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Erin Rhinehart, Ph.D.

Department: Biology

Associate Professor of Biology

  • Education
  • PHD, University of Florida
  • BS, Lehigh University
Erin Rhinehart

I have always been curious about the workings of the brain. When I was younger I used to cut out brain pictures from magazines and hang them on my wall until it looked like "brain wallpaper." I find the opportunity to figure out a little piece of how the brain works via scientific research intrinsically rewarding.

I am enthralled by coming up with new ways to teach students challenging concepts interactively. I also enjoy showing students how seemingly complicated scientific information applies to their everyday life.

The Susquehanna University Biology Department has several key features that facilitate faculty collaboration with undergraduate researchers and integration of research and teaching, including:

  • The opportunity for conducting research with senior students during their capstone experience
  • Integration of research into the curriculum by requiring all students to have two semesters of scientific research
  • Excellent facilities within the recently opened Natural Sciences Center
  • Support for summer research via the Research Partners Program and regular celebrations of scholarly research accomplishments by faculty and students during Senior Scholars Day. 

All of these features exist in the setting of a liberal arts environment emphasizing critical thinking skills and creativity. Therefore, Susquehanna and the liberal arts environment provide the necessary resources for conducting transformative research in collaboration with undergraduate students.

My outside interests include dog training, community science education, child rearing and cruises.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Erin Rhinehart, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology, Susquehanna University
514 University Ave., Selinsgrove, PA 17870
Phone: 570-372-2008
E-mail: rhinehart@susqu.edu

Education
Degree: Bachelor of Science (1994-1998)
Major: Behavioral Neuroscience, GPA: 3.5
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Degree: Bachelor of Science (1994-1998)
Major: Biochemistry, GPA: 3.5
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (1998-2003)
Advanced Concentration: Interdisciplinary Biomedical Neuroscience, GPA: 4.00
University of Florida, College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL

Postgraduate Training

Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia State University, Department of Biology, Atlanta, GA (2003-2005)

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Research and Science Teaching (NIH), Emory University, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Division of Psychobiology and Department of Physiology, Atlanta GA (December, 2005-September 2007)

Academic Appointments (*-current)
Adjunct Professor: 2004, Brenau University, Department of Science and Math, Gainesville, GA
Adjunct Professor: 2006, Spelman College, Department of Psychology/Biology, Atlanta, GA
Assistant Professor in Residence, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UCLA at Harbor Medical Center and LA Biomed, Torrance, CA (September 2007- July, 2009)
*Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, Susquehanna Univ., Selinsgrove, PA (Aug,2009-Present)
Research Interests: My current research projects seek to determine the effects of compromised developmental environment, on offspring reproduction and behavior.


Funding

Currently Funded

  1. CAREER: Impact of maternal nutrient availability on offspring neuroendocrinology and behavior, NSF, $550,000, July 1, 2014-May 31, 2019

Previously Funded

  1. Support Of Mentors And their Students (SOMAS)-URM, via HHMI (52006292), for support of undergraduate research and mentoring as a pedagogy, $8,000, May 1 - December 15, 2011
  2. Susquehanna University Faculty Research Grant, for supporting undergraduates in summer research, $3,000, June 2010-June 2011 
  3. Principle Investigator for Effects of intrauterine growth retardation on leptin sensitivity in the developing hypothalamus for $10,000 from the COR Faculty Grants Program at UCLA,June, 2008-June 2009. 
  4. Principle Investigator for Effects of intrauterine growth retardation on neuronal development (13222-01), for $25,000, May 15, 2008-May 14, 2009, from Los Angeles Biomedical Research Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Institutional Seed Research Grant Project Fund.
  5. Principle Investigator for Limbic CRH Over Expression Inhibits the Reproductive Axis, #ELO18-57, for $30,008.00, July 2006-July 2007 from the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience funded by National Science Foundation
  6. Trainee, American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellowship, University of Florida, #0110128B, $33,000.00, 2001-2003
  7. Trainee, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant for Undergraduate Research, $5000.00 x 2, Lehigh University, 1997-1998

Honors and Fellowships

  1. Dean's List, Lehigh University, 1996-1998
  2. Howard Hughes Medical Inst. Award for Undergraduate Research, Lehigh Univ., 1997-1998 
  3. Departmental Honors, Lehigh University, 1998
  4. Medical Guild Research Competition Award, University of Florida, 2003
  5. Brian Robinson Memorial Award for Neuroscience Research, University of Florida, 2003
  6. NIH funded Fellowship for Research and Science Teaching, Emory University, 2005 - 2007
  7. NIH Contraception and Infertility Research Loan Repayment Award, 2007-2009
  8. American Physiological Society Central Nervous System Recognition Award for Meritorious Research, 2009
  9. APS/NIDDK Minority Travel Fellowship Award for Experimental Biology 2009, 2010, 2011
  10. American Physiological Society Teaching of Physiology Section Recognition Award for Meritorious Research, 2011

