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April 2014

Update on Dr. Tom Pauley: You Call this Retired?!

Nearly a year into his retirement, Dr. Tom Pauley hasn't exactly slowed down! A partial list of his recent activities includes giving the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Chi Beta Phi National Scientific Honorary Chapter at Glenville State College in October 2013; giving the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation in February 2014; giving the keynote address at the annual TriBeta District NE-4 Convention at Findlay University, in Findlay, Ohio at the end of this month, and in August, he will give the keynote address at the Northeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation meeting. In addition, The Charleston Gazette (January 17, 2014) featured an article on Dr. Pauley and Marshall's herpetology collection, which is not only a repository for specimens, but is also used for herpetological research. The herpetology collection is part of the West Virginia Vertebrate Survey Museum, which is housed in the Science Building.

The first publication below is Dr. Pauley's alone; the others include former graduate students as co-authors:

  • Pauley, T.K. 2014. Amphibians in the Canaan Valley Drainage. Southeastern Naturalist. In press.
  • Keitzer, S.C., T.K. Pauley, and C.L. Burcher. 2014. Stream Characteristics Associated with the Eastern Hellbender, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis, in West Virginia. Northeastern Naturalist. In press.
  • Kroschel, W.A., W.B. Sutton, C.J.W. McClure, and T.K. Pauley. 2014. Declines of the Cheat Mountain Salamander over a 32-year period and the Potential Influence of Competition from Sympatric Species. Journal of Herpetology. In press.
  • Gooley, A.C. and T.K. Pauley. 2013. Eastern Spadefoot (Scaphiopus holbrooki) and other herpetofauna inhabiting an Industrial Fly-ash Disposal Site in Southern Ohio. Ohio Biological Survey Notes 4:1-5.

Truth in science can be defined as the working hypothesis best suited to open the way to the next better one. -- Konrad Lorenz (1973 Nobel Prize for medicine)

Stuffed Cells by Zedmalia Wolfe
The scientifically-correct adventures of an archaean, a plant cell, and an animal cell.


Congratulations to Former BSC Majors Who Are New MDs

The Department is pleased to congratulate the following former BSC majors who have just earned their MDs from the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University: Aaron M. Brownfield, Mark A. Faltaous, Sammy Hodroge, Ryan P. Hostutler, David R. Hourani, Kyle E. Johnson, Corey A. Keeton, Craig A. Riccelli, Alexander J. Salazar, Carly R. Schuetz, Lee A. Van Horn, Lacey M. Vence, and Christina A. Wagner.

We wish you each a successful and happy career!

Interested in a Summer Paleontology Field Course?

The University of Washington is offering Paleontology Field Methods and Research (BIOL475A), a summer field course held June 23-July 23 in northeastern Montana. This area is famous as the type location for Tyrannosaurus rex. The five-week introduction to paleontological field methods and research helps students develop skills in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting field data, and designing research projects by participating in ongoing paleontological research on the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction. Topics include excavation of fossils, identification and curation of fossils, collection and interpretation of stratigraphic and taphonomic data, and report writing. If you are a high-energy, enthusiastic student ready for a summer of hard work and discovery, please contact the instructor, Dr. Gregory Wilson. Click here to see a flyer with more information about the program.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The School for Field Studies has numerous programs available to students interested in environmental field studies. Opportunities exist all over the world, including Costa Rica, Kenya, Mexico, and Australia.

Marshall's Study Abroad Program is part of our Center for International Programs. To participate, students must have completed their freshman year, and must have a 2.75 GPA or higher. A wide variety of programs are available to interested students!

Brag Box An abbreviated list of recent BSC student and faculty accomplishments:
  • Whitney Kroschel, who completed her MS with Dr. Tom Pauley, has been accepted into the PhD program at Louisiana State University. She will be working with Dr. Sammy King, assessing the effects of hydrologic and geomorphic processes on wetlands of the southeastern US.
  • Mike Osbourn, who completed his MS with Dr. Tom Pauley, has earned his PhD from the University of Missouri. He is currently an adjunct professor at Appalachian State University.

What’s New in Biological Science:Gene Therapy "Could Be Used To Treat Blindness"
(Pallab Ghosh, Science correspondent, BBC News) Surgeons in Oxford have used a gene therapy technique to improve the vision of six patients who would otherwise have gone blind. The operation involved inserting a gene into the eye, a treatment that revived light-detecting cells. The doctors involved believe that the treatment could in time be used to treat common forms of blindness. Professor Robert MacLaren, the surgeon who led the research, said he was "absolutely delighted" at the outcome.

Selected BSC Contact Information

Dr. David Mallory, BSC Chair S-350 (304) 696-2353
BSC Graduate Program Information   (304) 696-2427
BSC office, TA applications, various forms S-350 (304) 696-3148
Susan Weinstein, BSC News S-204 (304) 696-2428

Download pdfs of this or any past issue of the Biological Sciences Newsletter by clicking on the archive links to the right.

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