaging BS
Lauren Barrett, Biology BS, environmental biology
Carrie-Anne Barry, Biology BS, pre-medical sciences
Sarah Bartra, Health Sciences BS, pre-physician assistant
Christopher Bastardi, Health Sciences BS, pre-physician assistant
Hanan Ben Nacef, Health Sciences BS, pre-physical therapy
Jerome Betz, Biology BS, molecular biology
Allison Bleistein, Biology BS, environmental biology
Amber Bogdanowicz, Biology BS, molecular biology
Gabriella Bonchack, Health Sciences BS, pre-physician assistant
Michelle Bressi, Medical Imaging BS
Mikala Britt, Health Sciences BS, pre-physician assistant
Laura Campbell, Biology BS, pre-medical sciences
Victoria Campbell, Biology BS, molecular biology
Sydney Casey, Health Sciences BS, pre-physical therapy
Kahli Castagnera, Health Sciences BS, pre-physical therapy
Leah Chan, Medical Imaging BS
Allison Charles, Medical Imaging BS
Iane Charles, Biology BS, pre-medical sciences
Morgan Cillo, Biology BS, pre-medical sciences
Elizabeth Cole, Health Sciences BS, pre-physician assistant
Tonya Copello,, Medical Imaging BS
Andrew Cross, Biology BS, pre-medical sciences
Valerie Davi, Health Sciences BS, pre-physical therapy
Alexis DeGrandis, Health Sciences BS
Jonathan Del Colliano, Health Sciences BS
Danielle Delgiorno, Health Sciences BS, pre-physical therapy
Bethany Deppen, Medical Imaging BS
Alexandria Dougherty, Medical Imaging BS
Sharnise Dozier, Health Sciences BS, pre-physician assistant
Hannah Edgar, Medical Imaging BS
Stephanie Evans, Biology BS, environmental biology
Elliott Fackler, Biology BS, environmental biology
Ryan Faust, Medical Imaging BS
Nathan Feiertag, Biology BS, pre-medical sciences
Alondra Fernandez, Biology BS, pre-medical sciences
George Figueroa, Biology BS, pre-medical sciences
Gina Fiore, Medical Imaging BS
Eric Fitzgerald, Biology BS, pre-medical sciences
Kyle Flannery, Health Sciences BS
Courtney Fritz, Health Sciences BS
Grace Fronheiser, Biology BA
Edgar Garcia, Health Sciences BS
Lindsay Gehman, Medical Imaging BS
Aaron Gordon-Weaver, Biology BS, environmental biology
Tori Goshow, Health Sciences BS, pre-physician assistant
Emma Hecker, Medical Imaging BS
Jade Hensinger, Health Sciences BS, pre-physician assistant
Juliana Hernandez, Biology BA
Jacqlene Hoffman, Biology BS, environmental biology
Jade Hoffman, Medical Imaging BS
Justin Howal, Medical Imaging BS
Morgan Ilgenfritz, Health Sciences BS, pre-physical therapy
Niles Kauffman, Medical Imaging BS
Elizabeth Kester, Health Sciences BS, pre-physician assistant
Eleanor Kirby, Medical Imaging BS
Chad Klinedinst, Biology BS, environmental biology
Kurt Knepley, Biology BS, molecular biology
Troy Koch, Health Sciences BS, pre-physical therapy
Courtney Kovilaritch, Medical Imaging BS
Jerimiah Kozacheck, Health Sciences BS, pre-physician assistant
