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of 925 institutions included in the study.
The grades measure financial fitness as
determined by nine components, such
as balance sheet health, operational
soundness and freshmen receiving
institutional grants.
According to
The Princeton Review
,
Lycoming has been recognized as one of
the best institutions of higher learning
in the Northeast. The education services
company selected Lycoming as one of
226 institutions it profiles in the “Best in
the Northeast” section of its 2014 Best
Colleges: Region by Region feature.
The 226 colleges chosen for its
“Best in the Northeast” list are located
in 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware,
Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts,
New Hampshire, New Jersey, New
York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and
Vermont, and the District of Columbia.
Collectively, the 643 colleges named
“regional best(s)” constitute about 25
percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year
colleges.
Grant to support fossil study
Assistant professor of biology, David
Broussard, Ph.D., received a $1,000 grant
from the Delaware Valley Paleontological
Society to support his efforts at Red
Hill, a 360 million-year-old fossil site
in Clinton County, as well as his work
at the Academy of Natural Sciences in
Philadelphia. With the grant, Broussard
hopes to gain a better understanding
of the paleoecology of Red Hill by
quantifying variation in species diversity
as well as size of the fossil vertebrates.
Broussard began working at the site
in 2009, when he first took his vertebrate
biology students on a field trip. It was
formed during the late Devonian period
from a large, lowland river with extensive
floodplains at a time when what is
now called Pennsylvania was situated
just below the equator and had a much
warmer climate. Some of the earliest
known “tetrapods,” aka creatures with
four limbs, have been found there, as well
as many unique species.
“Several species of plants and animals
have been identified and described
from Red Hill and have been found
only at Red Hill,” Broussard said. “The
Devonian period is known as the ‘Age
of Fishes’ and there are fossils of several
different types of extinct fishes found
there, including armored – external bony
armor – fishes known as placoderms,
spiny sharks, teeth of freshwater sharks,
several species of lobe-finned fishes, and
small, ray-finned fishes.”
Cory Trego ’14, a biology major and
recipient of the college’s Joanne and
Arthur Haberberger Fellowship, works
with Broussard at Red Hill, where he
helps to analyze and document fossils,
collecting data for his honor’s project.
He began planning the project with
Broussard last fall.
World-renowned
archaeologist visits
World-renowned archaeologist
Gabriel Barkay, Ph.D., visited Lycoming
in November to lecture about important
artifacts and ruins that have been
unearthed in Israel. A professor at Bar-
Il an University in Tel Aviv, Barkay has
been excavating in Jerusalem for more
than 50 years and knows the historical
significance and the Biblical connections
of nearly every part of the city.
Barkay showed students pictures
of underground excavation tunnels,
seals with Hebrew text that are several
thousands of years old and remains of
the first settlements in the area. He also
discussed his discovery of the silver
scrolls, two silver amulets that contain
the priestly benediction from the Book of
Numbers, which are the earliest recorded
biblical verses.
David Broussard, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, and Cory Trego ’14 are shown at Red Hill, a 360
million-year-old fossil site in Clinton County, Pa. Broussard received a grant from the Delaware Valley
Paleontological Society to study the site’s paleoecology.
Gabriel Barkay
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