Friday, January 16, 2015

Ashland Biology graduates becoming Physican Assistants

We have seen a growing interest in physician assistant (PA) careers amongst students in our science departments.  Two of our graduates have recently completed PA programs and are now serving patients.  Charlie Davis (Biology '12) graduated at the top of his class from Mount Union University's PA program this past year, passed his State of Ohio board exams and is now practicing in Orthopedics, Family Medicine and Sports Medicine with Avita Health System.  Charlie notes that his undergraduate research experience helped to set him up for his career success.

Katie Manocchio (Biology '11) completed the PA program at the University of Toledo and is now practicing with Samaritan Regional Health System specializing in Emergency Medicine.  Katie worked in the emergency room at Ashland City's Samaritan Hospital while an undergraduate student.

Three other Ashland biology graduates are currently in PA programs at Baldwin Wallace University and Mount Union.  You can find out more about preparation for PA programs on our wiki advising pages.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Environment Lecture Series begins with dam removal

The first event in this year’s Environmental Lecture Series will be a presentation by Bill Zawiski, an environmental scientist with the Division of Surface Water, Ohio EPA.  That presentation will be Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 pm in the Ronk Lecture Hall, COE.

Zawiski’s talk is titled “Dam Removal in Ohio: A fish is swimming upstream and hits its head and what does it say...?”

Deconstruction of Mill Dam, Cuyahoga Falls, OH (credit: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency).

Zawiski will focus initially on the ecology of streams influenced by dams and will discuss the decision-making process for evaluating sites, as well as the process for removing a dam in Ohio. He also will discuss some specific projects and the consequences of removal on stream ecology.

Bill Zawiski, environmental scientist, Division of Surface Water, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency showing off a small-mouthed bass (Micropterus dolomieu)

Zawiski has been with Ohio EPA for more than 25 years and focuses on surface water quality assessments and facility regulation. In addition, he was a lecturer at the University of Akron for 12 years, teaching classes in Water Resources and Environmental Regulation.

Zawiski has been a co-author on several peer-reviewed publications that reported research into Ohio fish and mussel communities, pollutants and the effects of dam removal. His interest in the aquatic realm started in the Rocky River, was important throughout his education, and continues to this day.

This year’s Environmental Lecture Series explores “People and Environment: Restoration and Rehabilitation of Natural Areas,” with perspectives from experts in dam removal and urban rehabilitation. The series will explore different examples of projects intended to restore or rehabilitate the natural functions of habitats that have been heavily affected by development projects. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Spend your summer on Lake Erie

Last week we posted about several paid summer research internship opportunities at locations where Ashland science students have been accepted in the past.  Here is one more local field biology opportunity that has been very popular with our students.

Stone Laboratories is The Ohio State University's freshwater research and teaching facility on Gibraltar Island across from Put-In-Bay.  It is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the country, founded in 1895.  The lab has announced a number of summer opportunities including:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Follow the path of past Ashland science students to a summer internship

Application deadlines for summer research internships are popping up over the next few months.  There are hundreds of internship sites nationwide, many at research Universities, and most come with a stipend and free room and board.  A great place to start looking for possible internship sites is right here on the Ashland Science News.  The "Summer Research Internships" tag on this site will show internship announcements from past years, most of which are also likely offered this year.

You can also find places were Ashland science students have done internships in the past.  Here are a few to investigate:

There are also many environmental science-related internships to explore.  A great way to hear about these opportunities is to ask Dr. Patty Saunders, our Environmental Science Program Director, to add you to the EVS Angel community so that you receive internship email alerts.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mastodon Excavation Update

Dr. Nigel Brush, Associate Professor of Geology, has been leading a mastodon excavation in a field near Bellville, Ohio.  He was featured in a Columbus Dispatch Science section article and video on October 19th.  Dr. Brush and a team of AU students and volunteers are spending their Saturdays at the site digging for the remains of the Mastodon.  Archaeology Magazine, a publication of the Archaeological Institute of America, also ran a feature about Dr. Brush and the excavation of the mastodon.  This work was also publicized on the Ashland University website.   
AU students participate in mastodon excavation.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ashland Biology graduates pursuing degrees in Occupational Therapy

We are seeing growing interest among Ashland science students in the field of occupational therapy.  Practitioners in this field "treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities", according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which forecasts above average job growth in the field.  Graduate OT programs typically take 2-3 years and lead to the Masters or Doctoral degree.

Chelsea in Quito, Ecuador
Ashland Biology graduate Chelsea Kaminski ('13) is in the Master of OT program at Chatham University near Pittsburgh and has completed field work at the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech.  This January she will begin another clinical experience at the Cleveland Clinic followed by a rotation at the University Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.  This past summer Chelsea volunteered with fellow Chatham students to provide OT services in Ecuador.

Chelsea writes: “Both occupational and physical therapy students from Chatham University spent 10 days in Ecuador providing free services. Some of the places we provided therapy included a free clinic, an orphanage, nursing home and homeless shelter."

“I am also working with some other students in my class to adapt restaurants in the Pittsburgh area to create a sensory-friendly dining experience for children with ASDs (Autism Spectrum Disorder),” she said. “This involves adjusting the environment, training the staff and creating sensory rooms that the children can go to with their family if they need a break for some sensory input. We hope to improve community awareness and acceptance of families with children with ASDs.”

Another Ashland Biology grad, Elizabeth Mantkowski ('13), is currently in the OT program at Cleveland State University.

You can read more about preparation for graduate programs in occupational therapy on our pre-health profession advising pages.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Summer internship season is starting

The upcoming holiday break is the best time to be putting together application materials for 2015 summer internships.  Many of these opportunities are already posted and accepting applications, while National Science Foundation-funded university research internships often have January due dates.  Keep checking back to read about specific opportunities, or how to search for ones that interest you.

We recently heard about a summer scholars program at Akron Children's Hospital involving both research and clinical experience for those interested in health care careers.  Applications for this program are due by November 14th.

Some other great resources for locating internships are: