Biology

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Professional Notes for Jan. 17, 2017

This week's notes feature faculty Elise Amel, Jean-Pierre Bongila, Candace Chou, Camille George, Dalma Martinović-Weigelt, Gerald Schlabach, Buffy Smith, Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan and Ted Ulrich; staff Michelle Morgan, Jim Rogers and Sarah Spencer; and alumni Jackie Heitzman ’14, Abigail Lukowicz '15 and Maya Peters ‘15.
Students talk in their small groups at the World Cafe event. (Photo provided)

World Cafe Event Brings Students Together for Interdisciplinary Dialogue

Classes from the departments of Business, Theology, Sociology, Justice and Peace Studies (JPST), Biology, and Health and Human Performance all gathered at the end of April to discuss HIV and AIDS, and how they could work together to have more effective and well-rounded approaches to solving problems.

Firefly Gene Lights the Way for St. Thomas Toxicologist

In the past few years, many of St. Thomas Biology Department faculty member and Environmental Science program director Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt's studies have employed a beguiling tool: a breast cancer cell genetically modified with a firefly gene.
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Professional Notes for Nov. 24, 2015

This week's notes feature faculty Dave Brennan, Mark DelCogliano, Massimo Faggioli, Ken Goodpaster, T. Dean Maines, Mike Naughton, Brian Shapiro, Shersten Johnson, Jennifer McGuire, Phil Rolnick, Buffy Smith, Artika Tyner, Bob Werner; staff Jim Rogers; and students Shannon Kelly and Meaghan Scott.

Stewards of the Earth

The future of agriculture faces a number of challenges. Many young people are realizing that solutions will require massive collective action, and they need and want to be part of it.
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Senior Stride

Graduation provides these eight seniors with time to reflect on past accomplishments and look forward to what the future may hold.
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A Welcome Change in Cuba

Nancy Zingale, a retired St. Thomas political science professor, has been involved in educational and cultural exchanges between St. Thomas and Cuba since 1999. She was in Havana when President Barack Obama announced a significant change to U.S.-Cuban relations last December.
A sheep's brain used by Robin Willenbring as part of her work with Brainwaves.

Connecting Through Brainwaves

Robin Willenbring '12 is co-director of Brainwaves, a student-run organization based out of the Rochester Mayo Clinic that helps bring science into the classroom.
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Professional Notes for Nov. 17, 2014

This edition of Professional Notes features faculty Elizabeth Burr, Thomas Bushlack, Thomas Hickson, Robert Kennedy, Lisa Lamb, Jeni McDermott, Jennifer McGuire, Professor Emeritus Father David Smith, John Spry, Kevin Theissen, AnnMarie Thomas, Kim Vrudny, Christian Washburn and John Wendt; staff Margaret Cahill, Vern Klobassa and Eric Stevens; and students Francesca Bernardi, Cassandra Clark, Jacob Frahm, Michael Kolles and April Terres.
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Solar Panels Help Sustain Knowledge

The solar panels installed on the Anderson Student Center will not only reduce energy costs but also serve as a learning tool for several classes.

Training Young Scientists

Biology professor Dalma Martinović-Weigelt employs undergraduate researchers to study the effects of man-made stressors on aquatic systems.
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Poised For What Comes Next

In fall 2010, this magazine profiled seven incoming freshmen with a story to tell. We find out how things have changed as they prepare for a world of opportunities.
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Cleaning Up a ‘Sad, Urban Lot’ With Wildflowers, Science

This month, St. Thomas senior Elizabeth Chambers, junior Hunter Gaitan, sophomore Ryan Burke and biochemistry professor Dr. Adam Kay will help plant 96 plots of wildflowers on a vacant gravel pit in downtown St. Paul for their research study, The Helpful Flowers Project. The team will study biodiversity and how wildflowers remove toxic heavy metals from soil.
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Professional Notes for May 1, 2014

This week's notes feature faculty Anne Klejment, Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt, Lisa Prevette, Manjeet Rege, Christian Washburn, John Wendt and Reid Zimmerman; staff Carol Peterfeso and James Rogers; and students Katie Boyd, Emily Cabel, Jackie Heitzman, Caitlin Kielblock, Lauren McGovern, Kirsten Muller, Megan Tappe and undergraduate students from the Geography Department.
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Mathematics Through the Lens of Biology

Until recently, many biologists also viewed themselves as pure experimentalists with no need for mathematics in their field, but advances in experimental techniques have generated huge amounts of data, and without mathematical modeling and analysis it would be impossible for biology to make sense of all these data.