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Biology Major Takes Research to Capitol Hill

Published on April 28, 2010

SELINSGROVE—Susquehanna University senior Hannah Spinner was one of a small number of undergraduates whose research was featured at a poster competition on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Spinner, of West Chazy, N.Y., presented her research on the effects of thalidomide on embryos at the “Posters on the Hill” event at the Rayburn Office Building. The April 13 event was sponsored by The Council on Undergraduate Research. She was one of 75 undergraduate students from more than 50 colleges and universities nationwide to travel to Washington for the annual event that garners Congressional support for student research and higher education.

Spinner’s abstract was titled “Pre-Treatment of Sea Urchin Sperm, Lytechinus pictus, With Thalidomide Prior to Fertilization Leads to Increased Abnormal Embryo Morphogenesis.”

Accompanied by her academic adviser, Jan Reichard-Brown, assistant professor of health care studies and biology at Susquehanna, Spinner met with representatives from the offices of Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Bill Owens, both of New York; and Rep. Chris Carney, Sen. Arlen Specter and Sen. Bob Casey, all of Pennsylvania. “They were all happy to hear about my undergraduate research and my time at Susquehanna U.,” Spinner said.

While in the nation’s capital, Spinner and her fellow student-researchers also visited the Folger Library, National Museum of Natural History, Library of Congress and National Archives.

The Council on Undergraduate Research, founded in 1978, is a national organization of individual and institutional members representing more than 900 colleges and universities. Its mission is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.


Karen M. Jones

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