It was a sad day when Curie the resident MSUM Green iguana passed away. But, don’t fear, a kind family near Detroit Lakes contacted the MSUM Biosciences Department to donate their 3-year-old Green iguana. If you have passed by recently might have caught a glimpse of her chilling out on the branches or eating some raspberries. Read the rest of this entry →
Archive for the ‘Biosciences’
Thursday, April 14 | 4:00 pm | Langseth Hall 118
MSUM’s Biosciences department is hosting a seminar talk this Thursday, April 14, at 4:00 pm in Langseth Hall room 118. Biosciences professor Adam Stocker will be presenting his research in a talk titled “Genetic Manipulations during Brain Development change both Anatomy and Behavior.” The talk is open to the public and free of charge.
Donna M. Bruns Stockrahm and Sara J. Anderson, Biosciences Department, attended the Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society in Mankato, MN, on 9-11 February 2016 and mentored the following MSUM Bioscience students presenting their research at the meeting: Read the rest of this entry →
Adam Stocker, Biosciences, had a paper published in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE titled: “Emx1 is Required for Neocortical Area Patterning.” The published findings identify a new gene that participates in specifying functional areas in the developing neocortex.
The neocortex is the most recently evolved and the most iconic part of the human brain (i.e. it is the large wrinkled portion). The neocortex is associated with higher thought processes, including language and the processing of information from our senses. The anatomy of the neocortex is organized into different functional regions called areas that are responsible for processing and/or integrating information. Read the rest of this entry →
Four MSUM undergraduates (Bioscience majors Vincent Anani, Bennen Bierman, and Gabe Pankonin and Computer Science major Jake Humphrey) submitted a proposal to the IMPACT competition held by the Mayo Clinic earlier this month. The proposal detailed their hypothesis explaining what may be the underlying cause of hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). Earlier this week, their proposal was named one of eight finalists (of the hundreds of submitted proposals). They will be presenting their proposal at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN on March 5th. If their proposal is selected as the best in their topic, then each student will be awarded $1,000 and have an opportunity to pursue the proposed research at the Mayo Clinic this summer.
The IMPACT program (Innovative Minds Partnering to Advance Curative Therapies) is an undergraduate program sponsored by Regenerative Medicine Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic Office of Applied Scholarship and Education Science. Biosciences professor Adam Stocker is the group’s faculty sponsor.
Adam Stocker, Biosciences, had a paper published in the peer-reviewed journal eLife titled: “Genetic mechanisms control the linear scaling between related cortical primary and higher order sensory areas.” The published findings reveal a previously unknown relationship between the size of primary sensory areas and higher order areas controlled by gene expression during embryonic development. Read the rest of this entry →
Biosciences faculty Brian Wisenden, Dan McEwen and Ellen Brisch, together with Biosciences undergraduates Tony Stumbo, Kurtis McIntire, Justin Scheierl, Jessica Aasand, Heather North, Janna Gilbertson, Diana Grant, Frantz Joseph, Emily Mammenga and Rachel Walsh had their research manuscript accepted for publication in the international peer-reviewed journal Environmental Biology of Fishes. The title of their paper is “Population-specific co-evolution of offspring antipredator competence and parental brood defense in Nicaraguan convict cichlids”. Read the rest of this entry →
Dr. Michelle Malott will join Indiana University East as the executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs beginning July 1, 2016. As the executive vice chancellor, Michelle will be IU East’s chief academic and student affairs officer and will serve as the institution’s senior administrative officer. She will provide academic leadership to preserve and enhance the quality of academic programs and support services as well as be responsible for the strategic direction of Academic Affairs. Currently, Michelle is the dean of the College of Science, Health, and the Environment and a professor of bioscience at Minnesota State University in Moorhead, Minnesota. She has been at MSU since 2001 when she first began as an assistant professor of bioscience. Before she was dean, she was the chairperson of the Department of Biosciences.
Chris Chastain, Biosciences, was awarded a 2-year $148,600 research grant from the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The grant, entitled “Role of pyruvate phosphate dikinase regulatory protein isoform-2 in Zea mays C4 photosynthesis”, will fund Dr. Chastain’s ongoing research into C4 photosynthesis. In addition, the award also provides funds to hire two undergraduate students for full-time summer research and for their attendance and participation at a national level research conference.
