Biology

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Professional Notes for May 22, 2017

This week's notes feature faculty Consuelo Cavalieri, Bruce Gleason, Salina Renninger, Ritch Sorenson, John Wendt and Peter Young; students Juan Dominguez-Flores, Stephen Erp, Kathryn Foltz, Linnea Graham, Noah Haverlock, Zach LeVene, Jessica Mohr, Tony Perrella, Sydney Renzaglia, Jake Schoenholz, Anna Starks, Abby Starr, Ryan Toth and Cole Werner; and alumna Kristine Maurer.
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Emerging Scholars

The past few issues of Spotlight have featured recipients of the John Ireland Award for Outstanding Achievement as Teacher-Scholar. Recent recognition through awards and grants of four CAS faculty highlights potential future Ireland award winners.

Class of ’17 in the Spotlight

In the ranks of seniors graduating this weekend, we have students who earned the Chief’s Award from the City of St. Paul for helping a woman in distress in 2014, a student who served as an ambassador on a Minnesota trade mission to Mexico, and students who have done research on everything from political cynicism to drying breadfruit. Read a roundup of the stories the Newsroom has written about Class of 2017 students since they arrived on campus.
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Professional Notes for May 4, 2017

This week's notes feature faculty Elise Amel, Justin Donato, Eric Fort, Bruce Gleason, Marites Guino-o, Mike Hollerich, Jerry Husak, J. Thomas Ippoliti, Shersten Johnson, Father Jan Michael Joncas, Joshua Layfield, Ray MacKenzie, Thomas Marsh, Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt, Odeh, Muhawesh, William Ojala, Lisa Prevette, Tatyana Ramirez, Britain Scott, L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, Kristine Wammer and Carissa Wyant; staff N. Curtis Le May, James Rogers and Artika Tyner; students Brady Anderson, Josiah Bardwell, Kristin Berger, Landon Crippes, Anna Folska, Hannah Ganzel, Maddie Hankard, Timon Higgins, Kiersten Idzorek, Francesca Ippoliti, Ryan Johnson, Evan Kalb, Evan Keil, Jill Kolasinski, Grant Larson, Taylor Lesmeister, Bridget McGivern, Maria Neuzil, Jessie O'Brien, Tyler Ogorek, Tony Schaefer, Sydney Steger, Michael Stodolka and Samantha Whitcomb; and alumni Evan Eid, Benjamin Gelinas, David Haas, Marty Haugen, Joseph Jaye, Grant McCormick and Jordan Roy.
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Faculty Promotions and Tenure Announced

The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce affirmative decisions on promotion and tenure following the conclusion of the Tenure and Promotion Committee meetings in December and February.
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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.