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.
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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!
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.
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 →
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, 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 →
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.
Trick-or-Canning is an event that students can take part in every Halloween. Clubs in the Biosciences Department invited fellow students and friends to trick-or-treat for canned goods this Halloween at residences near the MSUM campus. Last year, 209 pounds of canned goods were donated to the Dorothy Day Food Pantry while this year students gathered 306 pounds of canned goods! Trick-or-Canning is a fun way for the Biosciences clubs to collect food for people in need in the Fargo/Moorhead area. Thank you to all of the students who collected canned goods and to all of the people who donated!
The Forum interviewed biosciences professors Ellen Brisch and Andrew Mazz Marry about monster myths.
MOORHEAD – Minnesota State University Moorhead biology professors Ellen Brisch and Andrew Mazz Marry have “vamped up” their classes for more than 10 years with a Halloween lecture that offers biological theories behind some of the most-common monster myths like vampires, werewolves and zombies.
Always looking for ways to make biology engaging for students, Brisch said she first presented the lecture to her introductory human biology class.
“One of the things I tried to do, understanding that people are taking this because they have to, was make them have fun and enjoy the material,” she said. Read the rest of this entry →
Sara Schultz, Physics and Astronomy, and Brian Wisenden, Biosciences, and two MSUM students, Randy Sutrisno and Phil Schotte, had a paper accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Ecology of Freshwater Fish. The title of their paper is “Fin-flicking behaviour as a means of cryptic olfactory sampling under threat of predation.” This is Sutrisno’s “Fish Whisperer” third peer-reviewed paper as an MSUM undergraduate researcher, and Schotte’s second.
There will be an informational meeting about the spring semester course Tropical Field Biology (BIOL 335, LASC 10) in SL 102 on Friday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. This meeting is for anyone interested in learning more about this travel course. There will be a description of the course structure, pictures of the places we go and discussion of the budget and financial aid. If you are interested in the course but cannot attend the meeting, please contact one of the course instructors: Brian Wisenden at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dan McEwen at email@example.com.
Tropical Field Biology (Biol 335, LASC 10) is a field course about conservation biology: the bioecological, socio-econimic and politico-cultural aspects of balancing the conflicts demands between conserving biodiversity and human activity. The course includes an 11-day trip to Costa Rica over spring break. We are now accepting students for Spring 2014. See web.mnstate.edu/wisenden/TFB.htm for details or contact instructors Brian Wisenden (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dan McEwen (email@example.com) for more information.
Mark Wallert, Biosciences, was an invited speaker at the Sept. 12 Red River Valley Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) Research Symposium in Fargo. The ACRP Research Symposium is an annual event that provides continuing medical education credits for clinical research and pharmaceutical industry professional in our region. Dr. Wallert presented a talk entitled, “The Na+/H+ Exchanger Isoform 1 as a Regulator of Metastasis in Non-small Cell Lung Cancer,” as part of the symposium. The talk featured research done by MSUM undergraduates over the past five years and included a discussion of the Na+/H+ Exchanger Isoform 1 as a potential therapeutic target for cancer treatment.
Brian Wisenden, Biosciences, is this year’s Dille speaker. His talk is entitled “Minnows and Cichlids and Worms! Oh My! The Behavioral ecology of predator avoidance as uncovered by undergraduate researchers”. The talk is Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 7 to 8 p.m. SL 118. The talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
Tri-Beta is holding a fall Plant Sale from Wednesday, Sept. 18 – Friday, Sept. 20. The sale runs from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day in the Science Lab atrium. There have been many new plants added to the Greenhouse collection this summer! Come and check out all the great new plants as well as the classic favorites!