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Boyer School Hosts Microbiology Conference

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Posted: Thursday Nov 21, 2013

Nov. 21, 2013

Saint Vincent College’s Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing hosted the annual fall meeting and conference of the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology at the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion on Nov. 1 and 2.

Powdermill Nature Reserve and Saint Vincent College’s chapter of TriBeta Upsilon Gamma were co-sponsors.

The event was chaired by Dr. Jennifer Koehl, associate professor of biology at Saint Vincent and President of the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, who also gave the welcome and opening remarks.

Dr. Joseph Petrosino, director of the Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research in the department of molecular virology and microbiology at the Baylor College of Medicine, gave the keynote address. Other guest speakers included Dr. James B. Kotcon, associate professor of plant physiology at West Virginia University, Dr. Elizabeth A.B. Emmert, associate professor of biological sciences at Salisbury University, and Dr. Olivia Long, assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

Eighteen Saint Vincent students attended the conference including Kimberly Alexander, a junior biology major from Port Deposit, Md.; Lindsey Daniels, a senior biology major from Imperial; Emily Fisher, a junior physical therapy major from Monroeville; Dena Gula, a senior biology major from Pittsburgh (15235); Morgan Iacovino, a junior physical therapy major from Charleroi; Jill Masciantonio, a senior biology major from Jeannette; Aliethia McLeod, a junior biology major from New York, NY; Mickey Orange, a sophomore biology major from Latrobe; Brittany Roberts, a junior biology major from Hopwood; Carmen Russo, a senior biology major from McKeesport; Aslihan Sakar, a senior biology major from Greensburg; Candace Scanga, a sophomore biology major from Gibsonia; Bruce Stropko, a sophomore physical therapy major from Sayre; Arissa Trulick, a senior biology major from Kittanning; Michael Wasko, a senior biology major from Coal Township; MeKenleigh White, a junior biochemistry major from Latrobe; and Regina Woloshun a junior biochemistry major from Latrobe.

Emily Ritrosky, a senior biology major from Kittanning, gave an oral presentation entitled, “Identification of normal flora in the reproductive tract of rats during the various stages of the estrous cycle.” She was awarded third place for undergraduate student oral presentations which included a monetary award and membership to attend the national American Society for Microbiology in Boston in May 2014.

The Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology’s mission is to further the advancement of microbiology in all its phases through discussions and meetings, support of teaching, research and research applications and service as a branch of the American Society for Microbiology.

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Photo: Dr. Jennifer Koehl, left, associate professor of biology at Saint Vincent College and host chair of the annual fall meeting and conference of the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, welcomes eight of the Saint Vincent students who attended the conference, from left, Aslihan Sakar, Jill Masciantonio, Carmen Russo, Dena Gula, Lindsey Daniels, Emily Ritrosky, Candace Scanga and Regina Woloshun.

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