Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017
|Breakfast in Røros|
|Dusting of snow in Røros|
|Buildings in Røros|
Thursday, June 15, 2017
|Tricia at the Arctic Circle|
Today we traveled to the Arctic Circle Center and Nordland National Park Center. The snow on the mountains was so white that it was almost hard to distinguish mountain from cloud. We had the chance to hike around the area, occasionally falling knee deep into the snow until we found an easier path close to the train tracks. Feet of snow were still on the ground despite it being June. All the snow will melt by September before accumulating again in the winter. Markers were placed across the area at the latitude of the Arctic Circle. As we drove to the National Park Center we spotted a few reindeer and managed to snap some pictures. Reindeer is a common food here. It's usually made into a stew or hotdog. Spending the day outside and seeing some wildlife was the perfect break from our busy travel schedule. ~Tricia law
Monday, June 12, 2017
Today, May 28th, we climbed a glacier. We traveled about 45 minutes on curving winding, bumpy roads to get a to a Viking-helmet-shaped building, where inside there was a cute store and a restaurant that served lamb pizza along with many other Norwegian delicacies. From the restaurant, the glacier that we were about to climb looked small -- which we soon would learn was a trick of the eye. After we finished eating we got back in the car and traveled down a short road to where we met our climbing guides. There they fit us for spikes to go over our shoes and give us a pick axe for safety. We then hiked an hour across rocky terrain, rapid waters, and Norwegian shrubbery, before arriving at the glacier which was, in reality, huge. Here we received harnesses and were roped together. With our guide up in front and the rest of us strapped together we start our journey upwards on the glacier. The temperature dropped and the hike was steep. The climb to the top was about an hour and once up there the view was beautiful. Then it was time to go back down. The way down was a little scary but our guide, using her pick axe, made steps for us in the ice to walk down comfortably. Once we get back from the glacier the feeling of accomplishment and amazement sinks in and the eight of us will have a unique memory that will last forever.
~ Madeline Murtin
Friday, June 9, 2017
Norway is a country of never-ending beauty but also never-ending sunlight. I woke up at 3 am to yellow rays radiating in the room, blinding me as I opened my eyes. The midnight sun is a phenomenon in northern Norway due to the tilt and rotation of the earth around the sun during this time of year. The day continued with a hike around the coast where we saw countless sheep sun bathing on the rocks. Our view was the turquoise waters of the Arctic Ocean, and a backdrop of snowy covered mountains. The beach looked like the Caribbean with a sandy coast and small waves crashing on the land. Three of our classmates were brave enough to dive into the freezing water. One of them actually submerged himself three times. Maybe the numbness from the first jump made the following two a breeze. I on the other hand was satisfied with just touching the water with my fingers. We ended our time at the beach with pictures before heading back to our cabins for our last night in Lofoten.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
|Brian Fekete, Jacob Daniel,and Brett Logan took Second Place|
|From left: Laura Josuweit, Jared Frank, Rio Weber, Brett Logan, Brian Fekete, Jacob Daniel, John Gibson, Luke Vuksta, Daniel Kilgallon|
Sunday, May 28, 2017
A truly committed instructor understands and embodies the classic saying: “Deeds, not words!” Several inspiring examples of that old chestnut are evident in the work of Dr. Kevin Ferland, professor in the Department of Mathematical and Digital Sciences. Kevin saw his first book, Discrete Mathematics: An Introduction to Proofs and Combinatorics, published in 2009. He began teaching the subject some ten years earlier, whereupon he discovered that he was unable to find a suitable text, i.e., one that in his words, “both covered the topics we needed and did so with sufficient support for students that may struggle with the ideas.” Consequently, Kevin decided to create a book that would offer both theory and practice and at the same time, would engage his students, rather than intimidate them. In his words:
“In 2001, I started writing the first edition of this book with a central focus upon providing quality and well-explained examples that are then well supported by many exercises that are tied directly to those examples.”
