Biology News

Fellowship leads Howard to a career in public health

Hayden Howard ’14 is committed to public health policy with a job offer from an occupational healthcare company, an application to a Master’s of Public Health program, and interviews for positions that would deal directly with public health issues. Read More

Condon publishes new research in Science

Marty Condon, professor of biology at Cornell College, has studied flies in the tropics for years. In a paper published in Science this week, she reports evidence that there is more to a fly’s ecological niche than where it lives and what it eats—you have to look at what eats the fly, as well. Read More

Thedacare internship information session

Dimensions is currently recruiting for a paid ($15/Hr) summer internship at the Thedacare Center for Healthcare Value in Appleton, Wisconsin. The internship is open to students in all majors, but is designed for students who are interested in healthcare, particularly in the areas of healthcare policy, administration and delivery. Read More

Science Cafe: Eat. Drink. Talk science.

Dr. Gabriele Ludewig of the University of Iowa College of Public Health will lead an informal discussion about hazardous chemicals, the environment and the potential impact on your health. Read More

Student receives research grant

Jarod Armenta ’15 has been awarded a research grant from the Beta Beta Beta Research Foundation and will present his findings at a future TriBeta convention. Read More

How to land a summer research position

We'll discuss how research experience will help your development as a scientist, how to locate and apply for campus and off-campus opportunities, and provide you with a packet of information which includes a spreadsheet highlighting external research competitions, a sample resume and personal statement, and rules of etiquette for requesting a letter of recommendation. Oct. 28 at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Shaw conference room in Thomas Commons. Read More

Walsh discovers passion for wildlife education

Maureen Walsh '13 discovered a passion for wildlife education during two summer zoo internships and a block in Israel studying migratory birds. Read More

Six courses traveled to tropical field stations in February

Fifty-seven students joined their Cornell professors for courses in the Bahamas and Belize during block 6. Cornell courses have traveled to the Gerace Research Center in the Bahamas for years, and 2013 marked the third annual trip to a field station in Latin America. Read More

Linked courses study wildlife conservation in Costa Rica

To fully understand efforts to protect sea turtles and other tropical animals, it's useful to visit a place like Costa Rica and meet the people involved. It's even more helpful to be guided by experts in both the fields of biology and psychology/sociology, as a group of Cornell students were in 2011. Read More

Marty Condon to talk about flies from the Amazon to Iowa

Marty Condon, professor of biology, will talk about  “Flies and More Flies: Diversity From the Tropics to our Own Backyards”  at the Science Interest Group lecture at 11:10 a.m. on March 22 in West Science. Condon will address why there are so many species of insects. Insects that feed on plants are model systems for studies […] Read More

“Eggs of the Living Dead Meet America’s Most Polluted Lake”

Dr. Nelson G. Hairston Jr., Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor of Environmental Science, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University, will lecture on Oct 24th on effects of pollution and cleanup efforts on ecosystems. Onondaga Lake in New York is reputed to be the most polluted lake in North America because of chemical industry […] Read More

Professor and student selected for UI program

Barbara Christie-Pope,  professor of biology at Cornell College has been selected as one of six Fellows of the FUTURE in Biomedicine program at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Christie-Pope, together with Cornell undergraduate Federica Otalora-Roselli, will spend two months this summer engaged in an intensive research experience in the laboratory of Robert […] Read More

SIG lecture: Crop Improvement One Gene At a Time and Its Value in Biotechnology

Genome sequencing and other technologies are enabling scientists to acquire enormous data on plant traits, but there is still a need for understanding basic biology and gene function. This lecture will be presented on March 15th by Dennis Halterman ’94, assistant professor of plant pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Read More

Lecture: International Studies of Pre-term Birth

Jeff Murray will present on March 3rd on the challenges and rewards of studying the genetic and environmental causes of birth defects and pre-term birth. His presentation will emphasize how programs develop and the importance of international collaborations in addressing these major causes of infant death worldwide. Murray is a professor of neonatology and genetics, […] Read More

Curing Sickle Cell Disease

On Sep 28th, Jane Sande, M.D., will discuss the medical, social, and economic impact of sickle cell disease and curing the disease via bone marrow transplantation. Dr. Sande is medical director for The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Their sickle cell disease program is at […] Read More

Alum confirmed as chair of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission

Daryl J. Boness ’72 was confirmed last week as chair of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission. Boness, a retired scientist who spent most of his career at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., was profiled in the most recent edition of the Cornell Report. The commission provides independent oversight of the marine mammal conservation policies […] Read More

Students reflect on Operation Walk experiences

Since 2005, Cornell students have regularly joined Dr. Larry Dorr ’63 and other medical professionals on Operation Walk, a medical mission that performs hip and knee replacements in countries such as China, Peru, and Viet Nam. During the trips, students observe surgeries and assist with physical therapy and many other aspects of the project. The […] Read More

Students analyze H1N1 pandemic response in D.C.

In the spring of 2009, the H1N1 flu pandemic elicited an emergency response from health officials around the globe. Throughout the fall, nine Cornell students studied  the outbreak from a variety of angles, including historic accounts of previous pandemics and scientific papers on the H1N1 virus, guided by Professor of  Biology Barbara Christie-Pope. In February […] Read More

Rainforest studies reveal unexpected species diversity

Marty Condon’s path-breaking research, which was featured on the cover of Science magazine in May 2008, has exposed extraordinary and surprising levels of species diversity in tropical plant/insect communities. With a 2010 $270,000 National Science Foundation grant in hand, Condon and her research team are poised to push their investigations even further. Condon and her […] Read More

Biology professor awarded $270,769 NSF grant

UPDATE: You can read Biology Professor Marty Condon’s monograph here. MOUNT VERNON — Cornell College Biology Professor Marty Condon has been awarded $270,769 from the National Science Foundation to continue her research uncovering extraordinary levels of tropical diversity. The research, which was featured on the cover of Science magazine in May 2008, addresses a major […] Read More