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Adding app to course helps students Pattern their study habits

Posted on May 21, 2015 by

Teaching in a lecture hall to 400 students, Alan Friedman always wondered how much time they spent studying for his class, and if that effort resulted in better learning and grades. But simply polling students in his introductory biology course about how much they studied gave only the most general answers. Then he began using […]

Dr. Minchella helps send off 30 Biology graduates!

Posted on May 18, 2015 by

As first-year students, biology majors begin with Biology 121 taught by Dennis Minchella. So it only seemed fitting that on the first stop of the 2015 biology graduates bar crawl, they celebrated with Dr. M!

Alex Chubykin awarded Whitehall Foundation grant

Posted on May 15, 2015 by

Assistant Professor Alexander Chubykin has been awarded a prestigious Whitehall Foundation grant.  These three-year awards are currently targeted to the most promising new investigators studying basic neuroscience.  Whitehall Foundation grants support scholarly research in the life sciences, in dynamic areas of basic biological research that are not heavily supported by Federal Agencies or other foundations […]

Findings reveal clues to functioning of mysterious ‘mimivirus’

Posted on May 15, 2015 by

Researchers have discovered the structure of a key protein on the surface of an unusually large virus called the mimivirus, aiding efforts to determine its hosts and unknown functions. The mimivirus was initially thought to be a bacterium because it is much larger than most viruses. It was isolated by French scientists in 1992 but […]

Evolution in action: Mate competition weeds out GM fish from population

Posted on May 8, 2015 by

Purdue University research found that wild-type zebrafish consistently beat out genetically modified Glofish in competition for female mates, an advantage that led to the disappearance of the transgene from the fish population over time. The study, the first to demonstrate evolutionary outcomes in the laboratory, showed that mate competition trumps mate choice in determining natural […]

Biology Undergrads awarded Stamps and Beering Scholarships

Posted on May 7, 2015 by

Kristen Frohning (Newton, Illinois) and Sarah Rodenbeck (Indianapolis, Indiana) have been awarded Purdue Stamps Scholarships. The full-ride scholarship is made possible by Purdue scholarship funds and the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Inc., said Jennifer Dexter, senior assistant director and scholarship coordinator for the Office of Admissions. In addition to the monetary award, these scholars will […]

College of Science hosts, succeeds in undergraduate poster symposium

Posted on May 6, 2015 by

The 2015 Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium saw a total of 188 research projects in the spotlight. Eight colleges were represented by students, who spent the afternoon of April 14 pitching their research to a panel of judges. The College of Science had the most research posters at 51. Undergraduate research is an important part […]

Spring 2015 Senior Send Off

Posted on May 5, 2015 by

Congratulations to our undergrads who are completing their degrees this month!  The “Senior Send-Off” reception on April 23rd brought together students to reminisce about their time at Purdue, give feedback regarding their experiences, and share their future plans with faculty and staff.  Well done, and best wishes in your next endeavors!

Departmental Awards Ceremony – April 28, 2015

Posted on May 5, 2015 by

Left to right: Prahatha Venkatramen, Devika Sirohi, Bhagya Wijayawardena, Aaron Gall and Jeffrey Radloff Pictured above are the graduate students who were nominated for the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Honor Roll which is a merit-based award given to graduate teaching assistants for excellence in undergraduate teaching. This is based on supervisor and student evaluations and […]

Spring 2015 Biological Sciences Alumni Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted on May 1, 2015 by

The department welcomed its Alumni Advisory Committee to campus April 23 -25 in a session entitled ‘Building Life Science Pillars at Purdue’. Marietta Harrison spoke to the group Friday morning about the new pillars initiative followed by a presentation from Assistant Department Head Claudio Aguilar who discussed the future direction of the department. Two graduate […]