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Board of Advisors

The Board of Advisors is an advisory council composed of alumni and friends of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics. The members volunteer their time and talents and serve as a resource to strengthen the quality of programming and student experiences in the academic program areas offered by the School of Natural Science and Mathematics - Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Psychology.

How Board Members are Engaged with Students

Board of Advisors members might choose to be engaged with students and faculty in some of the following ways:

  • In coordination with appropriate faculty, help to arrange internships, "shadowing" opportunities, and other experiential learning components.
  • As a resource for students in preparing for admission to professional and graduate schools.
  • Participate in formal meetings on campus to learn about our programs, to interact directly with students and faculty and other Board of Advisors' members.
  • As a general resource and "sounding board" for the Dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics regarding all aspects of the marketing, recruitment and success of our programs.

Ordinarily, members serve terms from one to three years in length, beginning in August of each academic year, as appropriate to their particular needs and availability. The Board of Advisors meets formally once per academic semester, with meetings beginning in the afternoon and concluding that same evening. Informal contact and communications take place as needed throughout the academic year.The Board of Advisors offers insights and guidance of significant benefit to our students, faculty, and, of course, to the Dean. Their interactions with some very talented students and faculty can only serve to open up new opportunities and collaborative possibilities that Board members find as rewarding as we do.

Board of Advisors

  • Dr. William Paul Beierschmitt, C'80
  • Dr. Rebecca Burke, C'05
  • Dr. Joseph P. Cardinale, C'68
  • Dr. Thomas A. Cavalieri, C'73
  • Mr. Joseph A. DeMino, C'82
  • Dr. Ethan Dmitrovsky
  • Dr. Edward A. Dolan, C'67
  • Dr. Larry Donato, Jr., C'96
  • Dr. H. Stephen Fletcher, C'63
  • Ms. Kristy Galante, C'00
  • Dr. David Ginty, C'84
  • Mr. Geoffrey E. Grant
  • Ms. Maria Marinelli Jones, C'14
  • Ms. Jessica Martin, C'03
  • Dr. Ewy Mathe', C'00
  • Dr. Frank C. McGeehin, III, C'76
  • Dr. Frank Merolla, C'63
  • Ms. Mary Molinaro, C'74
  • Mr. D.J. Monagle, III, C'84
  • Dr. Daniel G. Muldoon, C'89
  • Dr. Edward A. Palank, C'67
  • Mr. Russell Potee, III, C'04
  • Mr. J. Anthony Rose, C'74
  • Dr. John S. Salaki, C'67
  • Ms. Robin Shine, C'78
  • Dr. Mark Sobus, C'89
  • Dr. Sarah McGinley Turner, C'99
  • Capt. Christopher W. Zukowski, C'76

Faculty Activities 2022-23

Scholarly Publications

Rachel Hartnett

Lopez, J.W., Hartnett, R.N., Parr, T.B. et al. Ecosystem bioelement variability is associated with freshwater animal aggregations at the aquatic-terrestrial interface. Oecologia (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-023-05437-3

Patricia Kreke

Brookins, B.; Kreke, P.; Ramus, S.; Reichard-Brown, J.; Russo, L. Tan, A. 50+ Years in the Making: Northeast Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NEAAHP)- Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going; The Advisor, 42:2, 1-7 (2022).

Margaret Leary

Updated "Critical Infrastructure Security" course offered to colleges and universities under NSA CAE grant to NCYTE.

Eric G. Sakowski

Wallace, V.J., Sakowski, E.G., Preheim, S.P. et al. Bacteria exposed to antiviral drugs develop antibiotic cross-resistance and unique resistance profiles. Commun Biol 6, 837 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-023-05177-3

Kaitlyn Stepler

Kapp, K. L.; Robinson, R. A. S.; Verberne-Sutton, S. D.; Stepler, K. E.* Incorporation of a virtual proteomics module into the undergraduate analytical curriculum, J. Chem. Ed. 2023, 100(8), 3124-3131.

Pade, L. R.; Stepler, K. E.; Portero, E. P.; DeLaney, K.; Nemes, P. Biological mass spectrometry enables spatiotemporal ‘omics: From tissues to cells to organelles, Mass Spectrom. Rev. 2022, e21824, DOI: 10.1002/mas.21824.

Kari Taylor-Burt

Thompson, J.T., Taylor-Burt, K.R., and Kier, W.M. (2023). One size does not fit all: diversity of length-force properties of obliquely striated muscles. J. Exp. Biol. 226, jeb244949. doi:10.1242/jeb.244949.

