Saturday, November 11, 2017

BAHS Students Practice Interview Skills

Fifteen BAHS students spent the afternoon on November 3 brushing up on their interview skills at Tri-Beta's MOCK INTERVIEW sessions. Students had the opportunity to have two interviews conducted by faculty. This was great preparation for interviews for medical imaging and laboratory science clinical programs, professional schools, graduate schools, and jobs. Following the interviews, students and faculty met for a debriefing to discuss the interview process and to enjoy some snacks. Student participants were Madison Aungst, Heather Beattie, Jamie Davis, Daniel Deignan, Nathan Feiertag, Dhir Gala, Lindsay Gehman, Joseph Kennard, Elizabeth Kester, Ben Paul, Samantha Romania, Michaela Roth, Erin Smith, Max Strickland, and Rachel Sullivan. Faculty interviewers were Dr. Bell from Chemistry and Biochemistry and BAHS faculty members: Drs. Beishline, Hare-Harris, Green, Kipe-Nolt, Coleman,  Schwindinger, Wood, Klinger, Brubaker, Williams, and Surmacz.  The event was hosted by Tri-Beta. Thanks to all for participating. Stay posted for future Mock Interview sessions!. 

Dr. Beishline publishes article in Nature Communications

Alexandria Ostman receives grants

Alexandria Ostman
Alexandria Ostman, a pre-veterinary science major and vice-president of the BAHS club,  has received two grants, a BU Professional Experience Research grant and a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists Undergraduate Research Grant. Allie is conducting research with her mentor Dr. Kevin Williams. The aims of her research are 1) to determine how hydraulic conductance is increased following clipping in a variety of plant species; 2) to determine if changes in hydraulic resistance influence the photosynthetic physiology of the leaf in a manner similar to conventional water stress; and 3) to compare the responses of plant species with different mechanisms of cicatrix formation and/or tolerance to herbivory. Poinsettias excrete a latex sap that may quickly clog damaged leaf tips and prevent water loss. Poinsettia responses to clipping will be compared to sunflowers that lack that ability. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Phi Kappa Phi Recognition Award Recipients

Congratulations to nine BAHS sophomores who were recognized by the interdisciplinary honor society Phi Kappa Phi for outstanding academic achievement in their freshmen year. The award recipients received certificates at a ceremony and reception on Nov 10, 2017. Award recipients include: Lauren Bunnell (Health Sciences), Ethan Fiedler (Health Sciences), Emily Hackenberg (Medical Imaging), Lizmeidy Hernandez (Health Sciences), Alexis Jasman (Health Sciences), Nina Litz (Medical Imaging), Nathan Reynolds (Health Sciences), Kathryn Sherry (Biology), and Mikayla Ulicny (Medical Imaging.)

Dr. Douglas Frank presents seminar on grazing ecology in Yellowstone

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

BAHS Students take a Husky Career Road Trip

BAHS students took a Husky Career Road Trip on October 25, 2017, sponsored by BU's Alumni and Professional Engagement. The group headed to Geisinger Medical Center Laboratories in Danville, PA to learn about opportunities for careers in medical laboratories. The group took a tour of Geisinger's state of the art clinical laboratories and and learned about job opportunities at Geisinger.  Participating in the road trip were Caitlyn Barr, Bailey Hoyt, Casey Klinger, Marissa McCann, Miranda Payeskie, Julia Peters, Abigail Pool, Casey  Steward, Taylor Stierle.  Besarta Vukaj, Emily Weaver, and Alexander WehrDr. Karl Henry accompanied the group. 

BAHS celebrates Halloween

The BOO-ology Department celebrated Halloween with costumed faculty and a Spooktacular  Bake Sale  that was no tricks and all treats. Check out the festivities below!
Jade Hensinger and Jonathan Adamchick sell ghoulish delights
at the Tri-Beta Bake Sale. 

Bill Nye, aka Dr. Hare-Harris

T. rex (also known as Dr. Henry( visits Hartline Lobby.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

BAHS major Max Strickler is BU Homecoming King!

BAHS major and Homecoming King Max Strickland
 with Homecoming Queen Maggie Anthony
Congratulations to BAHS' own Max Strickler on being crowned as BU's 2017 Homecoming King. Max is majoring in Health Sciences, pre-physical therapy option, and minoring in psychology. Max recently completed a patient ambulation internship at Geisinger Medical Center. Max has been an Orientation Workshop Leader (OWL) since 2015 and has served as its vice-president and president. He has conducted community service and served as a mentor in his role as a Board of Governor's Scholar. Max plans to become a physical therapist.

Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society Welcomes New Members

The Bloomsburg University chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society, welcomed new members at its initiation ceremony in 108 Hartline Science Center on October 22, 2017. Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) is a society for students dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Since its founding in 1922, more than 175,000 persons have been accepted into lifetime membership, and more than 430 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The mission of Tri-Beta is:  1) to stimulate scholarship; 2) to disseminate scientific knowledge; and 3) to promote biological research (  
Tri-Beta Officers, 2017-2018)

The ceremony was conducted by Tri-Beta officers President Jerome Betz, Vice-President Nathan Feiertag, Secretary Jade Hensinger, Treasurer Jamie Davis, and Historian, Adrienne Yordy. During the ceremony, initiates learned about the history, symbols and mission of Tri-Beta and took a pledge to promote its spirit, objectives, and honor. Congratulating the graduates were Dean Robert Aronstam and BAHS Chairperson Dr,  Angela Hess. Guest speaker Dr. Abby-Hare Harris engaged the assembly of initiates and their families, BAHS faculty, and guests with a presentation on "Genetics is the Spice of Life." 

Current student members of Tri Beta are: Alina Allgyer, Brandon Arnsberger, Emily Ashberry,Jerome Betz III, Jamie Davis, Daniel Deignan, Nathan Feiertag, Grace Fronheiser, Kyle Gainard,Rebecca Goldstein, Jared Harris, Jade Hensinger, Juliana Hernandez, Malyn Maloney, Rachel McDonald, MacKenzie McDowell, Erin Smith, and Adrienne Yordy. 

New Initiates 2017
Regular Members
Jonathan Adamchick
Madison Aungst
Amber Bogdanowicz
Sarah Cantymagli
Jessica Comstock
Andrew Cross
Valerie Davi
Dhir Gala
Lindsey Gehman
Aaron Gordon-Weaver 
Kaitlyn Gresko
Devin Jenkins
Elizabeth Kester
Robert Kilpatrick
Allison McCracken
Emily Noll
Benjamin Paul
Jennifer Ringsdorf
Jacklyn Rispin
Sarah Ritter
Michaela Roth
Rachel Ryver
Justin Salak
Phoebe Slavens
Daniel Steinhauser 
Rachel Sullivan
Michaela Wagner
Emily Weaver
Ian Whiteside

Associate Members 
Christiana Cragwell
Natalie Ortman
Claire Pressimone
Colleen Tobey

Graduate Members
Heather Llewellyn

Friday, October 27, 2017

Pre-Med Students: Check out Geisinger Jan Plan!

Dr. Rier presents to the Fishing Creek Watershed Association

Dr. Surmacz is Career Day Panelist at Penn State College of Medicine

Dr. Cindy Surmacz
Dr. Cindy Surmacz was invited to serve on a panel at Graduate and Post-Doctoral Career Day at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA on October 21. The day-long event was attended by 120 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from biomedical programs at both the Hershey and University Park campuses. Panelists represented careers as diverse as academic research, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, education, public health, science communication, science policy, non-profits,  and science administration. Dr. Surmacz served on a panel of faculty from liberal arts colleges. She is a 1983 alumna from the Department of Physiology.

Dr. Moria Chamber from Bucknell University presents BAHS Seminar

Dr. Chamuris is "Science at Bloom" Lecturer

Dr. George P. Chamuris, Professor
Dr. George Chamuris presented the inaugural lecture of the new dean's lecture series, "Science at Bloom" on October 19, 2017. Dr. Chamuris's talk, was entitled "The Plants of Ricketts Glen, A Preliminary Vascular Flora." Ricketts Glen State Park lies on over 13,000 acres in Columbia, Luzerne, and Sullivan counties. It contains over 20 miles of hiking trails and is home to  the Glens Natural Area, a National Natural Landmark, and 22 named waterfalls. Through the use of beautiful photography, Dr. Chamuris provided the audience with a "virtual hike" of the flora found on the primary trails in the park.  The audience was provided with Dr. Chamuris's publication Hiker's Guide to the Trees, Shrubs and Vines of Ricketts Glen State Park, now in its 6th edition. The Guide can be accessed at:
Check out the web page pf Dr. Chamuris's Flora of Ricketts Glen Project:

Transgenic Plants from Dr. Davis's Lab.

Day 1
Dr. George Davis shared photos of transgenic tomato plants from his laboratory. The top photo shows plants  at day 1 grown in iron deficient Hoagland's solution at pH 7.4. Iron was provided as 10 µM FeCl3/15 µM avenic acid. Sample 13 (the top plant) has been transformed with an iron/avenic acid transporter isolated from roots of iron starved oats. Avenic acid Sample 14 (the lower plant) is untransformed. The bottom photo shows the tomato plants at day 14. Note the iron deficiency chlorosis in new leaves in sample 14. Avenic acid is the phytosiderophore synthesized by oats. Our synthetic form was made by our colleague, Dr. Mark Stocksdale, Earlham College
Day 14

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pre-Medical Sciences Seminar Offered Spring 2018

Pre-Medical Sciences Seminar, Interdisciplinary Studies 300, is a one-credit seminar course that guides students in preparing for application to schools in the medical professions, including allopathic and ostepathic medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, chiropractic, optometry and podiatry.  During the seminar, students will prepare application materials, such as a resume and personal statement, and discuss topics pertinent to the application. The course is recommended for juniors or seniors who are preparing for professional school in medical fields. Pre-requisites: at least 60 earned crests. The course is being taught by Dr. William Schwindinger and is offered on Mondays 5 to 5:50 pm in 119 Hartline. The course is offered each spring semester. Please see Dr. Schwindinger for more information.

