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Sunday, 10 March 2013 16:51

Biology Undergraduate Students Joe R. Mossman and William Schultz and Graduate Student Zehra Zaybak were awarded the Silver Medal at the 2013 international science competition sponsored by Bluesens Company of Germany for their entry: “Enhanced waste-to-fuel conversion with a bioelectrochemically controlled autotrophic bioreactor”. The students worked under the guidance and direction of Dr. John M. Pisciotta.

Dr. Xin Fan published the following: Caesar N, Myers K, Fan X (2013) Neisseria meningitidis Serogroup B Vaccine Development. Microbial Pathogenesis 57(4):33-40.

Dr. John M. Pisciotta the following article: “Enhanced start-up of anaerobic facultatively autotrophic biocathodes in bioelectrochemical systems” (2013) in the Journal of Biotechnology with co-authors Zehra Zaybak, Justin Tokash and Bruce Logan. 

Dr. Giovanni Casotti published the following case study (online): "The Deep: The Physiology of Decompression Sickness" 2013. National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.  This is one case study from a graduate course taught in Biology (BIO 537) titled Case Study's in Physiology. 

Biology Graduate Student Shane O’Brien published the following 2 articles: (1) Liu, H., Xiao, F., Serebriiskii, I.G., O’Brien, S.W., Maglaty, M.A., Astsaturov, I.,  Martin, L.P., Litwin, S., Proia, D.A., Golemis, E.A. and Connolly, D.C. Network analysis identifies an HSP90-central hub susceptible in ovarian cancer. Clin. Cancer Res. 2013 Jul 30 and (2) Do, T.-V., Xiao, F., Bickel, L.E., Klein-Szanto, A.J., Pathak, H.B., Hua, X., Howe, C., O’Brien, S. W., Maglaty, M., Ecsedy, J.A., Golemis, E.A., Schilder, R.J., Godwin, A.K., and Connolly, D.C. Aurora kinase A mediates epithelial ovarian cancer migration and adhesion. Oncogene. 2013 Jan 21. Shane was also featured in a Department of Defense video demonstrating the value of modern imaging techniques at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Shane completed his Master’s thesis in biology at West Chester University under the supervision of Dr. Leslie Slusher.

Dr. Frank Fish presented two invited seminars: (1) “Biomimetic designs: Advances in technologies based on marine megafauna” to the Mechanical Engineering Department of Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah on December 2, 2013 and (2) “Hydrodynamics of whales and dolphins: Engineering for a porpoise” to the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Lehigh University on November 15, 2013.

Dr. S. Anne Böttger published the following article: S.A. Böttger, E.J. Amarosa, P. Geoghegan, C.W. Walker. 2013. Chronic Natural Occurrence of Disseminated Neoplasia in Select Populations of the Soft-shell Clam, Mya arenaria, in New England. Northeastern Naturalist 20(3): 430-40.

Biology Undergraduate Student Norah G. Taraska and Dr. S. Anne Böttger published the following article: N.G. Taraska, S.A. Böttger. 2013. Selective initiation and transmission of disseminated neoplasia in the soft shell clam Mya arenaria dependent on natural disease prevalence and animal size. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 112: 94-101.

Dr. John Pisciotta published the following article: Ren L, Siegert M, Ivanov I, Pisciotta JM, Logan BE. 2013. Treatability studies on different refinery wastewater samples using high-throughput microbial electrolysis cells (MECs). Bioresour Technol. 136:322-8. 

Dr. Frank Fish published the following paper: “Hydrodynamic patterns associated with echelon formation swimming by feeding bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus)” in the journal Marine Mammal Science 29(4): E498-E507 (2013) and co-authored with Kimberly Goetz of the University of California Santa Cruz and with David Rugh and Linda Brattström of the National Marine Fisheries Service. Dr. Fish also published a technical note: “Advantages of natural propulsive systems” in Marine Technology Society Journal 47(5): 37-44 (2013).

Dr. Leslie Slusher and Dr. John T. Beneski filed the following patent application:  Methods and compositions relating to proliferative disorders of the prostate. Publication number: US20130190321 A1; Application number: US 13/747,705; Publication date: Jul 25, 2013; Filing date: Jan 23, 2013. 

