What’s happening around the Biology Department?
- Dr. Takashi Maie presented a talk titled “Effects of contaminated water due to mining activities on the vertebrae in fishes: material testing and functional morphology as assessment tools for environmental risks” at the annual meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology in West Palm Beach, Florida this January.
- Over the 2014 summer, Tracy Estelus ’15 interned with the Ecological Society of America (ESA) in Washington D.C. creating and distributing scientific newsletters, publishing teaching resources on the EcoEd Digital Library, and creating infographics and promotional handouts. ESA also sent Tracy to the Society’s annual scientific meeting in Sacramento where she presented at the Science Pipes and EcoEd Digital Library Workshops and interacted with SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education Diversity and Sustainability) students.
- The Biology and Biomedical Sciences Departments enthusiastically welcome new Assistant Professor Dr. Takashi Maie. Dr. Maie joined us fall 2014 and will coordinate our A&P efforts as well as teach comparative vertebrate anatomy and physiology. Dr. Maie studies biomechanics using fishes as model organisms.
- We also welcome Leah Stevens, MS and Jennifer Styrsky, PhD as regular part-time faculty this fall. Ms. Stevens teaches introductory biology labs and A&P labs. Dr. Jennifer Styrsky is affiliated with the Department of Environmental Science, but will be teaching introductory biology labs and ecology for the Biology Department.
- We bid a fond farewell to Dr. George Schuppin who accepted a position as Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Wingate University, NC. Dr. Schuppin coordinated our A&P offerings and also taught for the new Doctor of Physical Therapy program at LC. He will be missed by faculty and students alike.
- Anna Ledin ’16 and Daniel Clement ’14 worked with Dr. John Styrsky in Panama for five weeks in July and August 2014 on a project investigating two species of orb-weaver spiders that inhabit ant-defended acacias in the rainforest understory. Both Anna and Daniel conducted independent projects on aspects of the ecology of these spiders.
- Dr. Erin Friedman presented a poster titled A new effector for G beta: using Arabidopsis as a heterotrimeric G protein signaling model and helped coordinate education outreach events as a member of the education committee at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists this summer in Portland, OR (July 12-16, 2014).
- Congratulations to Ashley Mock ’14 for winning first place in the poster session of the 2014 LC Student Scholar Showcase for her poster, ‘An Observation of the Dear Enemy Effect in Male Betta Fish (Betta splenderis)’. Congratulations also to Desiree Laughlin ’14 for tying for first place in the oral presentation competition for her talk, ‘Forced Apoptosis in the Breast Cancer Cell Line SK-BR-3 using the Inhibitors PD173955 and UO126′.
- Dr. Allison Jablonski attended the Cancer Cell Signaling Symposium at the University of Virginia October 16 and 17, 2013.