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Outcomes

 

Erin Satterhwaite

"The College has even more opportunities than I could have fathomed when I initially arrived at Juniata. I was able to study abroad in the India Marine Science program and the hands-on nature of that course was an ideal supplement to the courses I have taken at the College."

Erin Satterhwaite '10
Biology / Ecology

 

The Biology department takes pride in delivering a high-quality program, and each year graduates approximately 50 well-trained students that move on to successful careers in many areas of Biology, including:

Graduate School

Caitlyn Bowman '12 PhD program, Johns Hopkins University.

Thomas Evans '08 is currently pursuing his master's degree at the Ohio State University following work as a fisheries observer in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. He cites Richard Hark, Michael Boyle, Jay Hosler and Vince Buonoccoursi as his Juniata mentors.

Hannah Frank '11 is attending the University of Pennsylvania's College of Veterinary Medicine. Hannah says, “Juniata has allowed me to reach this goal by preparing me to succeed both academically and in other areas. I feel that I am equipped with the correct study habits and attitude toward learning. The constant support from the Health Professions Committee has also made the application process easier.” While at Juniata, Hannah was the president of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and participated in several service organizations.

Steven Gregory '09 is enrolled in a doctoral program at the University at Buffalo's Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Casandra Hoffman '12 PhD program, University of Virginia

Ryan Johnson '10 is currently in graduate school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) located in Bethesda, Md. “I'm part of the Emerging Infectious Disease program where I primarily study microbiology and immunology with an emphasis on the clinical aspects of the microbes,” Ryan says. “My POE at Juniata was biology but I was able to pick classes that were more microbiology oriented like genetics, microbiology, immunology, molecular techniques, cell biology, etc. The classes I took and my experience in the lab as an undergraduate has given me all the knowledge and tools I need to take on the rigors of graduate school.”

Jennifer Linden '09 is currently attending Columbia University in pursuit of her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She insists that her entire curriculum at Juniata prepared her from graduate school -- from physics and biology to College Writing Seminar.

Erin McClure '13 is currently conducting research at the University of Vienna, Austria, thanks to a Fulbright Fellowship. After completing her fellowship, Erin plans to pursue her doctorate at the University of Maryland’s Institute of Genome Science.

Andrew Melber '11 is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in biology at the University of Utah.

Colleen Metzger '09 is pursuing her master's degree in biology at the University of Cincinnati. Her research focus is cross-temporal genetic change in Darwin's Tree Finches. She cites study abroad experiences in Ecuador and India and independent research with Doug Glazier as the keys to her success in graduate school thus far.

John O'Donnell '10 is enrolled in a PhD program at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Nisha Pulimood '09 is enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Aimee Radic '12 is currently pursuing her master's degree in secondary science education at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Chesney Richter '13 is enrolled in a doctoral program studying nutrition sciences at Penn State.

Erin Satterthwaite '10 who is pursuing her doctorate in marine ecology at the University of California-Davis, was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in April 2012. Previously, she received a U.C.-Davis ecology fellowship to fund her graduate study. “I will be studying population ecology/connectivity of coastal/subtidal marine systems along the Northern Calif. coast (larval ecology) and its application to marine protected areas,” Erin reports.

Matthew Wagner '10 is currently enrolled in a master's program at Austin Peay State University in the Center for Excellence in Field Biology. Matthew explains, "I am working on fish speciation in a group of very colorful freshwater fish called darters. Juniata's level of education and class intensity prepared me for graduate school almost too well. I now have only two classes and it seems easy because Juniata had me so busy with four classes a semester and cross-country."

Mark Weir '11 is pursuing his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh.

Employment

Jordan Aoyama '09 is employed in research and development at a genetic testing lab in Maryland. She credits courses like Immunology and Infectious Diseases as the two most inspirational classes at Juniata.  She is now applying to graduate schools.

Travis Deptola '11 is employed as an intern geologist at ConocoPhillips.

Creg Drake '09 is currently teaching 9th grade biology at Muhlenberg School District in Reading, Pa., while also pursuing his master's degree in classroom technology at Wilkes University. Creg says that his experience working as a biology lab assistant for Science in Motion “definitely helped me get the job!”

Kim Eisenmann '10 is employed with the FMC fungicide and nematicide lab.

Amanda Epstein '13 is employed as a bioinformatics technician at Cold Springs Harbor Labs in Cold Springs Harbor, N.Y.

Josh Hatch '08 earned a M.S. in fisheries from University of Virginia and is now working in Massachusetts doing fisheries modeling.

Acer VanWallendael '11 is employed with the Nevada Conservation Corps.

Matt Wagner '10 is finishing his M.S. in fisheries at Austin Peay State University and is applying to Ph.D. programs.

