Monday, February 13, 2017

Shandna Burroughs defends thesis

Shandna Burroughs
Shandna Burroughs has successfully defended her Master's thesis entitled "Ghrelin and prokinectin-2 are affecting the sexual and ingesitve behaviors of the female Syrian hamster." Her thesis advisor was Dr. Candice Klingerman. Drs. Jennifer Venditti and William Schwindinger served on her thesis committee. Shandna received her Master's degree in biology at the December 2016 graduate commencement ceremony. Shandna plans to pursue a doctoral degree in the future. Congratulations Shandna!

Navy Medicine

Are you interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, optometry, physician assistant studies, pharmacy, clinical psychology, etc?
Come and learn about scholarships in NAVY MEDICINE

Guest Speaker: Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Mark Wakefield

6 pm Weds, Feb 15 at 6 pm at ABLE (first floor Columbia.) 
Please enter through the back door of Columbia by the basketball court.
Sponsored by the Pre-Medical Sciences Club.

Everyone is welcome!

Biology Trivia 
G42 HSC at 6 pm,
 Thursday, February 16
Sign-ups are outside 146 Hartline.
Pizza and snacks!

Sponsored by TriBeta
Everyone welcome!

New Course: Health Sciences Seminar

B.S. Health Sciences majors will be required to take a new course, Biology 303:  Health Sciences Seminar, beginning in the Fall 2017.  Biology 303 will provide a foundation for responsible conduct, professionalism, and use of protected information in a healthcare setting.  Additionally, students will learn how to use centralized application procedures, search for professional experiences, and build a comprehensive portfolio to strengthen applications to graduate schools and employment opportunities.  The goal of Biology 303 is to better prepare our students for field experiences and careers in healthcare.  This course replaces Senior Biology Seminar (Biology 481)
 and should be taken during the junior year.    

Meet Dr. Evan Houston

Dr. Evan Houston
Dr. Evan Houston joins the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences this semester as a temporary faculty member teaching laboratories in Cell Biology. Dr. Houston is originally from Charlotte, NC. 
He received his B.A. in Biology from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. He earned his Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Washington. Dr. Houston has taught and/or done research at several schools in the Seattle area, including the University of Washington and Highline College. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, tennis, and bird watching.
Welcome Dr. Houston!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Dr. Thomas Scott Klinger --- Panelist for the Best Mauritian Scientist Award

When our work was done, our hosts took us
 around the island, justifiably proud of their
 very diverse society.  This is Ganga Talao
 (the Grand Basin) Hindu Temple at the
 very tippy top of Mauritius.  I’m in my diving gear
 because my hosts felt that, as a marine
 biologist, I would want to see Blue Bay,
 a coral reef that is a World Heritage Site…  They were 
absolutely right…

Every few years, the island nation of Mauritius presents an award to the Mauritian scientist who they feel has best represented the scientific aspirations of their country on an international stage.  In 2016, one of the judges on their Selection Panel had to recuse herself because she had been elected to national office.  Because they hoped to maintain an international perspective, the Mauritian Ministry of Technology, Communication, and Innovation asked the Embassy of the United States to suggest a replacement to serve on the Selection Panel.  I had had interactions with the United States Department of State in my previous travels, so the U. S. Embassy in Mauritius suggested that I could serve as a Selection Panelist.  It was a bit of a hurry up, catch up at the very end of the semester, but traveling to Mauritius was breathtaking.  I flew non-stop from London, across the Sahara, down the Great Rift Valley of Africa, across Madagascar, over the Seychelles Islands, and off into the Indian Ocean.  Mauritius is a small volcanic island, surrounded by fringing reefs.  It has steep forested hillsides surrounded by sugar cane fields.  I and the other international Panelist stayed in the seaside town of Flic en Flak.  The linguist on the Selection Panel was very amused to learn that we thought the town’s name was onomatopoeia for the sound of the waves lapping the cliff sides, when the name is in fact creole from the original Dutch for ‘flat and fertile land’.  Over the week I was visiting, our job at the Mauritian Research Council was to review the scholarly work of the finalists in the Best Mauritian Scientist Competition.  We read publications, evaluated contributions to scholarly societies, examined impacts of contributions, and interviewed the candidates about their career and work.  Nominees came from every branch of the sciences.  We compared the work of information technologists, computational chemists, marine scientists, economists, and a whole host of other scientific disciplines.  The quality of the work and the breadth of the international networks of collaboration of these scientists was truly staggering.  In the end, we had to petition the Ministry to please let us give more than one prize.  The reason for this incredible concentration of scientific talent became evident to me at the Best Mauritian Scientist Award Ceremony.  In the introduction to this national televised event, the Honorable Etienne Sinatambou, Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation proudly announced the successful completion of this past year’s initiative:  Every 3rd grader in Mauritius now has their own tablet computer.  He also announce that they were well ahead of schedule on next year’s initiative:  To connect every household in the entire nation to the internet by high speed fiber optics.  The Award Ceremony had music, dance, speeches by the leaders of government, and a full acknowledgement and celebration of recent scientific work.  It was very humbling to present my research as part of such an unabashed celebration of science and the work that scientists do.  So, no…  It wasn’t as Francine suggested:  Mauritius calling the dodos home to roost.  Rather, I was given the opportunity to help honor the very best scientific work currently being done.

