The 33rd annual Perspectives in Biology Symposium will be hosted by the Department of Biology on November 10-11, 2017. Confirmed speakers are Julia Cooper of the National Cancer Institute, Robert Pringle of Princeton University, and Adam Summers of Friday Harbor Laboratory, University of Washington. Mark your calendars now, and look for updates in early September.
The 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Day held at Wake Forest on Friday, October 7, 2016, featured so many presentations by Biology majors and other students working on projects in Biology labs that it is hard to be certain that the list is complete! Congratulations to all students who participated in this celebratory event, which provided…
The 32nd annual Perspectives in Biology Symposium (PIB 32) is scheduled for November 4-5, 2016. The invited speakers are Professor Stuart Pimm of Duke University, Professor Michelle Barton of the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Professor Franz Goller of the University of Utah. This stellar line-up will offer the latest perspectives on biodiversity, epigenetics,…
Assistant Professor James Pease is the newest faculty member in the Department of Biology! He will teach genetics, bioinformatics, genomics, and his research is in the area of computational evolutionary biology. Pease received his Ph.D. from Indiana University and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Michigan before joining the faculty at Wake Forest….
The Wake Endophyte Legacy Lab (also known as the WELL, headed by Professor of Biology Brian Tague) took a scientific road trip to Wake Forest’s Old Campus on a hot day this August. The Lab is interested in fungal endophytes – fungi that live asymptomatically within the tissues of plants – from the leaves of magnolia…
WFU Biology PhD student Scott Cory, and undergraduate researchers Taylor Catalano and Denas Kisonas (rising sophomores, class of 2019), spent their summer at Roan High Bluff in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. They were studying the ecophysiological mechanisms of mortality of Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) and red spruce (Picea rubens) seedlings. Their research is yielding important insights into…
Biology Professor David Anderson’s lab was well represented at the NAOC (North American Ornithological Conference) August 16-20, 2016 in Washington DC. Over 2,000 people attended the NAOC, making it the largest bird conference ever! The titles of the presentations give a good indication of this lab’s seabird expertise, which is now being paired with studies of global change….
This summer Biology Professor Carole Gibson was invited by the Office of Global Programs to teach in a pilot program at a boarding high school in Suzhou, China. The program offered a college course to Chinese students planning to study in the US so that they could become familiar with American-style teaching, group work, and expectations in…
Our local expert on vertebrate locomotion, Professor Miriam Ashley-Ross, was quoted on July 8, 2016, in an article on mudfish locomotion titled “Did early land animals get a leg up by using their tails?” The article was published in the Christina Science Monitor. Why study mudskippers? These fish use their front fins to propel themselves on…
The Wake Forest Department of Biology was well represented at the 2016 Hooding Ceremony of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences held in Wait Chapel on Saturday, May 14. Congratulations to new Ph.D.s Daniel Griffith, Monica Jenks, Kyle Luth, Ben Perlman, and Ashton Trawinski. Warren Boger, Albert Kim, and Jessica Martin received M.S. degrees….
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