National Academic Awards/Fellowships

Fulbright Fellows

Erin McClure, 2013
Nicholas Sepulveda, Iceland, 2010

Goldwater Fellows

Lindsey Draper, Honorable Mention, 2009
Travis Hull , 2008
Erin Satterthwaite, Honorable Mention, 2008

II-VI Foundation Scholarship

Alyssa Kress, 2011

Amgen Scholarship

Steven Strutt, 2011

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Erin Satterthwaite, 2012
Heather Hassel, Honorable Mention, 2007

NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholar

Caitlyn Bowman, 2010
Mark W. Berguson, 2009
Erin Satterthwaite, 2008

Sarber Award-American Society for Microbiology

Ryan Johnson, 2009

St. Andrews Society Andrew Mutch Scholars

Acer Van Wallendael, Aberdeen 2009
Nicholas Sepulveda, Edinburgh 2008

Student Presentations at Regional and National Conferences

Allegheny Branch-American Society for microbiology, November 4 and fifth, 2011, Mount Aloysius College, Cresson PA.

Ceth Parker and Christopher Yip (M. Boyle, advisor) Identification of a putative albumin binding protein.
Cassandra Hoffman (J. Keeney, advisor) Stress granule induction in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
Nikolai T. Klena (R. Shanks, advisor) A genetic analysis of Serratia marcescens

Experimental Biology, April 9-13 2011, Washington, DC.

Andrew Melber (J Keeney, advisor) Characterization of mutant alleles of RTT105 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
Mark Weir (J Keeney, advisor) Characterization of RTT105, a regulator of Ty1 transposition in yeast.

Faculty and Student Publications

(* indicates Juniata student)

Buonaccorsi VP, Kimbrell C, Lynn E. Hyde J. 2012. Comparative population genetic analysis of bocaccio rockfish Sebastes paucispinis using anonymous and gene-associated simple sequence repeat loci.  Journal of Heredity.

Glazier, Douglas S., *Eric M. Butler, *Sara A. Lombardi, *Travis J. Deptola, *Andrew J. Reese, and *Erin V. Satterthwaite. 2011. Ecological effects on metabolic scaling: amphipod responses to fish predators in freshwater springs. Ecological Monographs 81:599–618.

Jay Hosler and K. B. Boomer. 2011. Are Comic Books an Effective Way to Engage Nonmajors
in Learning and Appreciating Science? CBE—Life Sciences Education 10: 309–317.

Buonaccorsi VP, Michael D. Boyle, Deborah Grove, Craig Praul, Eric Sakk, Ash Stuart, Tammy Tobin, Jay Hosler, Susan L. Carney, Michael J. Engle, Barry E. Overton, Jeffrey D. Newman, Marie Pizzorno, Jennifer R. Powell, Nancy Trun.  2011.  GCAT-SEEKquence: Genome Consortium for Active Teaching of undergraduates through increased faculty access to next-generation-sequencing data. CBE Life Sciences Education.

Buonaccorsi, V. P., A. Bunce*, C. Kimbrell, E. Lynn, J. Hyde. 2011.  Development of metabolic-process EST-SSR PCR primers within the bocaccio rockfish Sebastes paucispinis. Conservation Genetics Resources 3: 475-477.

Buonaccorsi VP, Narum SR, Karkoska* SA, Gregory* S, Deptola* T, Weimer* AB. 2011. Characterization of a genomic divergence island between black-and-yellow and gopher Sebastes rockfishes. Molecular Ecology 20: 2603–2618.

*John O'Donnell, *Marie Gehman, and Jill B. Keeney. 2010. Regulators of ribonucleotide reductase inhibit Ty1 mobility in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Mobile DNA. Nov 22;1(1):23.

Rosenberry, C., H. Hassel-Finnegan*, E. Long, V. Buonaccorsi, D. Diefenbach, B. Wallingford. 2009. Lack of Mother–Offspring Relationships in White-Tailed Deer Capture Groups. Journal of Wildlife Management. 73:357-361.

Glazier, D. 2008. Effects of metabolic level on the body size scaling of metabolic rate in birds and mammals. Proc Biol Sci. 275: 1405-10.

ML Johansson, MA Banks, *K Glunt, *H Hassell-Finnegan, and VP Buonaccorsi. 2008. Influence of habitat discontinuity, geographic distance, and oceanography on fine-scale population genetic structure of copper rockfish (Sebastes caurinus). Molecular Ecology

Hess JL, *Porsch EA, *Shertz CA, Boyle MD. 2007. Immunoglobulin cleavage by the streptococcal cysteine protease IdeS can be detected using protein G capture and mass spectrometry. J Microbiol Methods 70:284-91.

Faculty Grants

Mike Boyle, American Heart Association, $120,000, Characterization of a Putative Strepcoagulase

Jay Hosler, National Science Foundation, $46,500, A Non-Majors Biology Textbook in Comic Book Form

Jill Keeney, National Institutes of Health, $194,000, Mobility control of a Yeast Transposon