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Meet the new Noyce scholars

Posted on March 23, 2017

By Lexi Byler, MSUM Marketing Intern

MSU Moorhead’s Robert Noyce Grant Project gives current students majoring in science or mathematics, or community members who’ve received a STEM degree, the opportunity to earn a teaching license free of cost. This semester, MSUM awarded four student scholarships to David Cord, Christian Larson, Brooke Mayer and Jennifer Williams. Read the rest of this entry →

Biosecurity Expert Michael Osterholm to speak at MSUM March 23

Posted on March 13, 2017

Michael Osterholm

Author of Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs

Michael Osterholm, an internationally recognized expert in infectious disease epidemiology and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, will present a free, public talk on “Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs,” Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in MSUM’s Langseth Hall room 104.

Osterholm is co-author with Mark Olshaker of the book of the same title, “Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs,” to be released March 14, 2017. Read the rest of this entry →

Pacific Northwest Ecology (BIOL 308) summer travel course

Posted on March 13, 2017

Are you interested in camping next to the ocean, exploring tide pools, hiking in a temperate rainforest and traversing an alpine meadow? This summer travel course allows students to study general ecological principles and regional natural history within the context of a variety of ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest, including coastal, alpine, freshwater stream, lake, and river, and temperate rainforest systems. The ecological consequences and the science behind specific environmental and conservation issues will be explored. The concept of local and global sustainability will be a pervasive theme throughout the course.  Read the rest of this entry →

Biology students present at MN meeting of The Wildlife Society

Posted on February 20, 2017

Fourteen students attended the MN chapter annual meeting of The Wildlife Society at Maplelag Resort in Calloway, Minn., Feb. 14-16. The students presented seven posters and networked with professionals in the wildlife and land management professions, as well as potential graduate school options. Other meeting events included a student-professional mixer, the society’s annual business meeting, and the Quiz Bowl, in which students from different universities form teams for a wildlife trivia competition. Students are also members of MSUM’s TWS Student Chapter, advised by Donna M. Bruns Stockrahm.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dille Fund for Excellence Grants

Posted on December 09, 2016

Please join us in congratulating this year’s Dille Fund for Excellence Grant recipients:  Read the rest of this entry →

Biosciences Department Offering Neurobiology Course

Posted on 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).

Symposium for Strong Summer Scholars

Posted on 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 →

BReWS Meeting on Oct. 19

Posted on 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 →

BReWS Meeting Oct. 5

Posted on 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 →

First BReWS Meeting Tonight

Posted on 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 →

Former Biosciences Professor Phyllis Harber Dies

Posted on 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 →

Making an IMPACT

Posted on 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 →

Campus Iguana Has New Name

Posted on 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 →

Honors Program Scholarships Awarded

Posted on 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 →

Help Name the New MSUM Iguana

Posted on 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 →

Professor Adam Stocker to present research on Genetic Manipulations

Posted on 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.

MSUM Bioscience students presented at the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society

Posted on 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 →

Curie, the Biosciences Department’s iguana, has passed away

Posted on March 22, 2016
Curie, the Biosciences Department’s beloved iguana, passed away on Monday, March 14.  Curie had been declining for some time due to his advanced age.  He was donated from a member of the community in February 2010, at the age of approximately 6 years, and was an immediate hit on campus.  He could often be seen strolling the hallways of Langseth Hall, or in the summer, outside basking in the sun.  He was a regular stop for tour groups, both prospective students and the many elementary students who frequent our campus for outreach events.  He was over 12 years old at the time of his passing, which is considered old for an iguana.  He will be missed.

Adam Stocker published in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE

Posted on 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 →

MSUM undergraduates submitted a proposal to the IMPACT competition

Posted on 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.

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