Teaching Experience

Apprentice Teaching

  • Elements in Biochemistry II, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 1997
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 1998

Teaching Assistantship

• Molecular Cloning and Protein Chemistry Laboratory Course for Graduate Students, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2002

Guest Lectures

  • Foundations of Biology, Topic: Sensory Systems, Georgia State University, Spring 2004

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Cross-Cultural Psychology (Center for Behavioral Neuroscience), Fall 2004, 2006 Course for both Georgia State University and Emory University, Atlanta, GA 
  • Introduction to Psychology I (PSY 101), Fall 2004, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA
  • Brain and Behavior (Psychology 320), Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, Fall 2006 
  • Neurobiology, NB372, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, Fall 2006
  • Explorations in Biology, BIOL 500, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, Fall 2009
  • Issues in Biology, BIOL 010, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Spring, Fall 2012, Fall 2013
  • Neurobiology with Lab, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, Spring 2010
  • Cell and Organismal Biology (a.k.a. Intro to Physiology), BIOL102, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, Spring 2010
  • Behavioral Endocrinology, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, Fall 2010
  • Biology Capstone Sem., BIOL 510, Susquehanna Univ., Fall 2009, ‘10, Spring 2011, '12, ‘13 
  • Neurons and Networks (a.k.a. Functional Neuroanatomy) w/Lab, BIOL 455, Susquehanna Univ., Spring 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Behavioral Neuroendocrinology with lab, BIOL 440/441, Susquehanna Univ., Fall 2011, 2013 
  • Perspectives: PRDV 104, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA Fall 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Introduction to Neuroscience, NEUR 101, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA Fall, 2014
  • Explorations in Reproductive Biology and Behavior, BIOL-550, Susquehanna Univ., Fall, 2014
  • Denmark and Sweden Cultural Reflection: Modern Medicine in the Land of the Vikings, 2014

Educational Programming and Curriculum Development

  • Program Associate Educator for the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience Undergraduate Fellows (CBNuf) program, CBN Office of Education, Atlanta, GA, Fall 2006-Spring 2007
  • Director of the First Annual Center for Behavioral Neuroscience Research Colloquium at Zoo Atlanta, April 25th, 2007.
  • Curriculum Coordinator for the Behavioral Research Advancements In Neuroscience (BRAIN) program for undergraduates, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience Office of Education, Atlanta, GA, Spring-Summer 2007 and 2008 
  • "Modeling Interactive Learning in the classroom", Continuing Education for K-12 Teachers via Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, Selinsgrove, PA, June 14, 2010 - June 25, 2010; June 20th, 2011 - August 1st, 2011.
  • "The Elvis Experiments" and "Junkyard Digestion" American Physiological Society Workshops for Life Science Teachers, Anaheim, CA, April 26, 2010; Washington D.C., April 11, 2011
  • "Model Student Program": peer education program aimed at enhancing the freshman biology student experience, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove PA, Fall 2011-Present 
  • Professional Development workshop coordinator for annual Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (SBN), 2011-Present
  • Primary Developer of Undergraduate Neuroscience major at Susquehanna University, 2013
  • Effective Teaching": graduate course on helping new instructors develop necessary skills for being successful in the classroom. (APS), 2014

Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals

  1. German, I; Roper, MG; Kalra, SP; Rhinehart, E; Kennedy, RT; Capillary liquid chromatography of multiple peptides with on-line capillary electrophoresis immunoassay detection. Electrophoresis. 2001 Oct; 22(17):3659-67.
  2. Keen Rhinehart, E, Kalra SP, Kalra, PS, Neuropeptidergic Characterization of the Leptin Receptor Mutated Obese Koletsky Rat. Regulatory Peptides. 2004, 119:3-10.
  3. Keen-Rhinehart, E, Kalra, SP, Kalra, PS, Leptin Receptor Gene Transfer Into the Arcuate Nucleus of Female Fatty Zucker Rats using Recombinant Adeno-associated Viral Vectors Stimulates the Hypothalamo-Pituitary-Gonadal Axis. Biology of Reproduction, 2004, Jul; 71(1):266-72.
  4. Keen-Rhinehart, E, Bartness, T Peripheral Ghrelin Injections Stimulate Food Intake, Foraging and Food Hoarding in Siberian Hamsters. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2005; 288(3):R716-722.
  5. Keen-Rhinehart, E, Kalra, SP, Kalra, PS, AAV Mediated Leptin Receptor Installation Improves Energy Balance and the Reproductive Axis of Obese Female Koletsky Rats. Peptides, 2005; 26(12):2567-78.
  6. Day, DE* Keen-Rhinehart, E*, Bartness, T Role of NPY and its receptor subtypes in foraging and food hoarding and food intake by Siberian Hamsters. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2005; 289(1):R29-R36 (* both authors contributed equally to this work)
  7. Keen-Rhinehart, E, Bartness, NPY Y1 receptor is involved in ghrelin- and fasting-induced increases in foraging, food hoarding and intake. Am J Physiol Reg., 2007, Apr; 292(4):R1728-37.
  8. Keen-Rhinehart, E, Bartness, TJ MTII attenuates ghrelin- and fasting-induced increases in food hoarding and food intake. Hormones and Behavior, 2007 Dec; 52(5): 612-20. 
  9. Song, C. K., Vaughan, C. H., Keen-Rhinehart, E., Harris, R. B., Richard, D. and Bartness, T. J., Melanocortin-4 receptor mRNA expressed in sympathetic outflow neurons to brown adipose tissue: Neuroanatomical and functional evidence, Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2008 Aug;295(2):R417-28.
  10. Keen-Rhinehart, E., Bartness, TJ, Leptin inhibits food deprivation-induced increases in food intake and food hoarding, Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2008 Dec;295(6):R1737-46.
  11. Keen-Rhinehart E, Michopoulos V, Toufexis DJ, Martin EI, Nair H, Ressler KJ, Davis M, Owens MJ, Nemeroff CB, Wilson ME. Continuous expression of corticotropin-releasing factor in the central nucleus of the amygdala emulates the dysregulation of the stress and reproductive axes. Mol Psychiatry. 2009 Jan;14(1):37-50.
  12. Keen-Rhinehart E., Desai M, Ross MG., Central insulin sensitivity in male and female juvenile rats. Horm Behav. 2009 Sep;56(3):275-80
  13. Keen-Rhinehart, E., Eisen, A., Eaton, D., McCormack, K., Interactive Methods for Teaching Action Potentials, an Example of Teaching Innovation from Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellows in the Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) Program. The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE), Spring 2009, 7(2):A74-A79.
  14. Keen-Rhinehart E, Dailey MJ, Bartness T., Physiological mechanisms for food-hoarding motivation in animals. Philos. Trans. R Soc. Lond. B Biol. Sci. 2010 Mar 27;365 (1542):961-75.
  15. Tuebner, B. Keen-Rhinehart, E., Bartness, T.J., Third ventricular co-injection of sub-threshold doses of NPY and AgRP stimulate food hoarding, foraging, intake and neural activation., submitted to Am. J. Physiol. Regul. Integr. Comp. Physiol., 2011
  16. Bartness, TJ, Keen-Rhinehart, E, Dailey, MJ, Teubner, BJ., Neural and Hormonal Control of Food Hoarding. Am. J. Physiol. Regul. Integr. Comp. Physiol., 2011, Sep; 301(3) R641-655.
  17. Schneider, JE, Wise, JD, Benton, NA, Brozek, JM, Keen-Rhinehart, E, When do we eat? Ingestive behavior, survival and reproductive success. Horm. Behav., 2013, Sep; 64(4) 702-28
  18. Keen-Rhinehart, E, Ondek, K, Schneider, JE, Neuroendocrine regulation of appetitive ingestive behavior. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2013, Nov.15(7): Article 213: 1-11.
  19. Schneider, JE, Brozek, JM, Keen-Rhinehart, E, Our stolen figures: the interface of sexual differentiation, endocrine disruptors, maternal programming and energy balance. Hormones and Behavior 2014, Jun; 66(1): 104-119.
  20. Khorram, O, Keen-Rhinehart, E, Chuang, T-D, Ross, MG, Desai, M, Maternal undernutrition induces premature reproductive senescence in adult female rat offspring. Fertility and Sterility, 2015, Jan; 103(1): 291-298. 

Book Chapter

  1. Desai, M, Keen-Rhinehart, E, Ross, MG. Perinatal Appetite Programming in Early Life Origins of Human Health and Disease. Newnham, JP and Ross, MG (eds.). Basel. Karger, 2009.

