Monday, February 6, 2017

Posner and Weidenhamer Among Mentor Award Recipients

Eight Ashland University faculty and staff members were honored during the University’s Academic Mentor Awards recognition ceremony.  

Kelly Murray, a senior Biology major from Ashland, Ohio, nominated Dr. Mason Posner, Professor of Biology.  Meghann Fitzpatrick, a senior Biology major from Mooresville, Indiana, nominated Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer, Trustees' Distinguished Professor of Chemistry.  Check out this article for more details.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Study Conducted at AU Warns of Toxic Metals

Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer
Researchers at Ashland University and Occupational Knowledge International tested 42 samples of aluminum cookware made in 10 developing countries and more than one-third pose a lead exposure hazard.  The cookware also released significant levels of aluminum, arsenic and cadmium.

Published in the February 1, 2017 issue of Science of the Total Environment, the study was coauthored by Jeffrey Weidenhamer (Trustees' Distinguished Professor of Chemistry), Meghann Fitzpatrick (Senior Biology major), Alison Biro (Toxicology '15), Peter Kobunski (Biochemistry '15), Michael Hudson (Associate Professor of Geology), Rebecca Corbin (Professor of Chemistry), and Perry Gottesfeld (OK International).  Visit this AU News Center link for more information.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ashland Biology major graduates as co-valedictorian

Congratulations to December Biology graduate, Alyssa Predota, who was honored as the University's co-valedictorian.  Alyssa also minored in chemistry and mathematics, completed an honors program research thesis with faculty member Dr. Dolly Crawford and was a member of our University's Choose Ohio First STEM scholarship program.  Pictured below is Alyssa giving her address at our December graduation.

Alyssa will be starting a physician assistant program in Fall of 2017 and is still deciding on which program to enter.  In the meantime she will be interning at a regional women's shelter.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Ashland University Receives $650,000 NSF Grant for Scholarships

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Ashland University $650,000 in S-STEM grant funding.  This five-year project will provide scholarship money to create a Science Scholars program for students pursuing a major in biology, chemistry/biochemistry, environmental science, geology, physics, and toxicology.  Check out this article for more details.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

AU Biochemist Honored at Sugar Bowl


AU biochemistry grad and linebacker Zach Bernhard was honored on the field during halftime of this week's Sugar Bowl at the Superdome in New Orleans for being one of 25 member's on the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team!  

 While Zach is completing his MBA this spring he is finishing up a research project on the cadmium content of protein drinks.  In October, he presented a poster on this research at the meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Boston.  This poster was co-authored by toxicology alumna Megan Kracker ('16) and faculty mentors David Vanata (Dietetics) and Jeff Weidenhamer (Chemistry).

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

AU Sciences mourn Michael Hudson’s passing

The Ashland University community and Kettering science faculty and students in particular are mourning the unexpected death of Michael Hudson, longtime faculty member in Geology.  Dr. Hudson passed away shortly before Thanksgiving after a brief illness.  Professor Hudson – “Doc” – was a beloved teacher, mentor to dozens of research students, and will be deeply missed by his faculty colleagues.  The Ashland University Collegian recently published an article on Professor Hudson’s legacy and impact here at AU.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

This is the time to find a summer internship

The holiday break is the perfect time to identify and apply for summer research internships.  Application deadlines will begin in February and stretch through the Spring, but now is a great time to line up faculty letters of support (you usually need two of them) and the time off during break can be used to put together your applications.

Biology graduates Caitlin Duncan and
Emily Lundquist at Stone Labs on Lake
Erie in the summer of 2014
Summer research internships are competitive, but our students have a great track record of taking part in these great opportunities.  Use the Summer Research Internship tag on this blog to see examples of where our students have gone in the past.  It is best to apply to multiple opportunities to increase your chance of getting one.  Most University-based research internships last 10-weeks and cover travel costs, room and board and pay a stipend.  Science-related internships with companies also usually pay a salary.

So how do you find internship opportunities to apply to?  University-based internships are usually funded by the National Science Foundation and can be searched on this site.  This site from Texas A&M University is excellent for searching wildlife and fisheries related internships.  We also post opportunities on this Blog, as well as on our Facebook page and Twitter feed using #auinternships.  All of our social media is auto-posted to Twitter, so that is the best single location to find all opportunities we post.

Be sure to ask your academic advisor if you have questions about the internship search process and good luck!