Science Faculty Research

Science Faculty Research


Our department comprises of faculty members in biology, chemistry and physics/astronomy. Our faculty members are active in their field of research. They regularly publish in refereed journals and attend national and international conferences every year. Students have the opportunity to participate in research working with our faculty members. This can greatly enhance their chances of success in future careers.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS: (PSWS faculty members highlighted in bold.
Note:  Faculty member Agnes Kim publishes under the name of Bischoff-Kim.)


Smith, R. J., & Hatch, M. I. (2016). Mass Change Values of Landbird Migrants at an Inland Stopover Site Dominated by Non-native Vegetation. The American Midland Naturalist, 175:82-90.

Pham, P.C., Deshmukh, M. and Pham, P.-T. T. (2016) Book chapter: “Calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, stones.”  Nephrology and Hypertension Board Review, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Owocki, S.P., ud-Doula, A., Sundqvist, J.Õ., Petit, V., Cohen, D.H., & Townsend, R.H.D. (2016). An ‘Analytic Dynamical Magnetosphere’ formalism for X-ray and optical emission from slowly rotating magnetic massive stars. Monthly Notices of Royal Astronomical Society, 462(4), 3830-3844.

ud-Doula, A., & Nazé, Y. (2016). Magnetically confined wind shocks in X-rays - A review. Advances in Space Research, 58, 680-693.

Wade, G.A., Neiner, C., Alecian, E., Grunhut, J.H., Petit, V., Batz, B.d., Bohlender, D.A., Cohen, D.H., Henrichs, H.F., Kochukhov, O., Landstreet, J.D., Manset, N., Martins, F., Mathis, S., Oksala, M.E., Owocki, S.P., Rivinius, T., Shultz, M.E., Sundqvist, J.Õ., Townsend, R.H.D., ud-Doula, A., Bouret, J.-C., Braithwaite, J., Briquet, M., Carciofi, A.C., David- Uraz, A., Folsom, C.P., Fullerton, A.W., Leroy, B., Marcolino, W.L.F., Moffat, A.F.J., Nazé, Y., Louis, N.S., Aurière, M., Bagnulo, S., Bailey, J.D., Barbá, R.H., Blazère, A., Böhm, T., Catala, C., Donati, J.-F., Ferrario, L., Harrington, D., Howarth, I.D., Ignace, R., Kaper, L., Lüftinger, T., Prinja, R., Vink, J.S., Weiss, W.W., & Yakunin, I. (2016). The MiMeS survey of magnetism in massive stars: introduction and overview. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 456, 2-22.


Hermes, J. J., Gänsicke, B. T., Bischoff-Kim, A., Kawaler, S. D., Fuchs, J. T., Dunlap, B. H., Clemens, J. C., Montgomery, M. H., Chote, P., Barclay, T., Marsh, T. R., Gianninas, A., Koester, D., Winget, D. E., Armstrong, D. J., Rebassa-Mansergas, A., & Schreiber, M. R. (2015). Insights into internal effects of common-envelope evolution using the extended Kepler mission. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 451, 1701.

Bell, K. J., Hermes, J. J., Bischoff-Kim, A., Moorhead, S., Montgomery, M. H., Østensen, R., Castanheira, B. G., & Winget, D. E. (2015). KIC 4552982: Outbursts and Asteroseismology from the Longest Pseudo-continuous Light Curve of a ZZ Ceti. The Astrophysical Journal, 809, 14.

Bischoff-Kim, A., Ostensen, R., Hermes, J. J., & Provencal, J. (2014). Seven-Period Asteroseismic Fit of the Kepler DBV. The Astrophysical Journal, 794, 39.

Bishop-Pierce, R. E., Humphreys, W. F., Cukrov, N., & Zic, V., et al. (2015). ‘Anchialine’ redefined as a Subterranean Estuary in a Crevicular or Cavernous Geological Setting. Journal of Crustacean Biology 35(6).

Wetzel, D. P., Hatch, M. I., & Westneat, D. F. (2015). Genetic sources of individual variation in parental care behavior. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 69(12), 34.

Pham, P.-T. T. , & Bader, M. M. (2015). Structural Studies on Some Oligothiophenes and Ethylenedioxythiophenes. MRS Online Proceedings 1799, 19-28.

