BU Student Researchers Present Findings In Biology and Chemistry

For Immediate Release

December 1, 2005

BLOOMSBURG— Seven juniors and seniors will present research on topics ranging from caffeine to collared lizards at the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania College of Science and Technology Fall 2005 Student Research Day. Presentations, open to the public free of charge, will be held Friday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. in Hartline Science Center, room 79. Refreshments will be served at 2:45 p.m. in the lobby.

The students, their presentations and project advisers are:

- Junior Laura Halon of Frackville, a biotechnology major, “Working with a Highly Thermotolerant Alfalfa Leaf Cutter Bee: A focus on HSP70 and Expression of Immune Related Genes.” She worked with Kristen Brubaker, assistant professor of biological and allied health sciences.

- Senior chemistry major Christopher DeVore of Millville, “The Change of Caffeine Levels in Indian Monsoon Malabar Coffee Beans (Coffea arabica) Due to the Roasting Process and Brewing Time.” He collaborated with Christopher Hallen, professor of chemistry, and Toni Trumbo Bell, assistant professor of chemistry.

- Senior Nick Ernst of Hamburg, a business administration and management major, “Acid Mine Drainage and Nesting Insectivorous Birds in Tributaries of the Susquehanna River.” He worked with Clay Corbin, assistant professor of biological and allied health sciences.

- Senior biology major Cassandra Clay of Lansdale, “How Knocking-Out Runx2 Affects PC-3 Prostate Cancer Cells: A Mini-Microarray Study.” Brubaker served as her research adviser.

- Junior chemistry major Brian Holsey of Royersford, “Silicon Nanonails.” During a 10-week summer internship, he collaborated with Tom Krupenkin, a member of the technical staff in Network Hardware Integration Research at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies.

- Seniors Danielle Wartko of Doylestown, a criminal justice and biology double major, and Linda Yeany of Palmyra, a biology major, worked with John M. Hranitz, assistant professor of biological and allied health sciences on two projects centered on collared lizards. Wartko will present “Investigation of Contributions by Coding and Noncoding Genes to Heterozygosity-fitness Correlations in Collared Lizards, Crotaphytus Collaris.” Yeany will present “The Effects of Population Genetic Structure on Heterozygosity-fitness Correlations in Collared Lizards, Crotaphytus Collaris.

For more information on the student research day, contact Bell at tbel2@bloomu.edu or (570) 389-4321.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 17 master’s and one doctoral degree