Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ashland science students earn track and field honors

Toxicology major and All-American Jamie Sindelar
It has been an action packed few weeks and a very successful season for three of our science students on the AU track and field team.  Last week we learned that Toxicology major and Choose Ohio First Scholar Jamie Sindelar was named the Midwest Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.  This year Jamie threw the second farthest indoor shot put in Division II history.

Jamie joins two senior Biology majors, Jennifer Foster and Jennifer Bjelac, in earning All-American honors this year.  At the national indoor championships in Birmingham, Alabama this past week Jamie finished second in the shot put, Foster tied for second in the high-jump and Bjelac took second team All-American honors in the pentathlon.  As a team the women tied for third place in the nation.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sewage, water treatment, and you

You may have never thought about internship opportunities, or even a career, in water treatment, but with a large wave of current water treatment workers reaching retirement age there are many opportunities in this area.  Two of our graduates from the past few years are very happy with their employment positions at water treatment facilities.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District has two internship openings for this summer as a:

Click on the links above to learn more.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Careers and internships in environmental assessment

Rachel Day in the field
A number of our graduates have recently started careers in environmental assessment after completing their degrees in Biology or Environmental Science.  One of them, Rachel Day (Biology '11), will be speaking on campus this week (Wednesday 1 pm) about her current work, research and career at the Midwest Biodiversity Institute.  Other recent graduates Mary Cargill (EVS '12) and Angela Martinson (EVS '14) are working as environmental scientists at the GPD group where they conduct soil and water testing before onsite construction projects begin.

If you are interested in learning more about environmental assessment you can contact another one of our graduates, Marcy Bolek (Chemistry '86), who is the Vice President of Operations at Alloway.  Marcy contacted us about internship opportunities at their Lima and Marion laboratories.  You can contact Alloway's lab manager Lana Jackson at 419-223-1362 to get more information.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Summer environmental internships are waiting for you

We are right in the midst of summer internship search season.  Some deadlines have passed, but many continue into February, with some in March and April.

If you are interested in an internship position related to field biology or environmental science you should be on the EVS group email list maintained by Dr. Saunders.  Contact her to be added.  If you are not on that list here are some great internship opportunities you may have missed hearing about:

This list just scratches the surface of what is available.  Do your own searches on Google, watch the halls of Kettering for posted notices, and get on Dr. Saunder's email list!

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: