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Julie Tischer, 2013

Microbiology Ph.D. student and research associate at the University of Georgia

Julie Tischer, a 2013 Waynesburg University alumna, was recently published in a peer-reviewed journal as part of a research group at the University of Georgia. 

Her article, "Proteomic Analysis of the Acidocalcisome, an Organelle Conserved from Bacteria to Human Cells," was published in PLOS Pathogens, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published monthly by PLOS, a nonprofit organization. Tischer and the additional authors studied the proteins that are on the surface of an organelle in order to determine how it functions in the cells.

The journal addressed questions such as: 

•What proteins are associated with this organelle called the acidocalcisome? 

•What are the individual functions of these identified proteins?

•Are these proteins essential for the survival of the cell?

•How are these proteins contributing to the overall activity of the acidocalcisome?

Tischer, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology, is currently a microbiology Ph.D. student and research associate at the University of Georgia. At the university, she works in the Terns lab studying the CRISPR-Cas adaptive immune system found in bacteria and archaea. 

“During my first semester, I worked diligently on the acidocalcisome project to generate data for the journal,” said Tischer. “My results during that six-week rotation went into producing a few of the figures in the paper, making me an author.”

Tischer adds that the classes and staff at Waynesburg University helped prepare her for the research program as well as her published journal article. 

“Waynesburg University set me up for success in the field of biology research by providing me with an exceptional foundation in biology education and encouraging me to pursue research opportunities beyond Waynesburg,” said Tischer. “In addition, the professional and passionate professors really inspired me to pursue a career in research and teaching.”

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Rearick.JPGCorey Rearick, 2013

Medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pa.

After graduating from Waynesburg University with a degree in biology (pre-med) and a minor in chemistry, Corey Rearick spent the next few months studying for the Medical College Admission Test in order to be accepted into medical school. While working a shift as a pharmacy technician at a local pharmacy, Rearick learned he had been accepted into the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he recently started graduate classes in August.

While a student at Waynesburg, Rearick was selected from more than 1,000 students to be part of the Mayo Clinic’s student research fellowship program. The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group that was recently voted the third best hospital in the United States. 

After his experiences at both the Mayo Clinic and Waynesburg, Rearick is confident he wants to do something with scientific research as a career one day. Rearick attributes Waynesburg University for leading him down the correct path to become a successful researcher. 

“I think the biggest opportunity Waynesburg afforded me was in research,” said Rearick. “It was during my research at Waynesburg that I fell in love with discovery. It started as something I was doing for my résumé and turned into something I want to do for the rest of my life.”

 

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Wharrey.jpgShawn Wharrey, 2013 Biology (Pre-Vet) 

Student at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

When Shawn Wharrey stepped onto Waynesburg University’s campus during his senior year of high school, he knew Waynesburg was the right fit. With small class sizes and a beautiful campus as its backdrop, he could see himself earning a degree at Waynesburg. 

Five years later, the Waynesburg University alumnus finds himself beginning his second year of veterinary school at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. At veterinary school, Wharrey has sparked an interest in one day helping small animals and exotic animals such as birds, reptiles and rabbits. In addition, he is interested in working in the field of aquatic medicine and aquaculture. 

Although the transition from a university of 1,400 students to a university of more than 60,000 students seemed a bit overwhelming for Wharrey, the former Student Senate President and active biology club member adjusted quite nicely. He is currently one of two delegates for the Ohio State University’s Student American Veterinary Medical Association Chapter, where he attends delegate meetings to discuss current issues and concerns of university students. 

“Waynesburg offered me the opportunity to truly get a great education as well as grow in my faith and service,” said the former biology/pre-med major. “Being involved in many different organizations, I learned a lot about leadership and being a voice for others. Waynesburg helped me realize how important it is to serve others and to stand up for things you believe in.” 

 

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Isaiah Cochran, a Waynesburg University junior from Akron, Ohio, was elected the pre-medical trustee for the 2014-2015 American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Board of Trustees. The election was held in New Orleans in March, and the biology (pre-med) major assumed his position May 1.

Waynesburg University hosted its fourth annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work Symposium April 26, 2014. The event showcased 54 student presenters. It featured two oral presentations and 24 poster presentations. Topics covered a variety of research and scholarly work from students of many majors and class years. A sample of the presentations included research about Alzheimer’s, artificial sweeteners, Christian community development, effects of fatigue, food chain length and nutrition awareness.


Dr. Chad Sethman, assistant professor of biology at Waynesburg University, recently contributed to a report stating that SARM, one of five innate immunity adaptors, stabilizes cell proteins and protects the nucleus from self-destructing during stress brought on by inflammation in response to various types of infections. Sethman and his research partner’s report, published in August of 2013 in PLOS ONE, began with the cloning of the gene into various forms.

In the spring of 2013, Waynesburg University alumna Stacey Pavlik (’09, science/biology) became a Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellow. She is one of only 77 Fellows chosen from approximately 2,000 applicants to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

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Carol Guthrie received the 2014 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a non-full-time faculty member. Guthrie is a lecturer of mathematics.

Elizabeth Wang, associate professor of computer science at Waynesburg University, presented her paper titled “Fast Outlier Detection on Mixed-Attribute Data” at an international conference this spring. The 2nd Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining (AIDM 2014) was held March 10 through March 12, 2014, in Suzhou, China.

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Waynesburg University educators Marietta Wright, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Elizabeth Wang, associate professor of computer science, received the Best Paper Award at the 28th International Conference on Computers and Their Applications (CATA). The women collaborated on a paper titled, “A Genetics Statistical Software Tool on Mendelian and X-linked Inheritance,” and received the award at the CATA 2013 conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, March 4-6, 2013. 

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