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Alumnus Goes on NASA Mission

Posted on June 10, 2015

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 →

MSUM archaeologist retires after 40 years in the trenches

Posted on May 18, 2015

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.

MikeMForty years and a dozen archaeological sites later, he and his students have discovered much about the life of the ancient American Indians who lived here thousands of years ago.

As Michlovic tells it, that was all by necessity. Read the rest of this entry →

Molly Strong and Whitney Swanson win awards at the North Central District 3 Beta Beta Beta Meeting

Posted on April 27, 2015

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

Posted on April 27, 2015

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 →

Scott Buchholz recognized for outstanding poster at national meeting

Posted on April 22, 2015

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.

Molly Strong inducted into ΧΩΛ honor society

Posted on April 22, 2015

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.

Wallert and students present at national meeting

Posted on April 22, 2015

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 →

Brian Wisenden co-edits fish ecology book

Posted on April 21, 2015

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.

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LASC 10 Summer School offering

Posted on April 20, 2015

Looking for a fun LASC 10 to take this summer? Take Exploring Biology (BIOL 370). It is course that incorporates hands on activities and experiments to facilitate learning different scientific concepts. Read the rest of this entry →

Creating Buzz about Bees

Posted on April 10, 2015

Biosciences majors to present at Student Academic Conference on April 14

By Brittany Dunnigan

When many people think of bees, honey is the first thing that comes to mind. These incredible little insects, however, play a much larger role in sustaining our ecosystem than simply supplying this sweet treat.

Senior James Kawlewski and junior Marissa Reeves, Biosciences students at MSUM, both agree that bees are essential to pollination and biodiversity. By working with MSUM Biosciences Professor Sarah Anderson, the students have conducted research to identify the number of different bee species that exist in Clay County to determine the level of biodiversity in the area. Read the rest of this entry →

Brian Wisenden, Biosciences, had paper accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journal Behaviour

Posted on April 07, 2015

Brian Wisenden, Biosciences, had a paper accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Behaviour. The title of the paper is”Genetic evidence for mixed broods and extra-pair fertilizations in a socially monogamous biparental cichlid fish”. Read the rest of this entry →

Donna Bruns Stockrahm and students attended and presented at the Joint Meeting of The Wildlife Society of the Minnesota and Wisconsin Chapters

Posted on March 02, 2015

Donna Bruns Stockrahm (Biosciences) attended the Joint Meeting of The Wildlife Society of the Minnesota and Wisconsin Chapters in Duluth, MN, on 17-19 February. Eleven students from the Biosciences Department also attended, six of which presented the following posters on their research mentored by Dr. Bruns Stockrahm: Read the rest of this entry →

Planning underway in anticipation of major research and education initiative at MSU Moorhead Regional Science Center

Posted on February 24, 2015

Planning is underway in anticipation of a major research and education initiative at the MSU Moorhead Regional Science Center. A proposal to study the restoration of developed land to a natural state has been in the works for more than 30 years, and now a $527,760 grant application is working its way through the final funding process. If awarded, work will begin this summer. Read the rest of this entry →

Dan McEwen, Biosciences, published paper in the international peer-reviewed journal Diversity

Posted on January 14, 2015

Dan McEwen, Biosciences, has a paper published in the international peer-reviewed journal Diversity. Read the rest of this entry →

Brian Wisenden to have paper published in Journal of Fish Biology

Posted on January 13, 2015

Brian Wisenden, Biosciences, has had a paper accepted for publication in the international peer-reviewed Journal of Fish Biology. Read the rest of this entry →

Commencement is today at 1 p.m.

Posted on December 18, 2014

Can’t attend commencement? Watch the ceremony live.

Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to 362 students during its fall commencement program Thursday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse. Read the rest of this entry →

Biosciences students presented research at monthly Biosciences Research Wednesday Seminars meeting

Posted on December 04, 2014

Biosciences research students presented their research at the monthly BReWS (Biosciences REsearch Wednesday Seminars) meeting in HA 104 on Dec 4. About 50 students and 9 faculty were in attendance. This month’s faculty host was Chris Chastain and food for all was provided by Bee Wisenden. There were three presentations: Read the rest of this entry →

Three MSUM Student Cancer Researchers Receive Beta Beta Beta Research Scholarships

Posted on November 05, 2014

Three MSUM students, Anne Pius, Molly Strong, and Whitney Swanson were awarded Research Scholarships from the Beta Beta Beta Research Foundation.  Beta Beta Beta is a national biological society with a local chapter on the MSUM campus.  The three students are members of the cancer research team mentored by Mark Wallert. Read the rest of this entry →

Ellen Brisch and student Evangeline Holley attended and presented at the 23rd Annual Developmental Biology Symposium

Posted on October 27, 2014

Biosciences faculty member Ellen Brisch and student Evangeline Holley attended the 23rd Annual Developmental Biology Symposium at the University of Minnesota Monday October 20.  Evangeline presented her research mentored by Brian Wisenden at a graduate student and postdoctoral fellow geared session in a poster entitled:  Predictability of food supply, not ration, increases exploratory behavior in Zebrafish Danio rerio.  Evangeline is also a Goldwater Scholar.

MSUM Hosts 9th Undergraduate Research in the Molecular Sciences Meeting

Posted on October 24, 2014

The 9th Undergraduate Research in the Molecular Sciences (URMS9) meeting was held on the MSUM campus October 3 and 4, 2014. The meeting included 110 participants from 11 colleges and universities. URMS9 included 42 oral and poster presentations by undergraduates competing for travel awards to the national meetings of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) and the American Chemical Society. Travel award winners from MSUM were: Read the rest of this entry →

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