Monday, November 19, 2018

Proposals Sought for Educational Technology Conference

The Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology (PAECT) is honored to offer you the opportunity to present at the 3rd annual Technology Education Research Symposium (TERS) 2019! 

The event will be held at Bloomsburg University on April 13, 2019.
Proposals are now being accepted at:

Priority submission deadline for proposals — Dec. 13, 2018
Deadline for proposals — Feb. 1, 2019 * Based on availability with no assurances of acceptance*

·         Present your educational technology research to others
·         Accepted publications will be published in Volume 3, Issue 1 of the PAECT: Technology Education Research Journal
·         Attend sessions to learn from other Ed Tech leaders and researchers

Who should attend?
Higher education faculty
Doctoral students
Educational Technology researchers
School Administrators
Corporate e-learning specialists
Instructional technology specialists
Anyone interested in educational technology research topics!

Click here to submit a proposal for presentation, publication, and to learn more about this event.

Update from the 2018 TERS Conference

Bloomsburg University was well represented within Volume 2 Issue 1 of the PAECT: Technology Education Research Journal. This publication is the result of a peer reviewed research papers submitted for presentation at the 2nd annual Technology Education Research Symposium (TERS) held on campus of Bloomsburg University on April 14th, 2018
The following Bloomsburg University faculty are recognized for their contributions to this inaugural publication: 
Dr. R. Lynn Hummel Jr. – Co Editor
College of Science and Technology

The following faculty at Bloomsburg University were contributing authors to articles published in the peer reviewed journal:

College of Education      

Dr. Frank D’Angelo
Dr. Robin Drogan
Ms. Ingrid Everett
Dr. Brooke Lylo
Dr. Molly Marnella
Dr. Cherie Roberts

Non-Aligned Faculty
Dr. Regina Bobak
Dr. Cassandra O’Sullivan Sachar

Bloomsburg University Students
Katherine Herrera
Alana Jacaruso

Special recognition is given to Dr. R. Lynn Hummel Jr. for his efforts in co-founding what is now an annual event and planning the second annual Technology Education Research Symposium (TERS) 2018 and its corresponding research journal.

Department of Instructional Technology hosts Alumni Career Panel

On November 7th, 2018 the Department of Instructional Technology at Bloomsburg University was honored to have five alumni return to campus to participate in a career panel discussion. The panel discussion was attended by current graduate students and perspective students who are considering enrolling in the Master of Science in Instructional Technology degree program. Alumni panelists answered questions from the audience pertaining to internships, skills used in the workplace, maintaining a healthy work life balance, and other career oriented topics. Student feedback from the event included “That was awesome!” and “This was the best event I attended all semester!” 

Pictured are alumni panel members from left to right: Brenda Machuga, Lee Millard, Rachel Troychock, Mike Thompson, and PJ Michael. The Department of Instructional Technology would like to thank our alumni panelists for volunteering their time to participate in this event.
To learn more about the Department of Instructional Technology and for instructions on how to apply, please visit or contact Department Chairperson Helmut Doll at Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 semesters!


Monday, November 12, 2018

Chemistry seniors earn ASBMB certification

Allison Martin and Kimberly Hollister in the lab. Photo credit: Jaime North
One sees chemistry as a path to law school and the other, a journey to a doctorate degree in synthetic chemistry. Both are set to graduate Bloomsburg University this December as among the few chemistry graduates — less than 425 in the country — walking this year with American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) certification.

Kimberly Hollister and Allison Martin capped their spring semester by passing the ASBMB National Accreditation exam, enabling BU to exceed the national average by eight percent. Nearly 1,000 college students took the exam, some 417 (42 percent) achieved certification with 122 students (12.3 percent) achieving certification with distinction, as announced by ASBMB last month.

“I love the personalness you feel in our chemistry department,” said Hollister, who plans to pursue a doctorate in synthetic chemistry. “The professors are very invested in our success. They have not only helped me during my academic career but also prepared me for grad school and the workforce. I love that I get the opportunity to work in a research lab for multiple semesters. I’ve learned so much from the hands-on and personal nature of the department.”

Martin, who plans to attend law school and study intellectual property and patents, said BU’s small size is actually an asset, allowing students to develop a collaborative working relationship with professors in addition to mentorship.“Each professor really wants what’s best for their students to succeed in and out of the classroom,” Martin said. “The chemistry program has taught me how to think critically. I learned memorizing is not enough. Being able to apply what you know to practical applications is extremely important in the real world.

