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Biological Sciences News Releases

College of Science Professor Jill Johnson Publishes in PNAS

Posted Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:35:00 -0800

Professor Jill Johnson with the Department of Biological Sciences published a study titled "Functional and physical interaction between yeast Hsp90 and Hsp70" on Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in collaboration with researchers from the National Institutes of Health. The researchers studied the interactions among a number of proteins, called molecular chaperones, that work collaboratively to shape and stabilize other proteins. Results from the study may help researchers design treatments for human diseases such as cancer or disorders that result from the incorrect folding of proteins. Read more

Job Opportunity: Financial Technician, Department of Biological Sciences

Posted Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:42:00 -0800

This position serves as a financial technician for the department of Biological Sciences. Read more

Department of Biological Sciences' Eva Top Receives Prestigious Fellowship

Posted Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:41:00 -0800

Congratulations to Eva Top, professor of biology and bioinformatics and computational biology in the College of Science, who achieved fellowship status in the American Academy of Microbiology. Members of the academy are recognized for their excellence, originality and leadership in the microbiological sciences and are widely recognized as eminent leaders in the field of microbiology.

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Job Opportunity: Financial Technician, Department of Biological Sciences

Posted Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:29:00 -0800

This position serves as a financial technician for the department of Biological Sciences. This position is responsible for the financial and personnel support needs for approximately 17 faculty members (names A-L) and their lab groups and works closely with the Financial Specialist. This support includes being responsible for monitoring departmental and grant budgets for principal investigators to maintain both accuracy and accountability; serving as a resource person for faculty and staff requiring information regarding grants, contracts, and disposition of funds and the options available for various budgetary requirements; being responsible for personnel functions of payroll and required personnel actions in Banner including the timely and accurate processing of approximately 200 Electronic Personnel Action Forms (EPAFs) per year. Ensuring compliance with policy and procedures and explaining those procedures to departmental faculty and staff; the department wide processing of claim vouchers for reimbursements and processing of purchasing card statements. Read more and apply. Read more

In Memoriam: Microbiology Professor Ron Crawford

Posted Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:03:00 -0800

Longtime University of Idaho faculty member Ronald L. Crawford passed away on Jan.11, 2018 at his home in Bend, Oregon, after battling pancreatic cancer. Ron joined the faculty in 1987 as head of the Department of Bacteriology and Biochemistry. Incidentally, this led to him becoming his twin brother's boss. They had many funny stories to share about the various confusions that being twins caused.
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Professor Emeritus Nils Olof Pellmyr Dies

Posted Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:55:00 -0800

Professor Emeritus Nils Olof (Olle) Pellmyr passed away in Moscow on Dec. 4, 2017. He was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on June 19, 1957, and earned his doctorate from Uppsala University. He served on the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences from 2002 to 2012.

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U of I-Led Research Working to Treat Brain Disease Injuries

Posted Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:30:00 -0800

Researchers led by a team of students and faculty at the University of Idaho discovered how adult brains may be able to more easily create new neural connections, potentially providing insight for treating neurological diseases and injuries. To do this, scientists from three universities analyzed how certain genes in adult mice prevent and foster the creation of synaptic connections, or the brain’s communication pathways between neurons, said Peter Fuerst, research team lead and U of I associate professor of biology. Read more

U of I-Led Team Reports Connections That Will Fuel Future Brain Trauma Research

Posted Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:00:00 -0800

A team led by University of Idaho scientists has found a way to stimulate formation of new neural connections in the adult brain in a study that could eventually help humans fend off memory loss, brain trauma and other ailments in the central nervous system. Read more

U of I Center Hosts Biology of Vector-Borne Diseases Course

Posted Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:17:00 -0700

The Center for Health in the Human Ecosystem will host the first Biology of Vector-Borne Diseases six-day course in June 2018. This course provides accessible, condensed training and knowledge networking for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, new faculty and current professionals to ensure competency in basic biology, cutting edge technology and tools, expertise and resources for U.S. and global vector-borne diseases of plants, animals and humans.
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Randall Seminar Series Sept. 12

Posted Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:46:00 -0700

Billie Swalla, director of Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, will give a presentation at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in TLC 047 on "Origin, Evolution and Development of the Chordates." The talk is part of the College of Science's Randall Seminar Series. In addition, Swalla will participate in a discussion on "Sexism in STEM Fields" at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Bogey's at the UI Golf Course.

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Job Opportunity: Coordinator of Advising, Department of Biological Sciences

Posted Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:03:00 -0700

The Department of Biological Sciences is seeking a Coordinator of Advising. For more information and to apply, click here. Read more

University of Idaho Research May Slow Antibiotic Resistance to Drugs

Posted Tue, 05 Sep 2017 01:00:00 -0700

New research from the University of Idaho has identified two genetic mutations in bacteria that help explain how some bacteria evolve and retain resistance to multiple antibiotics. The results, published Aug. 7 in Nature, could play a role in helping scientists slow or stop the spread of antibiotic resistance to multiple drugs, something responsible for 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths in the U.S. every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

UI-Led Team Identifies Mutations Key to Antibiotic Resistance

Posted Tue, 29 Aug 2017 15:00:00 -0700

Two genetic mutations could be key to understanding how bacteria retain antibiotic resistance, according to a team led by University of Idaho researchers. Read more

Seven Students Win Awards at Statewide Biomedical Research Conference

Posted Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:50:00 -0700

During the 2017 Idaho INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) Summer Research Conference in August, seven University of Idaho students took home prestigious awards for their presentations on their summer research in the INBRE program. The conference brought together upward of 220 students, faculty, and staff from 11 institutions of higher education in Idaho. This included 125 undergraduates, who competed in three categories.
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Researchers Examine How Supporting Pollinators Helps Agriculture

Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0700

When agriculture helps pollinators, pollinators help agriculture, according to a research review published today by an international group of experts, including a University of Idaho researcher. Read more

UI Student Video Game Studio Releases First Game, ‘Darwin’s Demons’

Posted Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:22:00 -0800

People around the world celebrated Charles Darwin’s incredible contributions to science on Feb. 12, International Darwin Day. Today, they can celebrate him again by blasting evolving digital aliens in a new video game created by University of Idaho students, “Darwin’s Demons.”

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UI Visualizing Science Exhibit Brings Together Artists and Researchers

Posted Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:00:00 -0800

A new project from the University of Idaho brings scientific research to life in art form, revealing a deep kinship inherent in seemingly disparate disciplines. Read more

UI Biology Researchers Develop Tool for Identifying New Species

Posted Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:13:00 -0700

On the surface, the Idaho giant salamander and the coastal giant salamander look almost identical. But their genes prove they’re actually distinct species — a phenomenon biologists call “cryptic species.”

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Yeast Gene Rapidly Evolves to Attack Viruses, Researchers Find

Posted Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Humans have used Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast in baking, brewing and winemaking for millennia. New research from the University of Idaho and the University of Colorado Boulder reveals another way that yeast species can help our species: by demonstrating how viruses interact with their hosts, and how hosts may evolve to fight back. Read more

Researchers Examine Evolution with National Science Foundation Support

Posted Thu, 12 May 2016 15:30:00 -0700

University of Idaho faculty members in the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) have been awarded $504,818 this year in new competitive grants as part of the National Science Foundation’s BEACON Science and Technology Center on Evolution in Action. Read more


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