Paper Presentations

  1. Keen, Erin; Faroun, Jack; Owzar, Kiana; Blum, Robert, Schneider, Jill; "Effects of leptin on neural activation in Syrian Hamsters," Poster Presentation at Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, June 10-13, 1998, Emory University and Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
  2. Keen-Rhinehart, E; Zolotukhin, S; Kalra, SP; Muzyzcka, N; Kalra, PS; "Leptin Receptor Gene Therapy in the Arcuate Nucleus of fa/fa Zucker Rats Restores Estrous Cyclicity." Poster Presentation (472.10) at the 30th meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, November 4-9, 2000, New Orleans, LA.
  3. Rhinehart, E; SP Kalra, S Zolotukhin, PS Kalra; "Leptin Receptor Gene Delivery to the Hypothalamic Arcuate Nucleus (ARC) of Zucker Rats Stimulates the Reproductive Axis and Alleviates Diabetes." Slide Presentation (579.10) at the 31st meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, November 10-15, 2001 San Diego, CA.
  4. Keen Rhinehart, E; SP Kalra, PS Kalra; "Leptin Receptor Gene Therapy in the Arcuate Nucleus of Obese Koletsky Rats Increases Energy Expenditure and Decreases Body Weight Gain." Slide Presentation (320.6) at the 32nd meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, November 2-7, 2002 Orlando, FL.
  5. Kalra, SP; Dhillon, H; Bagnasco, M; Beretta, E; Naohiko, U; Lecklin, A; Rhinehart, E; Dube, M; Kalra, PS; "Central gene therapy - a new modality to reinstate energy homeostasis." Digestive Hormones, Appetite and Energy Balance Symposium, June 30-July 7, 2003, London, England.
  6. Keen Rhinehart, E; SP Kalra; PS Kalra "Leptin Receptor Replacement in the Medial Preoptic Area (MPOA) of Female Obese Koletsky Rats Increases Energy Expenditure and Stimulates the Reproductive Axis" Poster presentation (827.14) at the 33rd meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, November 8-12, 2003, New Orleans, LA.
  7. Rhinehart, EK; Jackson, R; Bartness, TJ 3RD Ventricular co-injection of sub-threshold doses of NPY and AgRP stimulate food hoarding, foraging and intake. Slide Presentation (147.3) Society for Neuroscience, October 23-27, 2004, San Diego, CA.
  8. Song, CK; Jackson, RM; Rhinehart, EK; Bartness, TJ; Melanocortin-4 receptor mRNA is expressed by sympathetic outflow neurons to white adipose tissue in Siberian hamsters. Poster Presentation (317.23) Society for Neuroscience, October 23-27, 2004, San Diego, CA.
  9. Keen-Rhinehart, E; Bartness, TJ; Fasting- and ghrelin-induced stimulation of food hoarding and food intake is attenuated by icv MTII injection. Slide Presentation, Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, July 12-17, 2005, Pittsburgh, PA.
  10. Keen-Rhinehart, E; Bartness, TJ; Neuropeptide Y Y1 Receptor Antagonist 1229U91 decreases the effects of fasting and ghrelin treatment on appetitive and consummatory ingestive behaviors in Siberian hamsters. Poster presentation (765.17), Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, November 12-16, 2005, Washington D.C.
  11. Keen-Rhinehart, E; Pelish, T; Bartness, TJ; Leptin inhibits fasting-induced increases in food hoarding and food intake but not foraging in Siberian hamsters. Society for Neuroscience, Poster presentations (359.9) October 13-17, 2006, Atlanta, GA.
  12. Keen-Rhinehart, E; G.N. Neigh, I.J. Joseph, Eisen, A., Haynes, J.K., Eaton, D,; FIRST: a model for generating new faculty members adept at both teaching and research. Society for Neuroscience, Poster presentation (24.3), October 13-17, 2006, Atlanta, GA.
