Juniata student to do yearlong research
HUNTINGDON - Andrew J. Maul of Portage, a senior studying biology at Juniata College, was recently awarded the National Institutes of Health's Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award, a yearlong opportunity that will allow Maul to work in an NIH research lab.
Maul will be working at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in Bethesda, Md. He will start his research in June in the laboratory of Pamela Robey, chief of the agency's skeletal biology section and co-coordinator of the NIH Bone Marrow Stromal Cell Transplantation Center.
Last summer, Maul worked in the lab of Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientist Jenna Galloway. He spent 10 weeks working on a stem cell research project at the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital after receiving the Exceptional Research Opportunities Program Award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Maul, the son of Jeff and Karen Maul of Portage, is a 2010 graduate of Portage Area High School. He has been involved in undergraduate research at Juniata since fall semester 2012.
He works with Regina Lamandella, assistant professor of biology, on a project Lamandella started at Berkeley National Lab in Berkeley, Calif., that examines insulin-resistant individuals and whether a resistant starch diet (foods that are more difficult to digest) will change how the bacteria in the gut may function.
Maul is a member of the Health Occupations Students of America.
Engineering students from PSU win awards
PHILADELPHIA - Two teams of Penn State architectural engineering students won seven awards at the 2014 Charles Pankow Foundation Annual Architectural Engineering Student Design Competition on March 29.
The competition, organized by the Architectural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers and hosted by Drexel University, challenged students to address the design, integration and construction for a new high-profile, 30-story office building in San Francisco.
Teams were asked to integrate engineered systems for a high performance building with an eye toward sustainable design.
Students were judged in five primary categories including structural, mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as construction management and integration.
Penn State won first place in four of the five primary categories and was runner-up in three categories.
Team AVANT from Penn State won the electrical, mechanical and structural categories and was the runner-up in the construction category. The group included Robert Fazio, Tyler Dietz, Christopher Coakley, Katharine Gausseres, Rebecca Slocum, Nicholas Rekstad, Jordan Miller and Eric Ripkin.
Team AEVITAS from Penn State won the construction category and was the runner-up in the structural and integration categories.
The group included Lara Kaiserian, Kristin Sliwinski, Alex van Eeden, Abigail Kreider, Kieran Carlisle, Drew Canfield, Jonathan Sharp and Robert Livorio.
M. Kevin Parfitt, associate professor of architectural engineering and one of the teams' lead faculty advisers, said the four first-place awards matched last year's tally and noted that it was only Penn State's second year of participation in the contest.
He added, "There were numerous comments and feedback from the jury attesting to the technical strength and depth of analysis demonstrated by the Penn State architectural engineering student teams."
In addition to Parfitt, Charles Cox, instructor of architectural engineering, and Ryan Solnosky, research associate in architectural engineering, served as lead faculty advisers.
The team's technical advisers were John Messner, professor of architectural engineering; Richard Mistrick, associate professor of architectural engineering; and Moses Ling, associate professor of architectural engineering; and Solnosky.
A total of 10 teams from seven architectural engineering programs submitted projects for the competition.
The 2015 competition will be held during the AEI's sixth Biennial Professional Conference from March 24 to 27 in Milwaukee and hosted by the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Student earns Academic Excellence Award
READING - Graduating seniors at Alvernia University received awards during the annual Honors Convocation on April 13.
David Michael Sloan of Huntingdon earned the Academic Excellence Award from the Allied Health & Human Services Department.
Sloan graduated with a bachelor of science degree.