All students who are part of an ASBMB accredited program are invited to take the certification exam. Students are permitted only a single attempt at the exam during their undergraduate career. The certification exam is designed to test students’ knowledge and understanding of the core competencies in biochemistry and molecular biology developed by the ASBMB and its members.
BU, the first State System school to garner ASBMB program accreditation, isone of six PA schools accredited by ASBMB to include Dusquesne, Penn State and Villanova.

“This highlights the ability of our program to prepare students to be successful on a national stage, especially considering who we compete against,” said Michael Borland, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry. “This credit does not fall solely on the biochemists; this is a victory for all the (department) faculty and their dedicated and unwavering commitment to undergraduate education. We spend countless hours in the classroom, lab, and office providing these students with the knowledge, tools and opportunities to become diligent, intelligent and competent scientists.”

According to Borland, the ASBMB accreditation and recent exam certification validates that a chemistry and biochemistry education from BU — with small class sizes and hands-on laboratory experiences with cutting-edge instrumentation — makes its undergraduates competitive nationally.
“We may be a small department in terms of graduates,” Borland said. “… but we are an impactful department that provides students the opportunity to evolve and blossom into the best version of themselves as leaders and scientists.”

Hollister agrees. “Every professor I’ve talked to in the department has wanted to help me with my future goals,” Hollister said. “I started doing research a couple summers ago, which really solidified my idea of going to graduate school. I’ve been able to learn so much from my research advisor and mentor. It’s really cool they push us to explore opportunities to do research here but also research at other institutions. At a larger institution you wouldn’t receive the same quality of undergraduate research experience that you would at Bloomsburg University.”


Friday, November 9, 2018

Instructional Technology Professor and Graduate Student Receive Awards at DevLearn 2018

Kristen Venditti and Dr. Karl Kapp pose with Kristen's award
Kristen Venditti, BU Instructional Technology graduate student (MSIT), has been awarded the DemoFest 2018 "Best Student Solution" at the industry conference DevLearn. Her project was titled "Improving Reading Comprehension with AR in Storytelling." Kristen used Augmented Reality to make the pages of a booklet she designed come to life. The learner could place their phone over certain areas of the booklet and additional information would appear on the phone in the form of images and pictures. DemoFest is an event held in a ball room at the DevLearn conference where over 100 individuals show off an share elearning projects in a science fair-like environment. Attendees have the opportunity to see a wide variety of solutions to common eLearning challenges and to talk with the project developers about the tools, technologies and processes they used to build them.  

Bloomsburg University MSIT students have won the "Best Student Solution" at DemoFest for four straight years. Ever since the student category of DemoFest was introduced in 2014. 

Kristen demonstrates her AR storytelling project
Karl Kapp, Ed.D. Professor of Instructional Technology at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA received recognition at DevLearn 2018 for his "outstanding contributions to the eLearning Guild community and the learning technologies industry." The award was created to recognize members of the elearning community who have consistently contributed to the community in terms of both quantity and quality of content—and thus help make the community a vibrant center for learning. Karl was recognized for his pioneering work in the gamification of learning and for his continual efforts to build the future of our industry by tirelessly working to involve students at eLearning Guild events and introducing them to the professional community. 
At the conference, Dr. Kapp presented on the eLearning Rockstars Learning Stage. Check out some of Dr. Kapp's talk in the video at the bottom of the eLearning Brothers page
Dr. Kapp's Guild Master award

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Geography Professor Expresses Gratitude to Bloomsburg University with a $700,000 Bequest

Dr. John Enman
A $700,000 gift from the estate of John Enman, Ph.D., professor emeritus of geography at Bloomsburg University will further support students, faculty and programs in the department of Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences (EGGS).

“Dr. Enman’s gift will go a long way toward helping the EGGS department provide the best possible Husky Experience for students and faculty,” said Bloomsburg University President Bashar W. Hanna. “As a member of our BU family, Dr. Enman was committed to helping students and fellow faculty in any way he could. We are eternally grateful for his generosity and the lasting impact his gift will have on the students and faculty in the department he loved.”

Enman died in August 2016 at the age of 94, following a lifelong career devoted to his passion for geographical sciences. Prior to joining the faculty at Bloomsburg University, Enman served as a cartographer in India while serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

From the time Enman began his career at BU in 1959, he developed a strong connection to the department and viewed his fellow faculty members and students as an extension of his family. According to Dr. Brian Johnson, a fellow retiree and Dr. Sandra Kehoe-Forutan both of the EGGS department, the direction of the gift stemmed from Enman’s sense of connection with his fellow faculty and students.