Petit, V., & ud-Doula, A., et al. (2015). X-ray emission from the giant magnetosphere of the magnetic O-type star NGC1624-2. Monthly Notices of Royal Astronomical Society.

Nazé, Y., Sundqvist, J.Õ., Fullerton, A.W., ud-Doula, A., Wade, G.A., Rauw, G., & Walborn, N.R. (2015). The changing UV and X-ray properties of the Of?p star CPD -282561. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 452, 2641-2653.

Sikora, J., Wade, G.A., Bohlender, D.A., Neiner, C., Oksala, M.E., Shultz, M., Cohen, D.H., ud- Doula, A., Grunhut, J., Monin, D., Owocki, S., Petit, V., Rivinus, T., & Townsend, R.H.D. (2015). Confirming HD 23478 as a new magnetic B star hosting an Halpha-bright centrifugal magnetosphere. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 451, 1928-1938.

Chandra, P., Wade, G.A., Sundqvist, J.Õ., Oberoi, D., Grunhut, J.H., ud-Doula, A., Petit, V., Cohen, D.H., Oksala, M.E., & David-Uraz, A. (2015). Detection of 610-MHz radio emission from hot magnetic stars. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 453, 1245-1253.

Wade, G.A., Barbá, R.H., Grunhut, J., Martins, F., Petit, V., Sundqvist, J.Õ., Townsend, R.H.D., Walborn, N.R., Alecian, E., Alfaro, E.J., Maíz Apellániz, J., Arias, J.I., Gamen, R., Morrell, N., Nazé, Y., Sota, A., ud-Doula, A., & MiMeS Collaboration (2015). Rotation, spectral variability, magnetic geometry and magnetosphere of the Of?p star CPD -28 2561. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 447, 2551-2567.


Holen, D.A. (2014) Chrysophyte stomatocyst production in laboratory culture and descriptions of seven cyst morphotypes. Phycologia. 53 (5): 426-432.

Bischoff-Kim, A., Ostensen, R., Hermes, J. J., & Provencal, J. (2014). Seven-Period Asteroseismic Fit of the Kepler DBV. The Astrophysics Journal.

Pham, P.-T. T. & Bader, M. M., (2014) "Inter- and Intramolecular Interactions in Some Bromo- and    Tricyanovinyl-Substituted Thiophenes and Ethylenedioxythiophenes" Cryst. Growth & Design. 14, 916-922.

Gómez de Castro, A.I., Appourchaux, T., Barstow, M.A., Barthelemy, M., Baudin, F., Benetti, S., Blay, P., Brosch, N., Bunce, E., de Martino, D., Deharveng, J.-M., Ferlet, R., France, K., García, M., Gänsicke, B., Gry, C., Hillenbrand, L., Josselin, E., Kehrig, C., Lamy, L., Lapington, J., Lecavelier des Etangs, A., LePetit, F., López-Santiago, J., Milliard, B., Monier, R., Naletto, G., Nazé, Y., Neiner, C., Nichols, J., Orio, M., Pagano, I., Peroux, C., Rauw, G., Shore, S., Spaans, M., Tovmassian, G., ud-Doula, A. & Vilchez, J. (2014). Building galaxies, stars, planets and the ingredients for life between the stars. The science behind the European Ultraviolet-Visible Observatory. Astrophysics & Space Science, 354, 229-246.

Neiner, C., Baade, D., Fullerton, A., Gry, C., Hussain, G., Lèbre, A., Morin, J., Petit, P., Sundqvist, J.Õ., ud-Doula, A., Vidotto, A.A., & Wade, G.A. (2014). UVMag: stellar formation, evolution, structure and environment with space UV and visible spectropolarimetry. Astrophysics & Space Science, 354, 215-227.

Nazé, Y., Petit, V., Rinbrand, M., Cohen, D., Owocki, S., ud-Doula, A. & Wade, G.A. (2014). X-Ray Emission from Magnetic Massive Stars. The Astrophysical Journal, Supplement, 215, 10.

David-Uraz (Graduate Student), A., Wade, G.A., Petit, V., ud-Doula, A., Sundqvist, J.Õ., Grunhut, J., Shultz, M., Neiner, C., Alecian, E., Henrichs, H.F., Bouret, J.-C., & Collaboration, M. (2014). Investigating the origin of cyclical wind variability in hot, massive stars - I. On the dipolar magnetic field hypothesis. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 444, 429-442.

ud-Doula, A., Owocki, S., Townsend, R., Petit, V., & Cohen, D. (2014). X-rays from magnetically confined wind shocks: effect of cooling-regulated shock retreat. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 441, 3600-3614.

