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

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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 department students received awards provided by the Carolyn and Glenn Hodges Student Research Awards Fund. The program for the event contains abstracts for students' research.

  • Second place was awarded to Kylie Johson '09. Conservation Science Program, The effects of stress-induced changes in the hemolymph of freshwater unionid mussles from exposure to anoxic conditions.
  • Third place was awarded to Moneen Morgan '09, Biology Department, Identification of aeromonas species isolated from aquatic habitats in Southeastern Ohio.

Other biology department students participating in the Poster Session were:

  • Keith Bergreen, Biology, PCR-based site-directed mutagenesis of a plasmid DNA.
  • Emily Brown and Shelley Amstutz-Szalay, Biology, The relationship between quadricepts-hamstring strength ratio and ACL injury in female collegiate soccer players.
  • Kelsey Dillehay and Shelley Amstutz-Szalay, Biology, Detection of hepatitis E in an Ohio domestic swine herd.
  • Lindsay Heidebrink and Shelley Amstutz-Szalay, Biology, The relationship between body mass index and ankle injury in collegiate basketball players.
  • April Hung, Chelsea Popowski, and Dr. Amy Santas, Biology, Transcription profiles of dystrophin and utrophin in human epidermis.
  • Kevin Mandilakis and Dr. Amy Santas, Biology, Strategy for infecting gastropods with parelaphostrongylus.
  • Chelsea Popowski, April Hung, and Dr. Amy Santas, Dystrophin and utrophin transcripts in human epidermis.
  • Cessn Nichols, Conservation Science Program, Darter diversity at the Wilds.
  • Jimmy Siford, Conservation Science Program, Nesting success fo grassland birds on a reclaimed surface mine.
  • Jessica Turner, Dr. Jim Dooley, Mani Vick, and Rupert Palme, The effects of husbandry situations on the levels of cortisol in persian onagers (equus hemionus onager).
  • Katie Easley, Neuroscience Program, Phenylalanine decreases extracellular dopamine in the straitum.
  • Molley Hoover, Neuroscience Program, Effects of anabolic-androgenic steroid administration on aggressive and sexual behaviors in rats.
  • Shuntaro Tadano, Neuroscience Program, Long photoperiod has antidepressant effect on rats.

Seniors Present Their Research at the James A. Bradford Colloquium:
Biology and Conservation Science Students Receive Awards

Six Muskingum College science division and interdisciplinary students made their research presentations at the annual James Bradford Colloquium on April 20, 2009.   Three presenters were selected as prize winners. Winners were selected by science division faculty members, and the prizes were funded by The Carolyn and Glenn Hodges Student Research Awards Fund.

The colloquium is a presentation of senior research from the biology, chemistry, geology, physics and engineering, mathematics, computer science and psychology departments, as well as interdisciplinary programs in molecular biology, environmental science, neuroscience and conservation science.

Seniors from the Biology Department and the Conservation Science Program received awards:

  • First place was awarded to April Hung and Chelsea Popowski, who presented Dystrophin and Utrophin Transcripts in Human Epidermis.
  • Second place was awarded to Jessica Turner, who presented The Effects of Husbandry Situations on the Levels of Cortisol in Persion Onagers.   

Katie Easley from the Neuroscience Program also presented Acute Effects of Phenylalanine on Extracellular Dopamine Dynamics. 

Nursing Program Update

Both the Ohio Board of Nursing and the Ohio Board of Regents have approved our proposals to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (BSN). The BSN Program is designed to have two tracks to meet the needs of the lifelong learner.

The Pre-Licensure track prepares the learner to become a professional nurse with a baccalaureate degree. Upon graduation the learner is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse. The RN to BSN Post-Licensure track is designed for the registered nurse (RN) who has received a diploma in nursing or an Associate of Science degree with a major in nursing. Upon graduation, the RN learner will receive the baccalaureate degree in nursing.

This application process began this Spring for the Fall of 2009. The RN-BSN program starts in March 2009. 

Dr. Stephanie Allen from the Biology Department offered two new classes this year, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, which will benefit the Nursing Program as well as biology majors, physcial education students, and any students with career goals in some aspect of human therapy or medicine.

Also in the news...

Biology Students and Faculty Attend the Annual Ohio Academy of Science Meeting

Nine biology students and two faculty members attended the annual meeting of the Ohio Academy of Science at the University of Toledo. Three of the attending students (all seniors) presented posters, and six juniors attended to experience a regional meeting. Undergraduate research experiences such as this are invaluable to Muskingum's life science students.

Biology Faculty in Print

Ingold, D.J., J.L. Dooley and N. Cavender. 2009. Return rates of breeding Henslow’s sparrows on mowed versus unmowed areas on a reclaimed surface mine.  Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121:195-198.

Ingold, D.J., J.L. Dooley, and N. Cavender. Nest-site Fidelity in Grassland Birds on Mowed versus Unmowed Areas on a Reclaimed Surface Mine.  The Northeastern Naturalist. In Press.

Santas, A.J. 2009. Reciprocity within Biochemistry and Biology Service-Learning. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. In Press.

Student Interniships

Jimmy Siford (Conservation Science 2011) is spending the summer in Saguache Colorado working for the U.S. Forest Service in their STEP (Student Temporary Employment Program).  He is receiving training in a number of skill areas that will prove critical (trail & horse work, first aid, CPR) should be elect to continue with the Forest Service after graduation.

Erin Lycans (Biology 2010) is interning with the Audubon Center for the Study of Endangered Species in New Orleans, LA for the summer of 2009.  In this capacity she will join a long line of successful students that have benefited from training at this world renowned center.

Kelley Crater (Biology 2010) was awarded Muskingum College fellowship support to intern with the Audubon Center for the Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans, La during the summer of 2008.  The internship provides professional development in the areas of captive management and conservation medicine.

Katie Easley: (Neuroscience 2009) was awarded a research internship with the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine during the summer of 2008.

Mary K. Richardson is a Muskie Fellow with Amy Santas for the 2009 summer working on a project studying the role of utrophin in epidermis

John Bourne and Rachel Hentz (Muskie Fellows) and Doug McClain are working with Danny Ingold and Jim Dooley at the Wilds looking at relative reproductive success among grassland bird species.

Kyle Axe (Biology 2011) – working for the Metro-Parks Dept. in Columbus, do stream sampling and other ecological surveys including monitoring numbers of Indiana bats.