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Biology Alumni Updates Faculty/Staff

Biology Department Welcomes New Faculty Member

Dr. Stephanie D. Allen, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, comes to us from Capital University and is a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at The Ohio State University. Allen received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from The Ohio State University. She will teach the Anatomy and Physiology component of the pre-nursing program. Dr. Allen has also had teaching experience at Alderson-Broaddus College and has participated in teacher training at The College of Wooster and The Ohio State University.

Dr. Allen was Acting Laboratory Manager for Pravin T.P. Kaumaya's Laboatory at The Ohio State University, and Co-Chair of the Ohio State Biochemistry Program student-run Cancer Research Focus Group at The Ohio State University. She is the co-author of numerous publications.

Biology Muskie Fellows

Three biology students will be spending their summer months doing research projects alongside faculty members through the Muskingum Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Muskie Fellows). Muskie Fellows supports undergraduate research or creative projects over the summer. The research may be part of the mentor's own research or a project developed by the the student independently. Those students who are selected to do research through Muskie Fellows receive a $2,500 stipend in addition to college housing for the duration of the project.

Kelley Crater, mentored by Dr. Jim Dooley, will work with exotic cats and ungulate animals for an internship at Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans.

Allissa Anderson and Kyle Axe, mentored by Dr. Danny Ingold and Dr. Jim Dooley, will do research at the Wilds to determine if there are differences in the reproductive success of grass and shrubland birds on each of four treatment plots.

Also in the News...

  • Dr. Jim Dooley and Dr. Danny Ingold attended the Ecological Society of America meeting in San Jose, CA in August.
  • Dr. Brian Bergstrom, Department of Biology, received support for sabbatical research as a visiting scholar at Illinois State University. Dr. Bergstrom’s research is related to Parkinson's Disease and is part of a collaborative project between the laboratory of Dr. Paul A. Garris at Illinois State and the Mayo Clinic. Bergstrom also published Aspartame decreases evoked extracellular dopamine levels in the rat brain: An in vivo voltammetry study Neuropharmacology 53 (2007) 967-974.
  • Dr. Amy Santas, Department of Biology, received funding for primary biological research on the protein complex dystroglycan in skin using both biochemical and histological analysis.

Biology Students Present Research at Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Week Poster Session:
Three Biology Students Win Awards

The Science Division held its annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Week in April, during which students presented their research findings in poster presentations. Each worked with the faculty at Muskingum, as well as with experts and organizations from outside the campus. Winners of the poster competition were selected by Science Division faculty members. Two biology students received awards provided by the Carolyn and Glenn Hodges Student Research Awards Fund. The program for the event contains abstracts for students' research.

First place was awarded to Ankur Joshi '08, who presented Prediction of the structure and nature of the “resuscitation promoting factor” protein secreted by the viable cells of micrococcus luteus.

Second place was awarded to Anna Belyaevskaya '08. who presented Comparison of HLA-C gene from a person affected by psoriasis and three people potentially carrying the gene.

Third place was awarded to Rebecca Schroeder '08, who presented Biochemical evidence of dystroglycan complex in epidermis.

Other biology students participating in the Poster Session were:

  • Jonathan Grennell '08, Jessica Teaff '08 and Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jim Dooley presented Giraffe nutrition study at The Wilds, Ohio.
  • Nicklaus J. Hess '08 presented Localization of a dystroglycan complex in human epidermis.
  • Brock M. Huntsman '08 and The Homer A. Anderson Distinguished Professor of the Natural Sciences Dr. Danny Ingold presented Parasite loads in largemouth bass (micropterus salmoides) on a reclaimed surface mine in southeastern Ohio (The Wilds).
  • Wes Jordan '08 presented Evidence of the stilostomella extinction during the mid-pleistocene in the central north Atlantic Ocean: Integrated ocean drilling program (IODP) expedition 306 site u1314 on the Gardar Drift.
  • Greg Leasure '08 and Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jim Dooley presented, A population estimation of white-tailed deer (odocoileus virginianus) at The Wilds.
  • Jenna Parrish '11 and Anna Belyaevskaya '08 presented Cloning and expression of the taq DNA polymerase gene from thermus aquaticus.
  • Sarah Reams '08 presented The effects of heat stress on the viability and thermotolerance of bacillus cereus atcc 12826.
  • Rebecca Schroeder '08 presented Biochemical evidence of dystroglycan complex in epidermis.
  • Bonnie Whitt '08 and Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Amy Santas presented Use of a progesterone assay to detect pregnancy in rhinoceroses at The Wilds.
  • Michael Zimmermann '08 and The Homer A. Anderson Distinguished Professor of the Natural Sciences Dr. Danny Ingold presented Parasite loads in three sunfish species (lepomis sp.) on reclaimed surface mine ponds in southeastern Ohio (The Wilds).

