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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 Annual Fall Research and Internship Forum

Eleven students presented 12 posters at the Annual Fall Research and Internship Forum.  The Forum showcases students' summer internships and research.

Susan Fritsch                  Environmental Science
Jennifer Greenwood        Neuroscience
Tanya Jones                    Geology
Tanya Jones                    Geology
Andrea Larkin                  Physics and Engineering
Sarah Linn                       Biology 
Julie Long                        Biology
Alex Seaholm
and Christopher Spring   Chemistry and Environmental Science
Tereza Tomankova         Biology
Jendy Weppler                Psychology
Jeremy Whitson              Molecular Biology 
Ben Pasley                      Biology

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.