Eight years later, the aforementioned first edition of Kevin’s discrete mathematics text was born. Even so, he immediately began making substantial notes in his copy of the first edition, which were based largely upon student feedback each semester; it was these notes that formed the foundation for most if not all of the modifications which became the basis for the updated second edition, Discrete Mathematics and Applications. He suggested that
“Ever since the first edition came out in 2009, I have paid close attention to the efficacy of my approach. By improving and adding examples and exercises, I have subsequently made significant improvements that I know will benefit students even more in this second edition. What I have learned from using my textbook for eight years and receiving feedback, has been invaluable to me and I expect that users of this new edition will appreciate it as well.”
Happily, the new edition of Kevin’s book has been published recently by the prestigious Taylor & Francis publishing group. For additional substantive information about Discrete Mathematics and Applications, please refer to the following link:
--- Michael Stephans
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017
|Audiology and Speech Pathology award winners|
Top Honor Undergraduate Student
award winner Alexandra Smith
The best and brightest gathered on April 24, 2017, to be recognized for their accomplishments at Bloomsburg University. Each College of Science and Technology department recognized their Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude graduates in addition to their scholarship and department specific award winners. The Top Honor Undergraduate Student award was earned by nursing major Alexandra Smith, pictured at right.
|Biological and Allied Health Sciences award winners|
|Chemistry and Biochemistry award winners|
|Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences award winners|
|Exercise Science Award Winners|
|Instructional Technology award winners|
|Mathematical and Digital Sciences award winners|
|Nursing award winners|
|Physics and Engineering award winners|
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. --- Mahatma Gandhi
Now in its 26th year, BU’s Health Sciences Symposium, which was co-sponsored by the University’s Office of the Provost and the Berwick Health and Wellness Fund, focused upon the theme of diabetes, which featured a keynote address on Thursday by Dr. John W. Kennedy entitled “Diabetes Care ~ Transformation at Geisinger: Bridging the Gap Between Discovery and Delivery to Preserve Patient Health and Wellness.” Dr. Kennedy is currently in residence as the Director of the Department of Endocrinology for the Geisinger Health System, and has many years of experience as a member of the medical profession.
As part of the Symposium on the following day, there were additional presentations on diabetes and related topics in Kehr Union by a variety of health care professionals, including Pamela Cook and Devon Manney, Assistant Professors in BU’s Department of Nursing; Dr. Timothy R. O’Connell, BU Professor Emeritus in the Department of Exercise Science; and Julia Grocki, Clinical Dietician in the Geisinger Health System.
Kehr Union was also the location for BU’s 31st Annual Wellness Fair was also held on Friday. This year’s fair included informative poster sessions presented and displayed by BU graduate and undergraduate students, which spotlighted a variety of topics such as scoliosis, coronary heart disease, sodium intake, delayed umbilical cord cutting, and mononucleosis. The Fair itself included numerous university organizations such as the Center for Hearing and Balance, the Student Health Center, the Exercise Science Club, the Wellness Committee, and the Center for Counseling and Human Development. Other contributors included ARAMARK, Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital, Highmark Blue Shield, PA Department of Health, and Rodman Natural Health Solutions.
If, as Gandhi suggests, health is what makes us wealthy, then nowhere was that proclamation more in evidence than on the Bloomsburg University campus on April 20th and 21st. By learning about the importance of good health and wellness through participating in events like these, and by using knowledge and good sense to create a healthy lifestyle, we have the potential to lead long and fruitful lives. What could be better than that? --- Michael Stephans
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
|Overall 1st Place Team from Berwick Area "Berwick Blue"|
|3rd place overall, Geosciences and Biology winner Homeschool group "Brutum Flumen"|
|Chemistry winner Wyoming Area "WA Gold"|
|Physics winner Berwick Area "Berwick White"|
|2nd place overall winner Wyoming Area "WA Green"|
Thursday, April 20, 2017
|Dr. Jones, MADS Chair; Dr. Barrett; Dr. Blake, provost; Dr. Aronstam, COST Dean|
Dr. Barrett takes on a leadership role in all her endeavors. This includes conferences as well as multiple Digital Forensics working groups and Agency panels. Diane is a practicing professional who performs security audits and forensics examinations. She is also an author, with multiple books to her credit, and she had three articles accepted for publication in the past year. Her most recent conference paper won Honorable Mention in the best paper category. She has written grant applications that are only available to Centers for Academic Excellence and is helping students obtain scholarships for college.
