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Biology News


Biology faculty member chosen to participate in teaching mentoring network, chair of organization

Bob Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at Lycoming College and Clean Water Institute research associate, was recently selected to participate in the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN) for “Reducing Barriers to Teaching with R in Undergraduate Biology” and to serve as Chair for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Freshwater Science.

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Lycoming College student, faculty member collaborate on curriculum guide for Waterdale Environmental Center

Lycoming College senior biology major, Brandan Gracia (Houston, Texas) recently completed work on a curriculum guide for the Waterdale Environmental Education Center, which was a collaboration with Amy Rogers ‘92, Ph.D., associate professor of education at Lycoming College. Gracia and Rogers presented the curriculum guide on Thursday, Jan. 24, to the IU17 Curriculum Council from schools in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga counties.

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Lycoming College faculty member published in paleontology journal

A paleontologist from Lycoming College was recently published in the Dec. 5, 2018, issue of Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology, an international journal for original studies and comprehensive reviews in the field of palaeo-environmental geology. David Broussard, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, submitted original research entitled, “Depositional setting, taphonomy and geochronology of new fossil sites in the Catskill Formation (Upper Devonian) of north-central Pennsylvania, USA, including a new early tetrapod fossil.”

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Lycoming College faculty, student present research at national conference

Lycoming College’s David Broussard, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, and biology major Cayla Treaster ’19 of Williamsport, recently presented their research at the 130th Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.

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Lycoming College professor elected president of Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience

Lycoming College’s Assistant Professor and Chair of the Biology Department Mary Morrison, Ph.D., was elected as the next president of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN), an organization dedicated to developing and enhancing undergraduate education in neuroscience. She will serve as president-elect for one year, president for the second year, and past president for a third year, during which she will work diligently on raising funds for and distributing travel awards to undergraduates and leading elections for the following year’s officers. She will also collaborate with FUN president Ron Bayline of Washington and Jefferson College on a strategic planning process to guide FUN into the next decade.

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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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