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BioBits Newsletter
University of Delaware
May 2011
In This Issue:
Alumni Weekend
Student News
Staff News
Alumni News
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Welcome to the second 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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 Alumni Weekend

The Department of Biological Sciences will hold its first Biological Sciences Showcase during Alumni Weekend 2011 on Saturday, June 4th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  The Showcase, which will be held in Wolf Hall and McKinly Laboratory, will feature laboratory demonstrations, student poster presentations of their research, information about the Center for Translational Cancer Research and  Delaware Cardiovascular Research Center, opportunities to reunite with faculty, and more.  Attendees should stop by 115B Wolf Hall to sign in and pick up a map detailing the various event locations.

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Student News

Biology Students Receive Honors

Kudos to ten Biological Sciences students who received awards in 2011.  Pictured from left to right are Vimal Gangadharan, recipient of the Student Research Achievement Award for his poster at the March Biophysical Society Meetings; David Scheiblin recipient of the Microscopy Society of America Student Award; Bruce Aldred, awarded the Richard M. Johnson Award for embodying the spirit and goals of Beta Beta Beta; and Kimberly Stevenson, awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to do research on orthopedic problems associated with cerebral palsy at Saint Andrews University in Scotland.  Additional award recipients include Chia-Yen Wu, recipient of Carson's Best Graduate Student Publication Award for her paper "Proteomic assessment of a cell model of spinal muscular atrophy" published in BMC Neuroscience 2011 12:25; Matthew King, awarded Honorable Mention for his poster "Fibronectin in the Ocular Lens" at the 15th Annual Poster Competition of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Lyana Labrada, awarded the Milton Stetson Undergraduate Research Fellowship for outstanding undergraduate research; Alissa Werzen, honored as 2011 Outstanding Senior Woman by the Newark American Association of University Women; Christine McGrath, also awarded the Richard M. Johnson Award from Beta Beta Beta; and Miho Maeda, one of three recipients of the 2011 Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award.

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Staff News

A familiar face to many of our alumni should be that of Mrs. Ramona Wilson pictured here with three of our graduating seniors, Kimberly Stevenson, Nicholas Suraci and Danielle Bond. Mrs. Wilson is the Senior Administrative Assistant who runs our Undergraduate Programs Office Advisement Center and provides administrative support to the Health Science Advisement and Evaluation Committee (HSAEC). For the past 10 years Mrs. Wilson has advised, mentored and encouraged our undergraduates. She routinely problem solves for faculty and students alike and has even been know to dry a few tears. Countless students credit her with their success at UD and beyond. Students, faculty, and parents all seem to agree that she is, as one grateful parent wrote recently, a "University of Delaware Treasure."

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Alumni News

Patricia Hansen (Honors BA with Distinction, Class of  2006) returned to the laboratory of Dr. Deni Galileo for a research rotation during January and March of her senior year in medical school at Thomas Jefferson University's Jefferson Medical College.  Here, Patti was injecting fluorescent human brain cancer cells directly into the chick embryo brain and followed their spread throughout the brain.  For her undergraduate senior thesis with Dr.  Galileo, she injected human breast cancer cells into blood vessels of the chick embryo to show their metastasis to other organs, such as the brain.  Patti will begin her residency in Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College this summer.


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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