October 26, 2016
For any students interested in neuroscience MSUM’s Biosciences department is offering a course in Neurobiology (BIOL 390 Topics in Biology: Neurobiology).
The pre-requisite for the course is Genetics (BIOL 341). Any other interested students who have previously taken Physiological Psychology (PSY 345) and either Learning and Memory (PSY 342) or Cognition and Perception (PSY 348) are also encouraged to register (overrides will be granted).
October 14, 2016
Friday, Oct. 14 | 3 p.m. | Hagen 104
Strong Summer Research Scholars will be recognized at a symposium on Friday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. in Hagen 104. Student Researchers and faculty mentors will be honored. Posters highlighting their summer research projects will be displayed. Read the rest of this entry →
October 11, 2016
Wednesday, Oct. 19 | 6 p.m. | Livingston Lord Library Porch
Come join us at BReWS this Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Livingston Lord Library porch for good food and better conversation, plus a presentation on research being done on Emotional Impact of Cadaver Dissection on Undergraduate Students. Read the rest of this entry →
October 05, 2016
Wednesday, Oct. 5 | 6:45 p.m. | Library porch
There will be a Biological Research Wednesday Social (BReWS) meeting this Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6:45 p.m. in the Livingston Lord Library front porch. There will be free food and all are welcome to attend. Read the rest of this entry →
September 14, 2016
Wednesday, Sept. 14 | 6 p.m. | Library porch
The first Biological Research Wednesday Social (BReWS) will be this Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Livingston Lord Library front porch. There will be free food and all are welcome to attend. Read the rest of this entry →
August 04, 2016
Phyllis Harber, 85, Moorhead, Minn., died Monday, Aug. 1, in Elim Rehab and Care Center. She taught in Biosciences department at MSUM and retired in 1992. Read the rest of this entry →
June 29, 2016
How four MSUM students got to present their groundbreaking research at Mayo Clinic
By Nate Gilbraith
It is not very often that undergraduate research students are allowed to present their work in front of Mayo scientists and physicians, but thanks to the Innovative Minds Partnering to Advance Curative Therapies (IMPACT) program, four MSUM students were allowed to do just that. This program, sponsored by Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, encourages creative solutions to critical health questions through the collaboration between undergraduate students and Mayo Clinic. Read the rest of this entry →
May 05, 2016
….. And the Winner is – Rosalind Franklin.
When the polls closed at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, the ballots were counted (with four witnesses) and the winner was Rosalind Franklin. Feel free to stop by between finals or before summer break to say “Hello Rosalind!” Read the rest of this entry →
May 02, 2016
The Honors Program is pleased to announce that four students have been selected to receive new Honors Program Scholarships for 2016-17. Read the rest of this entry →
April 29, 2016
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 →
April 12, 2016
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.
April 06, 2016
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 →
March 01, 2016
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 →
February 18, 2016
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.
February 11, 2016
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 →
January 26, 2016
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 →
January 05, 2016
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.
November 03, 2015
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.
October 14, 2015
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.