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Fall 2013

  • The new issue of Bioscope (Fall 2013) – the Biology Department’s newsletter – is now available for download.

Spring 2013

  • Ben Pierce, professor of biology and holder of the Lillian Nelson Pratt Chair, was the invited speaker for Scholars Day at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton. The title of his talk was “The Ecology and Natural History of the Georgetown Salamander.” The talk included the contributions of Southwestern University undergraduate students who have assisted with research on the Georgetown salamander.

  • Martín Gonzalez, associate professor of biology, has been profiled on the website of the American Society for Microbiology-Burroughs Wellcome Fund Science Teaching Fellows Program. The program is designed to strengthen the science teaching skills of the fellows participating in this program. Read the profile here.

Fall 2012

  • Biology professors Maria ToddMaria Cuevas and Rebecca Sheller presented research they did in collaboration with Jonathan King from Trinity University at the 2012 Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Conference held in Austin Oct. 24-26. Their presentation was titled “Sub-cellular Localization of Overexpressed Versus siRNA-Suppressed Claudin-3 Protein in Breast Cancer Cell Lines by Cell Fractionation and Indirect Immunofluorescence.” Students Browyn Tyler and Amanda Tompkins were co-authors on the paper. StudentsHeather Petty and Shannon Spears also attended the conference.

  • Senior biology and environmental studies major Kira McEntire gave several presentations over the summer. She gave an oral presentation at the EuryceAlliance meeting held May 25 at Texas State University, a poster presentation at the Ecological Society of America meeting Aug. 5-10 in Portland, Ore., and a poster presentation at the World Congress of Herpetology meeting Aug. 9-13 in Vancouver, Canada. Ben Pierce, professor of biology, presented the poster with her at the meeting in Vancouver.