  13. Michopoulos, V; Keen-Rhinehart, E; Wilson, M; Over-expression of CRH in the amygdala stimulates the chronic stress network and inhibits the reproductive axis, a model for functional hypothalamic anovulation. Society for Neuroscience, Poster presentation, October 13-17, 2006, Atlanta, GA.
  14. Bartness, T, Keen-Rhinehart, E, Peptidergic Control of Foraging and Food Hoarding, International Congress of Obesity, Plenary Lecture, 2006.
  15. Keen-Rhinehart, E. Michopoulos, V., Martin, L., Toufexis, D., Ressler, K., Wilson, M., Increased Corticotropin Releasing Hormone in the Central Nucleus of the Amygdala using Lentiviral Vectors mimics chronic stress treatment and inhibits reproduction in female rats. 14th Annual Animal Behavior Conference, Bloomington, IN, 2007.
  16. Keen-Rhinehart, E., Santoro, I., Holzman, J., Eisen, A., Haynes, J.K., Eaton, D., Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) program provides exceptional postdoctoral training in research, teaching and service. FASEB Poster presentation (479.9), Washington, D.C., 2007
  17. Keen-Rhinehart, E., Michopoulos, V., Wilson, M., Increased CRH in central nucleus of the amygdala stimulates the chronic stress response network and alters behavior. 11th Annual Society for Behavioral Neuroscience Meeting, Pacific Grove, CA 2007.
  18. Keen-Rhinehart, E., Michopoulos, V., Toufexis, D., Ressler, K., Wilson, M., Increased CRH in the CeA, a New Model of Chronic Stress, 6th Annual Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) National Conference, San Diego, CA, 2007.
  19. C.H. Vaughan, C.K. Song, E. Keen-Rhinehart and T.J. Bartness, Effects of central melanocortin administration on brown adipose tissue (BAT) thermogenesis. Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, published in Appetite, 49(1):336, 2007.
  20. Keen-Rhinehart, E., McCormack, K., Hoffman, J.B., Sabatier, M., Eisen, A., Haynes, J.K., Eaton, D., Interactive methods for teaching action potentials by postdoctoral fellows in the fellowships in research and science teaching (FIRST) program (27.9), Society for Neuroscience Meeting, Nov. 2-7, 2007, San Diego, CA
  21. Keen-Rhinehart, E., Michopoulos, V., Toufexis, D., Ressler, K., Martin, E., Davis, M., Nemeroff, C., Ross, M., Wilson, M. Increased CRH in the Central Nucleus of the Amygdala Stimulates the Chronic Stress Response Network and Alters Behavior. (8) Center for the Neurobiology of Stress at UCLA, 5th annual Basic and Translational Science Symposium, Feb. 1, 2008, Los Angeles, CA.
  22. Runic, R., Keen-Rhinehart, E., Desai, M., Nguyen, T., Karsten, S., Ross, M., Leptin/insulin-induced neuronal progenitor differentiation in rat hypothalamus. Society for Gynecological Investigation Meeting, March 26-30, 2008, San Diego, CA.
  23. Desai, M., Keen-Rhinehart, E., Ross, MG., Programmed reproductive dysfunction in low birth weight offspring. Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting, Jan. 26-31, 2009, San Diego, CA.
  24. Keen-Rhinehart, E., Liljelund, P., Desai, M., Ross, MG. Effects of central insulin treatment on the mechanisms controlling energy balance in male and female juvenile rats. Experimental Biology, April 18-22, 2009, New Orleans, LA. 
  25. Keen-Rhinehart, E., Desai, M., Ross, M.G., Intrauterine growth restriction programs enhanced sucrose sensitivity. Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Annual Meeting, June 24-27th, 2009, East Lansing, MI.
