Paul Beining, S.J., Collection

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Biographical Sketch

Paul Beining was a member of the University of Scranton’s Biology Department from 1949 to 1951 then from 1967 until 2004. Beining was born on February 2, 1923. He received his B.S. at Spring Hill College, joined the Jesuits in 1942 and was ordained in 1955. Beining received his Ph.D. in Bacteriology in 1962 from Catholic University and continued his post doctorate studies at Georgetown University. He also taught at St. Joseph’s College for a period of time in the 1950s.

Beining taught Immunology, Microbiology and General Biology at the University of Scranton. He was active in many Biology Department initiatives as well as University committees. Beining was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu and Sigma Xi as well as a member of the Health Professions Evaluation Committee.

His main focus of scientific research was microbial immunity and he did some of the first collegiate research on AIDS. He was a guest researcher at the National Institute of Health and at the Federal Department of Agriculture for his work on Streptococcal disease. He worked to find a vaccine that would fight off HIV without the need of T-helper cells. Much of his seminar and research notes from the late 80s early 90s discuss HIV and AIDS, especially in reference to the study of T-cells. He was on the forefront in educating University of Scranton students about the dangers of HIV and AIDS. Beining also held membership in organizations such as the American Society of Microbiology. He passed away on March 20, 2004.

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