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Biological Sciences

News Oct-Dec 2014

Congratulations and Happy Holidays!

Congratulations to all our fall 2014 graduates. The Department of Biological Sciences wishes all faculty, staff, students, emeriti, and alumni a joyful and safe holiday season and best wishes for the new year. We are looking forward to a great spring semester.

SIUE Research Launching into Deep Orbit Aboard NASA Rocket

From the SIUE Researcher: Dr. Darron Luesse's research is headed for the International Space Station! Check out the full story at:

Dr. Darron Luesse with petri dish

Biological Sciences students present at the Mississippi Watershed Symposium.

Several students from the Department of Biological Sciences presented their research findings at the Mississippi Watershed Symposium organized by the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC). The symposium was held at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illilnois on November 14-15, 2014. Below: Morgan Rakers explains how planaria can be used to investigate nanoparticle toxicity.

Morgan Rakers presents her research at the Mississippi Watershed Symposium

Dr. Rick Essner's Research Highlighted at "The Naked Darwin".

Dr. Rick Essner's research on the evolution of jumping in frogs is featured this week on the blog "The Naked Darwin: exposing ideas on ecology and evolution". To read the full story, click here. The article includes some cool photos and a video of the belly flop landing of the Rocky Mountain tailed frog, which Dr. Essner suggests is evidence that the take-off evolved before the landing in frogs.

Upcoming Seminar - Monday, November 17.

The next seminar in the Department of Biological Sciences Fall 2014 series is on Monday, November 17. Dr. Nicole Malvin from the Washington University, St. Louis will present a talk on “Autophagy proteins affect lung collectin protein production and the formation of Clara cells”. The seminar is in room 1105 in the Science East building (SL 1105) and begins at 3:00 PM. All are welcome.

Biological Sciences Graduate Students Honored.

Graduate students in Biological Sciences were honored at the 2014 Graduate School Honors Day Luncheon, Thursday, November 30th.

Competitive Graduate Award - Kimia Kajbaf (far right)
Research Grants for Graduate Students - From left: Emily Dimik, Elizabeth Isbell, Eric Westhafer, Elisa Morales, Katelyn Logan. Additional awardees not shown: Seth Griffis, Lawrence Werner, Brooke Bryson, Mitchell Martineau, and Morgan Rakers.
Graduate students awarded at Honors Day luncheon

Wildlife and Conservation Biology Club Bake Sale.

The Wildlife and Conservation Biology Club is holding a bake sale on Thursday October 30 and Friday October 31 starting at 10:00 AM in the first floor lobby and the Science West building. The sale is raising money to support student travel to the 2015 Wildlife Society Midwest Student Conclave. Buy some tasty baked goods and help the students improve their skills in wildlife and resource management.

Illinois State Academy of Science Research Awards.

The Illinois State Academy of Science awards competitive research grants to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students to support student research. Grant amounts are up to $100 for high school students, $250 for undergraduates, and $500 for graduate students. The application deadline is November 30. Click here for more information.

Second Annual Biology Pumpkin Carving Contest and Potluck.

The second Annual Biology Pumpkin Carving Contest takes place this week!! Please have your pumpkins carved by noon on Thursday October 30 so they can be displayed in the SLW lower level cabinets. Then come check them out at a snack potluck on Friday, October 31 at 2:00 PM in the SLW Lower Level Lobby. Bring a snack or appetizer to share. Faculty and student carvers are invited!!

Biology Pumpkin Carving Contest and Potluck 2014

Alumna of Biological Sciences Inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame.

SIUE News, 4 October 2014 - An aluma of the Department of Biological Sciences, Deborah Slagle was inducted into the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame in a ceremony held on Friday, 3 October in the Morris University Center. Ms. Slagle received a BS degree in Biology in 1989 and is currently the Vice President of North American Operations for Sigma Aldrich. Click here to read the SIUE News story.

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