  26. Keen-Rhinehart, E., Desai, M., Han, G., Ross, MG. Intrauterine growth restriction programming early reproductive senescence. Soc. for Neuroscience Oct. 17-21, 2009, Chicago, IL.
  27. Keen-Rhinehart, E., Desai, M., Han, G., Ross, MG. Intrauterine maternal food restriction programs neuroendocrine changes that shorten the reproductive lifespan of female offspring. Experimental Biology, Apr. 24-28, 2010, Anaheim, CA
  28. Keen-Rhinehart, E., Patel, K., Abdulhay, A., Schneider, J. E., Adult offspring of energy-restricted female Syrian hamsters are obese and hyperphagic but have lower food hoarding and earlier puberty onset in adulthood. Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Annual Meeting. July 19, 2010, Toronto, ON, Canada.
  29. Keen-Rhinehart, E., Teeple, A., Cartwright, S., Dress, E., "Low Birth Weight is Correlated with Drug Use and Sucrose Bingeing," Landmark Summer Research Conference, Juniata College, July 21, 2010, Huntingdon, PA.
  30. Keen-Rhinehart, E., Patel, K., Schneider, J. E., Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, "Gestational programming of behavioral and neuroendocrine systems responsible for energy homeostasis in Syrian hamster offspring prenatally exposed to reduced fuel availability," Society for Neuroscience, November 15, 2010, San Diego, CA.
  31. Keen-Rhinehart, E., "Instructing science teachers about the physiology of the nervous system by modeling inquiry-based pedagogy to improve secondary science education." 481.16 Experimental Biology, April 9-13th, 2011, Washington, D.C.
  32. S. Cartwright, A. Teeple, E. Keen-Rhinehart, Prenatal energy restriction produces obese, hyperphagic offspring due to developmental changes in the brain and hormonal factors responsible for energy balance. NCUR, Mar. 30-April 2, 2011, Ithaca, NY.
  33. S. Moyer, E. Keen-Rhinehart, Reduced prenatal fuel availability affects energy homeostasis in Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus), NCUR, March 30-April 2, 2011, Ithaca, NY.
  34. A. Skiles, K. Bleistein, O. Fladmark, E. Keen-Rhinehart, Effects of protein deficiency on size and weight in rats. Landmark Summer Research Symposium, July 22, 2011, Baltimore, MD
  35. K. Ondek, R. Frazier, E. Keen-Rhinehart, Effects of Low Protein Diet During Gestation on Central Energy Balance and Reward Circuits in Rats, Annual Society for Neuroscience meeting, October, 14th-18th, 2012, New Orleans, LA
  36. K. Ondek, E. Keen-Rhinehart, Intrauterine Growth Restriction Increases Tyrosine Hydroxylase Expression and Propensity for Addiction in Low Birth Weight Rats, Experimental Biology, April 26-30, 2014, San Diego, CA
  37. R. Frazier, E. Keen-Rhinehart, Effects of prenatal food restriction on reproductive function in adult female rats, Experimental Biology, April 26-30, 2014, San Diego, CA
  38. E. Keen-Rhinehart, J. Bolt-Michewicz, J. Black, Model Students in Foundation Science Courses Improves Retention and Performance in Undergraduate STEM Programs, Experimental Biology, April 26-30, 2014, San Diego, CA
  39. E. Keen-Rhinehart, Service Learning through Educational Outreach Enhances Student Learning and Engagement, Experimental Biology, March 28-April 1, 2015, Boston, MA
  40. J. Lesperance, A. Hamm, E. Keen-Rhinehart, Gestational programming of the reward pathway in prenatally restricted rat offspring, NCUR, April 16-18, 2015, Spokane, WA
  41. D. Schriner, V. Andre, E. Keen-Rhinehart, Prenatal Nutrient Restriction Increases Addiction Susceptibility by Affecting the Mesolimbocortical Reward Pathway, NCUR, April 16-18, 2015, Spokane, WA

Invited Seminars

  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2003
  • University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 2003
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 2003
  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2003
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2003
  • Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, 2006
  • University of California at Los Angeles, Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, 2007
  • 6th Annual Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) National Conference, San Diego, CA 2007
  • Department of Biology, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, 2008
  • Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 2010
  • Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, Atlanta, GA 2013
  • Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2014

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Neuroscience (SFN)
    • Lehigh Valley Chapter Member (LVSFN)
  • Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN)
  • Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (SBN)
    • Chair of Professional Development Committee 2011-2014
  • American Physiological Society (APS)
    • Member of the Education Committee 2009-2012
  • National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA)
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW)
  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Service

  • Neuroscience Expo at Scitrek for Brain Awareness Week, Georgia State University and Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, Atlanta, GA, 2004
  • Brain Whiz, Neuroscience community outreach, Georgia State University, 2004-2005
  • Neuroscience Expo at the Atlanta Zoo for Brain Awareness Week, Emory University and the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, Atlanta, GA, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Neuroscience Outreach at Manning Oaks Elementary School, Alpharetta, GA, March, 2006
  • Mentor in the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience BRAIN program, Atlanta, GA, Summer 2006
  • Transforming Community Project: History of Race Relations at Emory Univ., 2006-2007
  • Undergraduate Ed. Committee Member for the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, 2006-2007
  • Neuroscience Outreach Program at Fairington Elementary School, Lithonia, GA, March, 2007
  • Neuroscience Outreach at Education Station After School Program, Lilburn, GA, March, 2007
  • Los Angeles County Science Fair Judge, Los Angeles, CA, April 17-18, 2008
  • Faculty Mentor for young scientists at Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Annual meeting, Toronto, ON, Canada, 2010
  • American Physiological Society Education Committee Member, 2009-2011
  • Internat. Science and Eng. Festival Special Awards Judge, San Jose, ‘10; Los Angeles, CA ‘11
  • Minority travel fellow mentor, Expt. Biology, Anaheim, CA, 2010; Washington D.C., 2011 
  • MentorNet Online Faculty Mentor, Sunnyvale, CA. September 1, 2009 - May 1, 2011.
  • Observer to the Board of Trustees. Susquehanna University, Nov. 1, 2009 - May 20, 2010.
  • Ecology Faculty Search Committee Member, Susquehanna Univ. Feb. 18, 2010 - May 1, 2010.
  • Committee on Teaching and Learning, Chair. Susquehanna Univ. Aug. 20, 2010 - Present.
  • Martin Luther King Event Planning Committee, Susquehanna Univ. Aug, 2010-Present
  • Leadershape Program Cluster Facilitator, Susquehanna Univ. Jan. 17-23, 2011
  • Department of Psychology, Neuroscience Faculty Search Committee Member, Susquehanna Univ., October 15th, 2010 - February 25th, 2011
  • Medical Science Monitor, Ad hoc reviewer, February 11, 2010 - Present.
  • Hormones and Behavior, Ad hoc reviewer, 2009-Present
  • Physiology and Behavior, Ad hoc reviewer, 2010-Present
  • Brain Research, Ad hoc reviewer, 2010-Present
  • Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Professional Development (Education) Committee, Chair, 2011-Present
  • Graduate Student Dissertation Committee member, Jeremy Brozek, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 2011-present
  • Advisory Board Member for American Physiological Society Institute on Teaching and Learning, 2013-present
  • Family Phun Night with Brain Games coordinator for K-2 students, Selinsgrove, PA 2014

Undergraduate Students Mentored in Scientific Research

  • Eshita Bakshi, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 1996-1998
  • Peter Sayre, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 1996-1998
  • Cindy Alunni, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 1998
  • Laura Dixon, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2001-2003
  • Adi Katz, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2001-2003
  • Monica Noble, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2003-2004
  • Sabine Copar, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2003-2004
  • Constance Foster, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2005
  • Teal Pelish, Georgia State University, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2005-2006
  • Laura Canepa, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2006-2007, BRAIN Scholar, 2006
  • Erika Alexander, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA 2006-2007
  • Valencia Coston, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA 2006-2007
  • Vasiliki Michopoulos, Graduate Student, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2006-2007
  • Ederlen Casillas, Graduate Student, University of California at Dominguez Hills, 2007-08
  • Lauren Kintzing, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, 2009-10
  • Erich Dress, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 2010
  • Amanda Teeple, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 2010-11
  • Kevin Patel, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 2009-2010
  • Beth Ann Siro, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 2010
  • Katelynn Ondek, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 2010-14 (APS, UGSRF awardee)
  • Amanda Skiles, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 2010-11
  • Samantha Moyer, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 2010-11
  • Samantha Cartwright, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 2010-11
  • Olivia Fladmark, Dickinson College, 2011
  • Kevin Bleistein, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 2011
  • Frank Bruskey, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 2011-2012
  • Chris Johnson, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 2011-2012
  • Lauren Brown, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 2012-2013
  • Jessica Stone, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 2012-2013
  • Rebecca Frazier, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 2011-2014 (APS, DBEUR awardee)
  • John Poling, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 2012-2013
  • Julia Lesperance, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 2014-2015
  • Veronica Andre, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 2014-2015
  • Alexander Hamm, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 2014-2015
  • DeLeila Schriner, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 2014-2015
  • Pierce Perkins, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 2014-2015