Monday, February 6, 2017


Beverly Andre presents her poster on sublethal stress
 in honey bees
Dr, Hranitz and Alan Belles
Faculty and students from the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences descended on New Orleans, LA in early January for the national meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB).  Beverly Andre, a senior majoring in biology, pre-medical sciences, presented a poster during the cell and molecular physiology session on her research on "Sublethal stress associated with apiary treatments for Varroa Mites." Her coauthors Drs. Surmacz and Hranitz and collaborators from Ulag University in Turkey. Alan Belles presented the results of his thesis research on "Call characteristics of island and mainland Fowler's toads"  with his research advisor Dr. Hranitz and collaborators Drs. Huckans and Klinger. The meeting also offered an opportunity to catch up with BAHS alumnus Meghan Duell, currently completing her doctoral degree in Animal Behavior at Arizona State University. Meghan gave several presentations on her research on thermal characteristics and flight performance of bees.

Dr, Surmacz and alumna Meghan Duell

Beverly Andre receives awards from SICB

Beverly Andre
Beverly Andre, a senior majoring in biology, pre-medical sciences, received two prestigious awards from the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology to support her travel to their annual meeting in New Orleans, LA in January. Beverly was one of 21 students selected from a nation-wide pool to receive the  Broadening Participation Award. This award provided Beverly with opportunities to attend special sessions for award recipients and to be mentored at the meeting by Mary Salcedo, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.  Beverly also received the Charlotte Mangum Award, which provided housing in New Orleans. As a Mangum award recipient, Beverly provided support to session presenters. At the conference, Beverly presented a poster on "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.

Beverly plans to attend medical school. She has participated in a summer program at UCLA to help her prepare for a medical career and a Future Docs program at Jefferson Medical College. Beverly is active in campus life. She is on the Multicultural Student Advisory Board, the treasurer of the Black Cultural Society, the treasure of IMPACT, a member of the BU Dance Ensemble and the Gospel choir, was involved in the Health Science Living and Learning Community,  and was inducted in Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society. Beverly has received research grants for her work on honey bees from the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences and Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society. Congratulations Bev!


