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Biology News


Lycoming College receives $125,000 grant to support renovation of genetics lab

The George I. Alden Trust has awarded Lycoming College a grant of $125,000 in support of the renovation of the genetics teaching lab in the Heim Science Building. The recent addition of majors in astrophysics, neuroscience, and biochemistry have accounted for the College’s most significant growth in enrollment and high performing students, and the renovations will ultimately support and further the education and success of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) students. This is the fifth grant awarded to Lycoming by the Alden Trust, the last one supporting the creation of the new biochemistry teaching and research labs.

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WVIA Keystone Edition: "Viruses, Pandemics, and Society" Course to Be Offered At Lycoming College

Listen to Mary Morrison discusses the new course she is teaching, the fundamentals of virology, and what students will take away from the course.

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Pandemics, viruses, and how to move forward; New course at Lycoming

With much work still to be done to understand the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on nearly every factor of our society, one Lycoming professor is making it the focal point of a new course available to students this coming fall semester.

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Lycoming College students present at Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Conference

On April 25, 2021, three Lycoming College students presented their research at the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Conference. Annabelle Brinkerhoff ‘21, Katie Moon ’21, and Emily Frantz ’21 were among 18 other students selected to present at this year’s virtual conference.

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Faculty-student biology research team publishes findings in Palaois

A team of paleontology researchers led by Lycoming College has discovered a well-exposed section of the Catskill Formation in North-Central Pennsylvania that contains abundant macrofossils and sedimentary features that make it well-suited for Upper Devonian fossil occurrences. Their research, entitled, “Vertebrate Taphonomy, Paleontology, Sedimentology, and Palynology of a Fossiliferous Late Devonian Fluvial Succession, Catskill Formation, North-Central Pennsylvania, USA” was published in the December issue of Palaios, an academic paleontology journal.

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Lycoming faculty recognized for excellence in teaching

Lycoming College’s President Kent Trachte presented two faculty members with teaching awards at a faculty meeting in October. The Junior Teaching Award and the Senior Teaching Award, the latter called the Constance Cupp Plankenhorn Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence, are bestowed upon faculty members who exhibit mastery of their field, highly effective organization and communication of material, a spirit of enthusiasm, and an ability to inspire students. The awards are typically presented during Honors Convocation every spring, but the presentation of both awards was delayed this year due to the pandemic.

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National Science Foundation grant helps to ensure diversity at international urban stream ecology symposium

Robert F. Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at Lycoming College and research associate with the College’s Clean Water Institute (CWI), was awarded a $25,550 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support of the 5th Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology (SUSE5), for which he is a co-organizer and a member of the advisory board.

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Biochemistry captures the attention of medical school hopeful

It hasn’t taken long for the new biochemistry major at Lycoming College to spark interest among students. Launched in the fall of 2018, the lab-based science that marries biology and chemistry is becoming a popular choice for students who aspire to work in academia, industrial settings, pharmaceuticals, health professions, and more. For Nicholas Russello ’20 of Guilford, Conn., it was a biochemistry course that ignited in him a curiosity in research that hadn’t existed before.

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Sen. Gene Yaw honored for hellbender legislation

Lycoming College and the Pennsylvania Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Student Leadership Council (SLC) formally recognized PA Sen. Gene Yaw ’70 for helping to name the Eastern Hellbender the official amphibian of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with a special event on Friday, Nov. 1, in the College’s Krapf Gateway Center, Trogner Presentation Room. Thanks to Yaw’s collaborative efforts with the SLC and Lycoming College’s Clean Water Institute (CWI), the Eastern Hellbender now stands as a symbol of Pennsylvania’s commitment to clean water.

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Grant dollars support student travel, presentation at Society for Freshwater Science

Two representatives of Lycoming College Clean Water Institute (CWI) recently traveled to the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, to present research and hear about the state of the science in freshwater ecology. The Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) is an international scientific organization that promotes further understanding of freshwater ecosystems and ecosystems at the interface between aquatic and terrestrial habitats. This year’s conference carried the theme of translation ecology in freshwater science.

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PPL Foundation films at Waterdale Environmental Education Center

PPL Foundation recently filmed fourth-graders experiencing the Waterdale Environmental Education Center.

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Lycoming College student awarded 2019 Goldwater Scholarship

Lycoming College student Mikayla Feldbauer ’20 of St. Marys, Pa., was recently awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for her senior year of study. With this award, Feldbauer joins an elite group of young scholars who show exceptional promise in becoming the next generation of research leaders.

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