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.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Choose Ohio First Scholarship program

We recently hosted a site visit by representatives from the State of Ohio's Choose Ohio First (COF) Scholarship program.  The program's director, Briana Hervet, and Jeff Handley spent a morning on our campus talking with our scholarship students, faculty, administrators and taking a tour of our facilities.

The science programs at Ashland have been able to provide additional scholarship dollars to select students in biochemistry, biology, environmental science and toxicology majors as part of a 5-year grant from the State of Ohio to increase the numbers of well-trained scientists going into biomedical, environmental science and agricultural fields.  We graduated our first four COF students this past year.  One of them was the University's valedictorian and is now pursuing a PhD at UNC-Chapel Hill, another was the University salutatorian and is currently applying to MD and DO programs, and a third is working in analytical drug development at Roxanne Laboratories in Columbus, Ohio.  Two of our four COF graduates completed their bachelors degrees in less than four years.  We currently have 20 students in the program and will soon apply for another five years of scholarship support.

The image below shows our visitors in front of a research poster presented recently by one of our COF graduates, Carly Young, who is currently applying to PA programs.  Her research project on viruses that infect bacteria was mentored by Dr. Paul Hyman, a microbiologist in the Department of Biology/Toxicology.  You can read more about our COF program here.

Jeff Handley and Briana Hervet from the State's Choose Ohio First program visiting the Ashland University Science Building