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Biological Sciences News Releases

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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Study Doesn’t Support the Theory that Red and Eastern Wolves are Recent Hybrids, Researchers Argue

Posted Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

A team led by University of Idaho researchers is calling into question a widely publicized 2016 study that concluded eastern and red wolves are not distinct species, but rather recent hybrids of gray wolves and coyotes. In a comment paper that published today in the journal Science Advances, the team examines the previous study and argues that its genomic data and analyses do not definitively prove recent hybridization — but rather provide support for the genetic and evolutionary distinctiveness of red and eastern wolves. Read more

Ten Proposals Receive ORED Equipment and Infrastructure Support Award Funding

Posted Tue, 06 Jun 2017 11:57:00 -0700

Ten University of Idaho proposals were selected for funding through the Office of Research and Economic Development 2017 Equipment and Infrastructure Support Award program. The program supports equipment purchases, upgrades and repairs to enhance research, scholarship and creative activity at the university. Read more

Foster Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award for Work with Genetic Programming

Posted Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:18:00 -0700

James Foster, a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the University of Idaho College of Science, has earned a lifetime achievement award from an international academic society for his contributions to evolutionary computing in Europe.

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Austin Lecture Discusses Role of Chromatin in Protecting DNA and Human Health

Posted Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:00:00 -0700

Biochemist and biophysicist Michael J. Smerdon will discuss the important role the protein chromatin plays in repairing DNA at the University of Idaho College of Science’s 12th annual Robert B. and Floretta F. Austin Distinguished Lecture in Science at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in the UI Menard Law Building Courtroom. The lecture is free and open to the public.
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College of Science Announces Staff and Faculty Awards March 30

Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:05:00 -0700

The College of Science will honor faculty and staff award winners and retirees during a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017, in the Pitman Center Vandal Ballroom. Read more

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

Microbes Featured at Science After Hours March 2

Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:02:00 -0800

University of Idaho researchers will discuss their work with microbes at the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute's Science After Hours "A Multitude of Microbes" event from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at the Moscow Food Co-op, 121 E. Fifth St. in Moscow. 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

Hohenlohe Lab takes over Science After Hours

Posted Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:22:00 -0800

University of Idaho researchers from Paul Hohenlohe's biological sciences lab will discuss their work at the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute's Science After Hours "Hohenlohe Lab Takeover: DNA, Disease and Devils" event from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Last Frontier Pizza, 100 W. Fourth Street.
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22 Students Win Undergraduate Research Grants

Posted Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:42:00 -0800

The UI Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) has awarded Undergraduate Research Grants to 22 students from across six colleges. Each grant will support a faculty-mentored student research project during spring semester 2017. The student projects are diverse and range from studies of Galapagos snails to hydrogen fuel cells to nutritional intervention for nurses.
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Parent Lab Takes Over Science After Hours

Posted Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:39:00 -0800

University of Idaho researchers from Christine Parent's biological sciences lab will discuss their work at the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute's Science After Hours "Parent Lab Takeover: Spiders, Snails and Flies, Oh My!" event from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at BookPeople of Moscow, 521 S. Main St. Read more

Science After Hours Features River and Stream Researchers

Posted Tue, 01 Nov 2016 13:11:00 -0700

University of Idaho researchers will discuss their river- and stream-related work at the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute's Science After Hours "A Focus on Flowing Water" event from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at White Pine Gear Exchange and Fly Shop, 309 S. Main St. in Moscow. Read more


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