Thursday, September 13, 2018

BU Mathematics alumnus Ryan Evans at NIST

Credit: J. Stoughton/NIST
Ryan Evans recently completed his tenure as a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow. He earned a BS in Mathematics from Bloomsburg University in 2010, an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Delaware in 2013, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Delaware in 2016. Dr. Evans was recently profiled on the NIST blog. Read about his experience as an intern at the National Institute of Standards and Technology(NIST).

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Minemyer paper published by London Mathematical Society

Dr. Barry Minemyer, assistant professor of MADS, will have a research paper published in an edition of the "London Mathematical Society Lecture Note Series", October 2018. According to the Cambridge University press website, "This volume consists of eleven peer-reviewed papers on some of the most recent developments at the interface of topology and geometric group theory. The authors have given particular attention to clear exposition, making this volume especially useful for graduate students and for mathematicians in other areas interested in gaining a taste of this rich and active field." A wide cross-section of topics in geometric group theory and topology are represented, including Dr. Minemyer's paper titled, "Intrinsic Geometry of a Euclidean Simplex".

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Congratulations to Faculty who earned Tenure and Promotion

John Huckans, Physics and Engineering
Huckans was promoted to professor of physics. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Cornell and his master’s from Johns Hopkins. After practicing engineering in Washington, DC, he earned a doctorate in physics from the University of Maryland where he worked in the laboratory of Nobel laureate William D. Phillips at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Huckans specializes in ultracold atomic physics. Here in Pennsylvania, he has studied the collisional properties of rubidium and lithium atoms. He also regularly performs research in quantum magnetism using chromium and strontium atoms at the Laboratoire de Physique des Lasers at Paris Nord in France. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented his work at numerous national and international conferences.

Philip Polstra, Mathematical and Digital Sciences Polstra was granted tenure and promoted to professor of digital forensics. He received his bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from Calvin College, his master's degree in low-temperature condensed matter physics from Purdue University, and his doctorate in business administration with an emphasis in computer and information security from Northcentral University. Polstra specializes in developing new methods and hardware for performing forensic investigations and security penetration testing. His research interests include developing new hardware and methods for multiple areas in information security. He has published four books on forensics and penetration testing since joining Bloomsburg University in 2014. He is an internationally recognized expert in several areas including Linux, Windows, and USB forensics, reverse engineering, hardware hacking, and security penetration testing. He is a frequently requested international conference speaker. He has also founded Bloomsburg University's BloomCON Computer Security and Forensics Conference.

Chris Lynd, Mathematical and Digital Sciences
Lynd was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of mathematics. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from the Ohio State University. After teaching mathematics in high school for 12 years, he enrolled in graduate school at the University of Rhode Island and earned his master’s degree and a doctorate in mathematics. His research interests include systems of difference equations, competitive theory, bifurcation theory, and nested radicals. He has authored or co-authored eight papers in peer-reviewed journals. He presented research at the 23rd International Conference on Difference Equations, presented at seven different national conferences for the American Mathematical Society (AMS), and presented at 11 different regional conferences for the AMS. He has refereed eight papers for major publications and is a reviewer for Mathematical Reviews®, which is a division of the AMS.

Lori Metzger, Nursing
Metzger was promoted to associate professor in the nursing department. She received her master’s degree in nursing with a certification as a nurse practitioner from Bloomsburg University and her doctoral degree in human development in health promotion from Marywood University. After practicing nursing in professional staff and administrative roles, she is now in her 13th year at Bloomsburg University. She has taught across the undergraduate curriculum and the graduate level, primarily in the public health nursing course with a specialty in the care of older adults. She has published a chapter in a textbook on health literacy for older adults and two articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is also the co-founder and current director of the Center for Healthy Aging that benefits of older adults and undergraduate students in our community through education, research and community service.

Kimberly Olszewski, Nursing
Olszewski was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of nursing. Olszewski teaches in the graduate nursing program and is director of Nurse Practitioner programs, as well as graduate program coordinator for the department. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Lycoming College; master of science in nursing as a community health clinical nurse specialist, and postgraduate adult nurse practitioner degrees from Bloomsburg University; and a doctorate of nursing practice from Chatham University. Olszewski's clinical practice is in occupational medicine where she has worked for the past 28 years and received her Fellowship distinction in 2006. She has presented more than 50 presentations nationally and internationally on a variety of occupational health topics, as well as published several journal articles and a Chapter in the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) Core Curriculum. She received the College of Science and Technology Dean's Award for Scholarship achievement in 2017 and is currently secretary on the board of directors for AAOHN.

