Biology News and Events
Seminars on various topics of biology are presented by invited speakers each week on Friday at 3:35 PM in Ross Hall room 1010.
Recent biology student research awards
- 2015 -- NHS College Research Awards: Logan Bauerle
- 2014 -- NHS College Research Awards: Desiree Arreola, Madeline Kunes
- 2013 -- Elyse Blazosky, Lindsay Cameron, Brittany Hartman, Michael Kelly, Ellie Wenger
- 2015 -- Outstanding Thesis/Dissertation Awards: Ryan Fuller, Anthony Saviola
- 2015 -- NHS College Research Awards: Jonna Jackson, Ann-Elizabeth Nash, Michelle Plewes
- 2014 -- Audubon Society of Greater Denver's Lois Webster Fund: Laura Heiker
- 2014 -- NHS College Research Awards: Ryan Fuller, Cassandra Modahl
- 2013 -- Explorers Club grant: Laura Heiker
- 2013 -- NHS College Research Awards: Lowrey Brown, Jonna Leyrer, Ann-Elizabeth Nash, Vera Pikalova
Recent biology student travel and presentation awards
- 2015 -- Maddie Metten, Travel Award from the American Association of Immunologists, to present her poster entitled: "Aryl hydrocarbon receptor activation enhances total but not antigen-specific IgA secretion in Leishmania major-infected mice"
- 2015 -- Breanna Cullar and Rana Kennedy, First Place (Tie) Oral Presentations -- College of Natural and Health Sciences
- 2015 -- Madeline Metten, Second Place Poster Presentation -- School of Biological Sciences
- 2014 -- Amy Dunn, First Place poster, University of Northern Colorado Research Celebration
- 2014 -- Carissa King, Second Place poster, University of Northern Colorado Research Celebration
- 2015 -- Abhi Maurya, Early Career Travel Award to Phytobiomes 2015 meeting, to present his poster entitled: “Belowground Plant Associations with Mycorrhizal Fungi and Their Influence on Phloem-Feeding Insects”
- 2015 -- Jonna Leyrer-Jackson, First Place Poster, Rocky Mountain Regional Neuroscience Meeting
- 2014 -- Vera Pikalova, Second Place Talk and Research Excellence Award, University of Northern Colorado Research Celebration
Recent undergraduate academic scholarship awardees
In alphabetical order: Karen Allnutt, Stephanie Dormand, Kelsie Goc, Kelsey Gonzales, Kelli Johnson, Carissa King, Jennifer Mercadante, Ian Roberts, Riane Teagarden, Megan Wilkinson
From the Class of 2014
- Dr. Richard Jurin and the Environmental Studies (ENST) Program have transferred to the University College.
- Dr. Seth Frietze has accepted a faculty position in New England beginning in the fall, 2015.
- Dr. Jeff Olimpo has accepted a faculty position in Texas beginning in the fall, 2015.
- Dr. Judy Leatherman, Graduate Faculty Research Mentor of the Year
- Dr. Rob Reinsvold, Excellence in Service
- Dr. Ginger Fisher, Excellence in Advising
- Dr. Robert Reinsvold received the Excellence in Science Education 2012 Award from the Colorado Association of Science Teachers.
- Rick Adams is the recipient of the UNC Winchester Distinguished Scholar Award for 2013, and he has been interviewed by numerous news organizations (Popular science, Denver 9 News, The Denver Post, The Boulder Daily Camera, The Daily Finance) for his thoughts on an emerging disease that is devastating bat populations in the U.S.
- Cindy Budde wins Support Staff of the Year award from the College of Natural and Health Sciences
Biology people in the news
- Dr. Ginger Fisher was recently highlighted for her marine biology excursion to Belize where her students dove into biology.
- Dr. Scott Franklin and his research are featured in a recent UNC Bear Crossing Newsletter entitled: Professor of Burning Questions.
- Dr. Patrick Burns was recently featured in the Greeley Tribune newspaper because of his research into improving reproductive efficiency in cattle.
- Dr. Mackessy was recently interviewed by KDVR Fox News to highlight his research on snake venoms as potential therapies for cancer, and his research was also featured on the Discovery Channel and by the British Broadcasting Corporation.
- Dr. Adams and his work on bats was recently featured on the cover of the Journal of Anatomy.
- Dr. Judith Leatherman received a $300,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health
- Dr. Patrick Burns received a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture