Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ashland microbiology professor teaches this summer in Taiwan

Paul Hyman, Associate Professor of Biology, is spending five weeks this summer teaching in Taiwan as part of the ONPS Summer School, an independent Chinese education program. ONPS provides Chinese students studying at American universities during Fall and Spring with summer school classes while they are home. He is teaching an Introductory Biology course (in English) in Taipei, Taiwan to students from schools ranging from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to the University of San Francisco. There is a student from the Ohio State University and even one high school student from Taipei.

His adventures began even before arriving as a class five typhoon caused his first flight to be cancelled and the rescheduled flight diverted to Okinawa, Japan for a day. But since arriving in Taipei he has completed his first week teaching and exploring the city. He writes “Taipei is a fascinating mix of familiar city sights and a totally different approach to life. Because food is plentiful and inexpensive, many people prefer to eat out for most or all meals. Supporting this are a vast number of small restaurants, food stalls and night markets – streets blocked off each day to set up food and store booths that are then taken down at the end of the day. One of the teaching assistants tells me that some apartments do not even have kitchens.“

“People are friendly and very forgiving of someone who can barely manage a poorly pronounced “hello” and “thank you” in Chinese. Some people speak English, at least a few more words than I speak Chinese. We manage to get by pointing to pictures, gestures and smiles. And numbers are universal. The streets are as full of scooters as of cars. Perhaps because of the many scooters, I haven’t seen many bicycles although there are usually a couple each day. Besides the many food shops are small hardware stores, mini-marts, beauty salons, mechanics (especially for the scooters), all along the same street in no particular order. Many of them appear to be family businesses. “

Dr. Hyman will be teaching through the second week of August and then it is back to Ohio with just a few weeks before classes start at AU. Just enough time to readjust to a 12 hour time change.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Ashland Biology in Costa Rica

Boat trip for snorkeling on the Pacific coast
Ashland University has hosted a foreign languages summer program in Costa Rica for many years.  But this summer was the first time that we have offered a natural science course as part of the AU in Costa Rica program.

Students in Biology Professor Merrill Tawse's BIO 202: Organisms, Adaptation, and Diversity course spent this summer at the biologically rich campus setting of Conversa Language Center, a Spanish language school situated in a lush mountain setting overlooking the Santa Ana Valley.  Students did weekend field work in the tropical cloud forest of Monteverde and the marine park in Manuel Antonio while learning Spanish.  For additional cultural experiences, students live with families and participate in excursions.

Professor Tawse reports that
This is the first time that the Ashland University Biology/Toxicology Department has led
Hiking in the rain forest with Professor Tawse
students into this part of the world where they were surrounded by some of Earth's most biologically diverse ecosystems. Students were in awe as they observed first-hand the richness of plant and animal species surrounding them as they were snorkeling in coral reefs, hiking through mountain cloud forests, and when comparing upland and lowland tropical forests of Costa Rica. Student lab experiences included measuring and comparing the biological diversity in select habitats, night hikes, mist netting of birds and bats, encountering lizards and snakes along the park and preserve trails and visiting a local animal refuge center. For many, being able to watch a sea turtle foraging in a coastal reef, discovering Howler and White-faced Monkeys moving through the canopy above them, and observing sloths sleeping in the trees will become some of the lifetime memories of their Ashland University experience.
Here are some more pictures from this summer's trip:

Snorkeling with sea turtles
Setting up a mist net to collect birds
A rufous capped warbler

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Ashland Biology lab sends student researchers to zoology internships across the country

Students Cortney Kourie (left) and
Samantha Carson (right) with faculty
research mentor Dr. Dolly Crawford
Four undergraduate research students working this past year with Dr. Dolly Crawford on laboratory and field research projects are off on a number of exciting summer internships.  We already reported on this blog about Ethan Patterson's internship at the Alaska Sealife Center.  Another student, Cortney Kourie, is currently in Key Largo, Florida working as an intern at Dolphins Plus, a marine mammal conservation and public education institute.  Samantha Carson is involved in public education and animal care at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, and recent graduate Bethany Linert is interning at the Gorman Nature Center in Mansfield Ohio, where another AU science graduate, Amanda Kriner, works as the Director of Volunteer Resources.

