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Student COVID Emergency Fund: Help When It Is Needed

Dr. Mary Jerista Raab-McConnell ’64 to the rescue Misericordia alumna Mary Jerista Raab-McConnell, M.D., ’64, responded within minutes when an appeal was sent out to support the COVID Student Emergency Fund. With a donation of $10,000, she helped Misericordia University take immediate action for students severely impacted by the COVID-19…

Lifelong justice advocate establishes scholarship for Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia

Rosemary Dvorsky Gido ’67, Ph.D., has spent her entire professional career ensuring that the societal tenets that she learned as a college student from the Sisters of Mercy – those of Mercy, Service, Justice and Hospitality – are not forgotten when it comes to the care of the more than…

Professor brings science to Tibetan monks

DALLAS TWP. — Heidi Manning could handle the frequent stops as her lessons were translated to Tibetan. She demonstrated mastery of the Tibetan singing bowl with aplomb. But when a monk with scant science education asked the Misericordia University physics professor to “define color,” that was a bit of a…

Misericordia University students present groundbreaking research at International Conference on Stuttering in Rome

For Carissa Peppard Snelling, M.S., O.T.R./L., B.C.P., ’05, perseverance and a constant exploration of new ideas pays off – not just for her, but for the infants and children she has spent her career helping.

Alumna becomes noted expert in pediatrics in occupational therapy

For Carissa Peppard Snelling, M.S., O.T.R./L., B.C.P., ’05, perseverance and a constant exploration of new ideas pays off – not just for her, but for the infants and children she has spent her career helping.

Biology alumna continues her family’s legacy of service to country by commissioning in the U.S. Navy as a physician assistant

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Rodney Yetter has always been proud of his family’s record of service to God and country. His own father engaged the enemy during World War II and his brother was aboard the USS Boston during the historic Cuban Missile Crisis as members of the U.S….

Research Fellowship studies healthy benefits of antioxidants

It is commonly believed that foods such as tomatoes, dark chocolate, walnuts and blueberries are good for your health because they have high concentrations of antioxidants –a variety of natural chemicals that offer beneficial health effects against a range of chronic diseases.

Chemistry students selected for National Science Foundation research internships strive to improve cancer treatments and energy production

Leonard Watson, Jr., ’19 feels he is another step closer to becoming a doctor and cancer research scientist after spending an intense NSF REU internship in the Bioinformatics Department at the University of Pittsburgh Medical College.

Specially tailored professional studies degree leads alumna to career in social justice

A conversation with a Misericordia University chemistry professor changed everything for Donna Castelblanco ’14. Actually, many conversations with many faculty and staff did. Nevertheless, it all began with that first one as a first-year student.

Research team studies the evolution of biodiversity in the tropics

Experience told Assistant Professor Grace F. Chen, Ph.D., that her window to hand pick 1,600 seeds from two tropical plant species in the jungles of Panama was short. Too many unpredictable variables could spell the difference between success and failure for her collaborative scientific research project.

Generous estate gift advances future of alumna’s alma mater

Whether as a parishioner and volunteer with the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Slovak Roman Catholic Church or a faculty member with the Wilkes-Barre Area School District, Marianne Baloga ’63 gave of herself freely during a lifetime defined by service and benevolence toward others.

Biology graduate turns interest in medicine into a career with the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office

Growing up with parents who were both nurses, Sara Sabatino ’14 was, for as long as she can remember, interested in the medical aspects of nearly everything. However, around the time she started thinking about what kind of career she might like to pursue, television saw a boom in forensic…

Researchers monitor blood concentration in cerebrum to better understand communication disorders

The human brain continues to be a treasure trove of secrets. On average, it weighs about 3 pounds and is the main organ of the central nervous system that regulates voluntary and involuntary actions, such as eating and breathing. Cerebral circulation in the four lobes is supplied by two major…

Biology alumnus is an assistant park manager for largest complex of state parks in Pennsylvania

WHITE HAVEN, Pa. – Nicholas Sulzer ’12 lives in a historic farmhouse on more than 15,900 prime acres of wilderness in the middle of the former Village of Hickory Run in Carbon County. This homestead, built in the late 1800s, is teeming with miles of hiking trails, waterfalls and indigenous…

OT graduate studies interoception and impact on individuals with autism

Most of us grew up learning that humans have five senses, but scientists have shown there are more. There is our ability to feel our muscles and joints and our sense of movement. And then there is interoception.