October 2017

Fall Career Expo is Tuesday, October 3; Job-A-Palooza is October 10

    MU's Career Services' Fall Career Expo is Tuesday, October 3, from 1-4 p.m. in the Don Morris Room of the Student Center. Visit this page to see the continually-updated list of employers. Links at the bottom of that page offer tips on what to wear, and how to follow up with employers.

    Career Services also sponsors the Fall Job-A-Palooza on Tuesday, October 10, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the lobby of the Student Center. Employers will offer part-time and seasonal jobs, as well as internships. To see a list of participating companies, click here, and scroll down the page. Come prepared with resumes, and be ready to be interviewed on the spot! You may also wish to visit the Career Services website, which contains links to articles that help you prepare for a job search and interviews.

    For assistance or more information, call Career Services (304-696-2370) or visit them at 1681 5th Avenue, between Harless Dining Hall and the JCE Performing Arts Center.

Information About Careers in Biological Sciences

    You've already chosen to be a BSC major, but perhaps you haven't quite figured out what part of biology interests you the most, or what kinds of careers are possible with a degree in Biological Sciences. The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) has an informative webpage titled "Careers in the Biological Sciences," which includes a FAQ that answers such questions as "How can I prepare for a career in biology?" and "Where can I find more information about people who have become biologists?" Check out the AIBS Career page here.

Are You Looking for a Research Internship or Capstone?

    The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program offers a wide variety of paid research internships around the US. Students work with scientists on the laboratories' ongoing research; internships last either 10 weeks during the summer, or 16 weeks during the spring or fall. To see a list of participating laboratories and their research, visit this page. Read more about the program, and find additional information by exploring the FAQ. Although laboratories begin reviewing summer applications in February, SULI is an ongoing program.

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BSC Research: The Dr. Joy Edition

    The summer of 2017 was a busy one for those working in Dr. Joy's Medical Entomology Lab.

    Mohammed Ranavaya presented his SEM-based research characterizing sensory sensilla associated with the mouthparts of deer flies at MU's Research Day, and then submitted a manuscript on this work to the Proceedings of the WV Academy of Science for review. He has since been collaborating with Dr. Joy on the construction of four e-Books on arthropods of medical and veterinary importance (visit http://science.marshall.edu/Joy; click on "Educational Materials"). Mohammed is now a student at MU's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

    Emily Setser's research on sensory structures of horse fly mouthparts was published in the Proceedings of the WV Academy of Science, based in part on her SEM presentation at MU's Research Day. During the summer, Emily worked with tsetse flies (the vector of African Sleeping Sickness) in collaboration with Dr. Rita Rio at WVU. Emily also collaborates with Eric Dotseth, the WV state epidemiologist, on wingless flies called "keds," whose feeding structures resemble those of tsetses'.

    Austin Humbert presented SEM-based research on sensory sensilla of a mosquito vector of the Zika virus at MU Research Day, then switched her focus to examining the blood feeding strategies of the stable fly, the developmental vector for a nematode that causes stomach ulcers (gastric habronemiasis) in horses. She is now working with Clinical Lab Services personnel at Cabell Huntington Hospital to prepare a manuscript for submission to the Journal of Medical Entomology.

    Jenna Zuzolo recently joined the Medical Entomology team. Through the WVU-based WV Extension Service, she collaborates with both veterinary entomologist Dr. Nancy Hinkle of the University of Georgia's Agriculture Research Station, and Loyal Canfield (owner/operator of Canfield Farms, Randolph County, WV) on a project to detail feeding activities of the horn fly, a serious pest (and etiologic agent of granular dermatitis) of cattle throughout the southeastern US.

    Clara Stephens, who published the first paper on sensory sensilla of blood-feeding flies from Dr. Joy's lab (Journal of Medical Entomology, July, 2016), has another year of study in Industrial Hygiene before beginning her clinical training. Naaman Dyer and Nick Duffield, who presented their work on biting flies at the WV Academy of Science meetings in 2016, are both entering their first year at The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. Another former lab member, Jessica Saunders, is beginning her second year at the Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine.

    The lab also answered numerous requests for the identification of ticks, mites, bed bugs, and mosquitoes submitted by medical and veterinary practitioners, as well as private citizens, from various parts of WV and southeastern Ohio.

    In addition to directing the research of these Biological Sciences investigators and handling the identification requests, Dr. Joy presented his e-Book outlines for use as instructional materials at the first statewide "medical entomology working group" meeting, held at WV Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV, in June. While all photomicrographs are done in our lab, the stereomicrographs are produced with the assistance of Laura Miller, Curator of the Entomology Collection, WV Department of Agriculture, in Guthrie, WV. Dr. Joy is also the president of the WV Entomological Society for 2017-18. His most recent work, on sensory structures of the large horse fly, Tabanus atratus, appeared in the Journal of Medical Entomology (March, 2017).

    Congratulations to Dr. Joy and his students for their research accomplishments!

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Selected BSC Contact Information

Dr. David Mallory, BSC Chair S-350 (304) 696-2353 mallory@marshall.edu
BSC Graduate Program Information   (304) 696-6692 biograduate@marshall.edu
BSC office, forms, and applications S-350 (304) 696-5413 crager@marshall.edu
Susan Weinstein, BSC News S-204 (304) 696-2428 weinstei@marshall.edu


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