Over the last three years, Dr. Barrett has had seven conference presentations, two book chapters and two grants funded to go along with earning her PhD and book publication. She is an expert in her field who has contributed significantly to the state of the art in doing cloud-based digital forensics security audits and examinations.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Bloomsburg University’s Mathematical and Digital Science (MADS) Department, in conjunction with sponsors Solution and Development Firm LLC and Optimo IT, has once again presented its Annual Programming Contest on Tuesday, April 11th. This is the Contest’s 22nd year and it shows no signs of waning in popularity.
This year, 13 high schools and 44 teams hailing from those schools participated in the three-hour contest. There were ten computational problems given to each team. The problems ranged in difficulty from easiest to the most difficult, and each team was allowed to use the programing language of its choice to attack each problem.
The top three winning teams were the Emaus High School Hornets (1st place with 10 out of 10 problems solved), the Easton Area High School’s Jarvis Team (2nd place with 9 out of 10 problems solved) and the Nazareth White Team (3rd place with 8 out of ten correctly solved problems). Nine teams tied for 4th place, each solving 7 out of the 10 problems in the allotted time.
A hearty “Thank You” to Dr. Drue Coles, Professor in the Mathematical and Digital Sciences Department for once again coordinating this popular event.
|1st Place Team - Emaus High School Hornets|
|2nd Place Team - Easton Area High School's Jarvis Team|
|3rd Place Team - Nazareth White Team|
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
|Spring 2017 COST Research Day organizers, keynote speaker, Dean and poster winners|
“Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” - Wernher Von Braun
Research at most institutions of higher learning has always been a way of life to one degree or another. While some colleges and universities have been labeled as “teaching institutions” and are often differentiated from “research institutions,” research is definitely an integral part of college and university life, regardless of what the institution’s major emphasis may be.
Let’s look at it this way: Theory and pedagogy in many disciplines each create a sturdy foundation for future inquiry and exploration; and yet both were more often than not, end products of the research process itself. Perhaps this cyclical phenomenon undergirds the importance of research as an ongoing human endeavor, both at institutions of higher learning and in societies as a whole.
Specifically, research activities have always played an important role here at Bloomsburg University. As an example, emphasis upon research has been at the heart of the College of Science and Technology since its inception in the early years of the new millennium. Even earlier on in the late 80’s, BU chemistry students often gave research presentations on the last day of each semester. Shortly after the birth of COST, Dean Robert Marande helped to formalize the presentation process by thinking that it would be beneficial for all student researchers in the College to have the opportunity to present their research findings before a wider audience beyond the confines of their classrooms. Consequently, the College of Science and Technology’s Research Day was born.
|Keynote Speaker Dr. Jennifer Whisner|
All posters were judged based upon their coverage of the topic, use of graphics, quality of layout and design, accessibility/readability of the text, well documented sources, and the quality of the creator’s oral presentation. The three posters that won the first, second, and third places respectively in the competition were Lauren Chamberlin (“Investigating the Presences of Synapsin III in Human Sperm”), Shana Wagner (“The Effect of Peroxisome Proliferator- Activated Receptors on Estrogen Receptors in Malignant Melanoma”), and Ryan Sullivan (Analyzing Local and Regional Groundwater Flow using ArcGIS within Columbia County, PA”). Honorable Mentions were awarded to Haley Kravitz, Madison Aungst, Kirk Jeffreys, Mark R. Drumm, Elliott Fackler, Morgan Ruziecki, Daniel F. McGann and Luke A. Long Jr.
- Michael Stephans
Friday, April 7, 2017
|Dr. Borland, Dr. Kehres and Megan Burke|
|Mark Drumm presents his poster|
Undergraduates participate in this special introduction to topics in various toxicology disciplines, including an opportunity to explore and interpret data. Students discuss with graduate students and academic program directors how to submit strong graduate school applications and succeed in graduate school, as well as learning the merits of specific graduate programs. They also network with SOT mentors and toxicologists in various employment sectors to become more familiar with what life is like in different career paths in toxicology. - See more at: http://www.toxicology.org/events/am/AM2017/program.asp#SPhi