Sunday, February 5, 2017

February ABLE Calendar

Housed in Columbia Residence Hall, Science and Health Science Living-Learning Community Room, first floor (room 119)
Review Sessions at ABLE:
A & P I: 2/23: 5:00-6:00pm for Lecture Exam 1
A & P II: 2/14: 1:30-2:30pm Cardiac Cycle Workshop
2/23: 4:00-5:00pm for Lecture Exam 1
Concepts in Biology I: 2/16: 4:00-5:00pm for Lecture Exam 1
Tutoring Sessions:
Tri-Beta, the Biology Honor Society, will provide tutoring in ABLE for Concepts in Biology; A & P; Human Biology; Cells, Genes, and Molecules; Ecology and Evolution; Cell Biology and Microbiology each Wednesday from 6:00-7:00pm.
Faculty and GA Office Hours in ABLE/Faculty office cubicle. Come visit us! Bring your lecture guides, books, and materials with you!
Monday 9:00-9:50am Mr. Alex Hoke (Concepts in Biology, A&P)
Monday 2:00-3:00pm Prof. Heitzman (Concepts in Biology, A&P)
Monday 3:00-4:00pm Mr. Alex Hoke (Concepts in Biology, A&P)
Monday 4:00-5:00pm Ms. Krystan Mackert (A&P)
Tuesday 9:00-11:00am Mr. Sean Hartzel (Concepts in Biology)
Tuesday 11:30am-1:00pm Mr. Brad Ohlinger (Concepts in Biology)
Tuesday 2:00-3:00pm Dr. Amin (A&P)
Wednesday 9:00-10:30am Ms. Stephanie Buczkowski (A&P)
Wednesday 11:00am-12:30pm Mr. Brad Ohlinger (Concepts in Biology)
Wednesday 2:00-3:30pm Mr. John Pohling (A&P)
Thursday 9:30-11:00am Mr. John Pohling (A&P)
Thursday 12:00-1:00pm Dr. Nolt (Concepts in Biology)
Thursday 4:00-5:00pm Dr. Surmacz (Concepts in Biology, A&P)
Friday 9:00-9:50am Mr. Alex Hoke (Concepts in Biology, A&P)
Friday 2:00-3:00pm Ms. Stephanie Buczkowski (A&P)
What is ABLE?
ABLE, short for Academic Biology Learning Environment is a resource area in the Science and Health Science Living-Learning Community Room on the first floor in Columbia Residence Hall.
What is the purpose of ABLE? ABLE provides a place and resources for students in introductory biology courses to study individually and in groups together and with faculty.
What is available at ABLE?
Learning Resources: Bones and skeletons; biological models (hearts, kidneys, muscle, bones, brains, blood vessels, eyes, ears, etc); manipulatives for studying complex processes (protein synthesis, inheritance, cell division, etc.); charts and posters; computer software; and more!
Microscopes and slides from lab courses
Books and workbooks
Faculty: Many faculty members of the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences will hold office hours at ABLE. See attached list.
Tutoring: Tutors from Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society and University Tutorial Services.
Review Sessions: Review sessions for A & P and Concepts in Biology.
Computers: Two computers with anatomy and histology software are available.
When is ABLE open? ABLE is open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday – Friday. Evening and weekend access will be announced.
Who Has Access to ABLE? ALL students enrolled in Concepts in Biology I, Anatomy & Physiology I and II. Access is currently through the back door to Columbia off the basketball court. If you find it locked, you may enter by calling the Living Learning Community phone (X2833) in the Columbia Residence Hall vestibule. YOU DO NOT NEED TO LIVE IN COLUMBIA OR ON CAMPUS TO USE ABLE. PLEASE SIGN-IN WHEN USING ABLE RESOURCES.
ABLE is supported by a Bloomsburg University, TALE Center faculty grant.


