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Trevor Basham

Trevor is a senior who is double majoring in Petroleum Geology and Geology. He has worked for the Geology Department the last three years, as a research assistant his sophomore year, and as a teaching/lab assistant his junior and senior years. Last spring, Trevor was accepted into the Muskie Summer Fellowship Program and spent the summer working on his senior research project with Dr. Stephen Van Horn. He presented his research on "Logistic Regression Modeling of Landslide Susceptibility in a Region of Muskingum County, Ohio, Using GIS and SPSS" at the National Geological Society of America Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland in November. Trevor is also currently working towards publishing his research and preparing it for submission to The Ohio Journal of Science. He also presented his research working with shale in Chattanooga, Tennessee last year at a Regional GSA Meeting. Trevor has been on the Dean's List here at Muskingum five times and has an overall GPA of 3.7. He is also a member of several organizations on campus including The Kappa Sigma Fraternity, The Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary, as well as Geology Club. In the future, he plans to attend graduate school for his Master's in Geology and to work as an exploration geologist or a production geologist in the petroleum industry.




Science Week 2016

April 18 - 22




2014 ACM Regional Programming Contest

Jacob Shoup, William Shaffer and Dylan Ortenzi (pictured below) attended the
2014 ACM Regional Programming Contest held in Youngstown, Ohio on November 7, 2014.

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Chemistry Students Present Papers at the 2014 ACS Central Regional Meeting

Five chemistry students and four faculty members attended the 2014 ACS Central Regional Meeting on October 31, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Students in attendance:               
Kelli Brock
Heidi Landis
Tony Moore
Matt Allen
Cameron Godfrey

Faculty in attendance:
Deepa Perera
Eric Schurter
Paul Szalay
Lois Zook-Gerdau

In addition to attending this meeting, the students presented papers on the following subjects.

“Ferrocene as a bio-fuel additive: Ferrocene’s effects on the thermodynamic properties of corn oil” by H. Landis, M. Allen,      
K. Brock, P. Cristofari, L. Zook-Gerdau and R. Rataiczak

“Water quality study of the Salt Creek Watershed” by K. Brock and L. Zook-Gerdau

“Methods for grafting short polymeric units onto Kraft lignin” by C. Godfrey, N. Carroll, E. Schurter, and K. Zheng

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New bachelor's degree in petroleum geology announced

Muskingum University has announced a new major in petroleum geology, adding to current majors in geology, environmental science, conservation science and earth science. Muskingum also offers minors in earth science and geology.

“Graduates of this new program will be needed to fill jobs within the growing oil and gas industry or in governmental agencies,” said Dr. Stephen R.Van Horn, associate professor of geology at Muskingum. Graduates might also choose to pursue a graduate degree, Dr. Van Horn explained.

The new major builds upon the strengths of Muskingum’s current geology department. Courses in Introduction to Well Logging, Sedimentary Petrology, Petroleum Geology and Subsurface Geology have been added to the existing curriculum to create this new academic offering.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that employment for geoscientists is projected to grow 16 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. “The need for energy, environmental protection and responsible land and resource management is projected to spur demand for geoscientists in the future,” according to the Bureau’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.


Summer Fellow Megan Duke '14 published in mathematics journal

DAQUILA AND DUKEMuskingum University senior Megan Duke has had the research findings she produced as a part of the university’s Summer Fellows program published in the highly regarded Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Math Journal.

A senior mathematics major from Weirton, West Virginia, Duke published an article titled A Non-geometric Switch Toggling Problem.   Her research focused on when and how any system of switches can be transformed from one initial configuration to another configuration by always changing a fixed number of switches in any one step.  This is important research in the context of genetic toggle switches and how they can be used to predict the conditions necessary for gene bi-stability in gene-regulatory networks such as E-coli or feline leukemia. 

Duke conducted her research as a part of the university’s Summer Fellows program, which allows selected students to work closely and intensively with the university’s faculty on specific areas of research.  That research project must be chosen for inclusion in the program by the university’s vice president of academic affairs and the university’s president.  Professor of Mathematics Dr. Richard Daquila worked with Duke on the research and also serves as her faculty advisor. 

To be published in the Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Math Journal, articles must be submitted to a panel of referees and then selected by the publication’s editor-in-chief.  The Journal is devoted entirely to papers written by undergraduates students on topics related to mathematics. Although the authors need not be undergraduates at the time of submission or publication, the work must have been completed before graduation. The publication is sponsored by the mathematics department at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. 

