Saturday, April 1, 2017

Special Topics: Museum Methods

Check out EGGS 390-01
Special Topics: Museum Methods
(Wednesdays 6-8:30, #1908)
Dr. Alan Gishlick

Our ability to understand the natural world and our place in it depends on the collection, preservation, and ongoing study of natural history collections in museums, universities, and parks. These collections are a physical record of the history of humans and the planet.  Collections serve as a basis for studying ecology, evolution, the affects of climate change, and human cultures and have implications for trade and economics, environmental quality, agriculture, public health, and national security. Many objects are scientific and historical treasures that cannot be collected easily anymore, if at all. Collections are priceless. This class will introduce students to the theory, philosophy, ethics, and practice of museum collections. It will also offer hands on experience in the practical methods employed in collections conservation and care.  This course is ideal for students interested in potential careers in museums, as well as any students anticipating working with collections for research in the fields of geology, biology, archeology, and anthropology.
This course may count for a biology elective if your advisor feels this is appropriate. 

Tri-Beta takes on the Northeast District 2 Convention!

Bloomsburg University's Chapter of Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society took the honors for the most members attending the Northeast District 2 Convention at Moravian College on March 25, 2017. The meeting featured oral and poster presentations by Tri-Beta members from Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The keynote address was delivered by Maxwell Reitman, a genomics research scientist at Ecovative Design, LLC. Attending were Beverly Andre, Sarah Bartra, Jerome Betz III, Lauren Chamberlin, Olivia Falko, Kirk Jeffries, Haley Kravitz and Drs. Coleman, Schwindinger, Surmacz, and Venditti.  Thank you to the College of Science and Technology for its support.

Alumna Update: Nicole Chinnici

Nicole Chinnici, B.S. Biology 2011, is currently the director of the Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory at East Stroudsburg University. The laboratory conducts genetic analyses for collaborating agencies for a variety of wildlife applications ranging from infectious disease diagnostics and wildlife forensics to population genetics and phylogeographic studies. The laboratory also offers tick identification and PCR screening for tick-borne diseases. In fulfilling its educational mission, the laboratory trains interns and provides them with research opportunities in epidemiology, genetics, forensics, diagnostics, and the ecology of vector-borne diseases. Nicole earned her Master's degree in Biology from East Stroudsburg University. Her thesis research examined the genetic structure of American black bears (Ursus americanus) in New Jersey. She received theSigma Xi outstanding graduate research award. Nicole has taught introductory biology at Northampton Community College and microbiology laboratory at East Stroudsburg University. Nicole, at center in the photo, is shown with a group of her students at the recent Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences meeting at King's College.