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       Spring 2011


Remembering Doug Green
He had an enormous positive impact on our campus and our department, and will be missed......
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Honoring the lasting contributions of two favorite Saint Michael's College biologists: announcing the Green-Bean fund 
Professors Dan Bean and Doug Green devoted decades to the Saint Michael's College Biology Department.  We are privileged to announce a named fund to celebrate and build upon their contributions to the education and mentorship of their students and indeed their colleagues.
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Zips and Salsa: One studentís taste of Costa Rican Ecology
It was a New Yearís Eve Iíll never forget. My feet burned as I stepped to the salsa rhythm.....
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  Tri-Beta Inducts New Members
The Saint Michael's College chapter of Beta Beta Beta inducted 15 new members.....
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Bumper Crop of Biology Students Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa this Year
We are proud of inductees including seven biology majors, one biochemistry major, one biology minor and the daughter of our Administrative Assistant....
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  Plant genome research
the $766,000 dollars awarded to Professor Mark Lubkowitz will allow 40 undergraduate students to participate...... 
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  What do you believe?
Link out to Burlington Free Press columns by Professors Banschbach and McCabe commenting on aspects of what they believe regarding human interactions with the environment.
  Biology presentations in Puerto Rico
Janel Roberge joined lab mates to present research at the ASLO conference in San Juan.  She also found time to sample streams with high school collaborators, visit the rainforest, bioluminescent bay, and a World Heritage site..
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  Chelsea Myers '11
"I am thankful that the biology requirements nudge students to explore the sciences through many different lenses."
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  Matt Jordan '11
"I combined my passion for rescue with my background in biology to answer a question with a very real world application...."
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  Stephen Smith '00
..... strong academic focus of the Biology department and great professors made the transition to Graduate School straightforward...
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  Dr. Lee Smilowicz '96
My studies as a Biology major enabled me to attain my pre-med requisites through the requirements of the degree.....
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  Ben Sarno 05
I currently work in the NYPD crime lab.......
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Welcome to the Spring 2011 issue of Biology Matters.  It has been a very busy, and at times emotionally challenging, spring semester .....





April 26, 2011
Sigma Xi induction and dinner
5 to 6 PM poster session, 6 to 7 PM dinner followed by induction ceremony
This year's induction includes a dozen biology students.

April 26, 2011
Vermont EPSCoR Streams Project Symposium 
2:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Hilton Hotel; Burlington
Featuring presentations by Saint Michael's College Biology students.  Click for details and here for news coverage.

April 30, 2011
Lake Champlain Research Consortium Student  Symposium
9:00 - 12:00 a.m.
Pomerleau Alumni Center
Students from Quebec, New York, and Vermont converge on Saint Michael's to present their research.

April 29, 2010
The Symposium
All-day and evening, campus-wide event celebrating student scholarship
Students will give oral presentations, posters, performances, and artistic displays.

May 31-June 3, 2010
VT EPSCoR Streams Project UG Training
Saint Michael's college campus
Undergraduate students from several colleges and universities will be trained in field and laboratory techniques

June 27-July 1, 2010
VT EPSCoR Streams Project High School Training
Saint Michael's college campus
High school research teams from 3 states and Puerto Rico move into our dorms, labs, and field sites. Undergraduate students will serve in leadership roles in training the teams.


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