Local high school students learn about speech-language pathology
DALLAS, Pa. - High school students recently participated in the Misericordia University Department of Speech-Language Pathology's annual Speech-Language Pathology Career Exploration Camp in June, which enabled the rising high school juniors and seniors to gain extensive hands-on experience in the specialized health care field.
The four-day, three night residential academic camp allowed students to become familiar with the many career options in the growing field of speech-language pathology.
Among the participants were Rachael Amarante, Danville, Danville High School; Karissa Brown, Milton, Milton High School; and Carly Sees, Hughesville, Hughesville High School.
Students visit Honduras with college
Local students participated in Lycoming College's May Term and accompanied the biology department to Honduras.
Under the supervision of Dr. Mel Zimmerman, 16 Lycoming College students visited the Roatan Institute for Marine Science. The trip concluded the students' May Term course in marine biology and involved daily dives, snorkeling, reef exploration and studying the ecology of organisms like octopi and sponges.
Among the students were Brooke Dillman of Williamsport, a junior biology major; Steven Wanner of Benton, a recently graduated biology major; Zebidiah Buck and Gwendolyn Forestal, of Muncy, both senior biology majors; and Laura Walter, of Montoursville, a senior biology major.
An associate professor at Pennsylvania College of Technology authored a paper, "Transdisciplinary Approaches for Culturally Appropriate Boat Design," that was published in the Work Based Learning e-Journal International.
Thomas E. Ask's paper presented findings from research conducted while he was a visiting professor of mechanical engineering at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2009. The study combined technical and nontechnical considerations into the design of a 29-ton Malaysian fishing boat.
Ask, a licensed professional engineer, teaches industrial and human factors design in the School of Integrated Studies and HVAC technology-mechanical refrigeration in the School of Construction and Design Technologies at Penn College.
He holds a doctorate in industrial design from Middlesex University, a master's degree in liberal studies from Excelsior College, a graduate management certificate from Cornell University and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois.
Professor presents paper, chairs economics sessions
A professor of economics at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently participated in a number of sessions at the Pennsylvania Economic Association's recent annual conference at Clarion University.
Abdul B. Pathan, a 25-year faculty member at Penn College, presented a paper titled "Approaches to Good Lecture Preparation, Presentation and Assessing Student Learning for Economics;" chaired two sessions; and discussed and commented on two additional papers presented at the conference.
An ex officio director of PEA, Pathan holds a doctorate from the University of Houston and master's degrees from Williams College in Massachusetts and Dhaka University in Bangladesh.
The PEA is a professional association of economists and allied social scientists in Pennsylvania and neighboring states. About 70 papers are presented and discussed at its annual conference, which attracts economists not only from Pennsylvania and surrounding states, but also from other countries.
In addition, noted economists from business, government, academia and the Federal Reserve System address conference sessions.
Faculty member presents paper at engineering event
Asesh K. Das, a professor of computer science at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was among the presenters at the recent Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Southeastern Conference in Orlando, Fla.
Sudden disruption in the electric power distribution system is always a serious problem, notes Das, whose paper - titled "Cyber-Physical Operation Security with a Collaborative Knowledge Grid System" - details a collaboratively working software tool developed at West Virginia University and discusses what can be done in emergency situations when there is a power breakdown.
A team of WVU research scientists also participated in the presentation at the conference, which promotes theories and applications in a variety of engineering disciplines.
Sponsored by IEEE Region 3, it attracted researchers, professionals and students to the heart of Central Florida's high-tech corridor for four days of tutorial sessions and workshops.
Retiring after 18 years with the School of Business and Computer Technologies faculty, Das holds a doctorate from Visva-Bharati University, earned master's degrees from North Bengal University and Florida Institute of Technology, and has a bachelor's degree from Calcutta University.
Former local graduate secures large donation
Dr. Kathleen A. Getz, a graduate of South Williamsport Area High School, Penn State University, Gannon University and the University of Pittsburgh, recently secured a $40 million gift for Loyola University, Chicago, where she has been dean of the School of Business Administration since August 2011.
Over the past 22 years, Getz has held many academic and administrative positions at Gannon University, Penn State University and American University. The large donation was gifted by Michael R. Quinlan, chairman of the university's board of trustees and former CEO of McDonald's Corp. The gift is the largest ever to the business school and in recognition, the school has been renamed the Michael R. Quinlan School of Business.
Getz said the new endowment will be used to support student scholarships, faculty research, new initiatives in supply chain management, social enterprise and emerging international markets.
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Eck, Nisbet Heights.
2 local students attend career camp
DALLAS, Pa. - Misericordia University provided rising high school seniors the unique opportunity to gain extensive hands-on experience in an exciting health care specialty field at the annual Occupational Therapy Career Exploration Camp in June.
The three-day, two-night Occupational Therapy Career Exploration Camp gave students the opportunity to learn about the occupational therapy profession.
Among the local participants were Charity Good, Muncy, Muncy High School; and Caitlin Chappell, Williamsport, Williamsport Area High School.