biology

Watkins Appointed UA Arboretum Director

From the March 2014 Desktop News | Monica Watkins, a 2002 College of Arts and Sciences graduate and the University’s first-ever Udall Scholar, has returned to her alma mater as the director of the UA Arboretum. Watkins, who began her new position in January, has focused on assessing the Arboretum’s facilities and planning for upgrades…. Read more »

Entomologist Continues ALLELE Series

Talk will focus on early evolutionist Alfred Wallace Dr. James Costa, professor of biology at Western Carolina University, will deliver the next installment in the ALLLELE lecture series on March 13. The lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. in 127 Biology on The University of Alabama’s campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The lecture is free and… Read more »

Student Exploring Diplomacy in Croatia

From the February 2014 Desktop News | Two College of Arts and Sciences students were recently named UA Away scholars by UA’s Division of Student Affairs. As UA Away scholars, the students received scholarships to study and receive on-the-job training abroad. Anna Woods, a senior majoring in French, is currently spending the semester in Croatia, where… Read more »

Instilling a Love of Science

From the February 2014 Desktop News | Pre-health honors students in the College are entering their second semester of leading an after-school science program at Matthews Elementary, where about 45 UA students go twice each week to lead hands-on science experiments. Monica Brint, a junior majoring in biology, started the program – called Discovery Buddies… Read more »

Professors Publish Paper in ‘Cell’

From the February 2014 Desktop News | Work done in a University of Alabama laboratory shows that genetically engineered variants of proteins may be “highly promising” for eventually halting the progression of neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease, according to a paper co-authored by UA researchers and published in the Jan. 16… Read more »

Expert on African Biology and Genetics Continues ALLELE Evolution Series

University of Pennsylvania biologist Dr. Sarah Tishkoff will present the next installment of the 2013-2014 Alabama’s Lecture on Life’s Evolution (ALLELE) Series with her lecture “African Evolutionary Genomics: Implications for Human Origins and Disease.” Tishkoff’s lecture takes place Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Biology Building auditorium, room 127, on the University of Alabama… Read more »

College to Host Edward O. Wilson Symposium

From the January 2014 Desktop News | International biodiversity experts will join University of Alabama and College of Arts and Sciences alumnus Dr. Edward O. Wilson for the Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Symposium, three days of research presentations and forums on the state and future of biodiversity on our planet. The symposium will be held… Read more »

Biology Students Give Back to Toy Drive

More than 300 students in biology classes taught by Drs. Rosianna Gray and Kim Lackey did more than learn about science this semester, they also learned how to give back to children in need. As a result of a combined class toy drive, over 2,500 toys were donated to the Daughters of Isis, the female… Read more »

Holznagel Estate Establishes Scholarship in Biology

A gift of more than $30,000 from the estate of Wallace E. Holznagel Jr. has established The Wallace E. Holznagel Jr. Scholarship in Biology to support student scholarships in the Department of Biological Sciences. Holznagel, originally from Chattanooga, Tenn., graduated from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Penn. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy… Read more »

Turning Missed Opportunities into Success

From the October 2013 Desktop News | Dr. Winifred Bragg, author of the upcoming book Anatomy of Success and a UA alumna, will present a lecture, “How to Turn Missed Opportunity into Success,” on October 24 as part of “Through the Doors,” a yearlong series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of UA. The lecture… Read more »