We plan to follow up with some pictures and descriptions from these students about their experiences later this summer.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Toxicology alumna earns Ph.D



Alumna Daphne Guinn (Toxicology, 2011) was awarded a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Ohio State University earlier this month.  Her Ph.D. dissertation research was focused on chronic lymphocytic leukemia.  She was specifically concerned with how alterations in Bruton’s tyrosine kinase affect the transcriptional profile and phenotype of chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells.  She has contributed to three publications thus far based on her research.  Following graduation, Daphne has been offered a postdoctoral fellowship at Georgetown University as a PRSM-PhRMA Fellow in Regulatory Science.  Daphne hopes to pursue a career in the clinical regulatory field in the pharmaceutical industry or government.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Ashland Biology major heading to Alaska for wildlife internship

Rising senior Ethan Patterson will be spending his summer in Seward, Alaska caring for and educating the public about animals at the Alaska Sealife Center.  Ethan previously worked as an intern at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary, and says about his upcoming experience:
I will be working at the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward, Alaska as the Interpretive Avian Husbandry Fellow. My duties will include interacting with the public while giving tours, both general and behind the scenes, as well as giving educational talks on the resident animals at the center. I will also be working directly with the avian collection at the center, feeding and general care. Some of the more interesting species that I'll be working with include horned and tufted puffins, spectacled and Steller's eider ducks, red-legged kittwakes rhinoceros auklets, and black oystercatchers. I'm fairly certain that I will also have opportunities to interact with the marine mammal and aquarium collections on site and participate in the wildlife response and rehabilitation aspect at some point as well.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

R&D Internship at Sherwin-Williams: Applications Due March 4th


Ashland University science majors who have completed at least two semesters of Organic Chemistry should check out this summer internship opportunity at Sherwin-Williams.

·    An R&D Internship at Sherwin-Williams is a hands-on learning experience that will challenge and push Interns to perform at a high level.
·    The Sherwin-Williams Intern program is a comprehensive 12-week learning experience located at the Warrensville Technology Center or Valley View R&D Laboratory. 
·    Interns will be assigned to a specific lab, a Mentor, and a Technical Project.
·    Interns will be active participants on a project team and will have periodic reviews to evaluate their performance.
·    Near the conclusion of their assignment, Interns will develop a Technical Poster on their project highlighting their accomplishments.
·    Interns will participate in a number of special networking and learning events throughout their assignment.
·    This opportunity will allow Interns to gain experience in work groups, as well as working with other Interns.

Resumes and cover letters should be sent to Wendy Hall, Employer Relations Coordinator, at the AU Career Services Center by Friday, March 4th.  Contact Career Services or a Chemistry faculty member for more information. 
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Summer Research Programs in the Health Sciences

Students interested in the medical field should consider opportunities for summer internships.  Examples of summer research programs are listed below.


The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center offers undergraduates the chance to explore clinical and basic science research in laboratories in the Department of Pediatrics.  In addition to hands-on laboratory experience, students participate in various academic and social activities.  The SURF Program includes two scientific writing classes, an ethics in research seminar, an introduction to bioinformatics and a career day.


The Chester Summer Scholars Program awards 15 collegiate undergraduate students the opportunity to spend ten weeks over the summer in clinical laboratory research settings at MetroHealth Medical Center.  The Program is an opportunity for pre-medicine and scientifically-oriented students to explore the potential for a career in medical research or academic medicine.  Application Deadline February 12th.  

Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University:  Summer Scholars participants have been preparing for the challenges and rewards of medical school. Twenty-two applicants are selected each year to participate in this rigorous five-week program designed to give you an intensive and realistic introduction to the first-year curriculum at OU-HCOM.  Application Deadline March 1st.  


The Center for Colon Cancer Research (CCCR) at the University of South Carolina is leading the development of groundbreaking research in colorectal cancer. One of the primary goals of the CCCR Minority Research Program is to foster the progression of young scientists, and they are seeking undergraduate students to participate in research internships in a cancer-related field (e.g., biological sciences, pharmacy, public health).  Application Deadline February 15th.