Lycoming College Clean Water Institute hosts elementary students

Lycoming College Clean Water Institute hosts elementary students

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The Lycoming College Clean Water Institute welcomed approximately 70 third-graders from Montgomery Elementary School to campus on May 18.

Dr. Melvin Zimmerman, professor of biology, and Dr. Richard Erickson, associate professor of astronomy and physics, held presentations for the students in the College's Heim Building and Detwiler Planetarium.

Along with Zimmerman, Lycoming biology student interns guided the Montgomery third-graders through three labs focusing on ecology, marine biology and the hellbender salamander initiative. In each lab, the students handled exotic animals, such as two bearded dragons. Erikson hosted a planetarium show.

Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.