News archive 2006-2007

Incoming graduate student Brittney McInnis has been awarded a Graduate Council Fellowship. (8/07)

Dr. Bernie Kuhajda has published several papers in the most recent issue of Journal of Applied Ichthyology, an issue devoted to the biology of river sturgeon. (7/07)

The University of Alabama has announced a collaborative research and licensing agreement with QRxPharma. (8/07)

Graduate student Melissa Bailey (Dr. Jane Rasco) has been selected to be the 2007-2008 student representative of the Neurobehavioral Teratology Society! (7/07)

UA biologists Guy and Kim Caldwell and Dr. David Standaert of UAB have been awarded a collaborative grant to study the treatment and prevention of Parkinson’s Disease from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. (7/07)

Marine Science/Biology major Racheal Blevins is one of three UA students to be awarded a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship for 2007-2008.Racheal carries out research on coral dark spot syndrome in the lab of Dr. Julie Olson. (6/07)

Biology undergraduate and graduate students were recognized for outstanding achievements in academics, research and teaching at the 2006-2007 Honors Day ceremony. (5/07)

Three undergraduate researchers named PAA Research Scholars by the Parkinson’s Association of Alabama (5/07)

An interview with graduate student Bwarenaba Kautu. Think you had an unusual pre-science job? Think again. (5/07)

Pythons as models for cardiac function and heart disease. (4/07)

Science as Art. Or something. (4/07)

A recent paper from the laboratory of Dr. Juan Lopez-Bautista (the Phycolab) was recognized byMicrobiology Today as “One Giant Step for Algae.” The cited research reports the discovery of the first known terrestrial algal species in the order Cladophorales. (3/07)

Research in the laboratory of Dr. Janis O’Donnell has identified three genes that influence susceptability to a Parkinson’s Disease-like movement disorder. (3/07)

Biology major Dan Roberts has received a Goldwater Award. Dan conducts research in the laboratory of Professor Janis O’Donnell. (3/07)

Graduate student Hakeem Lawal (O’Donnell lab) has been awarded the Spain Hickman Rotary Scholarship. Congratualations, Hakeem! (3/07)

Biology major Robyn Thomas has received the Amgen Fellowship with the Teach for America program. (3/07)

The Darden Lecture. Dr. Richard Behringer of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center presented this year’s William Darden Lecture in Biological Sciences. The lecture, “Boy or Girl? Genetics of Male and Female Development,” was presented on March 8. Dr. Behringer is an internationally recognized mouse geneticist whose research has provided important insights into the genetic and molecular regulation of mammalian sexual development. The Darden Lecture series honors Dr. William Darden, former Chair of the department. (2/07)

Dr. Kim Caldwell was the recipient of the Best Young Investigator Award by the Movement Disorders Society at the 2006 International Congress on Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Kyoto, Japan. (12/06)

The Phycolab (AKA the laboratory of Dr. Juan Lopez-Bautista) will host the 29th Annual Southeastern Phycological Colloquy in October 2007. More details here. (12/06)

Drs. Guy and Kim Caldwell and former graduate student Shelli Williams have published “Integrated Genetics: A Discovery-based Laboratory Course.” Dr. Guy Caldwell notes that the book “can be purchased at and makes a great Christmas gift”. (12/06)

The Department has recently acquired a new transmission electron microscope and a new laser scanning confocal microscope, with grants received from the National Science Foundation. (12/06)

Service learning in the Department of Biological Sciences. Dr. Leslie Rissler’s Conservation Biology class participated in Gulf Coast dune restoration. (11/06)

Professor Arthur Benke is the winner of the University’s Blackmon-Moody Outstanding Professor Award. Congratulations, Art! (10/06)

Dan McGarvey, a BSC Ph.D. student and a trainee in UA’s NSF-IGERT Freshwater Sciences Interdisciplinary program, was recognized in Washington D.C. as a recipient of an EPA STAR Fellowship,the first to be awarded to a UA student. (10/06)

Biological Science research is featured in Research Magazine On-Line 

Guy and Kim Caldwell (and also here.)

Phil Harris

Julie Olson

Martha Powell

Stephen Secor (9/06)