BAHS Students are Invited on a HUSKY CAREER ROAD TRIP!

Want to learn about laboratory careers? Want to learn about career opportunities at Geisinger  Medical Center? If the answer is YES,  come and take a Husky Career Road Trip to the Geisinger Medical Center Laboratories in Danville PA on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017.  Geisinger Medical Laboratories operates with state -of-the art technology and information systems to provide laboratory services throughout Central and Northeast PA. 
Here's the schedule of events:
9:15 a.m. Depart campus from Fenstemaker Alumni House
9:45 a.m. Arrive at Geisinger Danville Campus Medical Laboratory Building
·        Breakfast items provided
·        Students will be split into two different groups upon arrival
·        10:00 a.m.
o   Group 1 will conduct a tour of Geisinger’s state-of-the art Medical Laboratory
o   Group 2 will receive an overview of Geisinger Medical Laboratories
§  Review job opportunities available at Geisinger and how to apply
·        11:00 a.m.
o   Group 1 will receive an overview of Geisinger Medical Laboratories
§  Review job opportunities available at Geisinger and how to apply
o   Group 2 will conduct a tour of Geisinger’s state-of-the art Medical Laboratory
12:00 p.m. Depart Geisinger Danville Campus Medical Laboratory Building
12:30 p.m. Arrive on Campus at Fenstemaker Alumni House

The event is sponsored by Alumni and Professional Engagement.  The RSVP Deadline: October 20, 2017.

  RSVP Directions:
1.      Logon to Husky Career Link at []
2.      Select “Register for Events>Information Sessions>Geisinger Health Systems” and click RSVP.
3.      Be professionally dressed, and at Fenstemacher Alumni House (next to Rec center on Light St.) by 9AM on 10/25.
4.      If you have any questions, please contact or visit the Center for Professional Development and Career Experience at 201 SSC,, or call 570-389-4070

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Biology Trivia Report!

What year was the Human Genome Project Completed?  How many trees are needed to make a ton of paper? On what continent was the potato first cultivated. What are the scientific names of the five common model organisms in biology? The answers to these and other questions were pondered by ten teams of students and faculty vying for bragging rights at Tri-Beta's first biology trivia contest of the academic year on October 11, 2017.  The winning team of Dan Stevens, Maddie Aungst, Nate Feiertag and Dr. Davis narrowly edged out the team of Jerome Betz, Dan Deignan, and Dr. Nolt, clinching victory during the final round. The group enjoyed pizza, snacks, and fun. A good time was had by all! Stay tuned for upcoming biology trivia events.

Biology Trivia Teams doing battle!

Dr. Chamuris is inaugural speaker at Science at Bloom: The Dean's Lecture Series

Dr. George Chamuris, Professor
The College of Science and Technology will launch its new seminar series, Science at Bloom: The Dean's Lecture Series, on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7 pm in 108 Hartline. Presenting  the first  lecture is Dr. George Chamuris, professor, Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences. Dr. Chamuris will address "The Plants of Rickett's Glen, A preliminary Vascular Flora, Excluding the Sedges and Grasses."  Dr. Chamuris earned  an A.A.S. from Dutchess Community College, a B.S.from, State University of New York at Albany, a M.S.from James Madison University and a Ph.D.from State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. His  research is in the areas of mycology, botany evolution, and ecology. He teaches classes in Evolution, Cells, Genes and Molecules, Human Genetics, Comparative Biology of Plants, Dendrology, and Evolutionary Genetics. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Biology and Allied Health Club volunteers at The Children's Museum

BAHS club members shared their knowledge of the skeletal system with area children at Bloomsburg's Children's Museum on Saturday, October 14. The club taught children about the functions of the skeleton and how to identify some bones. Participants had the opportunity to handle real beef bones and to earn about about compact and spongy bone.  One of the highlights was making a macaroni skeleton.  Club members who participated were Elyse Shultz, Allie Ostman,  Juliana Hernandez, Robert Kilpatrick, Sarah Bainey, Searah Kennedy, Sarah Buckley and Shania Moore.  Advising the group are Drs. Hess and Venditti.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Homecoming Tent Party

Dan Stevens
Ryan Schmeck
The College of Science and Technology hosted alumni, students, faculty and staff at a Homecoming Tent Party in the Academic Quad on October 7, 2017. In addition to music, food, and Bounce Houses for the children, CoST ambassadors provided fun, science games for children attending the event.  BAHS majors Justin Heller (Health Sciences), Dan Stevens (Secondary Education Biology) and Ryan Schmeck (Health Sciences) are having fun demonstrating homemade quicksand, fingerprinting, X-ray hands, and "make your own DNA." 

