an e-newsletter for students and alumni of saint michael's biology department

       Volume 1, Issue 3
                                                                 Fall 2008

Dr. Mac Lippert awarded $200,000 NIH Grant
The 3-year grant will assist Professor Lippert and his students with their genetics research.
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  Solving Environmental Problems
The biology and business departments team up to offer this interdisciplinary first-year seminar.
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  New VP for Academic Affairs is a Biologist
Dr. Karen Talentino, former dean of faculty and professor of biology at Stonehill College, joins Saint Michael's.
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  On Teaching and Scholarship
Recent promotions and accomplishments in the Biology Department.
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  New plans for the Biology Senior Seminar
For Spring 2009, the course, BI 410, will be offered in three sections.
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  Summer Research Yields Exciting Results
Biology faculty and students spend the summer in the lab and in the field.
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  Mind Over Matter - Fishing for Answers
Professor Doug Facey, an expert in fish communities and water quality, studies Lake Champlain's ecology. 
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  Biologist Bernd Heinrich Awarded an Honorary Degree
Degree conferred by Saint Michael's during Commencement 2008. 
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  Erin Doyle '09
"As a double major in history and biology, ... I am energized by making links between disciplines."
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  Matt Alexander '09
"I'm working with another student and Professor Mac Lippert on investigating a phenomenon" in biology.
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  James O'Brien '87
Highlights on his career as founder of Vertex Engineering Services, Inc.
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  Elena Wellens '96
A look at her work in podiatry, and managing three offices in New Jersey.
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This fall semester finds us working with our largest Biology Senior class in more than a decade.

This class has achieved some noteworthy accomplishments beyond the Saint Michael's classroom: more than 30% have studied abroad and more than 20% conducted an independent research project with a Saint Michael's Biology faculty member.

Five more Biology seniors will travel to Costa Rica this winter break with Professors Peter Hope and Doug Green for our Tropical Ecology course.





NOVEMBER 20, 2008
The Mountaintop
Removal Roadshow
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Farrell Room,
St. Edmunds Hall
Dave Cooper, environmental activist, will discuss the impacts mountaintop removal mining in the Appalachian Mountains with a 22-minute slideshow featuring traditional Appalachian music.

DECEMBER 4, 2008
Reception &
Poster Session
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
3rd floor of
Cheray Science Hall
Featuring a display of General Biology Sandplain Forest Research projects. Refreshments to be provided.

DECEMBER 11, 2008
First Year Seminar Presentation
10:00 a.m. - noon
Farrell Room,
St. Edmunds Hall
Students in the class, Solving Environmental Problems, will present posters describing proposals for environmental action projects for countries including Chile, Senegal, Fiji, Bhutan, China, Russia, Italy, Lithuania, Madagascar and Switzerland. Refreshments to be provided.

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