May 19, 2009

Bat researchers prepare to go to work.


By
Sam Alcorn

LEWISBURG, Pa. – What do white-nose syndrome, wildfires, the Gutenberg printing press and dangerous catheter air bubbles have in common?

All were topics in the top research-related stories published on the Bucknell University website during the 2008-09 academic year. || Also: Top news stories of 2008-09 || Top athletic stories of 2008-09

The research by Bucknell professors, in many cases, involved key contributions from undergraduate students.

Researcher studies bat hibernation for clues to white-nose syndrome
Tucked in a basement laboratory at Bucknell, a colony of little brown bats is getting ready to hibernate, and researchers are taking note as part of a several multi-state research projects to learn more about white-nose syndrome, a mysterious condition that is killing bats throughout the northeastern United States.

Professor honored for 'distinguished contributions'
Biology Professor Warren Abrahamson was recognized as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow for his extensive research in this area as well as his work to promote prescribed burns in Central Florida to control wildfires and to preserve fragile land in Central Pennsylvania.

Printing press replica to display in DC museum
Nearly 600 years ago, Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type printing. Eight years ago, Bucknell University students designed a replica. This past year, their design went on display in a new exhibition in the nation’s capital.

Bucknell Magazine: Hands-on in the lab, the field, the world
Bucknell students no longer just raise their hands to ask questions — they answer them through research projects.

Engineering students partner with Geisinger
Graduating seniors have been working with Geisinger cardiologist Dr. Kim Skelding to find a solution to a catheter bubble problem and for their senior design project the team developed a device to divert fluid and filter out air before it reaches the catheter, greatly reducing the likelihood that air bubbles will enter the body.

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