Debra Sanders, Nursing
Sanders was promoted to associate professor in the department of nursing. She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from College Misericordia, her master of science degree with a specialty as an adult clinical nurse specialist from Bloomsburg University, and a doctorate in philosophy with a focus on health promotion from Marywood University. The majority of Sanders’ scholarship and service has centered on her expertise and passion for healthy aging, the interprofessional approach to aging, and the care of older adults. She has made presentations on diverse topics in nursing practice and education and her publications span various clinical and professional practice topics. She and a colleague received a Presidential Strategic Planning Grant award to develop and implement a center for healthy aging at Bloomsburg University. She also spearheaded and co-advises a student organization on campus, Aging Special Interest Group.

Diane Barrett, Mathematical and Digital Sciences
Barrett received tenure and is an associate professor of MADS. She received a master's degree in information technology with a specialization in information security from Capella University and a Ph.D. in business administration with a specialization in information security from Northcentral University. She has published many digital forensic peer-reviewed articles and been the lead author on several computer forensics and security books. She is the current president of the Digital Forensic Certification Board and an associate editor for the Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law. Her research interests include cloud computing forensic investigations and mobile forensics.

Devon Manney, Nursing
Manney received tenure and is an assistant professor in the Department Of Nursing. She received her bachelor's of science degree in nursing from Bloomsburg University, her master's of science degree in nursing with a nursing education focus from Mansfield University and her Ph.D. in Nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Manney's clinical focus is adult medical-surgical nursing and her research interest is on gerontology and care of older adults. Both collaboratively with her colleagues and independently, she has completed three poster presentations and two podium presentations at national, peer-reviewed conferences, one peer-reviewed poster presentation and invitational one podium presentation at the state level, and one invitational podium presentation at the regional level. She has also delivered podium presentations at the Bloomsburg University Health Sciences Symposium.

Kristy Sands, Nursing
Sands was tenured as an assistant professor of nursing. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mansfield University. She practiced as a registered nurse at Geisinger Medical Center and received her certification in medical-surgical nursing. She continued on to receive her master’s degree in nursing with a specialization in nursing education from Mansfield University. Following completion of her M.S.N., she practiced as a clinical nurse educator at Geisinger Medical Center and as an adjunct clinical instructor at Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing. She earned a Ph.D. in nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include debriefing and reflective teaching-learning strategies. She is looking forward to publishing and presenting her recent dissertation research.

William Schwindinger, Biological and Allied Health Sciences
Schwindinger was granted tenure as an assistant professor of biological and allied health sciences. He received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Rutgers and received his medical doctor and doctor of philosophy degrees from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After completing a residency in internal medicine at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center and a fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he worked as an instructor and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and as a research scientist at the Weis Center for Research. He gained undergraduate teaching experience as an adjunct faculty member in the department of biology at Susquehanna University and the department of natural sciences at Penn College of Technology. His research interests are in the area of G-protein coupled signal transduction. Since coming to Bloomsburg University, he has published one peer-reviewed article and presented at one international scientific meeting.

Debra Stayer, Nursing
Stayer was granted tenure as an assistant professor in the Department Of Nursing. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Oklahoma, pursued her master of science degree at California State University Los Angeles and obtained her Ph.D. from Duquesne University in 2013. Dr. Stayer has been a practicing pediatric nurse for over 35 years, with a research passion for pediatric palliative care. She has published in the “Journal of Pediatric Nursing” and the “American Journal of Critical Care” in this area. In 2017, she won the APEX Grand Writing Award for her article “Living with Dying in the Pediatric ICU: A Nursing Perspective.”

Susan Beck, Nursing
Beck was granted tenure in the Department Of Nursing. She earned her B.S.N. and M.S.N. from Bloomsburg University and her Ph.D. in nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her research has focused on academic integrity in the nursing student. Dr. Beck has presented at national, state and local conferences. She has served as a reviewer for multiple nursing textbooks and published articles in peer-reviewed journals related to her areas of expertise.