When selecting courses for the spring semester, consider BIOL 335 Tropical Field Biology. This course is a 3-cr LASC 10 course that covers biological, political and social aspects of conservation biology. The class meets once per week for discussion of general principles of conservation, followed by discussion of Costa Rica as a case study, The course culminates in a 12-day field trip to Costa Rica over spring break to see first-hand various models of implementing conservation. For details of the 2015 course see http://web.mnstate.edu/wisenden/TFB.htm. For more information about this course contact Brian Wisenden, firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited to 18 students.
Monday, September 28, 2015 | 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. | Langseth Hall Atrium
Come celebrate Minnesota State University Moorhead’s recently awarded National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Scholarship grant of nearly $1.2 million for the project, “Preparing STEM Teachers to Successfully Navigate the Urban to Rural Gradient in Outstate Minnesota.”
We will celebrate with words, food and cool science demos the new five-year award as well as the successful conclusion of the $262,000 NSF Noyce Capacity Building grant, which led to the development of an MSUM Learning Assistant Program and a summer internship program with our public school partners. Read the rest of this entry →
Craig Kutz is enrolled in the MD/PhD program at the Medical University of South Carolina
MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA’S NEWS CENTER | MAY 26, 2015
Ever since he was a kid growing up in a farming family on the outskirts of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Craig Kutz dreamed of being an astronaut. “I’m kind of obsessed with NASA,” he said. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is America’s space agency. Read the rest of this entry →
INFORUM, By Tu-Uyen Tran
MOORHEAD—When Mike Michlovic arrived at Minnesota State University Moorhead to start a field anthropology program, he said he was told to not bother digging in the Red River Valley because there’s nothing here.
As Michlovic tells it, that was all by necessity. Read the rest of this entry →
Molly Strong received a second place award in the oral presentations and Whitney Swanson received second place in the poster competition at the North Central District 3 Beta Beta Beta Meeting held at the University of Iowa. Both students had received Beta Beta Beta Research Scholarships this past fall. Read the rest of this entry →
Members of the Wallert Cancer Research Team Present at the North Central District 3 Beta Beta Beta Meeting
Beta Beta Beta is the National Biological Honor Society. The North Central District 3 Annual Meeting was held at the University of Iowa April 17 and 18, 2015. Four members of the Wallert Cancer Research Team that are Beta Beta Beta members presented at this meeting. Read the rest of this entry →
At the 2105 national meeting of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Cancer Theme was entitled “Cancer: The War at 44 and Warburg at 90.” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major Scott Buchholz was honored as having one of four posters recognized as Outstanding Posters in cancer research. Scott’s project was entitled, “The Impact of Calcineurin B Homologous Protein Isoform 2 Expression on Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Cell Function under Hypoxic Conditions.” Scott’s research partner at MSUM is Biochemistry and Biotechnology major, Shelby Sieverding. The research was conducted in Dr. Mark Wallert’s laboratory.
At the 2015 national meeting of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, junior Biochemistry and Biotechnology major Molly Strong was inducted into ΧΩΛ, the ASBMB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Honors Society. Honor Society membership requires excellence in academics, undergraduate research, and scientific outreach. Molly is the first MSUM student to receive this honor. Molly does her research in the laboratory of Dr. Mark Wallert.
Dr. Mark Wallert, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and six MSUM Biosciences and Chemistry & Biochemistry students, presented at the 2015 American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) March 28-April 1. Wallert served as a theme organizer for the ASBMB Education and Professional Development theme for the meeting and gave an invited talk entitled, “Diversifying training options for undergraduate and graduate students to support industry careers.” The students participating in the meeting and the titles of their presentations: Read the rest of this entry →
By Brittany Dunnigan
Ecologist. Teacher. Scholar.
All three of these titles can be used to describe Dr. Brian Wisenden, fish chemical ecologist and professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead. And as of late, he can also claim the title of book editor as Wisenden recently co-edited and contributed two chapters to a new book now available in bookstores and libraries worldwide.