Kee (Graduate Student), N.D., Owocki, S., & ud-Doula, A., (2014). Suppression of X-rays from radiative shocks by their thin-shell instability. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 438, 3557-3567.


Mukadam, A. S., Bischoff-Kim, A., Fraser, O., Corsico, A. H., Montgomery, M. H., Kepler, S. O., Romero, A. D., Winget, D. E., & Hermes, J. J., et al. (2013). Measuring the Evolutionary Rate of Cooling of ZZ Ceti. The Astrophysical Journal(771), 17.

Jung, J., Jo, J., Pink, M., & Lee, D. (2013). "Stereodynamics of Metal-Ligand Assembly: What Lies Beneath "Simple" Spectral Signatures of C2-symmetric Chiral Chelates." Chemistry - A European Journal. 19, 5156-5168.

Hermes, J., Montgomery, M. H., Mullally, F., Winget, D. E., & Bischoff-Kim, A. (2013). A New Timescale for Period Change in the Pulsating DA White Dwarf WD 0111+0018. The Astrophysical Journal, 766, 42.

Rauw, G., Nazé, Y., Spano, M., Morel, T., & ud-Doula, A. (2013). HD 45314: a new ? Cassiopeiae analog among Oe stars. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 555, L9.

Marcolino, W.L.F., Bouret, J.-C., Sundqvist, J.Õ., Walborn, N.R., Fullerton, A.W., Howarth, I.D., Wade, G.A., & ud-Doula, A. (2013). Phase-resolved ultraviolet spectroscopy of the magnetic Of?p star HD 191612. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 431, 2253-2260.

Petit, V., Owocki, S.P., Wade, G.A., Cohen, D.H., Sundqvist, J.Õ., Gagné, M., Maíz Apellániz, J., Oksala, M.E., Bohlender, D.A., Rivinius, T., Henrichs, H.F., Alecian, E., Townsend, R.H.D., ud-Doula, A., & Collaboration, M. (2013). A magnetic confinement versus rotation classification of massive-star magnetospheres. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 429, 398-422.

ud-Doula, A., Sundqvist, J.Õ., Owocki, S.P., Petit, V., & Townsend, R.H.D. (2013). First 3D MHD simulation of a massive-star magnetosphere with application to H? emission from ?1 Ori C. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 428, 2723-2730.


Provencal, J., Montgomery, M. H., Kanaan, A., Thompson, S. E., Dalessio, J., Shipman, H. L., Childers, D., Clemens, J. C., Rosen, R., Henrique, P., & Bischoff-Kim, A., et al. (2012). Empirical Determination of Convection Parameters in White Dwarfs. I. Whole Earth Telescope Observations of EC14012-1446. The Astrophysical Journal, 751(2), 19.

Corsico, A. H., Althaus, L. G., Miller Bertolami, M. M., & Bischoff-Kim, A. (2012). Asteroseismology of the Kepler V777 Her variable white dwarf. The Astrophysical Journal, 541, 42.

Krisciunas, K., DeBenedictis, E., Steeger, J., Bischoff-Kim, A., Tabak, G., & Pasricha, K. (2012). The First Three Rungs of the Cosmological Distance Ladder. American Journal of Physics, 80, 429.

Neiner, C., Grunhut, J.H., Petit, V., ud-Doula, A., Wade, G.A., Landstreet, J., de Batz, B., Cochard, F., Gutiérrez-Soto, J., & Huat, A.-L. (2012). An investigation of the magnetic properties of the classical Be star ? Ori by the MiMeS Collaboration. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 426, 2738-2750.

Grunhut, J.H., Wade, G.A., Sundqvist, J.Õ., ud-Doula, A., Neiner, C., Ignace, R., Marcolino, W.L.F., Rivinius, T., Fullerton, A., Kaper, L., Mauclaire, B., Buil, C., Garrel, T., Ribeiro, J., & Ubaud, S. (2012). Investigating the spectroscopic, magnetic and circumstellar variability of the O9 subgiant star HD 57682. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 426, 2208-2227.

