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Misericordia University biology majors make scholarly presentations at PA Academy of Science

Seven biology majors at Misericordia University recently made presentations at the 94th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in March.

Michelle Ash of Sweet Valley collaborated with faculty mentor, Jeff Stephens, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, to conduct research on common yeast that resides within the human body in its wild-type form during the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program at Misericordia University. The student-faculty research team developed their poster presentation, “Exploring the Dimorphic Nature of Candida albicans through Atomic Force Microscopy,’’ from their ongoing scientific work.

Cassandra DiPippa of Shavertown made the poster presentation, “A Survey of Caddisfly Larve (Order Trichoptera) in Two Northeastern Pennsylvania Streams.’’ The daughter of Mark and Lisa DiPippa collaborated with faculty mentor, Barbara McCraith, Ph.D., associate professor of biology.

David Kunkel of Tamaqua made the oral presentation, “Effects of Periodic Drought on Delayed Seed Germination in Neotropical Costus Species.’’ The son of Michael and Mary Kunkel developed the scholarly presentation based upon research he conducted with Grace F. Chen, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, during the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program on campus.

Olivia McCorkel of Stillwater collaborated with faculty mentor, Larry Corpus, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, to conduct research as part of the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program at Misericordia University. The daughter of Amy and Eric McCorkel delivered the research poster, “Survey of Macroinvertebrates in Container Habitats and Phytotelmata from Select Northeastern Pennsylvania Sites,’ based upon their completed research.

Student research Fellow Jody Teel of Springville presented the research poster, “A Survey of Container-Breeding Mosquitoes (Insecta: Culicidae) From Selected Northeastern Pennsylvania Sites,’’ during the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program in 2017. The daughter of Christina and Brendan Teel collaborated with faculty mentor, Larry Corpus, Ph.D., assistant profess of biology, on the research project that was completed in 2017.

Ashley Williams of Shickshinny delivered the oral presentation, “Dose Response Effects of Forskolin on Immortalized Schwann Cell Growth.’’ The daughter of Dennis and Robin Williams collaborated with mentor, Angela Asirvatham, B.V.Sc., Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Biology, during the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program.

Rebecca Zaneski of Edwardsville collaborated with Cosima B. Wiese, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, on the research project, “A Comparison of Different Measuring Techniques for Detecting Zinc Effects on Lemna minor.’’ The student-faculty research team participated in the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program and presented their findings in the form of a poster presentation.

The Pennsylvania Academy of Science has been educating and supporting scientists in the Keystone state since 1924 by striving to promote science, technology, education and the diverse interests of members. The Academy seeks to advance the pursuit and application of science, enhance the professional development of its members, create forums for professional dialogue, promote scientific research, presentation and discussion, and support educational initiatives devoted to the development of scientific skills and knowledge.