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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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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


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