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Saint Francis University unveils new high-tech anatomy lab

Marie Young, University Communications & Marketing | 11/18/2022
The university unveiled its new anatomy lab which combines the university's traditional cadaver lab with a high-tech simulation space within the Experiential Learning Commons.

Biology professors examine differing impact of warming oceans on aquatic life

University Communications & Marketing | 10/18/2022
Not all marine animals react to changing ocean conditions in the same way, according to Dr. Matthew Birk, a biology professor at Saint Francis University and Brad Seibel, a biological oceanographer at the University of South Florida. Seibel and Birk co-authored a recent publication on the topic. The study is the first to drill down into the relationship between oxygen, temperature, and the metabolic requirements of vertical migrators, which include billions of marine animals from tiny crustaceans called krill to the six-foot-long jumbo squid. Seibel and Birk used modeling to understand how six

NASA Anchor: Portable Moon Museum Exhibit

Science Outreach Center | 10/04/2022
Space Sciences and Engineering Mobile Interactive Exhibit for Rural Areas: Earth to Moon is a three-part display being built by faculty, staff, and students for display in rural communities of the Appalachian Mountains in Central Pennsylvania.

SFU to Host K-12 PA Statistics Poster Competition

02/03/2021
Saint Francis University is happy to announce that SFU Science Outreach Center will again host the Pennsylvania Statistics Poster Competition for 2021. The competitions, held virtually, will offer cash prizes and certificates for first, second, third, and fourth place in each category. Certificates are awarded for honorable mentions in each category. The winning posters from the Pennsylvania Competition are submitted to the National Statistics Poster Competition. Posters MUST be registered/submitted electronically by midnight on Friday, March 12, 2021. General Information: A statistics poster

SFU Student wins 2020 River Symposium

01/27/2021
Congratulations to Saint Francis University sophomore, Matthew Berzonsky. The Environmental Engineering student won first place at Bucknell University's Virtual 2020 River Symposium undergraduate poster competition held last November. His authored work, entitled "Analyzing the Impact of Mine Drainage Residuals on Phosphorus Sequestration and Agricultural Production," was among dozens of presenters from regional universities. The work was co-authored by fellow Environmental Engineering student, Benjamin Dumm, and Environmental Engineering alum, Sarah White. Along with faculty members, Dr

SFU connection to NASA Space Launch

05/28/2020
Morhard Interview on CBS3 Ahead of Historic SpaceX Launch On Saturday, May 30, NASA astronauts are scheduled to fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket at 3:22 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 39A in Florida. According to NASA, the Commercial Crew SpaceX Demo-2 Flight Test (Crewed) mission, will validate the company’s crew transportation system, including the launch pad, rocket, spacecraft, and operational capabilities. SFU Connection NASA's Launch America program and Saint Francis University share a vital link: NASA Deputy Administrator James Morhard. Morhard, a

Alumna shares frontline experience as neurocritical care and emergency pharmacist

05/11/2020
The Biology and Chemistry departments were delighted to virtually welcome back 2011 Biology/Biochemistry alumna Dr. Caitlin Brown on May 5. In a Google Hangout, Dr. Brown spoke about her career path from SFU to Thomas Jefferson University for her Pharm.D. degree, then to two different clinical residencies, and to her current role serving patients at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN during the COVID-19 pandemic. She serves as a Neurocritical Care and Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist. Dr. Brown graciously fielded questions as she presented live from the Mayo Clinic to two current SFU

Jay Hardy: Building my career in Petroleum Engineering

07/29/2019
The American Petroleum Institute expects that by the year 2035, the industry will employ almost double the number of petroleum engineers in the workforce as of 2015. There is no field where there is no use of petroleum products; the increasing demand for energy provides a necessity to recruit more petroleum engineers. There is still 40 to 50 percent of the oil resources remaining in the subsurface, which calls for better extraction methods and more advanced technology developments. Jay Hardy, a rising Junior Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and Business double major student, has big goals

Chapter for National Honor Society in Neuroscience Approved

06/03/2019
Saint Francis University was recently approved to shelter a chapter of Nu Rho Psi, the National Honor Society in Neuroscience. The chapter will be the ninety-first charter to have been granted since the National Neuroscience Honor Society was established in 2006, and the eleventh in Pennsylvania. The Saint Francis University chapter designation is “Kappa in Pennsylvania (k in PA).” Nu Rho Psi is a non-profit, grass-roots organization comprised of faculty and undergraduate neuroscientists. The purpose of Nu Rho Psi is to: (1) encourage professional interest and excellence in scholarship

What Should I Major in at College?

11/09/2018
I'm Dr. John Harris, 1982 graduate of Saint Francis University, and now the Chair of the Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics departments at SFU. But forty years ago this year I faced the same questions as you: "What should I major in at college? And what college?" Yeah I get it, I am old, but I still remember the fear I felt, the very real concern that I might make the wrong decision. It is a big decision. Huge, right? Well, I had three major things going for me as a senior in high school: awesome parents that loved me and wanted me to go to a safe school where I could get a solid