In addition, Duke was invited to present her findings at the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) fall meeting, held at Cleveland State University.  The MAA is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics at the undergraduate level. Its members include university, college and high school teachers; graduate and undergraduate students; pure and applied mathematicians; computer scientists, statisticians and many others in academia, government, business and industry.  Duke’s presentation was one of only a few to be given by an undergraduate student. 

Duke will graduate from Muskingum in May with a degree in mathematics and a teaching license.  She plans to teach mathematics and is also applying for a Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Fellowship grant that would allow her to both teach and attend graduate school. 

IN THE PHOTO: Dr. Richard Daquila and Megan Duke.


Poster Presentation at the 2014 Annual Fall Research and Internship Forum

Twenty-one students presented 15 posters at the Annual Fall Research and Internship Forum.  The Forum showcases students' summer internships and research.

Matthew Allen - Chemistry
Kelli Brock - Chemistry
Nicholas Bulinski - Math & Computer Science
Aliyah Byron - Neuroscience
Deborah N. Carroll & Cameron J. Godfrey - Physics and Engineering
Bowen Deng & Hayley Glaze - Environmental Science
Sarah E. Francino - Biology
Connor Hann, Jennifer Hastings & Sarah Landuyt - Biology
Elizabeth Hartman, Christine Holmes & Michael Klamo - Biology
Sarah Homan - Geology
Rebecca Keeley - Biology 
Sean Lally - Physics & Engineering
Alexandra Leggett - Conservation Science
Taylor Maurer - Biology
Richard Moore - Chemistry

To read all the abstracts, click here.

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Science students present findings at The James Bradford Colloquium, Homer A. Anderson lecture features Chaz Miller '07

CHAZ MILLERSenior Science Division students presented their research findings at the annual James Bradford Colloquium, held at Boyd Science Center.  The colloquium is the culmination of research conducted by seniors from the division’s biology, chemistry, geology, physics and engineering, mathematics, computer science and psychology departments, as well as interdisciplinary programs in molecular biology, environmental science, neuroscience and conservation science.  Their presentations were made to their student peers and the Science Division faculty.  The faculty then choose the top three presenters.  Read the whole story.

To read abstracts for each of the presentations, click here.

The annual Homer A. Anderson Lecture was delivered by alumnus Chaz Miller ’07.  Miller’s address, titled Creativity: The Key Ingredient, chronicled his professional and academic experience since leaving Muskingum, and the importance of creativity and flexibility when making the transition from academia to the corporate world  

After graduating from Muskingum with a degree in in physics, Miller earned his master’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas.  Today, he is a semiconductor fabrication engineer at Texas Instruments. 

Following the Anderson Lecture, students from the Science Division made poster presentations of their research findings.  The Science Division includes the departments of biology, chemistry, geology, physics and engineering, mathematics, computer science and psychology as well as interdisciplinary programs in molecular biology, environmental science, neuroscience and conservation science.  Their work was judged by the division’s faculty and three prize winners and three honorable mentions were named. Read the whole story.

To see a complete list of the presenters and read their abstracts, click here.


Nursing program receives accreditation

Muskingum University announces that its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program has received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

"In creating our nursing program, Muskingum recognized the need ofthe nation and the southeastern Ohio region for nurses who hold a baccalaureate degree," said Dr. Anne C. Steele, Muskingum University president. “This accreditation affirms the distinction of Muskingum’s nursing program, as well as the quality that can be found throughout the entire university.”

Muskingum’s BSN program admits both four-year pre-licensure students and registered nurses who have either graduated from a hospital diploma nursing program or an associate degree nursing program. The program provides a strong liberal arts and science foundation integrated throughout the program to create the basis for the study and practice of professional nursing. Successful completion of the program also provides a foundation for graduate study and continuing professional education.

"The accreditation status by CCNE is a significant achievement and is grounded in the Baccalaureate Essentials published by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing,” said Dr. Elaine Haynes, chair of the department of nursing and director of nursing programs at Muskingum.  “This means that all graduates of Muskingum with the BSN are graduates of a nationally accredited program. This is a vital component for most employers and for entry into graduate nursing education programs.”

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency located at One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.  It contributes to the improvement of the public's health and ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing.