Biology News


Reef sharks don't deter Lycoming College students from diving in Honduras

While on a trip to the reef off Honduras, Lycoming College students watched 15 large sharks with awe as their streamlined bodies, which can get up to 9 feet long, slid soundlessly through the water in search of prey. Watching sharks in their natural environment was one of the highlights of the students’ trip to Roatán Island off the eastern coast of the Central American country.

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Lycoming College biology professor earns neuroscience award

Mary Morrison, Ph.D., professor of biology at Lycoming College, received the Carol Ann Paul Educator of the Year Award from the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience organization. The national award recognizes a member of the organization for notable efforts to promote the effective teaching of neuroscience at the undergraduate level.

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Lycoming College students recognized by environmental consortium

Senior biology majors Johanna Hripto and Julian Jones received a Campus Sustainability Champion award through the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium. The award recognizes people who have made meaningful contributions to sustainability efforts that benefit their college, community or society either economically or environmentally.

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Lycoming College freshman earns prize for research paper

Rachel Fritz, a sophomore biology major of Honesdale, Pa., earned the 2015 Ed Gabriel First-Year Writing and Research prize for research completed in the fall of 2014. The award is given to a student of any major who completes research in any field and who documents their findings in a paper during their freshman year.

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Lycoming welcomes fifteen new faculty members

Lycoming College welcomed fifteen new full-time faculty members at the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year.

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Students present and receive awards at Pennsylvania Academy of Science meeting

Alec Minnick, a recent graduate with major in biology from Montoursville, received a third place award for his research poster presentation at the 91st Annual Pennsylvania Academy of Science meeting held at Lebanon Valley College on April 9-12. Minnick, along with five other students, also presented research papers at the meeting.

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Laura Brennan '15 named PennACE Student of the Year

Lycoming College senior Laura Brennan, a photography and biology major, was recently selected as the winner of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers (PennACE) JoAnne Day Student of the Year Award in the Liberal Arts category. Each year, the award is given to recognize notable interns at eligible institutions in the state of Pennsylvania for four different categories: Technical, Liberal Arts, Business and Associates Degree.

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Biology Department hosts 75 high school science teachers

The Lycoming College Biology Department hosted 75 high school science teachers on campus for the annual Biology Teacher’s Workshop. This year, the teachers rotated through four activities and talks, which presented them with new ideas and methodologies to implement in their classrooms. Karen Avery ‘94, a Montoursville High School Biology Teacher, plays a key role in planning and hosting the workshop.

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Students and faculty present at Susquehanna River Symposium

Lycoming College’s Clean Water Institute (CWI) faculty and student interns presented research findings at the 9th Annual Susquehanna River Symposium, “Science of the River,” held at Bucknell University Nov. 21-22.

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Laura Brennan '15 nominated for PennACE Award

Lycoming College senior Laura Brennan, a photography and biology major, has been nominated for the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers (PennACE) JoAnne Day Student of the Year Award in the liberal arts category. Each year, the award is given to recognize notable workers and interns at eligible institutions in the state of Pennsylvania.

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Department of Biology hosts American Society for Microbiology (ASM) meeting

The Lycoming College Department of Biology hosted the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology Nov. 7-8 on the campus in Williamsport, Pa. This annual meeting featured Dr. John F. Stolz, director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education at Duquesne University as the keynote speaker. It also included hands-on workshops led by Dr. Jeffrey Newman, president of the Allegheny Branch and associate professor and chair of biology, and his students, in addition to a variety of student presentations.

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Lycoming breaks ground for new Lynn Science Center

Lycoming College celebrated the groundbreaking for its new Lynn Science Center on June 18. The three-level, 26,000-square-foot facility will connect to the north end of the existing Heim Biology and Chemistry Building and will include a planetarium, classrooms, research and teaching labs, computer labs, faculty offices, student lounges and an atrium. Board chair Peter Lynn ’69 and his wife, Joyce, have made the leadership gift for the facility, which is expected to open for the 2015 fall semester.

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Math and Science Saturday to be held at Lycoming

Lycoming College will host a Math and Science Saturday for high school sophomores and juniors March 22 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The open house offers prospective students and their families an opportunity to explore the college’s biology, chemistry, astronomy and physics, and mathematics departments, as well as special programs, such as pre-medicine.

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Lycoming's Clean Water Institute receives $20,000 grant

Lycoming College's Clean Water Institute (CWI) has received a $20,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) for work completed as a part of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) Unassessed Waters Initiative.

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Biology research grant awarded to Lycoming student

Lycoming College senior biology major Ashley Gimbel was awarded a $400 grant from the Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) Biology Honor Society to support her cell and molecular biology research methods project.

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