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Catherine Brands wins in 11th Annual Student Research Exposition
The College of Science hosted the 11th Annual Student Research Exposition on Friday, November 13, 2015.
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Exploring Islands of Life at Craters of the Moon
Katie Peterson is fascinated by the evolution of animal and plant communities on islands — but she chose to pursue her doctoral degree in biology at the University of Idaho, 300 miles inland.
» Read about Katie's research
McGowan at Science Pub
Dr. Craig McGowan to present “The Biomechanics of Locomotion: Bouncing, Blades and Bears" November 10 at 6 pm
» Read about the upcoming presentation
Inspiring Women in STEM

When award-winning professor Holly Wichman arrived at UI, she was the first female faculty member in her department, and one of only two in her entire building.
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Araujo and Gonzales Win!
Jose Araujo and Andres Gonzales win awards for outstanding undergraduate and graduate posters
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Development of Color Vision
Zebrafish cone photoreceptors switch color sensitivities in response to developmental signals
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Wichman Wins STEM Award!
Holly Wichman is one of the 100 Inspiring Women in STEM!!! (See page 65)
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Fortunato co-leads conference
Lee Fortunato is helping coordinate the International Herpesvirus Workshop
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Discover Idaho’s Wildflowers with New App
University of Idaho’s Stillinger Herbarium joins Northwest partners to make plant information available to the public
» Learn about Idaho's Wildflower App
Laura Jenkins receives Glen and Jan Nielsen Scholarship
This award is given to outstanding graduate students in the departments of the College of Science. This scholarship signifies departmental confidence and recognition from faculty around the entire college.
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Hohenlohe's Research Awarded
Dr. Hohenlohe will receive the COS Early Career Faculty Award
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Foster Receives Faculty Award
Dr. Foster to receive award for service at UI
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Dr. Peter Fuerst wins Mid-Career Faculty Award for his work at UI!
Dr. Fuerst is the most recent recipient of the 2015 - 2017 Mid Career Faculty Award at the University of Idaho. Congratulations Pete!
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Confronting Ebola with Computers
New working group uses advanced modeling techniques to understand evolution, spread of deadly virus.
» Learn how modeling is helping fight Ebola
Li Wins Award!
Shuai Li, a member of the Fuerst lab and President of Time Stage, wins $10,000 award in the Idaho Entrepeneur Challenge
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Sukeena Places in Competition!
Josh Sukeena, in the Fuerst lab, takes second place at NW Developmental Biology Conference poster session.
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Hardwick et al in PLOS!
Kayla Hardwick, biology major, publishes research done on White Sands lizards
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Fall 2014 Graduating Seniors
Introducing the Fall 2014 Graduating Seniors!
Mitchell published in Science
Biology faculty member, Diana Mitchell, published alongside 2014 Nobel Prize Winner for research using lattice light microscopy.
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A green Anole on a log.
Research Reveals Rapid Evolution
UI professor uses DNA-sequencing tools to understand how Florida anoles adapted quickly to invading species
» Read about the green anoles adaption
Dr. Des Roches Published!
Des Roches, formerly in the Harmon lab, discusses her research of the white sands lizards.
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Harmon Student in
Kayla Hardwick, of Luke Harmon's lab, featured in article on natural selection in
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Dr. Forney in The Scientist!
UI Distinguished Professor Larry Forney discusses research findings in The Scientist.
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Chris Marx
Examining Evolutionary Paths
Biology professor predicts bacterial evolution to protect, help humans
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Onesmo Balemba
Balemba Receives Dyess Faculty Fellowship for FY 2015!
Balemba awarded for strong commitment to undergraduate research
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The bottom of gecko's feet.
Discovering Geckos’ Sticky Secrets
Biology and engineering researcher investigates the tiny structures that give geckos their incredible climbing power – helping humans answer evolutionary questions and create high–tech materials.
» Read about the research on geckos' climbing power
Kami Cole participated in the 2014 Undergraduate Research Poster Session.
2014 Undergraduate Research Poster Session Winners
The Department of Biological Sciences’ 2014 Undergraduate Research Poster Session was held on Wednesday, May 7. This event provided the opportunity for undergraduate students to showcase their research.
» Find out the winners of the Undergraduate Research Poster Session
Eva Top: Excellence Award
Eva Top wins Excellence in Research or Creative Activity Award for her work at UI!
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Research Poster Session
Undergraduate researchers will present their projects during the annual departmental poster session
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Jack Sullivan interviewed in Heredity
Sullivan discusses divergence with gene flow in the recent chipmunk radiation.
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Graduate Student Published in Animal Conservation
Denim Jochimsen, a graduate student in Luke Harmon's lab, discusses her research on the influence of ecology and landscape on snake road mortality in a sagebrush-steppe ecosystem.
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Textbook Published!
Dr. John Byers, Biology Faculty, publishes book on animal behavior.
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Sun shining on a yellow maple leaf in the cool fall. Photo by Simon Uribe-Convers
Discovering a Frosty Tale of Plant Evolution
Biology professor David Tank joins international team to create massive time-scaled evolutionary tree for land plants, explore history of adaptations for cold climates
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A wild mouse invesitgating his environment
Understanding Invasives With Mathematical Models
Biology professor Scott Nuismer publishes study complicating methods for predicting species invasiveness
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Kasia Dziewanowska receives Poland's Golden Cross of Merit at her home in Moscow
One Researcher's Lifelong Dedication
UI scientist, mentor Katarzyna Dziewanowska honored by home country before dying of cancer
» Read more about Kasia's research and life
Sex-Specific Transcriptional Responses of the Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Brain Selenoproteome to Acute Sodium Selenite Supplementation
Dr Benner discusses her findings from researching the role of selenoprotein P in the brain and its possible relationship to anxiety-related behaviors.
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Pete Fuerst
Reading the Book of the Brain
Pete Fuerst's lab studies the intricate connections of the neural network
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magnified water drops
2013 Undergraduate Research Poster Session Winners
The Department of Biological Sciences’ 2013 Undergraduate Research Poster session was held on Wednesday, May 1, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Commons Aurora Room. This event provided the opportunity for undergraduate students to showcase their research. Faculty volunteers judged the posters, and winners were announced at the “All Department Barbeque” that followed. Prizes were awarded to the students with the top five ranking posters.
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