Mary Allen, Professor of Biology

343 Johnstone Science Center
allenm1@hartwick.edu
607-431-4743

Areas of expertise:
general microbiology, allied-health microbiology, microbial ecology, microbiology education
Education:
Ph.D., Florida State University

Recent courses taught:

  • BIOL 101 Biology in Practice: Microbiology of Food
  • BIOL-ECON-150 Microbes, Markets and Food
  • BIOL 210 Microbiology of Disease
  • BIOL 250 Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • BIOL 306 Microbiology
  • BIOL 415 Microbial Ecology

Distinctions (awards, fellowships, grants)

  • 2015 Hartwick College Women’s History Month Faculty Award Recipient (for serving as a mentor who has beein inspirational to students and who has contributed to the progress made by women at Hartwick College).
  • 2009 Margaret B. Bunn Award for Excellence in Teaching, Hartwick College.
  • 2008 Hartwick College Teacher Scholar Award

Selected Grants Awarded to Student’s for Collaborative Projects

  • 2017 Blake. (’17) Hartwick College Freedman Prize.  MINI-plate: Adapting the MEGA-plate for more practical use as an educational tool. 
  • S.N. Cole (’16) American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship.  The Microbial Community Colonizing Different Varieties of Fresh and Dried Hop (Humulus lupulus) Cones as Determined by Next Generation DNA Sequencing.
  • 2015 T. Benziger. (’15) Registration Award from Douglas Eveleigh through the Fenton Chair Fund for attendance and presentation at the North Eastern Microbiologists:  Physiology, Ecology, Taxonomy Conference,  Blue Mountain Lake, NY.  Presentation title:  “The Microbial Community Associated with the Hops Plant, Humulus lupus, Revealed by Next Generation DNA Sequencing.” 
  • 2014 T. Benziger. (’15)  Hartwick College Freedman Prize Honorable Mention.  Analysis of the Microbial Community Colonizing Fresh Hops (Humulus lupulus) Cones With High-Throughput DNA Sequencing Technology. 
  • 2013 Kuzma. (’13)  Registration Award from Douglas Eveleigh through the Fenton Chair Fund for attendance and presentation at the North Eastern Microbiologists:  Physiology, Ecology, Taxonomy Conference,  Blue Mountain Lake, NY.  Presentation title:  “Antimicrobial Properties of Capsaicin in Raw Peppers and in Tabasco Sauces.” 

Selected Publications:

Peer-reviewed publications

  • Allen, M. E. and Mark L. Kuhlmann. 2014. “Search for the Missing Sea Otters: an Ecological Detective Story.”  In Science Stories You Can Count On:  51 Case Studies With Quantitative Reasoning in Biology.  Editors:  Clyde Freeman Herreid, Nancy A. Schiller and Ky F. Herreid.  NSTA Press Book.
  • Allen, M.E. and J.R. Stuligross (’13). 2013. A Cautionary Tale of Damage to the Public Health from Miscommunication and Willful Misunderstanding. A review of The Panic Virus.  A True Story of Medicine, Science and Fear; Seth Mnookin; (2011).  Simon and Schuster, New York, NY.  427 pages.  Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, Vol 14 (2):  279-280.  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/jmbe.v14i2.664.
  • Allen, M.E. and R. A. Gyure. An Undergraduate Laboratory Activity Demonstrating Bacteriophage Specificity.  Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, Vol 14 (1): 84-92. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/jmbe.v14i1.534.
  • Allen, M.E. and R. A. Gyure. “Using Microbial Ecology to Teach Experimental Design and Sampling  Methods.”  The American Society for Microbiology MicrobeLibrary.org.

Other Selected Presentations (the last five years – * denotes former Hartwick student)

Talks

  • June 2015. *Benziger, P.T. (Hartwick ’15), Allen, M.E., Britton, S., Piefer, A.J., *Balnis, J.M. and Grieneisen, L. “The Microbial Community Associated with the Hops Plant, Humulus lupulus, Revealed by Next Generation DNA Sequencing.  North Eastern Microbiologists:  Physiology, Ecology, Taxonomy.  Blue Mountain Lake, NY.
  • May 2014. Allen, M.  “Incorporating Evolutionary Theory About Spices and Investigation of their Antimicrobial Properties Into Traditional Microbial Growth Activities.  21st Annual American Society for Microbology Conference for Undergraduate Educators, Danvers, MA.
  • June 2013. Allen, M. and Fauth, P.   “Evolution of Spice Use by Humans:  Exploring the Assumption that Spices are Antimicrobial.”  North Eastern Microbiologists:  Physiology, Ecology, Taxonomy.  Blue Mountain Lake, NY.

Posters

  • June 2017. * Cole, M. E. Allen, A. J. Piefer, S. J. Britton, P. T. Benziger.  “The Microbial Community Colonizing Different Varieties of Fresh and Dried Hop (Humulus lupulus) Cones as Determined by Next Generation DNA Sequencing.”  ASM Microbe 2017, New Orleans, LA.
  • March 2015. *Meuer, K. (Hartwick ’15), Piefer, A.J., Allen, M.E. and Balogh-Brunstad, Z.  “Isolation and Classification of Bacteriophages in Untreated and Treated Sewage to Test Effectiveness of Water Treatment Methods.”  American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting.  Boston, MA.
  • April 2013. Allen, M. and Ficano, C.  “Collaborative Teaching Across Academic Divisions:  A Course Model on the Biology and Economics of Fermentation.”  PKAL Upstate NY Regional Network Meeting, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY.

Workshops 

  • May 2013. “Collaborative Teaching Across Academic Divisions:  A Course Model on the Biology and Economics of Fermentation.”  Susquehanna University’s Center for Teaching and Learning Annual Spring Workshop.  With C. Ficano (Economics, Hartwick College).

College service and professional affiliations:

  • Curriculum Editor, ASM Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, since 2014.
  • Section Editor, ASM Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, 2012-2013
  • Member, Nominating Committee, Chair-Elect of ASM Education Division (Division W), 2012.
  • Member, Curriculum Review Board, curriculum submissions ASM MicrobeLibrary.org., 2005-2008.
  • Member, Atlas Protocol Review Board, ASM, 2007-2010
  • Treasurer, Northeastern Microbial Physiology, Ecology and Taxonomy Conference, since 2015.
  • Co-Chair Hartwick Planning Leadership Group, 2013-2014.
  • Chair of Hartwick College Biology Department, 2009-2015
  • Member, Hartwick College Faculty Council, 2007-2011
  • Member, Hartwick College Committee on Athletics, since 2015.
  • Member, Hartwick College Committee for Assessment of General Education, since 2015.
  • Member, Health Professions Advisory Committee, since 2012
  • Member, Hartwick College Faculty Development Committee, 2011-2013
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