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

       Fall 2009


The value of a good internship
Students pursue unique opportunities and gain hands-on experience in many science fields.
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  New course on fishes
A look at how fish crawl onto land, breathe air, glow in the dark and much more.
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  Biology Senior Seminar
Reflections on newly revised course, and descriptions of offerings for Spring 2010.
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  New generation of general biology
A variety of new hypotheses to test, such as the use of spice to reduce food-borne illness.
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  The lab report
A recap of the faculty/student research conducted during the summer.
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  Adrien Cloutier '10
"I have enjoyed being a Teacherís Assistant for general biology for the past three years."
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  Amie Lank '10
"I spent over a year studying the molecular mechanisms of rice seeds during germination."
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  Dr. Rachel Litman '03
A look at her work in cancer biology as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Harvard.
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Dr. Orville Hartford '98
A look at his work in medical and surgical dermatology.
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Fall finds us welcoming a large and thriving first-year class of biology students to Saint Michael's College.





NOVEMBER 5, 2009
Biology Department Social & Internship Presentations
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
3rd floor hallway,
Cheray Science Hall
Students, faculty and staff are invited for refreshments and brief informational presentations from Biology student interns about their experiences.

DECEMBER 9, 2009
Ice Cream Social & Sandplain Forest Research Poster Session 
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
3rd floor of
Cheray Science Hall
Featuring a display of General Biology Sandplain Forest Research projects. Refreshments to be provided.

DECEMBER 11, 2009
First Year Seminar Presentation
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Farrell Room,
St. Edmunds Hall
Students in the class, Solving Environmental Problems, will present posters describing proposals for environmental action projects for countries including Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Ghana, Haiti, Peru and Serbia. Refreshments to be provided.

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