Monday, April 14, 2014

Faculty and Student Recognition at the 2014 Academic Honors Convocation


Professor Merrill Tawse, Professional Instructor of Biology, was recognized as the recipient of the 2014 Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award during the recent Academic Honors Convocation.  Professor Tawse joined the Ashland University faculty in 2010 from the MedCentral College of Nursing and is currently teaching human anatomy and physiology, entomology, as well as a core ecology course for the Department of Biology/Toxicology.  Following presentation of the award, Professor Tawse spoke on his teaching philosophy for motivating students in an address titled “Let’s Catch Stuff!”
 
A resident of Mansfield, Professor Tawse has more than 30 years in outdoor education and research at the Gorman Nature Center and his areas of expertise include the distribution and foraging behaviors of the insectivorous bats found within the four-state region through the utilization of mist netting, acoustic monitoring, radio-telemetry and fecal pellet analysis.

Professor Tawse is the third AU Science faculty member selected for this award.  Dr. MasonPosner, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology/Toxicology, received this honor in 2009.  Dr. Perry Corbin, Associate Professor of Chemistry, was the recipient in 2012.

The following AU Science students were recognized with Department Awards during the Academic Honors Convocation.

Department of Biology/Toxicology
Sophomore Award:  Krista Lewis
Junior Award:  Mallory Balmert
Senior Award:  Cassie Nix

Department of Chemistry/Geology/Physics
Sophomore Award:  Alex Kaple
Junior Award:  William Horn
Senior Award:  David Hogue


Monday, March 31, 2014

AU Chemistry Research is Recognized at the National ACS Meeting

Dr. Perry Corbin, Associate Professor of Chemistry, recently attended the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Dallas with junior chemistry major William Horn.  William presented the results of the collaborative laboratory research he has carried out with Dr. Corbin during the past year and a half.  The title of the poster presentation was “Synthesis of Resorcinarene-Core Polylactide/Polyethylene Glycol Star Block Copolymers Using Click Chemistry:  Optimizing Polymer Coupling Reactions Using No-D NMR Spectroscopy.”  This presentation was recognized as the first place winner of the POLYED Undergraduate Research Award.  Senior biochemistry major Aaron Tipton and recent biochemistry graduate Anna Falls were also co-authors.  Their work was supported, in part, from a grant from the National Science Foundation.  Dr. Corbin also gave a presentation (“From a Non-Majors Course to Undergraduate Research: Integration of NMR Spectroscopy Across the Chemistry Curriculum at Ashland University”) in which he described innovative uses of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy in the courses he teaches and in the research studies he carries out with students.
William Horn and Dr. Perry Corbin at the ACS Meeting in Dallas

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ashland Choose Ohio First Scholars volunteer at science entrepreneurship event

For the past five years students in Ashland University's Choose Ohio First Scholarship program have volunteered to register high school students, teachers and guest speakers at an annual science commercialization and entrepreneurship event held at Hudson High School.  A couple of weekends ago 10 of our current COF students and program director Mason Posner were on hand to help out and hear speakers from BioEnterprise, NASA, the Cleveland Clinic, WIL Research Laboratories and other companies making an impact in STEM across our region.  One of the goals of our COF program is to let our students know about the opportunities in the biosciences right here in Ohio

Our COF program provides scholarships to Ohio residents majoring in Biochemistry, Biology,
Environmental Science and Toxicology at Ashland University.  We have supported 24 students so far and plan to provide additional scholarships for our incoming Fall 2014 class.  Graduates from our program have been past valedictorians and salutatorians at the University, and are earning their PhDs, working in the biotech industry or preparing to attend medical and physician assistant programs.


You can read more about our COF scholarship program here.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Ashland middle schoolers spend a morning in our microbiology lab

A group of middle schoolers from the City of Ashland recently spent the morning with microbiology professor Paul Hyman staining and observing bacteria they collected at their school.  They also had the chance to look at their own cheek cells, bacteria from their mouths as well as some amoeba, paramecia and vinegar eels.  The students were accompanied by their teacher Lance Etzwiler and worked with a number of our science students: Ashley Franks, Hannah Baumann, Elizabeth Marinescu, Eryn Hobbs, Paul Honigford, Anthony Martella, Alayna Anderson and Nate Green.

Ashland Biology, Toxicology and Chemistry faculty invite Ashland middle schoolers to our Science Center for a variety of lab activities each semester.

Ashland middle schoolers working with our students

Dr. Paul Hyman (in the white lab coat), one of our programs microbiologists

Monday, February 17, 2014

Ashland forensic biology alumna heading to pharmacy school

We just received the good news that Lynette Vana (Forensic Biology '12) has been accepted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of Cincinnati.  During the past year Lynette has been working as an analytical chemist at Ben Venue Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company near Cleveland.  During the year she decided that she wanted to pursue a degree in pharmacy, and with some guidance from past AU graduates in pharmacy careers selected schools, prepared for her pharmacy entrance exams and will now be starting at Cincinnati in the Fall.

While a student at Ashland University Lynette conducted summer research at WIL Research Laboratories, a pharmaceutical testing firm in the city of Ashland.  She continued this work with a faculty member in the Department of Biology/Toxicology and presented her research at an annual meeting of the Ohio Academy of Sciences.  She was also selected by the Society of Toxicology (SOT) for an undergraduate travel award that paid her way to the annual 2012 SOT meeting in San Francisco.  The picture above was taken during that meeting.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Summer research internship in human impacts on Lake Champlain

The University of Vermont has a new 10-week NSF-REU summer internship for students interested in the ecological and socioeconomic impacts of habitat fragmentation, eutrophication, and invasive species on the Lake Champlain ecosystem. The experience is open to students who are rising freshmen through seniors; those from college and universities with limited research opportunities and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Participants will receive a $5000 stipend, free housing, food stipend, and travel funds. Participants will take part in a "Think Like a Scientist" program, weekly journal club, weekly career seminars, conduct independent research, and present their results.

You find more information on the program's website.  Applications are due March 1st.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Ashland graduate teaches physics on the slopes


Ashland alum Dwight Souder has taken his physics students at Crestview High School to the Snow Trails slopes in Mansfield so that they can experience "snow physics".  Dwight and his students are featured in a news story which aired on WMFD in Mansfield and WKYC in Cleveland.