Sundqvist, J.Õ., ud-Doula, A., Owocki, S.P., Townsend, R.H.D., Howarth, I.D., & Wade, G.A. (2012). A dynamical magnetosphere model for periodic H? emission from the slowly rotating magnetic O star HD 191612. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 423, L21-L25.


Westneat, D. F., Hatch, M. I., Wetzel, D. P., & Ensminger, A. L. (2011). Individual variation in parental care reaction norms: integration of personality and plasticity. The American Naturalist American Socieity of Naturalists, 178(5), 652-667.

Hatch, M. I., & Smith, R. J. (2010). Repeatability of hematocrits and body mass in Gray Catbirds. Journal of Field Ornithology Wilson Ornithological Society, 81, 64-70.

Hatch, M. I., Smith, R. J., & Owen, J. C. (2010). Arrival timing and hematological parameters in Gray Catbirds (Dumetella carolinensis). Journal of Ornithology Springer, 151, 545-552.

Smith, R. J., & Hatch, M. I. (2010). Stopover ecology of landbird migrants in Pennsylvania. In Majumdar, S KMaster, T LRoss, R MMulvihill, R Brittingham, M Huffman, J (Eds.), Pennsylvania Academy of Science.

Smith, R. J., Hatch, M. I., Cimprich, A., & Moore, F. R. (2011). Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis). In A. Poole (Ed.), (167th). Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Holen, D.A. (2010) Mixotrophy in two species of Ochromonas. Nova Hedwigia, Beiheft 136, 153-165.

Holen, D.A. (2000) The effects of heterotrophy on Chlorophyll a and photosynthesis in a mixotrophic chrysophyte. Nova Hedwigia.

Holen D.A. (2000) The relative abundance of mixotrophic and heterotrophic ciliates in an oligotrophic lake. Archiv. Hydrobiol. 150: 1-15.

Jung, J., Jung, S., & Koh, H. (2007). "Asymmetric Synthesis of Chiral Piperazinylpropylisoxazoline Ligands for Dopamine Receptors." European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. 42, 1044-1048.

Jung, J., Jung, S., Koh, H., Pae, A., Park, W. & Kong, J. (2006). "Synthesis of Piperazinylalkylisoxazoline Analogues and Their Binding Affinities for Dopamine Receptor Subtypes." Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society. 27, 1861-1864.

Park, W., Jeong, D., Yun, C., Lee, S., Cho, H., Kim, G., Koh, H., Pae, A., Cho, Y., Choi, K., Jung, J., Jung, S. & Kong, J. (2003). "Pharmacological Actions of a Novel and Selective Dopamine D3 Receptor Antagonist, KCH-1110." Pharmacological Research. 48, 615-622.

Bischoff-Kim, A., & Ostensen, R. (2011). Asteroseismology of the Kepler Field DBV White Dwarf. It is a Hot One. Astrophysics Journal Letters, 742, 16.

Redaelli, M., Kepler, S. O., Costa, J. E.S., Winget, D. E., C, E. T., & Bischoff-Kim, A., et al. (2011). The Pulsations of PG1351+489. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 415, 1220.

Bischoff-Kim, A., & Metcalfe, T. S. (2011). Asteroseismic constraints on diffusion in white dwarf envelopes. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 414, 404.

Althaus, L. G., Corsico, A. H., & Bischoff-Kim, A., et al. (2010). New Chemical Profiles for the Asteroseismology of ZZ Ceti Stars. The Astrophysical Journal, 717, 897.

Bader, M. & Pham, P.-T. T., (2011), "Structures of Brominated Oligothiophenes and Ethylenedioxythiophenes: A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study", Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Vol. 1402 : mrsf11-1402-u08-32.

Bader, M. & Pham, P.-T. T. (2010), Elandalussee, E. H. "Dicyanovinyl-Substituted Oligothiophenes". Crystal Growth and Design, 10(12), 5027-5030.

 Bader, M., Pham, P.-T. T., Nassar, B., Lin, H., Xia, Y. & Frisbie, D.C. (2009), Extended TCNQ-Based Acceptors: How Molecular Shape and Packing Impact Electron Accepting Behavior, Cryst. Growth Design, 9 (11), pp 4599-4601.

Pham, P.T.T, Lipshutz, G., Pham, P.-T. T., Kawahji, J., Singer, J.& Pham, P.C.T (2009), "The evolving role of   alemtuzumab(Campath-1H) in renal transplantation" Drug Design, Development and Therapy, 3, pp. 44-49.

