Biology News


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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Lycoming students present research at University of Maryland symposium

Six Lycoming College students recently presented their research at the University of Maryland Baltimore County Undergraduate Research Symposium. They were accompanied by Charles Mahler, Ph.D., chemistry professor, and Jeff Newman, Ph.D., professor and chair of the biology department.

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Explore Charter School students visit Lycoming

Students from the Explore Charter School in Brooklyn, N.Y., explored the human brain at Lycoming College Friday, Nov. 1. Rebecca Gilbertson, Ph.D., Lycoming assistant professor of psychology, Mary Morrison, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, and their students led two lively interactive laboratory sessions. The Explore students learned about the functions of different parts of the brain, constructed paper brain caps and handled and examined two real human brains.

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Biology professor receives $1,000 paleontology grant

Lycoming College 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.

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Biology major receives neuroscience award

Lycoming College student Lauren Robertson, a senior biology major from Hanover, recently won a Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience travel award to present her work at the national Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, Calif., in October. The $750 award covers travel and meeting expenses.

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New graduate publishes book about Union County lumber company

Jonathan Bastian, a recent graduate of Lycoming College, has published his first book, “Lumbering: A Way of Life at Pardee,” which is based on a lumbering empire in Central Pennsylvania during the 19th century.

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Students attend summer environmental workshop in Maine

Three Lycoming College biology students interning with the Clean Water Institute this summer were selected by the Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies to participate in a week-long international workshop in Acadia National Park, Maine.

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Biology student earns conservation scholarship

Lycoming College biology major Ashlynn Beacker, a senior from Ulysses, is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts Inc.

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Clean Water Institute supports summer research

Thirteen students are spending their summers as interns with the Lycoming College Clean Water Institute. Several projects are being conducted under the direction of CWI directors Mel Zimmerman, Ph.D., professor of biology, and Peter Petokas, Ph.D., CWI research associate.

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