Biology

Professor James Dearworth

October 9, 2013

Student-Faculty Team Publishes Discovery about Eye Movement in Turtles

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James Dearworth, associate professor of biology, has a long history with turtles. He studied the functional anatomy of the turtle retina as a grad student, and it is the focus of his current research at Lafayette. Turtles, having been around in shell form since the time of dinosaurs, have an even longer history and offer [...]

Kyle Tucker '14 works in a lab in Kunkel Science Center.

September 20, 2013

Cancer Research is Personal for Kyle Tucker ’14

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For Kyle Tucker ’14 (Los Angeles, Calif.), cancer research allows him to explore multiple fields of science, but it also touches him on a personal level. “I was sixteen years old going into college when I heard that my mother’s breast cancer had returned from remission. It was a numbing experience for me, but I [...]

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.

September 20, 2013

All the World is a Lab (and a Stage) for Ecologist Nancy Waters

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Nancy Waters shares three things with all of her students. One, energy flows and nutrients cycle. (“Energy is always one direction, but it moves by virtue of nutrients which can be recycled either short term or long term.”) Two, everything comes down to food and sex. (“If you can’t propagate your genome, everything is toast.”) [...]

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

August 29, 2013

First Class of Students Earns Health and Life Sciences Minor

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“It may sound cliché, but I believe the health and life sciences minor chose me and not the other way around,” says Alec Eidelman ’13 (B.S. biochemistry).  “My passion for research, collaboration, communication, and education guided me on my path at Lafayette and I believe that an interdisciplinary approach is the future of problem solving.” [...]

Jared Mintz

July 25, 2013

Jared Mintz ’11 Receives Victory Scholarship to Study and Play Basketball in Ireland

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Jared Mintz ’11 will study and play basketball at the University of Ulster in Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, during the 2013-14 academic year through a Victory Scholarship from the Sports Changes Lives Foundation. The foundation allows student-athletes to continue their athletic and academic careers by playing on a collegiate team and studying in a graduate program at an [...]

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

July 12, 2013

Tiffany Phuong ’16 and Kofi Boateng ’16 Combine Biology and Computer Science in Cancer Research

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Research by Tiffany Phuong ’16 (Aldan, Pa.) and Kofi Boateng ’16 (Bronx, N.Y.) this summer is contributing to their goals of becoming doctors and could also help in the fight against cancer. They are working on an interdisciplinary project looking at how the protein MYD88 affects tumor growth with Robert Kurt, associate professor and head of [...]

Zachary Winthrop ’13

May 14, 2013

Zachary Winthrop ’13 Wins George Wharton Pepper Prize, Will Speak at 178th Commencement

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Zachary Winthrop ’13 (Philadelphia, Pa.) is the recipient of the George Wharton Pepper Prize, awarded annually to the senior “who most nearly represents the Lafayette ideal.” Read more Commencement coverage The prize was established in 1923 by George Wharton Pepper H’22, a U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, attorney, and founding member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. [...]

Skillman Library

May 9, 2013

Lafayette Honors Students for Academic Excellence

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Lafayette honored more than 85 students for academic excellence at the annual All-College Honors Convocation May 5 in Colton Chapel. Awards and prizes recognized outstanding academic success in all four of Lafayette’s academic divisions—engineering, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. This spring, 42 students will join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected undergraduate [...]

Professor Megan Rothenberger, right, works in the lab with Alyssa Calomeni '11.

April 3, 2013

Students Will Present Research at Annual Meeting of Pa. Academy of Science

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Twenty-seven students will present research papers with their faculty mentors at the 89th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science April 5-7 at University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Mary Higgins ’15 (Annandale, N.J.), a biology major, and Anna Peterson ’15 (Seattle, Wash.), a biochemistry major, will present “Cross-Receptor Desensitization of T Cell and Chemokine [...]

Constance Killian Neves '77

November 15, 2012

Constance Killian Neves ’77 Specializes in Children’s Dentistry

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By Matt Sinclair ‘90 A pediatric dentist, Dr. Constance Killian Neves ’77 has a waiting room filled with patients  ages 1 to 16. “Children are so honest,” she says. “They immediately let you see how they are feeling—sad or happy, scared or excited. And they are so trusting. It makes me realize what a precious [...]