Wednesday, August 16, 2017

IONM Certificate Graduates


A recognition ceremony and luncheon was held on August 11, 2017, at the Kehr Union Multi-Cultural Room for the first cohort of five students who completed their graduate certificate in Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM) this summer. Bloomsburg University Interim Provost Dr. James Krause gave remarks as well as the COST Dean, Dr. Robert Aronstam and Departmental Chairperson of Audiology and Speech Pathology, Dr. Shaheen Awan. This program is a partnership between faculty in the Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology at Bloomsburg University and the Department of Neurophysiology at Geisinger Health Systems. This is one of the very few IONM certificate programs in the country. It provides one year of training (36 credit hours) for students with a bachelor's degree to pursue a career as an IONM technologist. Graduates will provide neurofunctional feedback and guidance during surgery to protect the brain, spine, and peripheral nervous systems from iatrogenic injury. The IONM teaching faculty include Dr. Qing Ye, Dr. Tyson Hale, Dr. Aaron Knecht, and Dr. Jill Gotoff.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

NEPA Nursing Simulation Consortium

Healthcare professionals who specialize in simulation-based learning (SBL) recently established a consortium in northeastern Pennsylvania. The first meeting was held in July in Wilkes-Barre. The purpose of the consortium is to provide a venue for healthcare simulation educators in NEPA to share ideas and plan regional educational activities. Shown in the picture are inaugural members: First row: Annette Blasi-Strubeck, Penn State University; Kim Caruso, Geisinger Health System; Colleen Heckman, University of Scranton. Second row: Autumn Forgione, University of Scranton; Lori Pierangeli, East Stroudsburg University; Deborah Zielinski, University of Scranton; Catherine Hauze, Wilkes University; Audrey Cunfer, Co-founder, Misericordia University; Gail Jasman, Bloomsburg University; Joyce Victor, Co-founder, Wilkes University. Attending, but not in photo, Jill Lennon, Penn State University. The next meeting will be held on October 5, 2017 at Bloomsburg University. The meeting will include a tour of the Bloomsburg University nursing simulation center. New members are welcome. For information, contact Audrey Cunfer at acunfer@misericordia.edu or Joyce Victor at joyce.victor@wilkes.edu.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium Held at Bloomsburg University

Bloomsburg University hosted the 7th Annual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium on August 2, 2017. The keynote address, "Murder, Malpractice, and A Really Big Oil Spill: My Strange Academic Career", was given by Bloomsburg University mathematics professor, Dr. Scott Inch.

Students representing Bloomsburg University, Bucknell University, Geisinger Health System, and Susquehanna University presented posters accompanied by two-minute oral discussions. Prior to the symposium, a team of judges evaluated the abstracts and selected the top abstract in each of four categories: (1) social sciences and humanities, (2) natural sciences and engineering, (3) biological sciences, and (4) clinical/translational.

Two Bloomsburg University submissions were selected as top abstracts in their category, and each presented a 10-minute oral presentation at the symposium.  Here are the winners:

"Sublethal Effects of Imidacloprid on Motor Responses in Honey Bees" by Joshua Petersheim, Heather Llewellyn, Dr. Cynthia Surmacz and Dr. John Hranitz
Joshua Petersheim presenting his talk, "Sublethal Effects of Imidacloprid On Motor Responses in Honey Bees"

and "Shedding Red Light on Ultra-Cold Strontium Gases" by Rachel Yenney.
Rachel Yenney presenting her talk "Shedding Red Light on Ultra-Cold Strontium Gases"

Awards were also presented for top poster in each category, as well as an audience favorite. Three Bloomsburg University students received these awards:

Biological Sciences - "Antisense Oligonucleotide Knock-Down of GNG5 and GNG11 in Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) Cells" by Glenn Maneval, Jr. and Dr. William Schwindinger
Glenn Maneval, Jr.
Natural Science and Engineering - "Geochemical Assessment of Abandoned Mine Discharges on Wisconisco Creek, Schuykill and Dauphin Counties, Pennsylvania" by Mitchell Lenker and Dr. Cynthia Venn
Mitchell Lenker
Audience Favorite - "Identifying the prevalence of mutations affecting the splicing process in the DiscovEHR cohort and their disease associations" by Dhir Gala, Raghu Metpally, Sarathbaby Krishnamurthy and David Carrey.
Dhir Gala, center, with symposium organizers

Monday, July 10, 2017

Students travel to Death Valley and Owen's Valley for EGGS field course


EGGS 330 is a field course for students interested in geologic and environmental sciences. This summer, myself and 12 other students led by faculty Dr. Jennifer Whisner, Dr. Cynthia Venna and Dr. Brett McLaurin traveled to Death Valley and Owens Valley, Califormia. Here we were able to apply in-class knowledge to make thoughtful observations, interpretations and develop filed skills. Specifically we learned firsthand about the tectonic, glacial, volcanic and sedimentary processes affecting southern California and the western United States.

Tufa towers at Mono Lake, these limestone formations are exposed due to heavy withdrawal of water that is being diverted to Los Angeles

The course began with four days of class on campus, where we each researched two topics that we would visit on the West coast. We then created a poster and short write-up to be used as teaching tools in the field. As a group we flew to Las Vegas, Nevada and then drove to Death Valley, California.



Our time in California included iconic locations in Death Valley:
Artists Palette, Devils Gold Course, Badwater Basin(282 feet BELOW sea level), Tacopa Lake beds, Charlie Brown Fault, Zabriskie Point - Badlands, Dante's View, Mesquite Sand Dunes, and Ubehebe Crater

Owen's Valley locations included:
 Mono Lake, Mono-Inyo Crater Chain, Devil's Punch Bowl, Obsidian Dome, Long Valley Caldera, Hot Creek, Convict Lake, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, LA Aqueduct, Owen's Valley Earthquake Fault, Scarp Fossil Falls, and  Alabama Hills


Students enjoy making food and relaxing at Lone Pine Campsite near the base of Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the continental US

We learned about the events leading to the formation of each landscape, observed how processes have shaped and morphed the geology, and made interpretations at both local and regional scales about the lands surrounding us. In addition to bserving hard-rock geology we also learned about human activities in the desert like minigng and water resource misuse. We discussed the LA Aquedult and observed low water levels in lakes or lakes completely dried up in the Valleys. At Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge we observed endangered Pupfish found only in this location in Death Valley.

Students take time to sketch landscape at Ubehebe Crater. The crater the result of a powerful and explosive eruption produced when subsurface magma heats groundwater, which flash steams and creates tremendous pressure

In addition to learning in the field, we also lived in the field for the entirety of the trip. Sleeping in tents, cooking on a camp stove or over the fire, keeping any scented objects or food in bear boxes, roughing it with only one shower and one day of laundry. Although we were challenged physically and mentally throughout the trip, we learned valuable skills, developed great friends, and all the while had tons of FUN outdoors.

~Autumn Helfrich, EGGS major

Students stand in front of an ancient bristlecone pine, these trees are as old as ~4000-5000 years old.
Observing Tecopa Lake beds near Shoshone, California