Scholarly Presentations

Rachel Hartnett

Weisstein, T., Kiser, S., Li, Q., & Hartnett, R. 2023. Rule of Four as Inclusive Teaching. BIOME Institute, July 10-14, 2023.

Sawyer, S. Hamman, E., Hartnett, R. McHugh, R., Piechnik, D. 2022. Does humanizing scientists increase student science identity and quantitative skills? NABT Annual Meeting, November 10-13, 2022.

Harrison, M. and Mariano, J. The Use of Benthic Macroinvertebrates as Bioindicators. Maryland Water Monitoring Council Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD. December 15th, 2022.

Minxuan He

Cabrera, N., He, M., & Reich, S. (March, 2023). Family Functioning among Hispanic Families: Risks and Protective Factors. In J. Weeland & K. Helmerhorst (Chairs), Understanding Family Functioning From a Family Systems Perspective: Implications for Research and Practice. Society for Research in Child Development, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.

Cabrera, N., He, M., Chen, Y., & Reich, S. (March, 2023). Child Care Disruptions and Other Risks on the Functioning of Latinx families: Promotive and Protective Factors. In C. Stephens & I. Adegbesan (Chairs), Promoting Access to Social Supports and Resources Throughout COVID-19 for Latine Families with Young Children. Society for Research in Child Development, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.

Brian Heinold

Heinold, Brian: "Fun with L(2,1)-labeling", MAA MD-DC-VA Section Meeting, Virginia State University, April 2023.

Heinold, Brian: "Some unusual mathematical images and the math behind them.", Invited address at MAA MD-DC-VA Section Meeting, Shenandoah University, November.

Jonelle Hook

Hook, Jonelle: "An Introduction to Ramsey Theory” at Lake Superior State University, November 2022.

Hook, Jonelle: “Using a Computational Thinking Framework: To Teach Math to Pre-service Teachers” with Lori Sheetz, International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics, Pearson, Denver, CO, March 2023.

Patricia Kreke

NEAAHP Professional Development Committee: New Advisor Workshop; L. Meyer, Ellen Snydman, P.Kreke, et al NEAAHP conference, June, 2023.

Follow up to item order effects in organic chemistry multiple choice exams: A practitioners’ take-aways Michels, O., Schreurs, D., Kreke, P., Nedungadi, S., Raker, J., Murphy, K at the Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education Research and Practice, July, 2023.

Sarah Krueger

in silico modeling of the binding effectiveness of small molecules with the potential to target Huntington’s Disease-causing RNA. Lincoln Queale*, Sarah B. Krueger, Lebanon Valley College Intercollegiate Student Chemists Convention, April 2023.

Ruth Lamprecht

Ruth Lamprecht. 2023. Examining Programming Projects to Improve Student Success: Learning to Code with Diversity. In Proceedings of the 54th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education V. 2 (SIGCSE 2023). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1270. https://doi.org/10.1145/3545947.3573250

Patrick Lombardi

“The ASCC2 CUE domain selectively recognizes K63-linked polyubiquitin chains by binding between adjacent ubiquitins and making unique interactions with the distal and proximal ubiquitin”. Lombardi PM, Anoh R, Beck BG, Gurcsik AN, Hacker AR, Latin T, Okoh JO, Shorb DE. Discover BMB – Annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Seattle Washington (March 2023)

Jon Slezak

Furlow, H., Slezak, J.M. (2023). Can acute physical activity reduce impulsivity in a delay discounting task? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Boston, MA

Kari Taylor-Burt

Taylor-Burt, KR*, Thompson, JT, Kier, WM. (2023). A superelongating obliquely striated muscle in the bloodworm, Glycera. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, National Meeting, Austin, TX.

Husak, J*, Belanger, R, Johnson, M*, Karston, K, LeFauve, M, Macrander, J, Sanger, T, Taylor-Burt, K, Whitenack, L. (2023). Integrative biology at primarily undergraduate institutions. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, National Meeting, Austin, TX.

Thompson, JT*, Taylor-Burt, KR, Kier, WM. (2023). One size does not fit all: diversity of length-force properties of obliquely striated muscles. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, National Meeting, Austin, TX.

Taylor-Burt, KR*, Thompson, JT, Kier, WM. (2022). Squid to worms: cross-taxa comparisons of obliquely striated muscles reveal diverse length-force relationships. Symposium on Invertebrate & Bio-robotic Mechanics for the Comparative Neuromuscular Biomechanics Working Group of the International Society of Biomechanics. Virtual Symposium.

*Presenting author

Professional Activities

Rachel Hartnett

Hartnett, R.N. Facilitated quantitative skills and science identity (QSSI) Faculty working group.

