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Student, faculty researchers present findings at 90th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences
03-27-14

Faculty and students collaborated on the research.

Seven students and four faculty members from Misericordia University recently presented their research findings through oral and poster presentations at the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences’ 90th Annual Meeting at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa.

Angela L. Asirvatham, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, and student Joshua Krall, West Pittston, Pa., presented their research, “Circadian Rhythms in College Students,’’ via a poster presentation.
 
The research team of Barbara McCraith, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, and students Nicholas Hendry, Cedar Grove, N.J.; Timothy Kennedy, Dallas, Pa., and Michael Pheasant, East Stroudsburg, Pa., made three presentations. They presented their findings in the studies, “Comparison of Two Species: Leaf Litter Breakdown in Trout Brook, Luzerne County, Pa.,’’ “Benthic Macroinvertebrate Diversity in Different Detrital Environments,’’ and “Macroinvertebrate Functional Feeding Group Distribution and Diversity in Leaf Packs of Varying Species.’’
 
The research presentation, “Identification of Larval Chironomids from Trout Brook, Luzerne County, Pa., was presented by Larry Corpus, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, and Dr. McCraith.
 
Evelyn Neunteufel, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, and student Amanda Lazzeri, Shavertown, Pa., presented their research findings from the study, “Caching Behavior of the Eastern Gray Squirrel in Northeastern Pennsylvania.’’ Dr. Neunteufel also teamed up with student Jessica Webber, Kingston, Pa., for the study, “Flight Initiation Distance in Eastern Gray Squirrels Based on Different Characteristics of Human Predator’s Eyes,’’ and with student Shelby Giblin, Honesdale, Pa., for the research, “Does Heterospecific Size Affect the Feeding Behaviors of Black-Capped Chickadees.’’
 
For more information about Misericordia University, please log on to www.misericordia.edu or call (570) 674-6400. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 degree programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges and was designated a 2014 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.
 
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Misericordia University student and faculty researchers shared their findings at the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences’ 90th Annual Meeting at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa. Participating in the conference, first row from left, are Timothy Kennedy, Dallas, Pa.; Barbara McCraith, Ph.D., associate professor of biology; Amanda Lazzeri, Shavertown, Pa.; Angela L. Asirvatham, Ph.D., and Joshua Krall, West Pittston, Pa.; standing, Larry Corpus, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology; Shelby Giblin, Honesdale, Pa.; Nicholas Hendry, Cedar Grove, N.J.; Michael Pheasant, East Stroudsburg, Pa.; Evelyn Neunteufel, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, and Jessica Webber, Kingston, Pa.