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Biology News


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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Lycoming College considers effects of Marcellus Shale development on local forests

Lillie Langlois, Ph.D., visited the Lycoming College campus on Oct. 12 to present her work, “Effects of Marcellus shale gas development on habitat fragmentation of Pennsylvania forests,” which examined the rapid expansion of shale gas development within the northern Appalachians. The College’s close proximity to the region in question was of particular interest to many Lycoming students who can see the effects firsthand.

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Lycoming College professor delivers presentation on fossil discovered in Lycoming County

Lycoming College’s David Broussard, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, this summer presented research at the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on a 365 million-year-old leg bone that he and his students discovered in Lycoming County. The fossil is that of a femur that once belonged to a species of early tetrapod — a four-limbed animal — and dates back to the Late Devonian Period, when vertebrates made the transition from fish-like to more land-living types of animals.

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Dr. Schwartz to give final presentation for Lycoming Lyme Symposium

Dr. Brian Schwartz, M.D., M.S., will provide the fourth and final presentation of Lycoming College’s Lyme Symposium. Schwartz’s speech, “Lyme Disease: Epidemiologic & Clinical Overview; and Our Research,” will take place on Monday, Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in Heim, Room G-11, on the Lycoming College Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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