“Our department has always felt like a family,” says Kehoe-Forutan. “From the day I arrived here in 1992, John mentored me and treated me as an equal. It was important to him to build that sense of community to make all the faculty, staff and students feel like they belonged here.”

In 2014, when Enman’s health began to decline, he turned to his EGGS family to help him with basic needs. “Because of the relationships he had built with us, he was comfortable turning to us for help with everyday things like getting groceries or transportation to appointments,” said Johnson. “And we were happy to pull together to help him, because that’s what he would have done for us.” 

It was the outpouring of support from the faculty, both retired and current, staff and students in the department that inspired Enman to remember his Bloomsburg University family in his will.  With the gift, the EGGS department is already bolstering student support through equipment upgrades, and providing funding to sponsor several trips for students that allow them to gain valuable field experiences.

“This will allow us to do so much more for our students by providing high-impact experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom setting,” said EGGS Department Chair Dr. Michael Shepard. “Dr. Enman truly loved this department and considered it his home in many ways. This gift is an expression of that love."

Michael Shepard, chair of the EGGS; Sandra Kehoe-Forutan, professor of EGGS; Brian Johnson, professor emeritus of geography and planning; and Cheryl Smith, department secretary, holding Enman’s United States burial casket flag to honor his service as a veteran.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Undergraduate Lauren Barrett Conducts Chemical Oceanography Research

Howdy! Y’all gig’em in Aggieland!

That’s just some of the culture I picked up this summer at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. I and nine other undergraduate students from around the country were selected to participate in their ten week Observing the Ocean Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. In this program, I had the opportunity to work with an Oceanography research professor on an independent research project. My responsibilities included writing a formal research proposal, conducting laboratory experiments, collecting water samples on an oceanographic research vessel, processing and analyzing data, and communicating the results of my research both orally and in a poster presentation. 

I was mentored by Dr. Kathryn Shamberger, who studies carbonate chemistry, ocean acidification, and coral reef biogeochemistry. My research project studied the effects of Hurricane Harvey on the coral reef ecosystems at the Flower Garden Banks (FGB) National Marine Sanctuary, which is in the Gulf of Mexico. Little is known about their water chemistry, so the data I analyzed this summer will be used in future work to elucidate the temporal variation in the environment. My research found that, with respect to their ability to generate calcium carbonate skeletons, the FGB coral reef ecosystems were not negatively impacted by Hurricane Harvey. 

The most exciting part of the REU was the opportunity to work on an oceanographic research vessel. In June, we embarked on a three-day cruise in the Gulf of Mexico on the R/V Pelican. We used a Conductivity, Temperature, Depth (CTD) instrument to assess water column data such as dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll, temperature, depth, and salinity. We also collected water samples for chemical and biological analysis. 

My experiences in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at Bloomsburg University prepared me for this experience. I was able to quickly learn to use and troubleshoot our lab’s main analytical instrument, the VINDTA, as well as display mastery of other laboratory techniques. Those skills were not granted naturally, and the excellent guidance of BU chemistry faculty, in both research and coursework, is where credit is owed. My exposure to a wide variety of instruments in Physical Chemistry and in my research at BU last summer was particularly helpful. I could not have succeeded as I did this summer without the prior mentorship of BU faculty! 

Though my research project has concluded, I will continue to communicate its results. Based on an oral presentation I gave at the end of the program, I received a travel award to attend the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico this February! I am so grateful for the opportunities that I have been exposed to by participating in this REU.
My positive experience at Texas A&M this summer has inspired me to pursue a career in Chemical Oceanography. This fall I will be applying for Ph.D. programs! I highly recommend participation in REU programs to undergraduate chemistry students. I wish I would have participated in one earlier in my undergraduate career. It is important to be exposed to different fields of research as well as the resources that larger universities can offer. An REU program can also be a good indication of your suitability for graduate school, if that’s something you’re not sure about (I wasn’t). My advice would be to keep an open mind when considering what you would like to do with your chemistry degree. Without the guidance of the wonderful Dr. Venn of the EGGS Department, I probably would have never known that Chemical Oceanography existed. Cast a wide net, because you never know what research you will end up falling in love with!
~ Lauren Barrett