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Tri-Beta to hold plant sale

Posted on April 15, 2014

Come check out all the plants that Tri-Beta has to offer this spring.

The plant sale is Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Langseth Hall Atrium.





Personality and genetics

Posted on April 14, 2014

Students research the effects of cortisol

By Meghan Feir

Hermella Alemneh and Mikaela Hanson are using zebra fish in a research project that could have a direct correlation in the way we understand how hormones play a vital role in human personality outcomes.

Alemneh and Hanson’s presentation title, “Does A Stressed Mothers’ Hormones Contribute to the Personality of Their Offspring?” encapsulates the main topic they are researching, which they will be presenting at this year’s Student Academic Conference on April 15, complete with a fish tank. Read the rest of this entry →

Brian Wisenden gave a seminar at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Posted on April 09, 2014

Brian Wisenden, Biosciences, gave an invited departmental seminar at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire on April 3. The talk, based on research conducted by undergraduate biology majors at MSUM, was entitled “Scents of Danger: Chemically mediated predator-prey interactions in aquatic ecosystems.”

Students chosen to present Workshop at FEMMSS5 Conference in August

Posted on April 01, 2014

Students Kate Lucero and Whitney Oxendahl are working with faculty to develop a case study on the Hydraulic Fracturing taking place on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Lucero and Oxendahl will be presenting this work at the FEMMSS5 Conference.

Lucero is a double major in Women’s and Gender Studies and Philosophy and Oxendahl is majoring in Sustainability – Environmental Science emphasis with a minor in Biosciences. The two students are working with an interdisciplinary faculty team consisting of Claudia Murphy, Women’s and Gender Studies and Philosophy, Steve Lindaas, Physics and Astronomy, Alison Wallace, Biosciences and Sara Anderson, Biosciences. The FEMMSS (Feminist Epistemology, Metaphysics, Methodologies and Science Studies) Conference will be held at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario in August 10-13, 2014.

Student accepted into MIT summer program

Posted on March 27, 2014

Tadesse to present at Student Academic Conference

By Danielle Rebel

Greatness is often born from wild, far-fetched ideas.

For Loza Tadesse, this was exactly the case.

The international student from Ethiopia is studying physics and biology at MSUM. Earlier this year, she was hired in the biosciences department – not as a researcher, but to clean the fish tank.

“That’s when I first got interested in the fish,” Tadesse said. “I’m really interested in cardiology-related research.”

Being around the zebra fish in the biosciences department each day sparked an idea in Tadesse. After doing some research, she further developed the idea, which she will be presenting at the Student Academic Conference April 15.

“I’m modifying an ECG (electrocardiogram) that is already here,” Tadesse said. “Zebra fish are now top in medical research because they resemble the various human body systems, including the heart. I am trying to make the heart ECG recoding procedure less invasive.” Read the rest of this entry →

Biosciences students’ research accepted for publication

Posted on March 27, 2014

Biosciences majors Emily Mammenga, Carissa Storseth and Noah Berglund have had their research accepted for publication in the international peer-reviewed journal Animal Behaviour. The title of their manuscript is “Odor-tracking by young convict cichlids and a mechanism for alloparental brood amalgamation.” The research was mentored by Brian Wisenden.


Lake Superior Ecology class offered in August

Posted on March 11, 2014

The north of Lake Superior is incredibly beautiful, and although sparsely populated it has been highly significant in the economic and sociopolitical development of North America.

A new course, Lake Superior Ecology will be offered in the August summer session to explore sites from Duluth, MN to Thunder Bay, ON that hold significance to this region. Class size is limited to 18 students and is by instructor permission only.

For more information or to express interest in taking this course, please contact Bee Wisenden ( or Brian Wisenden ( as soon as possible.

Tri-Beta to hold Relay for Life Fundraiser March 12

Posted on March 11, 2014

On Wednesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. a Relay for Life Fundraiser hosted by Tri-Beta will be held in Langseth Hall 118. You can bid on the opportunity to have lunch with one of your classmates or faculty (lunch will be paid for) and all the money raised will go to Relay for Life! Come and support this great cause, and have some fun in the process.

Wisenden invited by Iowa State University to give departmental seminar

Posted on March 04, 2014

Brian Wisenden, professor of Biosciences, gave an invited Departmental Seminar at the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) at Iowa State University on Feb. 14, 2014. The title of his talk was “Scents of Danger: Chemically-mediated risk assessment against predators large and small,” which featured research by MSUM undergraduates.

Biosciences offering variety of courses this summer

Posted on February 28, 2014

The Biosciences Department will be offering a variety of courses this summer. Some of the courses that will be offered are as follows; Cell Biology, Organismal Biology, Human Anatomy, and Human Physiology.

There will also be some Biosciences courses that have a LASC designation and/or Writing Intensive.

For a list of all Biosciences courses that will be offered please check the course schedule that is posted online on the MSUM website. Registration begins March 3, 2014. Any questions please call the Biosciences Office at 218.477.2572. Thanks and we will see you this summer!

McEwen awarded grant for environmental research in Arctic Alaska

Posted on February 25, 2014

Daniel McEwen, Department of Biosciences, was part of an interdisciplinary team that was awarded a 1.37 million dollar grant from the Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative under the direction of the United States Geological Survey to study the impacts of climate change on linkages between hydrology, insect emergence, and migratory shorebird reproductive success. McEwen has been working on arctic ecology issues for the past six years. This grant will allow him to continue to work for the next three years on the system. Other team members for this grant come from the USFWS, University of Missouri, North Dakota State University, and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

Students present work at poster session in St. Paul

Posted on February 25, 2014

Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars, a consortium of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities institutions that supports research, scholarly works and creative activity of undergraduates, is pleased to host the first Posters at St. Paul. The poster session will allow undergraduate students to share the results of their work with leaders in our state government and highlight the exciting work being done on MnSCU campuses throughout the state. Read the rest of this entry →

Presentation on medical school and AUC Feb. 4

Posted on January 28, 2014

Julie Mondy, associate director of admissions at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, will be coming to discuss medical school and the AUC campus. It’s a 30-minute presentation hosted on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. in science lab 118.

Hosted by Pre-Health Professionals.

Teresa Shume presented at Association for Science Teacher Education international meeting

Posted on January 22, 2014

Teresa Shume, School of Teaching and Learning; Biosciences Department, presented a research paper entitled “Elementary Teachers’ Conceptions of Environmental Literacy” at the international meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education in San Antonio, Texas.

Science majors assist third graders with Planetarium field trip

Posted on December 13, 2013

On Wednesday, December 11, over 20 Bioscience and Chemistry students took time out of their study day to work with over 150 third grade students from Detroit Lakes, Minn. The third graders were on campus for an annual field trip to the Planetarium. Because the size of the group is larger than the Planetarium can hold at one seating, the College of Science, Health & the Environment provided additional science outreach activities for the group as they rotated between sessions. Strawberry DNR extraction and Chemistry demonstrations with hands-on activities complemented the Planetarium’s Astronomy program.

Winter Clothing Drive

Posted on December 02, 2013

The Pre-Health Professionals club is holding its annual Winter Clothing Drive this week! If you have ANY coats, hats, mittens/gloves, boots or scarves that you are looking to part with, please think about donating them. Donation boxes will be in Hagen Hall 103 and Hagen Hall 407 until the end of school Friday, Dec. 6. All items will be donated to the Dorothy Day House.

Biosciences Department hosts two speakers

Posted on November 19, 2013

Wednesday, Nov. 20 the Biosciences Department will host two speakers.

1. 6:30 – 7:20 p.m. – Sanford Health Volunteer Coordinator, Mary Stenson will talk about the opportunities available at Sanford for those who would like to volunteer.

2. 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. – Dr. Mark Wallert will be giving a talk on how to “Successfully Climb the Medical School Admissions Ladder.”

Both speakers will be in Science Lab Building, Room 118.

Science Night is tonight

Posted on November 15, 2013

SCIENCE NIGHT will be located in the Science Lab Friday, Nov. 15 from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Free food, prizes, tours, demonstrations, and other activities are brought to you by AfterDark, the Chemistry & Biochemistry club, Society of Physics, Pre-Health Professionals, Wild Life & Tri Beta.





Brian Wisenden Named MN Professor of the Year

Posted on November 14, 2013

Biosciences Professor is MSUM’s 10th CASE Professor of the Year

Homepage picture, L to R: Professor Brian Wisenden, junior biology major Molly Dziekan, and Professor Cam Goater, University of Lethbridge

Science is a noun in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

In Brian Wisenden’s dictionary, science is an action verb—hands-on inquiry and discovery that inspires wonder, creativity and passion. He embraces the classic teacher-scholar model through faculty-mentored research that begins as early as the freshman year in college and continues through publication in international peer-reviewed journals with undergraduate collaborators.

It’s the reason Wisenden, a Minnesota State University Moorhead biosciences professor, was named the 2013 Minnesota Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching during a November 14 ceremony in Washington, D.C. Wisenden is the tenth professor at MSU Moorhead to be recognized by the Carnegie Foundation. Read the rest of this entry →

Biosciences students and faculty volunteered for 4luvofdog rescue fundraiser

Posted on November 12, 2013

Eighteen Biosciences students and faculty volunteered for the 5th annual fundraiser for 4luvofdog rescue. Workers helped with set up for the annual silent auction from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 2, and also with the evening auction. Volunteers included Shireen Alemadi, Ellen Brisch, Alyssa Breitbach, Sara Elgin, Eva Engseth, Janna Gibertson, Asako Handa and friend Yuka, Molly Kraemer, Jamie Naasz, Robyn Oster, Miranda Sater, Shannon Smith, Katherine Szweduik, Erin Trisko, Kimberly Vang, Rachel Walsh and Carmen White.

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