Dr. Frank Fish presented presented the following invited seminars: (1) "Ray kinematics and stability" at the Bio-Inspired Sea Vehicle MURI Review meeting sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, which was held in Arlington, VA on October 23, 2013; (2) "Biomimetics: Advances in aquatic locomotion by hydrodynamic control" at the Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering Department of George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, November 1, 2013; (3) “The value of charismatic megafauna for inspiration in biomimetic engineering” to the Wildlife Society of Cornell University on November 8; and (4) "Dolphin flukes as passively self-adjusting flexible propulsors for high efficiency transport" to the staff of the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD on November 13, 2013. 

Dr. Greg Turner (PI), Dr. Gerry Hertel, and Dr. Cheer Yang (Computer Sciences) were awarded a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Wild Resource and Conservation Program Grant (for $11,976) for the project titled "Tree Diseases and Pest of Pennsylvania: App and Video Teacher Resources for Project Learning Tree". 

Biology graduate student Richard Pool, Dr. Greg Turner and Dr. Anne Böttger published the following article: Pool, R., Turner, G.D., and Böttger, S.A. 2013. Recommended ecology content in introductory biology courses: comparisons between rural, suburban, and urban colleges. The American Biology Teacher 75 (8): 544-549. 

Dr. Jessica Schedlbauer and Biology graduate student Veronica Pistoia published the following article:  Schedlbauer, J.L. & V.L. Pistoia. Water relations of an encroaching vine and two dominant C4 grasses in the serpentine barrens of southeastern Pennsylvania. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society. In press.

Dr. Jessica Schedlbauer published the following 2 articles: (1) Sullivan, P.L., R.M. Price, J.L. Schedlbauer, A. Saha, & E.E. Gaiser. In press. The influence of hydrologic restoration on groundwater-surface water interactions in a karst wetland, the Everglades (FL, USA). Wetlands; and (2) Troxler, T.G., E. Gaiser, J. Barr, J.D. Fuentes, R. Jaffé, D.L. Childers, L. Collado-Vides, V.H. Rivera-Monroy, E. Castañeda-Moya, W. Anderson, R. Chambers, M. Chen, C. Coronado-Molina, S.E. Davis, V. Engel, C. Fitz, J. Fourqurean, T. Frankovich, J. Kominoski, C. Madden, S.L. Malone, S.F. Oberbauer, P. Olivas, J. Richards, C. Saunders, J. Schedlbauer, L.J. Scinto, F. Sklar, T. Smith, J.M. Smoak, G. Starr, R.R. Twilley, & K. Whelan. 2013. Integrated carbon budget models for the Everglades terrestrial-coastal-oceanic gradient: current status and needs for inter-site comparisons. Oceanography 26:98–107.

Dr. Jessica Schedlbauer gave an oral presentation entitled "Carbon dioxide exchange in Mid-Atlantic serpentine barrens managed with prescribed fire" at the Ecological Society of America's Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN in August 2013.

Dr. John Pisciotta published the following article:  Ren L, Siegert M, Ivanov I, Pisciotta JM, Logan BE. 2013. Treatability studies on different refinery wastewater samples using high-throughput microbial electrolysis cells (MECs). Bioresour Technol. 136:322-8.

Dr. Frank Fish and Dr. John T. Beneski co-authored an article "Two- and three-dimensional geometries of batoids in relation to locomotor mode" in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 446: 273-281 (2013). The article was also co-authored with Biology undergraduate students Janet Fontanella, Elizabeth Barchi, and Nicole DiNenno, Biology graduate student Rachel Nichols, and post-doctoral student Regina Campbell-Malone.

Biology undergraduate student Rachel Stern, Dr. Gregory D. Turner, and Gerard D. Hertel published "The status of White oak (Quercus alba) Trees at the Gordon Natural Area, Chester County, Pennsylvania." Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. 87(1): 16-19. 2013.

Dr. Frank Fish was a co-author on a presentation “Dynamic modeling and gait analysis of batoid swimming” that was presented at the American Control Conference, Washington, D.C., June 2013 along with W. Liu, and  T. Iwasaki from UCLA. Dr. Fish also co-authored the presentation “Aquatic burst locomotion by hydroplaning and running in female Common Eiders (Somateria mollissima)” at the annual meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology in Valencia, Spain, July 3-6. His co-authors were William Gough and Stacy Farina from Cornell University. Dr. Fish made two additional presentations: (1) "Association of flipper morphology and hydrodynamics with the maneuvering ecology of large whales" at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogist, in Philadelphia, PA, June 14-18 and (2) “Bioinspired designs from ocean giants: Flow modification for propulsion and maneuvering” as an International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Webinar on June 21.

