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Sumali Pandey awarded $25,000 grant

Posted on October 17, 2017

Sumali Pandey, Biosciences Department, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agriculture Health and Safety (HICAHS), to support her research on epigenetic and transcriptomic events associated with mold exposures. Mold related exposures are frequent in a farm environment, and this research will benefit the diagnostic and therapeutic decision making process in the agricultural community. Sumali will be collaborating with undergraduate students to execute the experiments for the proposed research.

Bee Wisenden publishes paper in Clinical Anatomy journal

Posted on October 06, 2017

Bee Wisenden (Biosciences Department) published a peer-reviewed paper in the journal Clinical Anatomy entitled “Emotional response of undergraduates to cadaver dissection.” This research was based on the experiences of MSUM students enrolled in BIOL 323 Human Anatomy. Cadaver dissection evokes an emotional response that affects some students more than others, and can be a barrier to learning. In this paper, the results of experimental pedagogy are reported that showed that humanization of donors (providing information about the donor’s occupation, health history, cause of death) helps some students feel more comfortable learning course material. There are five MSUM undergraduate co-authors on this paper (Katherine Budke, Chelsea Klemetson, Tana Kurtti, Chandi Patel and Trenda Schwantz) who helped administer the survey, collate the data and present earlier versions of this research at the Andrew B. Conteh Student Academic Conference.

Symposium for Strong Summer Scholars

Posted on October 06, 2017

Friday, Oct. 6 | 2-3 p.m. | Hagen 104

Strong Summer Research Scholars will be recognized at a symposium on Friday, Oct. 6 from 2-3 p.m., in Hagen 104. Student Researchers and faculty mentors will be honored. Posters highlighting their summer research projects will be on display. Learn about their research projects, and more about the Strong Scholars Research awards.  Refreshments will be served.

The Strong Scholars Research Fund supports faculty-mentored student research projects in Biosciences, Chemistry, and Physics. Funding is supported by the Judith Strong Endowment.


BIOL 335 informational meeting

Posted on September 22, 2017

Friday, Sept. 22 | 2-3 p.m. | Langseth 118

There will be an informational meeting on Friday, Sept. 22 in Langseth Hall 118 at 2 p.m. to discuss BIOL 335 Tropical Conservation Biology. This course is offered in the spring semester and includes a 12-day trip to Costa Rica over spring break (March 1-12). This course is 3cr, LASC goal area 10, and open to students of any major.  Read the rest of this entry →

Research paper by Wisenden, undergraduate students accepted for publication in CHEMOECOLOGY

Posted on September 07, 2017

Brian Wisenden, Biosciences Department, and seven undergraduate collaborators, had a research paper accepted for publication this week in the international peer-reviewed journal CHEMOECOLOGY. Co-authors were MSUM undergraduates Mikaela Hanson and Whitney Shegrud, University of Minnesota Undergraduates Alexai Falkner, Ingrid Holstrom, Samantha Molitor, and Samual Willard, and University of Utah undergraduate Joshua Gillen.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM student research project explores possible role for henna in cancer treatment

Posted on July 24, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A collaborative research project between Minnesota State University Moorhead sophomore Mark Lueders and Samford University professor emeritus Mike Howell adds to compelling evidence that a chemical produced by the henna plant might be useful in treating cancer and offers insight into appropriate dosage.

Lueders is one of twelve students from undergraduate institutions across the U.S. at Samford this summer taking part in a prestigious Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and hosted by the university’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. The students are investigating questions in local ecology, microbiology, genetics, enzymology, cell culture, organic molecule synthesis and thin film macromolecules. Each student is developing specialized and marketable skills while learning to communicate about science research. 

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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 →

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