Intense lab work, outdoor
field work, and numerous opportunities for study abroad are features that
benefit students in IUP’s Biology Department.
Alumni who have earned biology degrees at IUP are doing the world's important work. An analysis of IUP Distinguished Alumni Award winners tells the tale.
A total of 21 alumni from the Biology Department have received the award. They include
an internationally known neurologist1, a college president2,
a U.S. Army general3, a flight surgeon turned astronaut4,
two research scientists who hold high-level faculty positions at universities5,
and chief patent counselor6 for a major Washington, D.C., law firm.
Their career paths have varied, but they all started their
careers with a solid foundation in scientific study.
The department’s nearly 3,000 alumni work in environmental
health, wildlife preservation, and lab settings across the country. Many teach
on the college and secondary level, and others pursue medicine-related
Today’s DepartmentFaculty members are involved in numerous research projects in which they
involve students. For example, because of a Pennsylvania Game Commission grant
awarded to professors Jeff Larkin and Joseph Duchamp, students are gaining
hands-on experience monitoring the response of Allegheny woodrat populations to
habitat management strategies. Shundong Bi coauthored a fossil study that suggests mammals appeared on earth 50 million years earlier than previously believed.
The department offers special courses in the form of a
summer study-abroad experience in southern Africa and a cooperative program at
Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology in northwestern Pennsylvania. Students also
have access to the Biotechnology Research Institute, a partnership IUP has with
other IUP science departments, government agencies, and private industry to
conduct research in the biotechnology field.
Award WinnersSally Amero '74
Margaret Barnes '76
Robert Cunningham '63
James Daniels '55
Harry Dillner Jr. '64
Kathy Gibson '78
John Gilly ’79
Dwight Glenn '54
Esther Massung Kepplinger ’716
John Kopchick ’72, M’755
Charles Kupchella '642
Joseph Laposata '603
James Lichtenfels '62
Richard McDowell '60
Nancy McGuire '65
Samuel Mitrovich Jr. '66
John Neale '71
Victoria Rich '71
Patricia Hilliard Robertson ’854
Elizabeth Latorre Travis ’655
Demetrios Velis '751
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