Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC)
Meet the Committee:
Jeffrey Newman (Chair) — Biology
Jeff Newman has played a major role in bringing 21st century technology into the biology curriculum. In the classroom, cutting-edge technologies such as NextGen DNA sequencing, bioinformatics and microbial identification technologies have been incorporated into the Introductory Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Genome Analysis courses.
In the research lab, Newman has mentored investigative projects by a large number of students, and has taken many to present their research at American Society for Microbiology annual meetings (students presented in New Orleans & Boston), an international conference in Pune, India as well as undergraduate research conferences.
See Dr. Newman's faculty profile for more information.
Mary Morrison — Biology
Dr. Morrison ran a research lab at The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego for three years prior to arriving at Lycoming. She has studied the development of the cerebellum, a brain region responsible for balance and coordination of motion, and has supervised numerous students doing independent studies and honors projects involving projects relating to brain development.
She has also helped establish a state-of-the-art microscopic imaging facility at Lycoming.
See Dr. Morrison's faculty profile for more information.
Chriss McDonald — Chemistry
Dr. Chriss McDonald came to the Department of Chemistry from Berea College in Kentucky. He received his doctorate in organic chemistry from Miami University where he focused on the synthesis of highly oxygenated natural products. He teaches General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry I and II, Advanced Organic Chemistry, Spectroscopy and Molecular Structure, Chemistry Research Methods, and team teaches Biochemistry with Dr. Jeff Newman of the Department of Biology. He is particularly interested in the development of new inquiry-based laboratory experiments for his various organic courses.
See Dr. McDonald's faculty profile for more information.
For a list of helpful links for your pre-health studies, visit our Health Professions page.