Dr. Josh R. Auld published the following 2 articles: (1) Auld, J.R. & R. Rubio de Casas. 2013. "The correlated evolution of dispersal and mating-system traits."  Evolutionary Biology 40:185-193. and (2)  Auld, J.R., C.M. Perrins & A. Charmantier. 2013. "Who wears the pants in a mute swan pair? Deciphering the effects of male and female age and identity on breeding success." Journal of Animal Ecology 82:826-835.

Dr. Josh Auld gave the following presentation at the Evolution 2013 meeting in Snowbird, UT: "The effects of diet and mating system on reproductive and post-reproductive longevity in a freshwater snail."

Dr. Frank Fish published an article "Not just going with the flow" in the March/April issue of American Scientist 101(2):114-123 (2013), which was co-authored with Dr. George Lauder of Harvard University. Dr.  Fish also presented an invited seminar "Biomimetics: Advances in technologies based on marine megafauna" to the Biology Department of Adelphi University on February 1, 2013 and presented "PIV measurement of mini mantabot" at the ONR MURI Review Meeting in Arlington, VA on April 10, 2013.


Dr. Oné R. Pagán, S. Deats, Biology Graduate student D. Baker, E. Montgomery, G. Wilk, M. Tenaglia, and J. Semon published the following: "Planarians require an intact brain to behaviorally react to cocaine, but not to react to nicotine. Neuroscience." 2013 May 14. doi:pii: S0306-4522(13)00422-3. 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2013.05.010. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23684614. In addition, the artwork for the front cover was created by former Biology Graduate Student Dr. Kimberly Urban.

Biology undergraduate student Carl Cummins and Dr. Greg Turner presented “The status of Shagbark hickory (Carya ovata) at the Gordon Natural Area” at the Saint Joseph’s University, 24th Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, April 19th in Philadelphia.

Dr. Steven L. Broitman, Chunlai Chen, Haibo Zhang, Michael Reiche, Ian Farrell, Barry S. Cooperman & Yale E Goldman had the following article published: "Dynamics of translation by single ribosomes through mRNA secondary structures." 2013. Nature Structural & Molecular Biology Advance Online Publication.

Biology Graduate student Veronica Pistoia and Dr. Jessica Schedlbauer presented "The water relations of roundleaf greenbrier (Smilax rotundifolia L.) encroaching on serpentine barren ecosystems in southeastern Pennsylvania" and Biology undergraduate student Greg Barren and Dr. Schedlbauer presented "The effects of prescribed fires and environmental variation on soil respiration in the serpentine barrens of southeastern Pennsylvania" at the Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science in Bradford, PA on April 6, 2013.

Dr. Giovanni Casotti, Dr. John T. Beneski, and Dr. Maureen T. Knabb had the following article published: "Teaching physiology online: successful use of case studies in a graduate course." 2013. Advan. in Physiol. Edu. 37:65-69. doi:10.1152/advan.001159.2012

Dr. Frank Fish presented “Flow patterns associated with swimming motions of benthic and pelagic batoids as visualized with DPIV”  The paper was co-authored with Biology undergraduates Janet Fontanella and Nicole DiNenno, and graduate student Molly Gabler at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in San Francisco, CA, on January 4, 2013. At the same meeting, Dr. Fish also co-authored the presentation “Mathematical analysis of three-dimensional open water maneuverability by mantas (Manta birostris)” with Dr. Allison Kolpas and undergraduate Alex Meade.

Biology graduate student Molly Gabler, Dr. John T. Beneski, Samantha Mulvany, Keith Moored, and Dr. Frank Fish presented “The hydrodynamics of ground effect in relation to the head shape of the spotted eagle ray”, at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in San Francisco, CA, on January 4, 2013.

Kimberly Urban (M.S. Biology, 2007), successfully defended her Ph.D. Dissertation in Neuroscience at Drexel University.  Kim completed her Master’s thesis in biology at West Chester University under the supervision of Dr. Oné R. Pagán.

Former Biology undergraduate student Loren Pugliesi successfully completed the Genetic Counseling program at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, Loren was awarded the VCU Genetic Counseling Award of Excellence for 2013.

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