Information from Bloomsburg University press release 9-7-18

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Center for Hearing & Balance doctors receive additional certifications

Amanda Weremedic and Deborah John display their Vestibular Rehabilitation Certificates
Amanda Weremedic, Au.D., CCC-A, AIB-VR and Deborah John, Au.D., CCC-A, AIB-VR, clinical audiologists and supervisors within the Department of Communication Disorders’ Doctorate of Audiology program and Center for Hearing & Balance (CH&B) at Bloomsburg University, earned a Certificate in Vestibular Rehabilitation from The American Institute of Balance.

This certification training was conducted over four days and included intensive lecture and practical experiences, led by leading experts in the field of vestibular disorders. The certification provides patients of the Center for Hearing & Balance additional treatment options for dizziness, vertigo, and balance disorders. The Center for Hearing & Balance is open to the public, accepts major insurances, and is currently accepting new patients.

The American Institute of Balance (AlB) was founded in 1992 and is among the country’s largest multi-specialty centers for evaluation and treatment of dizziness and balance disorders.  AIB’s therapy programs are used by physicians, audiologists and therapists worldwide

Friday, August 10, 2018

Interns go Intern-ational

Standing: Robert Montante and William Calhoun (Bloomsburg University), Bryan Fulmore (Guidewire Software); seated at workstations: Douglas Boehme, Nicholas Heckman.
Two Computer Science majors are getting international exposure from just outside Philadelphia. Juniors Douglas Boehme and Nicholas Heckman both have internships with Guidewire Software Inc., a global company providing software tools for insurance companies. Doug and Nick are working in Exton, PA, with two other interns from Temple University, and five interns located in Dublin, Ireland.

In a recent site visit Nick, Doug, and their supervisor Bryan Fulmore discussed their work on a support tool for the company’s recruitment process. The interns are responsible for specifying, designing, and implementing a software package that will be used internally to analyze data from Guidewire’s recruiting tool. Their work will help Guidewire analyze certain statistics and trends, ultimately providing insight on how the company can improve its own hiring processes. This requires working with their supervisor and mentors in Exton, and also meeting on a regular basis with the “Project Coordinator”, Ian Doyle, and the “Product Owner”, Kasia Rucinska, who are both in Dublin, as well as networking with their European internship counterparts, and other co-workers around the globe.

Bloomsburg University intern advisors William Calhoun and Robert Montante were treated to a tour of the working conditions of a modern “open office plan” software shop, and the training and career-development opportunities offered to their interns Doug and Nick as well as to Guidewire’s fulltime employees. At day’s end the interns were enthusiastic, Guidewire was happy with their work, and the advisors were impressed with the “real-world” experiences afforded to Nick and Doug.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Audiology students volunteer at Healthy Hearing

The 2018 Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games were held at Penn State University. The event brings together over 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches from across the state to compete in in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis. One of the unique features of the event is the Special Olympics Healthy Athlete initiative, which involves seven discipline- specific services. The Special Olympics Healthy Athlete initiative involves the following services: Healthy Hearing (Audiology), Opening Eyes (Optometry), Fit Feet (Podiatry), Special Smiles (Dentistry), FUNFitness (Physical Therapy), Med-Fest (Physicians, etc.), and Healthy Promotions (dietitians, etc.). Thirteen Bloomsburg University Audiology Doctoral Students (Cecelia Campanile, Taylor Chesnet, Taylor Budwash, Kaitlin Evelhair, Megan Frank, Alina Garrido, Melissa Kohler, Amanda Levy, Ashley Loeb, Kayla Murphy, Gabrielle Poplarchick, Georgie Wagman, and Meaghan Zieser), one undergraduate student from the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology (Kim Winn) and one Audiology Faculty member (Thomas Zalewski, Ph.D.) volunteered at the Healthy Hearing initiative. Healthy Hearing typically screens the hearing of over 200 individuals during this 2-day event.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Audiology Students Receive Travel Award to Present

Kristin DiNoto, Dr. Mohsin Shaikh and Amanda Levy

Kristin DiNoto and Amanda Levy, students from the Bloomsburg University Doctorate in Audiology program, recently attended the 2017 American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention in Los Angeles, California. The students were selected to receive Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Awards (ARTA) which gave them complimentary registration and a stipend to defray transportation, lodging and meal costs.  Both students presented a paper with their advisor, Dr. Mohsin Ahmed Shaikh,  assistant professor in Audiology and Speech Pathology.