Haley Kravitz, Health Sciences BS
Kaylei Lapchak, Health Sciences BS, pre-physician assistant
Kayla Lavella, Health Sciences BS, pre-physical therapy
Zackary Lehman, Medical Imaging BS
Brett Luhrman, Medical Imaging BS
William Madden, Health Sciences BS
Alison Martin, Biology BS, pre-medical sciences
Marjorie Martin, Medical Imaging BS
Patrick Martin, Biology BS
Katherine Mather-Shingara, Biology BS, environmental biology
Natalie Mayo, Health Sciences BS, pre-physical therapy
Allison McCracken, Health Sciences BS, pre-physical therapy
Lily Mehalick, Medical Imaging BS
Lexie Mendall, Biology BS, environmental biology
Shaidy Moronta, Biology BS, pre-medical sciences
Hosanna Mullen, Biology BS, molecular biology
Madison Mullen, Biology BA, natural history
Tiffany Mulligan, Medical Imaging BS
Emily Noll, Health Sciences BS, pre-physician assistant
Benjamin Paul, Biology BS, environmental biology
David Perez, Biology BA
Jonathan Perez, Biology BS, pre-medical sciences
Jean-Nicole Place, Biology BS, molecular biology
Jacob Plachko, Medical Imaging BS
Dominick Policare, Health Sciences BS, pre-physical therapy
Ethan Powell, Biology BS, pre-medical sciences
Madison Quinn, Medical Imaging BS
Amy Rader, Biology BS, pre-medical sciences
Victoria Reggie, Health Sciences BS, pre-physical therapy
Blake Remensnyder, Health Sciences BS
Ryan Rhoades, Health Sciences BS, pre-physician assistant
Emily Rine, Health Sciences BS
Jennifer Ringsdorf, Biology BS, pre-medical sciences
Marcus Roberts, Biology BA, natural history
Samantha Romania, Medical Imaging BS
Jamie Rosencranse, Medical Imaging BS
Michaela Roth, Biology BS
Kylie Ruhl, Medical Imaging BS
Cody Seachrist, Health Sciences BS, pre-physician assistant
Kayla Sensenig, Medical Imaging BS
Terri Shoop, Medical Imaging BS
Bailey Smith, Medical Imaging BS
Kayla Smith, Medical Imaging BS
Monique Snow, Medical Imaging BS
Megan Sorber, Medical Imaging BS
Brina Jo Sotelom Medical Imaging BS
Renee Spancake, Biology BS, environmental biology
Derek Stahl, Medical Imaging BS
Morgan Stauffer, Medical Imaging BS
Daniel Steinhauser, Biology BS, environmental biology
Keara Suprock, Medical Imaging BS
Devan Sweeney, Medical Imaging BS
Matthew Swift, Biology BS, pre-medical sciences
Beau Tamanini, Health Sciences BS
Autumn Temple, Health Sciences BS, pre-physician assistant
Mallory Tomaschik, Health Sciences BS, pre-physician assistant
Taylor Trautwein, Health Sciences BS
Jennifer Tuomisto, Biology BS, environmental biology
Brittany Underkoffler, Health Sciences BS, medical lab science
Amber Wagner, Biology BS
Alexander Wehr, Biology BS, pre-medical sciences
Rachael Wood,  Medical Imaging BS
Adrienne Yordy, Biology BS, pre-medical sciences
Olivia Zeitler, Medical Imaging BS
Brandon Zimmerman, Biology BS
Taylor Zucco, Health Sciences BS, pre-physical therapy

