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Biology News


Lycoming College students present at Susquehanna River Symposium

Clean Water Institute (CWI) interns and staff from Lycoming College presented their research at the 13th annual Susquehanna River Symposium at Bucknell University on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, and Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. Featuring speeches, poster presentations, and exhibits from more than 150 students and professionals, this year’s Susquehanna River Symposium, titled “Science, Conservation, and Heritage,” provided an opportunity for students, faculty, consultants, agencies, and watershed groups to build a body of knowledge about the human and natural communities of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. Eighteen post-secondary institutions from Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland participated.

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Lycoming College announces new biochemistry major

Lycoming College has added a new major in biochemistry to its program offerings as part of its ongoing commitment to curricular innovation. Available beginning with the 2018-19 academic year, the new program places Lycoming in the company of the best liberal arts and sciences colleges in the nation, and will enable Lycoming to broaden its curriculum, faculty, and coursework, to better attract, retain and graduate exceptional students.

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Lycoming establishes biology field station for experiential learning and research

Lycoming College recently established the Lycoming Biology Field Station* on 116 acres of land near the campus. The College’s biology department intends to use the field station for courses in aquatic biology, ecology, plant science, vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, and environmental biology as well as student research and practica projects.

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Lycoming College presents author and photographer Tim Palmer

Lycoming College’s Clean Water Institute (CWI) will host author and photographer Tim Palmer for a talk on his book, “Wild and Scenic River: An American Legacy,” on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in room G-11 of the Heim Building on the College campus.

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Students engage in summer research through Lycoming’s Clean Water Institute

Eleven students from Lycoming College are participating in a ten-week summer internship through the College’s Clean Water Institute (CWI). The student interns will complete a variety of projects focused on Susquehanna River and tributary water quality monitoring, PA Unassessed Waters Fish surveys, and work associated with the Waterdale Environmental Center and the new Lycoming College field station on the Loyalsock Creek.

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From watershed to tap water, students from Loyalsock School District learn about clean water

More than 130 sixth-grade students from the Loyalsock School District learned about the water cycle from watershed to faucet during a field trip to the Waterdale Environmental Education Center on May 2-3. The event was organized by Waterdale partners, including Walt Nicholson, center director, Williamsport Municipal Water Authority (WMWA), Lycoming College’s education department and Clean Water Initiative (CWI) and Lycoming County Conservation District.

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RecycleMania makes a clean sweep through Lycoming College

Lycoming College students, faculty and staff recently wrapped up their RecycleMania campaign, which ran from Jan. 31-March 28. This marks the fifth year that the College has taken steps to increase awareness of recycling opportunities by participating in the friendly competition.

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Lycoming’s hellbender research advances Senate bill for first ever Pennsylvania state amphibian

The eastern hellbender is one step closer to becoming Pennsylvania’s first ever official state amphibian with the passing of Senate Bill 658, a collaborated effort of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Pennsylvania Student Leadership Council and Lycoming College’s Clean Water Institute (CWI). The bill advocates for the hellbender to be appointed the state amphibian due to its natural ability to indicate water quality — a characteristic that they believe would make the hellbender a mascot for clean water and an ideal representation of the state. Though many Pennsylvania natives might be learning about the animal for the first time as a result of the bill, members of the Lycoming College community are no strangers to the hellbender, since the College’s biology department and CWI have been studying the creature for years.

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Wall Street Journal: Students Asked Lawmakers to Honor a Salamander. Then Things Got Weird

The Wall Street Journal weighed in Lycoming’s campaign to make the Eastern Hellbender the Pennsylvania State Amphibian. The story featured a photo of Research Associate Peter Petokas and students. Read about it here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/students-asked-lawmakers-to-honor-a-salamander-then-things-got-weird-1512148133

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