Posts tagged ‘Biology’

Daelyn Stabler ’23 Wins STEM Awards as Rising Star

Daelyn Stabler ’23, biology, became the third LVC student recognized by the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts’ Women of Impact: Celebrating Women in STEM Awards Program in the past four years. Stabler will receive the Marion C. Alexander Rising Star Award during the September 21, 2022, ceremony, as “A young female student making strides in her STEM Education.” She joins previous recipients Julianna Koehl ’21chemistry (2019), and Fatima Madondo ’22neuroscience major, chemistry minor (2020). 

Ainsley Buia ’25 and Sara Collevechio ’25 Awarded Research Grant

Biology majors Ainsley Buia ’25 and Sara Collevechio ’25 were awarded the “Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences Undergraduate Research Project” for their project, “The molecular effects of alcohol sensitivity post traumatic brain injury in Drosophila melanogaster.” They, along with classmate and fellow researcher Raegan Laszczyk ’25, were invited to present their research at the 2023 Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences Conference. The trio are conducting their research under the faculty mentorship of Dr. Bona Hoxha, assistant professor of biology. 

Second Edition of Dr. Lappas’ Textbook Published by Elsevier

Elsevier published “Forensic Toxicology: Principles and Concepts,” the second edition of a textbook written by Dr. Courtney Lappas, professor of biology, and her father, Dr. Nicholas Lappas, professor emeritus, George Washington University. The new edition “takes the reader back to the origins of forensic toxicology providing an overview of the largely unchanging principles of the discipline.”

Ziegler ’22 Presents Student-Faculty Research Poster at State Symposium

Erin Ziegler ’22, biochemistry & molecular biology major and environmental science minor, presented a poster, “The effects of deer, light, and competition on Podophyllum peltatum,” at the 2021 Pennsylvania Botany Symposium. Jake Beidler ’23, environmental science, Dr. Doug Becker, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Rebecca Urban, director of environmental science and professor of biology, co-authored the poster.

Dr. Lappas Co-authors National Journal Piece

Dr. Courtney Lappas, professor of biology, and two colleagues published “Predictors of the intention to receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine” in the Journal of Public Health. The authors research showed several predictors associated with those intending to be vaccinated, including perceived vulnerability to COVID-19, political orientation, gender, and race.

Dr. Williams Co-publishes Venus Flytrap Research

Dr. Stephen Williams, professor emeritus of biology, published “Pollination of Dionaea Muscipula, The Venus Flytrap,” in the current issue of the Carnivorous Plant Newsletter. With his co-researcher, Bill Scholl, they describe in detail the timing of stages in flower opening and shedding of pollen. Bumblebees and solitary bees were found to be the pollinators. Dr. Susan Verhoek, professor emerita of biology, and Dr. Allan F. Wolfe, professor emeritus of biology, consulted on the study.

Dr. Rebecca Urban Interviewed by Harrisburg Magazine

Dr. Rebecca Urban, director of environmental science and professor of biology, was interviewed by Harrisburg Magazine for the story “Now is the time when plants need help the most.”

Dr. Urban Published in Scholarship Journal

Dr. Rebecca Urban, director of environmental science and professor of biology, co-authored “Assessment of Student Learning in Undergraduate Courses with Collaborative Projects from the Ecological Research as Education Network,” in Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research.  

Dr. Urban Makes Guest Appearance on Good Day PA

Dr. Rebecca Urban, professor biology and director of environmental science, “shared guidance on how to identify invasive plants in your garden, and insight on the long-term problems they can cause,” on WHTM TV 27’s Good Day PA

Dr. Carey Co-Authors Paper with Alums

Dr. Rob Carey, associate professor of biology and director of biochemistry & molecular biology, co-authored “Expansin gene loss is a common occurrent during adaptation to an aquatic environment” in The Plant Journal. His co-authors included LVC alumni Alexa Bowman ’19 and Dr. Nathan Hepler ’13.