SPARC judge for lightning talks

Hartnett, R.N. Women in STEM facilitator (Spring 2022). Book club with Women in Business, built network through Women to Women Mentoring and NIH

Minxuan He

Journal reviewer, Pediatrics

External grant reviewer, Education University of Hong Kong

Jonelle Hook

Referee for Theory and Applications of Graphs, 2023.

The Grading Conference (Higher Ed STEM Focus) by College Bridge, June 2023.

Maryland Center for Computing Education Higher Education Preservice Summer Intensive Workshop, Hood College, July 2023.

Patricia Kreke

Representative of the Northeast Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NEAAHP) on the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP)

Inaugural Member of NAAHP-Leads Leadership Workshop

Executive Committee to the NEAAHP

Co-Director NAAHP mentoring program

Co-Organizer of NAAHP New Advisor Webinar

Sarah Krueger

Mentor, Chemistry Women’s Mentorship Network

Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers Conference, November 2022

Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers (MAALACT) President, 2023

Invited Speaker, Indiana University Women in Organic Chemistry Career Seminar Series, December 2022

Invited Speaker, University of Illinois Gender Equity in Chemical Sciences Conference, August 2023

Ruth Lamprecht

CCSC Eastern Conference, October 2022, research poster judge

SIGSCE Technical Symposium, March 2023

The Grading Conference, June 2023

Computational Thinking - Summer Workshop, June 2023

Maryland Higher Education Summer CS Intensive, July 2023

Patrick Lombardi

Served as a judge for the 27th annual American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Poster Competition, Seattle Washington (March 2023)

William Mills

Elected President of the D.C. Metro Area Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (2023-2024)

Jon Slezak

Journal Reviewer for Psychopharmacology

Kaitlyn Stepler

University of Maryland Teaching & Learning Transformation Center: Inclusive Pedagogy & Practice Certificate Program, completed May 2023

McDaniel College My Career Resume Review Volunteer, October 2022

Kari Taylor-Burt

Member, Primarily Undergraduate Institutions Steering Committee for Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology (2021-2023)

Participant, DEI Training at the Mount: SJ207: Action & Change (August 2022), SJ203: Unconscious Bias (October 2022), Workshop: creating a more inclusive classroom and building STEM identity to support student success (January 2023)

Reviewer, Journal of Experimental Biology (May 2023)

Dana Ward

Reviewer for the National Science Foundation, Major Research Instrumentation Awards. May 2023.

Co-chair of Standard III: Design and Delivery for the Student Learning Experience, MSMU Middle States Self-Study

Peer Evaluator, Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Awards and Grants

Rachel Hartnett

Hartnett, R., and Sakowski, E. “BRC-BIO: Connecting abiotic and biotic influences on harmful algal blooms: A scalable, multidisciplinary approach to student research at a primarily undergraduate institution” National Science Foundation, Building Research Capacity in Biology. $499,862. Submitted June 2022. Currently pending review.

Minxuan He

He, M., and Cabrera, N. “Low-income fathers’ and mothers’ parenting practices on infant locomotion and consequent language development: A longitudinal study from 9 to 24 months”. National Institute of Health. $168,000

Sarah Krueger

Krueger, S. “Synthesis of Nucleic Acid-Targeting Therapeutic Agents” Organic Syntheses Summer Research Grant, 2023. $8,000

Krueger, S. “Evaluation of Potential Therapeutics for Huntington’s Disease in a C. Elegans Model System” MSMU Faculty Development Grant, Summer 2023. $2,600

MSMU Silver and Bronze DEI Certificate

Patrick Lombardi

Impact Leader Award from the Mount Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (November 2022)

NIH R15 renewal application “Determining the structural basis of polyubiquitin signaling in response to DNA alkylation damage – (Awarded) - $443,997

Eric Sakowski

Kula, A. and Sakowski, E. “Plant and microbiome changes across the growing season and in response to management.” Washington Biologists’ Field Club Research Awards Competition. March 2023. $3,000 (received).

Hartnett, R., and Sakowski, E. “BRC-BIO: Connecting abiotic and biotic influences on harmful algal blooms: A scalable, multidisciplinary approach to student research at a primarily undergraduate institution” National Science Foundation, Building Research Capacity in Biology. $499,862--Submitted June 2023.

Kari Taylor-Burt

Submitted proposal for the Building Research Capacity grant for new PIs at PUIs from the National Science Foundation entitled “BRC-BIO: Analysis of functional diversity in obliquely straited muscles: an integrative approach”

  • Submitted December 2022: $488,762 – Not funded
  • Submitted June 2023: $495,977 – Under review

Dana Ward

Hoddinott Foundation supports for cancer research. $6,471.