Students participate in Unassessed Water Study

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    Petokas interviewed regarding endangered species

    Dr. Peter Petokas, research associate in the Lycoming College Clean Water Institute, was recently interviewed by Tom Pelton, journalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Bay Daily and WYPR, a regional National Public Radio affiliate in Baltimore, Md.

    The interview related to a permit application in Maryland for the deep-mining of coal beneath the Casselman River. Petokas' concern is that mine discharge in the river will alter the water quality, causing potential harm to the Eastern Hellbender salamander – a Maryland endangered species.

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    Lycoming pledges to reduce carbon footprint

    Lycoming College President James Douthat has called upon all members of the College community to support initiatives to reduce carbon emissions on campus. On Wednesday, April 20, during a ceremony on the steps of Long Hall, Douthat signed the Lycoming College Climate Commitment pledge. Members of the campus community were then invited to add their signature to a Climate Commitment banner to be displayed on campus.

    "This is an interesting and important step for the College," said Douthat. "It also is important to note that the document I signed is authorized by the board of trustees, so this becomes an institutional commitment. The pledge produces a new set of responsibilities, a new process and a new procedure for many people on this campus, including the students, as we move forward with this commitment."

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    Recyclemania results announced

    Lycoming College was one of 630 colleges and universities from across the U.S. that recently participated in Recyclemania, which is in its 10th year of competition.

    During Recyclemania, Lycoming's buildings and grounds staff collected plastic, glass, cans, cardboard and paper from receptacles across the campus. The recyclables were weighed and data was recorded weekly by Alyssa Tomaskovic and Steve Wanner, interns in the College's Clean Water Institute.

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    Lycoming participates in Recyclmania

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    Clean Water Institute to host gas leasing discussion

    The Lycoming College Clean Water Institute and the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host a public meeting on the issue of gas leasing in public state forest lands on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in Heim Building, G-11, Barclay Lecture Hall.

    Speaker Nels Johnson of the Nature Conservancy's Harrisburg office will describe a study conducted with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on the impact of leasing additional state forest land. The study includes a mapping analysis of surface disturbance effects on the sustainable balance and character of remaining state forest lands not yet leased for gas development.

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    Students present research at annual microbiology meeting

    Three Lycoming College biology students presented their research at the Annual Meeting of the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology on Nov. 6 at the Clearfield campus of Lock Haven University.

    Kristen Collins, a senior from Nazareth, Pa., won a second place award for her oral presentation on "Polyphasic Characterization of Comamonas franzi, a novel species from the Loyalsock Creek."

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    Lycoming hosts 20th annual biology teachers workshop

    Lycoming College hosted its 20th annual Biotechnology Teacher Workshop on Nov. 23 in the Heim Science Building. More than 60 teachers from 35 school districts in Pennsylvania and Maryland attend the event, titled "Biotechnology: Touching All Parts of Life."

    The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Edward Gabriel, associate professor of biology at Lycoming, and Mark Temons, Muncy Junior/Senior High School biology teacher.

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    Students complete scuba certification

    Fourteen Lycoming College students received their Professional Association of Diving Instructors open water scuba diving certification. Students completed their open water dives on Sept. 24 and 25 in an area of the Loyalsock Creek known as "Slab Town."

    "Scuba certification is good for life - students can now incorporate diving in their world  travels and observe up close and personal the freshwater or marine habitats and biological diversity of fish and other aquatic organisms," says Dr. Mel Zimmerman, professor of biology and a member of the PADI. "I get great joy observing how students react to breathing underwater and seeing how close they can get to a fish!"

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    Clean Water Institute to co-host program on Marcellus Shale gas issues

    Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway will lead a discussion on the Marcellus Shale development during an event hosted by Susquehanna Chapter Trout Unlimited and the Lycoming College Clean Water Institute on Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in Room D-001 of the College's Academic Center. William Worobec, president of the PFBC Board of Commissioners, will also be in attendance.

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