Shandna Burroughs examines prokinecticin-2 effects in Syrian Hamsters

Shandna Burroughs at work in the lab
Shandna Burroughs, a graduate student in Dr. Candice Klingerman's laboratory, received the Kristin M. Lynch Memorial Scholarship for graduate students (fall 2016). Her research examines the effects of a protein, prokineticin-2 (PK-2), on reproductive and ingestive behaviors of Syrian hamsters.  She has found that the protein has profound effects on both sets of behaviors.  PK-2 acted as an appetite suppressant, while increasing female reproductive behavior. This research is the first to show that PK-2 can affect both of these behaviors simultaneously and may indicate a potential treatment in the war against obesity, while having a positive side effect - increased sex drive!  Ms. Burroughs is currently examining how PK-2 influences peptide hormones in the blood with Dr. Jennifer Venditti and mRNA expression in the brain with Dr. Schwindinger.  She will be defending her Master's thesis this November and plans on continuing graduate school in a Ph.D. program next fall.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sneak peek at Spring Elective Offerings

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Electives are a great opportunity to explore new fields, pursue a specific interest, or prepare for graduate or professional school. The following biology and health science electives are planned for spring 2017. Consult your curriculum guide or academic advisor to determine which ones count towards your particular academic program.

Biology 233 Human Genetics, Dr. Chamruis
Biology 301 Introduction to Healthcare, Dr. Venditti
Biology 333 Molecular Biology, Dr. Davis
Biology 342 Medical Microbiology, Dr. Henry
Biology 361 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Dr. Corbin
Biology 420/520, Global Change Biology, Dr. Rier
Biology 442/542 Virology, Dr. Nolt
Biology 472 Animal Cell Physiology, Dr. Brubaker
Biology 474 Human Physiology, Dr. Hansen
Biology 470 Integrated Physiology Lab, Drs Williams and Coleman
Biology 489/589 Current Topics in Biology, Lyme Disease

Writing in Biology will also be offered by Dr. Ardizzi.

In addition, to the above electives, the following core classes for various BAHS programs will also be offered: Concepts in Biology 1 and 2, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Ecology, Genetics, Medical Terminology, Introduction to Nutrition, Senior Seminar.

Dr. Davis granted provisional patent

Dr. George Davis, associate professor, Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences, and his colleague Dr. Mark Stocksdale, Department of Chemistry at Earlham College, have been granted a provisional patent for their invention  “'Trojan Horse' targeted delivery system for crop species” as listed on the Penn State “Technologies Available for Licensing” page. This invention uses the iron uptake system found in grasses to deliver nutrients / minerals, growth regulators, herbicides, and fertilizers to a wide range of plants that have been genetically engineered to express the iron transporter. This technology has the potential to promote more vigorous growth in crop plants and to reduce the detrimental environmental impacts of fertilizers. The provisional patent allows protection for the development of the technology until April, 2017. A description is available at:

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Medical Imaging Students Visit Johns Hopkins Hospital

Drs. Nolt and Klingerman and a lively group of Medical Imaging Majors headed off to an Open House at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD on September 23, 2016. Students  had the opportunity to learn more about the imaging programs available at John Hopkins and to take a tour. On the field trip were Morgan Campbell, Doronella Simon, Morgan Berger, Stevie Voss,          Chelsea Harlan, Jayne Confalone, Bailey Smith, Tessa Eckman, Madison Quinn, Courtney Kovilaritch, Jamie Rosencranse, Emma Hecker, Zackary Lehman, Shannon Marks, MacKenzie Bernstiel, Rebecca Stalvey, Jennifer Albanese, and Madeleine Stander.

Learn About Careers in Biology and Allied Health

BAHS welcomes several speakers during the month of October to present information on various career options in biology and allied health. Everyone is invited to attend!
Careers in Biology/Allied Health

Monday, Oct. 10              Tuesday, Oct. 11

HSC G42 6:30 pm                           HSC G42 6:15 pm  

Mr. Kenneth Roszel                     Mr.SteveUhl                         

Radiography                                    Physician Assistant

Geisinger Medical Center                Evangelical Community Hosp.


Wednesday, Oct. 12        Thurs, Oct. 13

HSC G40 6:15 pm                           HSC G42 6:30 & 7:00 pm  

Mr. Ron Byerly                                Cathy Haffner

Physician Assistant                         Conservation Coordinator

Geisinger Medical Center                PA Game Commission


Heather Almer

                                                        Watershed Specialist

                                                        CC Conservation District


Monday, Oct. 17             

HSC G42 6:00 pm                          

Mr. Kevin Zajac                                              

Medicine, Pharmacy                      

Philadelphia COM                                                  



Tuesday, Oct. 25             Thurs, Oct. 27

HSC 122 6:30 pm                           ABLE (CRH 119) 5:00 pm

Mr. Brian Spezialetti                          Ms. Julianne Heater

Medical Lab Science                       Medical Student

Robert Packer Hosp.                       Philadelphia COM