Justin Heller and Ryan Schmeck

BAHS at CoST Career Day

The Biology and Allied Health panels were packed at the annual College of Science and Technology Career Day on October 6, 2017 at Kehr Union. The event, organized by Dr. Brubaker and moderated by Drs. Hare-Harris and Beishline,  featured 9 BAHS alumni who shared advice to current students. The Biology panel consisted of  Dr. Darrin Doran, a family practice resident physician at Geisinger Wyoming Valley; Michael Lightner, U.S. Park Ranger at Sequoia National Park; Heather Mower, Johnson and Johnson; Missy Tomacavage, Analysis Manager at CNV Analysis, Gene DX, Inc; and Jessica Willis, Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience at Lehigh University. Allied Health panelists were Christine Ford, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Vascular and Strategic Projects, Teleflex, Inc; Rachel Kobeski, Physician Assistant, Radiology Associates of Richmond; Mr. Kenneth Roszel, Program Director, School of Radiologic Technology, Geisinger Medical Center; and Andrew Shamberg, Medical Technologist, Geisinger Medical Center. Panelists shared their personal journeys and experiences and fielded questions from the audience. Students were eager to receive advice and to learn about how to stand out from the competition. Panelists reflected on  what they liked most about their careers and the rewards they offered. Students had the 
opportunity to network with panelists at the conclusion of the session. Thank you to all
 alumni who participated. It was great to see you again!

BAHS Career Sessions!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Dr. Stephen Schell Award Winners Announced

Daniel Deignan
Two BAHS students, Daniel Deignan and Nathan Feiertaghave been named recipients of the Dr. Stephen E. Schell Award. This award was generously established by Dr. Stephen E. Schell, MD (BS Biology, 1975), a board certified otolaryngologist and graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. Funding provided by the award assists pre-medical science students in preparing for osteopathic or allopathic medical school by helping to defray the cost of a preparatory course or materials for the Medical College Admission Test.

Nathan Feiertag
Dan, a biology, pre-medical sciences major and dean’s list student,  is active in the Pre-Medical Sciences club and served as the public relations officer during his junior year. He is also a member of Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society. He volunteers as a member of the Bloomsburg Geisinger Hospital Auxiliary where he interacts with staff and patients. In addition, Dan is also certified in CPR. Dan is an Eagle Scout and serves as an Eagle Advisor.  He also participates in the Sons of the American Legion.  Dan  plans to attend medical school.  

Nate, a B.S. Biology, pre-medical sciences major and chemistry minor, was inducted into both TriBeta, the biology honor society and Phi Kappa Phi, the national honor society. He received a Phi Kappa Phi  recognition award for outstanding performance in the freshmen year. Nathan is the vice-president of Tri-Beta and was elected vice-president of the Pre-Medical Sciences Club.Nathan was a member of the BU Varsity basketball team and was recognized as a scholar athlete.   Nathan was a research scholar at Lehigh Valley Hospital where he worked in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to assess the reliability of a videotaping technology tool for assessing the surgical competencies of residents in laparoscopy. He has shadowed at Sacred Heart Hospital and a Lehigh Valley Hospital, volunteered at Maria Joseph Continuing Care Community, and is a certified EMT.  Nathan plans to attend medical school.

BAHS Seminar Friday, October 13, 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017

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 2018. Consult your curriculum guide or academic advisor to determine which ones count towards your particular academic program.

Biology 222 Comparative Biology of Plants, Dr. Chamuris
Biology 233 Human Genetics, Dr. Chamuris
Biology 333 Molecular Biology, Dr. Davis
Biology 343 Immunology, to be announced
Biology 361 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Dr. Corbin
Biology 411  Radiation Biology, Dr. Fallahian
Biology 435 Bioinformatics, Dr. Hare-Harris
Biology 442/542 Virology, Dr. Nolt
Biology 451/551 Conservation Biology, Dr. Wood
Biology 442/542 Virology, Dr. Nolt
Biology 456/556 Ecostreams, Dr. Rier
Biology 470/570 Medical Parasitology, Dr. Henry
Biology 474 Human Physiology, Dr. Coleman
Biology 479 Integrated Physiology Lab, Drs Williams and Coleman
Biology 489/589 Current Topics in Biology, Research Methods, Dr. Green

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, Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Ecology, Genetics, Medical Terminology, Introduction to Nutrition.