James A. Bradford Colloquium: Biology Seniors Present Their Research

Biology students, Jonathan Grennell and Jessica Teaff, Conservation Science Program, and Ankur Joshi, Molecular Biology, Michael Zimmerman, Biology, presented their research at the James A. Bradford Colloquium during Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Week in April. Seniors from science departments and programs along with the Psychology Department present their research to faculty and other members of the Muskingum College community. Michael Zimmerman was awarded first place for his presentation, Parasite loads in three sunfish species (Lepmis SP) on reclaimed surface mine ponds in southeastern Ohio (The Wilds). Zimmerman conducted his research with The Homer A Anderson Distinguished Professor of the Natural Sciences, Dr. Danny Ingold. Awards were provided by the Carolyn and Glenn Hodges Student Research Awards Fund.

Corina Bondi (Petre), Muskingum College alumna, was the Anderson Lecturer During Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Week

Corina Bondi (Petre), was the Anderson Lecturer during Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Week in April. The topic was "Stress Reactivity of the Brain noradrenergic system and its relevance to Psychiatric Disorders." Corina Bondi is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSCSA) at San Antonio.  Ms. Bondi, a Muskingum College alumna, received her B.S. in 2003, graduating Magna Cum Laude with majors in Neuroscience and Physics, and minors in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Psychology.  Ms. Bondi also attended the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Craiova, Romania from 1999 – 2000.

Ms. Bondi’s extensive research experience includes stereotaxic animal surgery, radioimmunoassay procedures, behavioral tests, nucleic acid and protein isolation and analysis, the study of the gene and receptor expression for insulin, and investigating the generation of recombinant adenoviral vectors and their gene transfer application in mouse stem cells.

In addition to being a tireless researcher, Ms. Bondi is the recipient of a number of awards including the Travel Award from the Society for Neuroscience—only 13 women out of 30,000 people from all over the world received this aware in 2007; Travel Awards to the RIKEN Brain Science Institute Summer Lecture Course, Waco City, Japan; to the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Workshop for Young Scientists, Nice, France; Graduate Student of the Year 2006-2007 Award from the Department of Pharmacology, UTHSCSA, and the Muskingum College John Glenn full tuition scholarship.

Ms. Bondi is the author of numerous publications including seven publications in scientific journals such as Neuropsychopharmacology and Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry.  She has presented posters at the Society for Neuroscience meetings, ECNP-France,  RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Tokyo, and at the annual retreats of the San Antonio Neuroscience Alliance and Pharmacology Department, UTHSCSA.  She is a student member of the New York Academy of Sciences, Society for Neuroscience.  In addition, Ms. Bondi has supervised the summer internship project of an undergraduate student and mentors students on a weekly basis through the Health Careers High School, San Antonio and UTHSC at San Antonio career mentor program.




Biology Students Attend the Ohio Academy of Sciences Meeting

Students from the Biology Department attended Ohio Academy of Sciences Meeting at the University of Toledo on April 11 and 12.  
  • Brock Huntsman (Environmental Science Major) - Presented Poster (Ingold)
  • Mike Zimmerman (Biology Major) - Presented Poster (Ingold)
  • Ashley Campbell (CVSC Major) - Presented Poster (Dooley)
  • Jonathan Grinell and Jessica Teaff (CVSC Majors) - Presented Poster Together (Dooley)
  • Becky Schroeder (Biology Major) - Presented Poster (Santas)
  • Nicholas Hess (Biology Major) - Presented Poster (Santas)
  • Bonnie Whitt (Biology Major) - Presented Poster (Santas)
  • Greg Leasure (CVSC Major) - Presented Poster (Dooley)
  • Jenna Parrish & Anna Belyaevskaya (Biology Majors) - Did Joint Research Jenna attended and presented poster (Santas)
  • Amy Vickless (Bio. Major) - attended by did not present (senior)
  • Julie Travaglini (Bio. Major) - attended by did not present (junior)
  • Jessica Turner (CVSC Major) - attended - did not present (junior)
  • Cessna Cubbison   (CVSC Major) - attended (junior)