Biology

Student and professor working in the biology lab

March 3, 2014

Pard Tracks: What Mutant Fruit Flies Have to Teach Us

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You could say Elaine Reynolds, associate professor of biology, and Blaine Caslin ’13 are really fly. So were their research subjects.  The pair used mutant fruit flies to study whether diet alone can reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures. They talk about their promising results in this episode of Pard Tracks, narrated by Michelle Tallarita [...]

Professor Robert Kurt, Tiffany Phuong ’16, Kofi Boateng ’16, and Professor Chun Wai Liew work in the lab.

February 18, 2014

Students Will Present Research at Annual Meeting of Pennsylvania Academy of Science

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Twenty-one students will present research papers with their biology faculty mentors at the 90th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science March 21-23 at Susquehanna University. Michael Butler, assistant professor of biology, worked with the following students who will present at the conference: Michael Astor ’17 (Ogdensburg, N.J.), biochemistry Samantha Gleich ’17 (East Windsor, [...]

Prisca Ratsimbazafy '17 presents her team’s project on soil quality of local organic vs. industrial farming.

January 24, 2014

Engineers and Scientists, Unite!

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Great minds think alike—but when they think differently, they can approach problems with a new level of understanding and insight. That’s the idea behind a project in which students from different disciplines and courses work in teams to research and report on an environmental topic of current and/or local concern. Anthropology and sociology major Sidney [...]

Professor Elaine Reynolds works with Blaine Caslin '13 in her lab in Kunkel Hall.

January 21, 2014

Lafayette Expands Resources and Opportunities in Computational Biology

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The Biology Department welcomed Lafayette’s first computational biologist this semester, Eric Ho. Having a dedicated faculty member is a sign of the College’s commitment to a growing field that is already heavily researched in the College’s labs and classrooms. As an assistant professor of biology, Ho also has an affiliated appointment with the Computer Science [...]

Laurie Caslake, associate professor of biology, Lindsay Marko ’14, and Nancy Waters, associate professor of biology, exam a culture they collected from the Delaware River and Oughoughton Creek.

December 27, 2013

Nalven Summer Fellowship Provides Hands-on Learning Experiences

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This summer through a distinctive biology fellowship, Lindsay Marko ’14 was able to roll up her sleeves and get her hands dirty, literally, while working on a project that could help alleviate local water pollution. Marko and fellow biology majors Briette Karanifilian ’14 and Rebecca LaRosa ’15 were this year’s recipients of David M. Nalven [...]

Mark Ross '14 heads for the end zone. Photo by Kenya Allen

December 20, 2013

Mark Ross ’14 and Brad Bormann ’14 Earn Academic All-America Honors

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Mark Ross ’14 (Aliquippa, Pa.) and Brad Bormann ’14 (Flemington, N.J.) have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Football Second Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. They were eligible for the honor after garnering Capital One Academic All-District II Team honors last month. Honorees must be a starter [...]

David Perlmutter '76

December 17, 2013

Dr. David Perlmutter ’76 Discusses Findings of Best-Selling Book on PBS

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Released in September, Grain Brain by neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter ’76 was listed in the top ten on The New York Times nonfiction hardcover best-sellers list in just a few weeks. The work reveals the negative effects of sugar and carbohydrates, even whole grains, on brain health. His 90-minute special aired on more than 100 [...]

Professor Mike Butler and Melissa Homsher '14 work in the aviary in Kunkle Hall.

December 5, 2013

Biology Prof. Mike Butler Introduces Students to the Tools of Science

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The average person doesn’t care much for bird droppings, but biology major Melissa Homsher ’14 finds them pretty interesting. Under the guidance of Mike Butler, assistant professor of biology, Homsher is conducting honors thesis research into a substance that birds secrete in their waste. They have reason to think that the substance, biliverdin, which is [...]

Alyssa Calomeni ’11 and Professor Megan Rothenberger

December 5, 2013

Biology Infusion Initiative Provides Interdisciplinary Solutions

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Students in Megan Rothenberger’s Environmental Issues in Aquatic Ecosystems class are tackling problems using expertise and resources from biology and civil engineering. As part of the course, students visited a local constructed wetland. There, David Brandes and Art Kney, both associate professors of civil and environmental engineering, explained how aggressive invasive plants and seasonal algal [...]

Sue Bauman

October 21, 2013

Balancing Work and Life in the Medical Field

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By Bill Kline More than a passion play. It’s hard work. It’s grabbing opportunities. It’s discovering that there is more than one path to becoming a medical professional. And once you’re there, it’s realizing that your life does not have to be 100 percent work with no time for family, friends, and fun. Forty students [...]