Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Students Awarded Research Grants

Andrew Cross and Kyle Flannery
Undergraduate Andrew Cross and graduate student Kyle Flannery were awarded research grants from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Biologists (CPUB) for the 2018-2019 academic year. CPUB is an organization composed of faculty in the fourteen institutions of the PA State System of Higher Education that fosters excellence in biology education and research.

Andrew's research project assesses the effects of sublethal doses of neonicotinoid pesticides on the levels of the oxidative enzyme glutathjione-S-transferase in honey bee brains. Oxidative enzymes are essential in reducing oxidative stress in honey bees, a factor that may contribute to their global declines. Andrew is a senior biology, pre-medical sciences major from Benton, PA. He is the Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society historian, and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Pre-medical Sciences Club. He plans to attend medical school. Drs. Surmacz and Hranitz are his research mentors.

Kyle's research proposal was entitled "Characterizing Developmental Patterns of Language in Autism Spectrum Disorder." Kyle is from Blandon, PA and graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2018 with a BS in Biology, Medical Genomics and Counseling. He is a member of Tri-Beta Honor society. Kyle is currently a BAHS graduate assistant and is conducting research in the laboratory of Dr. Abby Hare-Harris.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Students Present at American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention

Amanda Levy, Brittanie Baker, Taylor Chesnet and Kylie Connell, students from the Bloomsburg University Doctorate in Audiology program, recently presented papers at the 2018 American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. These students have presented a total three papers with their advisor, Dr. Mohsin Ahmed Shaikh, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Three out of the four students were selected to receive Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Awards (ARTA) for their presentations.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

BAHS Club Holds Food Drive and Ornament Contest

Dr. Hess, BAHS chair, Olivia Horman, BAHS Club treasurer and Tyler Carroll, BAHS club president
The Biological and Allied Health Science club recently held a food drive for the Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic. The clinic, located in Mifflinville, and founded by BU Biology alumnus Bette Grey, provides free health care for those without health insurance. The clinic also maintains a small food pantry for those patients needing this additional support. Club members, faculty, and staff from the College of Science and Technology collected non-perishable food and personal care items for the clinic. Through many generous donations, four boxes of food and personal care items were delivered to the clinic on Tuesday December 4th. This food drive was held in connection with an ornament contest where students and their faculty mentors were encouraged to make an ornament from laboratory supplies. The entry fee to enter the ornament contest was two non-perishable food items. Seven laboratory groups participated in the contest. The first place ornament was created by Andrew Cross from Dr. Surmacz's Lab and the second place ornament was created by Lauren Bunnell from Dr. Beishline's lab.  Dr. Angela Hess and Dr. Jennifer Venditti serve as co-advisors for the club.

1st place created by Andrew Cross (Surmacz)

2nd place - Lauren Bunnell (Beishline)

Monday, December 17, 2018

EGGS senior interns with engineering firm

John Rebovich, a senior geography and planning major, interned this past summer with Reilly Associates where he applied his knowledge of GIS technologies.
Rebovich attributes much of his readiness for this internship to the EGGS department and staff.

“The professors in the EGGS department were fantastic in giving me a solid base set of skills through my classes to use in the real world,” Rebovich said. “Their individual attention to students really helped give me the confidence I needed to apply the knowledge I obtained.”

According to Rebovich, his classes were the foundation of the knowledge necessary to begin the internship allowing him to bridge the gap with problem solving skills he has obtained through the program.

Rebovich added his work as a volunteer firefighter and EMT helped him make his decision to be a geography and planning major.

“GIS, planning, and risks and hazards are all relevant and used by firefighters and EMTs,” Rebovich said. “whether it’s developing preplans or having a better understanding of the risks during a rescue. Take advantage of every opportunity presented. This is such an invaluable opportunity that can truly land you a job before you even graduate. Do your best, use your skills that you acquired, and don’t be afraid to struggle and learn.”

  — Dallas Kriebel, mass communications major
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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Computer science major builds prototype for new course

Picking college courses most often depends upon what’s being offered, but one computer science student recently had the opportunity to help his own cause and create one.

Brett Treas, a freshman computer science and digital forensics dual major, spent the summer researching and constructing a project involving distributed computing — a field of computer science that involves the connection of computers into networks.

“The project consisted of networking four Raspberry Pi computers into a ‘Beowulf Cluster,’” Treas said. “This cluster provides a cheap solution for someone to explore the benefits of distributed computing and parallel processing.”

According to Treas, the idea was presented to computer science students via email by professor Robert Montante, who was looking to create a prototype to be potentially used for a new class in the major.

  — Jenna Fuller, mass communications 
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Exercise Science Alumnus Gives Seminar

Husky alum, Rudy Inaba, pictured third from left, returned to campus as a guest lecturer for current Exercise Science majors, courtesy of faculty member, Dr. Joe Andreacci. Inaba is currently the Director of Nutrition & Exercise at Cenegenics.

Mr. Inaba graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2006 with his BS in Exercise Science. He then attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to earn his MS in Exercise Physiology. After approximately six months of working as a personal trainer, he was hired as an Exercise Phyiologists at the Cenegenics Medical Institute. This company is focused on Age Management Medicine with “100% personalized physician-developed age defiance”.  He is currently to Director of Exercise and Nutrition for the rapidly growing company. When he was first hired, Cenegenics had 6 sites in the United States. Now there are 22 centers across the globe, including recently onboarded London and Athens (Greece, not Pennsylvania).

In addition, Cenegenics now has a non-profit arm, the Age Management Medicine Education Foundation. Rudy coordinates all exercise and nutrition assessments and monitoring.  He also interacts with the executive team regarding development and marketing of neutraceuticals and future directions of the company in general.

During his seminar, Mr. Inaba shared his experiences and life lessons with the many undergraduate and graduate Exercise Science students in attendance. He also discussed future internship and career opportunities for BU students with Cenegenics. This discussion was best illustrated by Mr. Inaba’s recent experiences with BU Exercise Science MS graduate Austin Zechman. Austin interned with Mr. Inaba at the Las Vegas flagship in 2017 and then, this past summer, accepted a position with Cenegenics at their center in Dallas, TX. On Friday, November 9th, Mr. Inaba came back to campus for a resistance training workout with some students and also attended Dr. Kyle Beyer’s Introduction to Exercise Science class to share his experiences with freshman Exercise Science students.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Nursing students volunteer in the community

Bloomsburg University’s nursing program recently sent a few students to volunteer at this year’s Apple Harvest Festival at the Espy Fire hall. They provided free blood pressure screenings to people in Bloomsburg and the surrounding community.

One of the nursing students, Travis Dayhoff, explained that “high blood pressure is known as a ‘silent killer,’ meaning it can often go unnoticed until the damage on the body is already done.”

Dayhoff and another student, Kimberly Norwood, volunteered to give back to the community, but also to gain more real-world experience. They both agreed that it was very helpful to work with patients who were not their fellow classmates.

Norwood said volunteering “allowed me to see that there is a large aging adult population in Columbia County…it’s a good clinical experience for us, having just learned the skill of assessing blood pressures.” She also noted that volunteering in this capacity gave her a confidence boost
because of the personal guidance that her professor could give while Norwood was with patients.

Overall, Dayhoff and Norwood were thankful for the opportunity to give back to the Bloomsburg community, and for the learning experience it provided them.

“It allows us to go out and be nurses in the community, advocating for health promotion in everyone, not just those who are admitted to the hospital,” said Norwood.

  — Dallas Kriebel, mass communications major
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