Category: Biological Sciences

Stellar Student: Kelly Buch

Stellar Student: Kelly Buch

In her short time at SIUE, Kelly Buch has excelled in advanced math and biology courses.
Kelly Buch, a double major in math and Spanish, stands in front of the Alhambra, a palace and fortress built in the 14th century in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Buch)
Now, Buch’s search for new ways to challenge […]

SIUE professor contributes to international research study on toad behavior

SIUE professor contributes to international research study on toad behavior

During a two-year study, SIUE professor Richard Essner and a team of researchers from Ohio, Missouri and Europe gained insight into the behavior into one of the world’s leading invasive species.
Dr. Richard Essner places a Cane toad into jumping position for filming in Science Building West. By placing digitized landmarks on toad joints, Essner can […]

SIUE biology professor sends seeds to space to analyze plant growth in microgravity

SIUE biology professor sends seeds to space to analyze plant growth in microgravity

Last week, a collaboration between SIUE professor Darron Luesse, Ohio University professor Sarah Wyatt and NASA launched about 18,000 plant seeds into space.
Pictured above are Sarah Wyatt, Ohio University Professor of Plant Biology; Proma Basu, Ohio University Graduate Student; Sarah Hutchinson, SIUE Graduate Student; and Darron Luesse, SIUE Professor of Biological Sciences
Titled Proteomics Analysis of […]

Presentation on human races to highlight Darwin Day

Presentation on human races to highlight Darwin Day

The subject of race has long been at the center of political conflict and war dating back centuries. What if our concept of human race as widely understood, were only partially true?
Dr. Alan Templeton, a known geneticist and speaker on evolution, will host a presentation showing the lack of genetic divergence among different race groups […]

URCA student researches, creates campus display for largest elm tree in Illinois

URCA student researches, creates campus display for largest elm tree in Illinois

One biology student has worked throughout the spring semester to give a long-gone elm tree new life.
Senior biological sciences and German major Emma Kuester researched the history and myth behind the largest elm tree on record in Illinois. Kuester created a photo illustration display for the tree, which located on campus property. The display can […]

Center for Spirituality and Sustainability honors Retzlaff's sustainability efforts

Center for Spirituality and Sustainability honors Retzlaff’s sustainability efforts

Bill Retzlaff, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, received the Sustainability Leadership Award from the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability last week, but said he “was not trying to achieve that goal.”
“I think the people that really earned the award are my students, my faculty colleagues and my business collaborators,” Retzlaff said. […]

Professors from various departments came together for a panel discussion about evolution v. intelligent design for SIUE's first Darwin Day event, at which more than 100 staff, students and faculty attended. Photo courtesy of Craig Steiner

Inaugural Darwin Day event explores evolution, intelligent design

SIUE’s first Darwin Day event – a celebration of the life and discoveries of scientist Charles Darwin – brought more than 100 students, staff and faculty together to discuss evolution and intelligent design.
Professors from various departments came together for a panel discussion about evolution v. intelligent design for SIUE's first Darwin Day event, at which […]

SIUE celebrates completion of Science Building West with ribbon cutting ceremony

SIUE celebrates completion of Science Building West with ribbon cutting ceremony

The crowd at the Science Building West entrance last Monday looked on as Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe, SIU President Glenn Poshard and public officials spoke about the years of dedication and work behind the construction of the building leading up to the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Photo by Theresa San Luis
Furst-Bowe said the new facility is an example […]

SIUE biology professor collaborates with Ohio University professor to study plants in space

SIUE biology professor collaborates with Ohio University professor to study plants in space

Biologists could soon know how plants react to a lack of gravity due to an experiment biology professor Darron Luesse will conduct with Ohio University professor Sarah Wyatt with the assistance of a nearly $400,000 grant from NASA.
Photo courtesy of Darron Luesse
The research, according to Luesse, will help understand basic biology, such as how plants […]

Science Building West ribbon cutting to be held Nov. 4

Science Building West ribbon cutting to be held Nov. 4

SIUE will celebrate the completion of the new science building – Science Building West – with a ribbon-cutting ceremony next week.
Gov. Pat Quinn speaks at a press conference earlier this year regarding funding for renovations to the old Science Building.
The ribbon cutting will take place at 3 p.m., Nov. 4, followed by a tour of […]

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