Professional Development

  • In Situ Hybridization RT-PCR workshop, Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research Education and Training Core, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, April 18-20, 2000
  • Recombinant DNA Analysis workshop Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research Education and Training Core, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, March 5-9, 2001
  • Gene Expression Analysis: Microarrays and Real Time PCR workshop, Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research Education and Training Core, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL, May 7-11, 2001
  • Successful Grant Writing Made Easy, a Grant Proposal Workshop by the Grant Institute in the Institute for Communication Improvement at Georgia Technical Institute, Atlanta, GA 2004
  • Considering the Best Practices in Science Education Conference, by the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, Atlanta, GA, October 21-22, 2005
  • Short Course on Writing and Reviewing for Scientific Journals, American Physiological Society Professional Skills Course, Orlando, FL, Jan. 12-15, 2005
  • A Course Within A Course, by Dr. Arri Eisen, Emory University, 2006
  • National Science Teacher's Association Annual conference, Anaheim, CA, April 6-9, 2006
  • A different Kind of Classroom, Short Course at the National Science Teacher's Association Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA, April 8, 2006
  • How to Create a Teaching and Learning Center: Lessons from the Health Sciences, The University Advisory Council on Teaching, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, April 18, 2006
  • Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) annual conference, Kansas City, MO, June 14-17, 2006
  • "Strategies and Tools for Creating and Sustaining an Interactive Classroom", presented by Dr. Dee Silverthorn, Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2006
  • "How to publish educational research in biological sciences", presented by Dr. Pat Marstellar, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2006.
  • "Being a mentor and a teacher workshop", presented by Dr. Arri Eisen, Emory Univ., Atlanta, GA, 2006
  • Professional Skills Workshop by Survival Skills and Ethics Program, University of Pittsburgh at Society for Neuroscience Meeting, Atlanta, GA, October 13-14th, 2006
  • Values in Science Course, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory Univ., Atlanta, GA, Jan., 2007
  • Teaching and Learning Conference for Minority-Serving Institutions: Teaching and Learning for Empowerment, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA , January 14-16, 2007
  • Funding Strategies for Early Career Researchers, Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Education, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, March 27, 2007
  • Case Studies Workshop by Dr. Clyde Herreid from University of Buffalo at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, March 29th, 2007
  • University of Kentucky and National Institute of General Medical Sciences Grant Writing Workshop, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, May 7th - 9th, 2007
  • Curriculum Leadership Workshop, by Dr. Karen Falkenberg, Department of Educational Studies, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, May 10th, 2007
  • Effective Mentoring by Dr. Karen Falkenberg, Department of Educational Studies, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, May 14th, 2007
  • Effective Leadership Workshop, Giozueta Business School, Emory Univ., Atlanta, GA, May 15th, 2007
  • Survival Skills for the New Assistant Professor, Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Education in the Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, June 5, 2007
  • Workshop, "New Faculty Orientation," Susquehanna University Center for Teaching and Learning. (August 24, 2009).
  • Workshop, "Advising Workshop," Susquehanna University. (August 25, 2009).
  • Workshop, "Blackboard Lunch and Learn Session with Marie Wagner," Susquehanna University Center for Teaching and Learning. (September 15, 2009).
  • Workshop, "IDEA form info session," Susquehanna University Center for Teaching and Learning. (September 29, 2009).
  • Workshop, "Helping Students Put the Pieces Together: Fostering Integrative Learning of Physiology," American Physiological Society. (April 25, 2010).
  • "Pathways to Leadership: Developing Critical Skills," American Physiological Society. (April 26, 2010).
  • Workshop, "A Primer for the New PI: How to Herd Cats and Keep Your Boss Happy," American Physiological Society. (April 27, 2010).
  • Workshop, "Engaging Millennial Learners," Center for Teaching and Learning and the Center for Academic Achievement. (May 20, 2010).
  • "Women's Leadership Symposium", Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce (Oct. 5, 2010)
  • Workshop, "Safe Zone Training", Center for Teaching and Learning, (Oct. 27, 2010)
  • Workshop, "My group's a mess! Dealing with dysfunction in student team-based learning" Center for Teaching and Learning, (Jan. 26, 2011)
  • Seminar, "Using clickers in the classroom", Center for Teaching and Learning, (Feb. 2, 2011)
  • Seminar, "Storytelling as Pedagogy, a Narrative-Based Approach to Learning" Center for Teaching and Learning, (Feb. 8, 2011)
  • Seminar, "Parlor Game Pedagogy: Using games and competition to enhance classroom learning" Center for Teaching and Learning, (Feb. 16, 2011)
  • Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Workshop: The undergraduate neuroscience education: resourcing the curriculum, improving pedagogy and programs and expanding our disciplinary horizons. July 29-31, 2011, Claremont, CA
  • Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Workshop: The undergraduate neuroscience education: resourcing the curriculum, improving pedagogy and programs and expanding our disciplinary horizons. July 31st.-August 3, 2014, Ithaca, NY

Courses taught:

  • BIOL-102L Cell Biology & Genetics Lab
  • BIOL-440 Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
  • BIOL-441 Behavioral Neuroendocrin. Lab
  • BIOL-441 Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Lab
  • BIOL-455 Functional Neuroanatomy
  • BIOL-511 Student Research II
  • BIOL-560 Reproduction and Behavior
  • NEUR-101 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • NEUR-101 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • NEUR-500 Organism Structure & Function
  • NEUR-500 Organism Structure & Function
  • NEUR-500 Reproduction and Behavior
  • NEUR-500 Reproduction and Behavior
  • PRDV-104 Perspectives