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BioBits Newsletter
University of Delaware
April 2011
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Clark Lecture
Student News
Faculty News
Alumni News
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Welcome to the first edition of our electronic newsletter BioBITS,
highlighting recent news and upcoming events in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Delaware. We are excited to share our news with you in this new format!    
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Clark Lecture

The annual Dr. Arnold M. Clark Memorial Lecture will be held this year on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. in Wolf Hall Auditorium.  Dr. Donald C. Johanson, Discoverer of Lucy, Virginia M. Ullman Chair in Human Origins, Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change and Founding Director, Institute of Human Origin, Arizona State University will present Lucy's Legacy:  Our African Legacy.  The Clark Lectureship is supported by a generous gift from Dr. Clark's former student and advisee, Dr. Howard Hudson (Class of 1963) and his wife.   


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Student News

 Cory Bovenzi, an undergraduate in Dr. Deni Galileo's lab, discusses his poster with Dr. Gary Laverty at the March 18th Poster Session in preparation for the Experimental Biology meetings in Washington DC on April 9-13.  Cory and eight other Biological Sciences majors and two Chemistry majors including Erica Boetefuer, Michael Angelo Brister, Jean Huynh, Soma Jobbagy, Matt King, Dylan Lowe, Tejal Naik, Victoria Roop, Robert Sheehan and Ashley Shay will present posters at these meetings. Read more>>

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Faculty News

Biology faculty Dr. Jennifer Nauen and Dr. Patricia Walsh, along with Meredith Wesolowski from Chemistry and Biochemistry, were named National Academies Education Fellows in the Life Sciences for 2010-2011.  They attended the National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology last summer in Madison, Wisconsin.  Back on campus they have shared their experiences with faculty and graduate students through workshops on mentoring and active learning.  Dr. Nauen has been invited to serve as a facilitator at the National Academies of Science Northeast Regional Summer Institute for Undergraduate Education at Yale this coming summer. Read more>>

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Alumni News 

Dr. Brian McGonigle (Honors B.A., Class of 1987) is a Research Scientist at Pioneer, a DuPont business.  His lab currently works in the area of plant gene expression using artificial microRNAs to silence genes and with developing a synthetic repressor system that uses a novel ligand to induce gene expression.  Dr. McGonigle was an undergraduate researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Diane Herson.  After UD, he received his Ph.D. from Yale University.  Dr. McGonigle has been invited back to campus this coming fall to present a research seminar in the department
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Upcoming Events:

Convocation - May 27, 2011

- Graduation - May 28, 2011

- Alumni Weekend - June 3,4,5, 2011  


Contact Info

Pamela Vari 

Department of Biological Sciences