Congratulations to the *many* BSC students recognized during honors week!

The department of Biological Sciences is very proud of our students whose achievements in academics, research, and teaching were recognized during Honors Week. Congratulations all! Inge and Ilouise Hill Research Fellowship Katie Sandlin (Reed) Joab Langston Thomas Scholarship Rebecca Varney (Kocot) Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student in Biological Sciences Fall 2018 – Samuel Scopel […]

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Dr. Ryan Earley awarded the Leadership Board’s Outstanding Commitment to Students Award

Congratulations to Dr. Ryan Earley for being awarded the UA Leadership Board’s Outstanding Commitment to Students Award. This award recognizes a tenured or tenure-track faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences for service in the advancement of students beyond the classroom. […]

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Congratulations to NSF GRFP awardees Sommer Starr and Abigail Rae Sisti and Honorable Mention Meghan Yap-Chiongco

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. This year, BSC graduate students Sommer Starr (Mortazavi lab) and Abigail Rae Sisti (Earley lab) were awarded fellowships and graduate student Meghan […]

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Dr. Asma Hatoum-Aslan and BSC graduate student Lucy Chou-Zheng uncover critical insights into bacterial immunity

In new work published in the journal eLife, Dr. Asma Hatoum-Aslan and one of her graduate students, Lucy Chou-Zheng, uncover new insights into how a common skin bacterium combats its viruses. The researchers discovered that the immune system in Staphylococcus bacteria known as CRISPR-Cas does not function on its own, but rather, it mobilizes other […]

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New publication by BSC alum Emily Brown and Dr. Ferguson identifies best conservation strategies for endangered woodpeckers

Dr. Paige Ferguson, along with UA M.S. alumus Emily Brown, recently published  a structured decision making analysis aimed at increasing the Red-cockaded Woodpecker population in the Oakmulgee Ranger District of the Talladega National Forest and balancing stakeholder objectives in this area. Their paper is one of the first published studies on the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker […]

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Dr. Becker Assists in Global Study of Amphibians

New work published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution by an  international team of researchers including Dr. Gui Becker shows how ambibian skin microbiomes – the bacteria and other microrganisms living on frogs and their relatives – are distributed globally. The team examined climate and geographic data to understand their effects on the microbiome […]

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New Biological Sciences M.A. program announced

Starting in August 2019, Biological Sciences will offer a new Master of Arts (M.A.) program. This is a coursework-only degree designed for individuals who wish to enhance their knowledge of foundational concepts in Biological Sciences and gain practical hands-on training in laboratory techniques, data analysis and presentation as well as scientific pedagogical practices. This degree […]

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