Category: Biological Sciences

Biology Research project awarded NSF grant

Biology Research project awarded NSF grant

The National Science Foundation approved a $150,000 collaborative research grant in December for the Biological Science department to continue a research project that will study hybridization among two species of topminnow fish.
SIUE Biological Sciences Professor David Duvernell. (Courtesy photo)
Research for the project will continue this summer with experimentation and analysis split at labs in SIUE’s Science […]

SIUE alum brings a diverse set of skills to instructor, gardening position

SIUE alum brings a diverse set of skills to instructor, gardening position

Lindley Ballen is combining her passions: working in the outdoors, gardening and teaching.
SIUE alum Lindley Ballen is a garden coordinator and instructor at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. She graduated from SIUE with a master's in biological sciences in December 2014. (Photo courtesy of Lindley Ballen)
The SIUE graduate recently moved to the Pacific Northwest […]

Biology students get field experience, earn honors for research

Biology students get field experience, earn honors for research

Undergraduate presentation winners from the annual Illinois State Academy of Science meeting pose with mentor Peter Minchin. From left, Noah Dell, Minchin, Aaron Alexander, and Savanna Stabenow. (Photo courtesy of Minchin)
Conducting relevant research can require great motivation and at times, students must brave the elements to complete studies. Biology majors Aaron Alexander, Noah Dell and […]

LSAMP program encourages research, participation among minority students

LSAMP program encourages research, participation among minority students

Now in its 21st year, the SIUE Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program has continued to create opportunities for African American and Latino students in the fields of science, math technology or engineering.
SIUE LSAMP students and faculty take a break during the 2015 LSAMP Student Conference hosted by Chicago State in Tinley Park. (Photo […]

Stellar Student: Brittany Mersman

Stellar Student: Brittany Mersman

It didn’t take very long for Brittany Mersman to make a good impression on SIUE biology professor Amy Hubert.
Brittany Mersman is double majoring in Biology and Psychology. The native of Teutopolis plans to earn a PhD in pyschology after graduation. (Photo by Joseph Lacdan)
“She picks up stuff really fast,” Hubert said. “I show her how […]

Stellar Student: Shelby Markel

Stellar Student: Shelby Markel

Shelby Markel doesn’t remember exactly when she decided she wanted to become a doctor.
SIUE junior Shelby Markel, a biological sciences major from Bunker Hill, comes from a line of pre med students at SIUE. Her brother, Jordan, graduated from SIUE in 2014 and her uncle, Dr. Gary Rull is also an SIUE alum. (Photo courtesy […]

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 […]

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