Dean's List Fall 2016

Congratulations to the following BAHS students who earned a GPA of 3.5 or greater and were named to the Dean's list for Fall 2016. Keep up the good work!
Tala Abdulal Health Sciences BS, General
Ramona Adrien Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Therapy
Haeden Allbeck Health Sciences BS, Medical Lab Science
Alina Allgyer Biology BA
Elijah Anseaume Biology BS
Emily Ashberry Biology BS
Madison Aungst Biology BS, Pre-Medical Science
Lauren Barrett Biology BS, Environmental Biology
Tyler Behrent Pre-Pharmacy
Hanan Ben Nacef Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Therapy
MacKenzie Bernstiel Medical Imaging BS
Jerome Betz Biology BS, Molecular Biology
Randy Bonilla Biology BS, Pre-Medical Science
Shana Bordner Biology BS, Pre-Medical Science
Taylor Brigade Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Therapy
Alyssa Brown Biology BS
Maggie Bryner Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Assist
Lauren Bunnell Health Sciences BS, General
Sydney Casey Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Therapy
Morgan Cillo Biology BS, Pre-Medical Science
Laura Cochran Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Assist
Aubrey Cole Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Assist
Elizabeth Cole Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Assist
Andrew Cross Biology BS, Pre-Medical Science
Diane Cruz Biology BS, Pre-Medical Science
Dylan Daubert Biology BS, Pre-Medical Science
Valerie Davi Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Therapy
Jamie Davis Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Assist
Jonathan Del Colliano Health Sciences BS, General
Joseph Domanski Health Sciences BS, General
Christopher Duff Biology BS
Jadyn Dunkelberger Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Assist
Tessa Eckman Health Sciences BS, General
Hannah Edgar Health Sciences BS, General
Elliott Fackler Biology BS, Environmental Biology
Nathan Feiertag Biology BS, Pre-Medical Science
Eric Fitzgerald Biology BS, Pre-Medical Science
Kyle Flannery Health Sciences BS, General
Rachel Frantz Medical Imaging BS
Dhir Gala Biology BS, Pre-Medical Science
Lindsay Gehman Health Sciences BS, General
Aaron Gordon-Weaver Biology BS, Environmental Biology
Kaitlyn Gresko Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Assist
Joseph Gundel Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Therapy
Kaitlyn Gwozdecki Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Assist
Emily Hackenberg Medical Imaging BS
Chelsea Harlan Medical Imaging BS
Emma Hecker Medical Imaging BS
Jade Hensinger Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Assist
Lizmeidy Hernandez Biology BS, Pre-Medical Science
Sara Hess Medical Imaging BS
Jacqlene Hoffman Biology BS, Environmental Biology
Allison Honabach Medical Imaging BS
Dylan Houser Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Therapy
Alexis Jasman Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Assist
Niles Kauffman Medical Imaging BS
Elizabeth Kester Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Assist
Ian King Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Therapy
Eleanor Kirby Medical Imaging BS
Chad Klinedinst Biology BS, Environmental Biology
Amanda Klinger Medical Imaging BS
Kurt Knepley Biology BS, Molecular Biology
Troy Koch Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Therapy
Courtney Kovilaritch Medical Imaging BS
Jerimiah Kozacheck Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Assist
Haley Kravitz Health Sciences BS, General
Kayla Lavella Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Therapy
Nina Litz Medical Imaging BS
Rachel Livengood Biology BA, Natural History
Allison Lockard Medical Imaging BS
Brett Luhrman Medical Imaging BS
Patrick Martin Biology BS
Allison McCracken Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Therapy
John McDonnell Biology BS, Molecular Biology
Lindy McKee Health Sciences BS, Medical Lab Science
Shaidy Moronta Biology BS, Pre-Medical Science
Madison Mullen Biology BA, Natural History
Megan Onavage Medical Imaging BS
Teresa Ortiz Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Therapy
Benjamin Paul Biology BS, Environmental Biology
Jonathan Perez Biology BS, Pre-Medical Science
Mia Perrino Medical Imaging BS
Jessica Peters Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Assist
Joshua Petersheim Biology BS, Molecular Biology
Madison Quinn Medical Imaging BS
Amy Rader Biology BS, Pre-Medical Science
Trina Reese Health Sciences BS, General
Blake Remensnyder Health Sciences BS, General
Emily Reynolds Medical Imaging BS
Nathan Reynolds Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Assist
Emily Rine Health Sciences BS, General
Marcus Roberts Biology BA, Natural History
Brianna Robison Medical Imaging BS
Jamie Rosencranse Medical Imaging BS
Michaela Roth Biology BS
Kylie Ruhl Medical Imaging BS
Rachael Ryver Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Assist
Danielle Savino Medical Imaging BS
Terri Shoop Medical Imaging BS
Arianna Shuster Biology BS, Pre-Medical Science
Phoebe Slavens Biology BS, Pre-Medical Science
Alyssa Smith Biology BS, Pre-Medical Science
Bailey Smith Medical Imaging BS
Erin Smith Biology BS, Pre-Medical Science
Kayla Smith Medical Imaging BS
Kayla Sompel Biology BS, Pre-Medical Science
Renee Spancake Biology BS, Environmental Biology
Derek Stahl Medical Imaging BS
Daniel Steinhauser Biology BS, Environmental Biology
Charlene Strange Biology BS
Keara Suprock Medical Imaging BS
Beau Tamanini Health Sciences BS, General
Aurora Tamblin Biology BS
Mallory Tomaschik Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Assist
Austin Transue Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Therapy
Mikayla Ulicny Medical Imaging BS
Christopher Vila Health Sciences BS, Pre-Phys Assist
Emily Weaver Health Sciences BS, Medical Lab Science
Alexander Wehr Biology BS, Pre-Medical Science
Kari Wells Health Sciences BS, Medical Lab Science
Nicole Whitenight Medical Imaging BS
Gregory Yerk Medical Imaging BS
Adrienne Yordy Biology BS, Pre-Medical Science
Cassandra Zaiac Health Sciences BS, General
Olivia Zeitler Medical Imaging BS