Pham, P.-T. T., Xia, Y., Frisbie , D.C., & Bader, M. (2008). "Single Crystal Field Effect of a Y-Shaped Ladder-Type Oligomer", J. Phys. Chem. C.,112, 7968-7971.

Wang, C., & Pham, P.-T. T. (2008), "Polymers for Viral Gene Delivery", Expert Opinion Drug Deliv., 5(4): 1-17.

Pham, P.-T. T. & Vince, R., (2007).   "Carbovir-related compounds and phosphonate analogues", Phosphorus, Sulfur and Silicon and the Related Elements, 182(4), 779-791. 

 Pham, P.C.T, Pham, P.-T. T., Pham, P-M.T., Pham, S.V., Miller, J. & Pham, P.T.T., (2007).  "Rapid Correction of Severe Hyponatremia After Computed Tomography With Intravenous Contrast", 384 Mayo Clinic Proc. 82(3):383-386.  

 Pham, P.-T. T., Heydrick, S. J., Fox, H. L., Kimball, S.R., Jefferson, Leonard S., Jr. & Lynch, C. J. (2000). Assessment of cell-signaling pathways in the regulation of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) by amino acids in rat adipocytes. J. of Cell. Bio. 79(3), 427-441.

 Parker, W. B., Shaddix, S. C, Rose, L. M., Pham, P.-T. T..; Hua, M., Vince, R. (2000). Metabolism of O6-propyl and N6-propyl-carbovir in CEM cells.  Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids.  19(4), 795-804. 

Wade, G.A., Howarth, I.D., Townsend, R.H.D., Grunhut, J.H., Shultz, M., Bouret, J.-C., Fullerton, A., Marcolino, W., Martins, F., Nazé, Y., ud-Doula, A., Walborn, N.R., & Donati, J.-F. (2011). Confirmation of the magnetic oblique rotator model for the Of?p star HD 191612. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 416, 3160-3169.

Townsley, L. K., Broos, P.S., Corcoran, M.F., Feigelson, E.D., Gagné, M., Montmerle, T., Oey, M.S., Smith, N., Garmire, G.P., Getman, K.V., Povich, M.S., Remage Evans, N., Nazé, Y., Parkin, E.R., Preibisch, T., Wang, J., Wolk, S.J., Chu, Y.-H., Cohen, D.H., Gruendl, R.A., Hamaguchi, K., King, R.R., Mac Low, M.-M., McCaughrean, M.J., Moffat, A.F.J., Oskinova, L.M., Pittard, J.M., Stassun, K.G., ud-Doula, A., Walborn, N.R., Waldron, W.L., Churchwell, E., Nichols, J.S., Owocki, S.P., & Schulz, N.S. (2011). An Introduction to the Chandra Carina Complex Project. The Astrophysical Journal, Supplement, 194, 1.

Nazé, Y., Broos, P.S., Oskinova, L., Townsley, L. K., Cohen, D., Corcoran, M.F., Evans, N.R., Gagné, M., Moffat, A.F.J., Pittard, J.M., Rauw, G., ud-Doula, A., & Walborn, N.R. (2011). Global X-ray Properties of the O and B Stars in Carina. The Astrophysical Journal, Supplement, 194, 7.

 Ignace, R., Oskinova, L. M., Jardine, M., Cassinell, J., Cohen, D. H., Donati, J.-F., Townsend, R. H.D., & ud-Doula, A. (2010). A Multiphase Suzaku Study of X-rays from ? Sco. The Astrophysical Journal, 721(2), pp. 1412-1420.

Naze, Y., ud-Doula, A., Spano, M., Rauw, G., de Becker, M., & Walborn, N. R. (2010). New findings on the prototypical Of?p stars. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 520(A59), pp. 10.

Townsend, R. H.D., Oksala, M. E., Cohen, D. C., Owocki, S. P., & ud-Doula, A. (2010). Discovery of Rotational Braking in the Magnetic Helium-strong Star Sigma Orionis E. The Astrophysical Journal, 714(2), pp. L318-L322.

Naze, Y., Rauw, G., & ud-Doula, A. (2010). Hot and cool: two emission-line stars with constrasting behaviours in the same XMM-Newton field. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 510(A59), pp. 8.