Department of Biological Sciences

PBS Special Features Edward O. Wilson

From the September 2015 Desktop News | Alabama Public Television will premiere “E.O. Wilson − Of Ants and Men,” a documentary about UA alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Dr. Edward O. Wilson, on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. It will be followed by a one-hour Discovering Alabama Special about Wilson at 10 p.m. The documentary,… Read more »

Presenting Undergraduate Research

From the June 2015 Desktop News | Five undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences presented their research findings April 16-18 at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. The annual event, held this year at Eastern Washington University, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study. Arts and… Read more »

Former Students Co-author Large Study

From the June 2015 Desktop News | Four former students and their faculty mentor, Dr. Laura Reed, are among 1,014 co-authors of a paper published in the journal G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics. The paper represents a huge coordinated effort called the Genome Education Partnership that involves feeding data from undergraduate research projects on bioinformatics into… Read more »

Students Return from Cuba

From the May 2015 Desktop News | A group of UA students recently returned from spending a semester studying in Cuba, where they learned about U.S./Cuba relations and history and visited historic sites, including the Bay of Pigs and the Hemingway House. Six students were enrolled in the study abroad semester, which ran from Jan…. Read more »

Student Named Goldwater Scholar

From the May 2015 Desktop News | Courtney Rentas, a biology and psychology major from Naperville, Illinois, has been named a Goldwater Scholar for 2015-2016. She was among 260 Goldwater Scholars selected from 1,206 nominees nationwide. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program recognizes top-performing mathematics, science and engineering students nationwide through one- and… Read more »

14 Graduates Receive Fulbright Awards

From the May 2015 Desktop News | A record 14 University of Alabama graduates have won Fulbright awards for 2015-2016. All are alumni of the College of Arts and Sciences. Thirteen UA graduates won awards as teaching assistants to conduct research and teach abroad, and one UA graduate received a Fulbright research award. The highly… Read more »

College Establishes New Academic Minors

From the April 2015 Desktop News | Two interdisciplinary minors focused on burgeoning academic fields have been created and can be pursued by students beginning in fall 2015. The first, cybercrime, will combine classes on the technical aspects of thwarting cyber attacks and processing digital forensic evidence with classes on understanding criminal motivations. The second,… Read more »

Guy Caldwell Named Distinguished Professor

From the March 2015 Desktop News | The University of Alabama’s Board of Trustees has named Dr. Guy Caldwell, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, a University Distinguished Research Professor. This title recognizes UA faculty who have achieved international accomplishments in their field and are recognized for their scholarly contributions and noteworthy academic service…. Read more »

International Relations Club Recognized

From the February 2015 Desktop News | The Alabama International Relations Club at UA was recently named the Most Outstanding Large Delegation at the Harvard National Model United Nations-Latin America conference in Lima, Peru, the premier conference in South America. A group of 10 UA students traveled to the weeklong event, where they debated international politics… Read more »

Freshwater Studies Director Announced

From the November 2014 edition of Desktop News | Dr. Alex Huryn, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, has been named director of the Center for Freshwater Studies in UA’s College of Arts and Sciences. “Alex Huryn, a freshwater ecologist, has been a member of the Center for Freshwater Studies executive committee for a… Read more »