Need research funds?

The Donald D. Rabb Biology Research Award provides funds for undergraduates who are pursuing a major in the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences (BAHS) to purchase supplies for conducting research. The fund was established in honor of Dr. Rabb, faculty emeritus and former BAHS chairperson, who retired in 1984. Applicants do not need to enroll in Research in Biology (Biology 390) for biology credit in order to receive funding. However, students must have a  BAHS faculty as a research mentor. Up to $200 may be awarded and can be used to purchase research supplies and travel required to conduct research. Please see your research mentor for additional information and applications. The deadline to apply for this semester is Friday, February 10 at 5 pm. Applications may be submitted to Dr. Surmacz, 146 Hartline ( )


Save the date!

Spring semester provides lots of opportunities for both undergraduates and graduate students to attend regional scientific meetings and to present their research results.

Check out these opportunities:

March 25, 2017. Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society (Tri-Beta). Northeast Region District 2 Convention, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA

April 1, 2017. Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences (PAS). Annual Meeting, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Abstracts due: February 15.

April 7, 2017. College of Science and Technology Research Day. Hartline Science Center, Bloomsburg University.

April 7-9, 2017. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists (CPUB), Annual Meeting, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA.

If you are interested in presenting at any of these meetings, please see your research advisor.

Three new options in Health Science!

The Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences is pleased to announce that three new options in the Health Sciences major have been recently approved.  The new options are  in pre-pharmacy, medical genomics and counseling, and pre-accelerated 2nd degree nursing. The pre-pharmacy option is designed for students whose goal is to attend pharmacy school. Students enrolled in the medical genetics and counseling option may select coursework to complete a Medical Genomics and Counseling certificate, an excellent foundation for entering this expanding field. The pre-accelerated 2nd degree nursing program will provided students with the background needed to enter accelerated nursing programs after graduation. These are intensive programs that prepare students who have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing major with licensure as a registered nurse (RN).   There are over 250 accelerated nursing programs in the U.S that provide a fast-track to a bachelor's in nursing (BSN), typically in 11 - 18 months. There are over 70 accelerated programs that result in a master's in nursing (MSN) and generally take 3 years to complete. The Department of Nursing at Bloomsburg University offers an 18 month, accelerated nursing program that culminates in a bachelor's degree.

These three new options in the Health Science major join our existing options in pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant, medical laboratory science, and health sciences general. The curricula for all options can be found at the department web page:, To learn more, please contact your academic advisor.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Andrew King defends thesis

Andrew King
Congratulations to Andrew King who successfully defended his Master's thesis research on December 5, 2016. Andrew's project was entitled "Evaluating G-protein subunit Gamma-t;s effect on cell migration in a model system of Kallmann Syndrome using CRISPR/CAS9.  Kallman Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder characterized by an absent or impaired sense of smell and a failure to initiate or complete puberty due to a deficiency of gonadotropin releasing hormone.  CRISPR/CAS9 is a new tool for genome editing.  Dr. William Schwindinger is Andrew's thesis advisor. Serving on his thesis committee were Drs. Hansen and Brubaker. Andy has presented portions of this work at the Tri-Beta Northeast District 2 Convention and the College of Science and Technology Research Day.