Biology

Biology

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The Biology Department is now searching for two new assistant professors, one who is a Prokaryotic Microbiologist and one who is a Geneticist. See Apply for Jobs

Spotlight on Student Research

Anasheh GhazarianAnasheh Ghazarian is studying what agents facilitate binding between cells. A variety of lectins facilitate binding. Anasheh added sugars to the mix, and certain of these sugars (most notably D-melezitose) inhibit the binding. In other words, the sugars and the lectins interact. She has studied a variety of sugars at a variety of concentrations. This is part of a series of studies searching for promising therapeutic anti-infectivity and anti-cancer reagent. more Spotlights...

Department Introspection

The Department of Biology is particularly proud of our lab and field courses. We offer a wide variety of hand-on opportunities in which students practice technique, gather data, and draw conclusions from those data. Many of these classes are very small. They use real laboratories and study organisms in their natural habitat. As a complement to these intimate classes, Biology majors also take a few large lecture classes, which are taught by rock-star lecturers. The faculty are remarkably open to exploring new and (hopefully) better teaching methods. For example, we adopted teaching with tablets and have done so as a group so as to make the tablet pay for itself thorugh savings on eTexts over paper books. Students often write reports and give spoken presentations. Reading the scientific literature is part of many classes. We believe in a tight interplay between teaching and research. The faculty are deeply involved in research training through doing research with students. The examination of our subject matter through our courses often inspires our research, and much of our research feeds back to make us better teachers. The variety and field-orientation of our course offerings are, we think, superior to those of any other university in the region. For example, we offer about 20 sections of field courses for majors per year, as well as one integrated field semester. Our graduates have had great opportunities to learn the skills used by professional biologists. Our newsletter tells more...