Department of Biological Sciences

E. O. Wilson Donates Awards to UA

From the May 2014 Desktop News | Two Pulitzer Prizes and a host of other international awards bestowed on Dr. Edward O. Wilson, the world’s most decorated scientist and a College of Arts and Sciences alumnus, were recently given to the College as an inspiration for generations of scientists to come. Wilson also gave $100,000… Read more »

Traveling by Innate GPS-like Signals

From the April 2014 Desktop News | One of the most captivating mysteries in biology is the long-distance migrations of animals, particularly young animals that travel more than thousands of kilometers to specific, uncharted locations without older, more experienced migrants to guide them along the way. A College of Arts and Sciences alumnus is changing… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Stackman Establishes Marine Science Scholarship in Honor of Professor

Harvey Stackman of Cottondale has contributed $20,000 to establish The Bishop-Stackman Marine Science Endowed Scholarship. Named in honor of Dr. Everett L. Bishop Jr., a long-time faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences, the fund will be used to support scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students studying marine science.  Stackman earned his bachelor’s, master’s,… 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 »

Caldwell Lab Collaborates on Groundbreaking Research

From the November 2013 Desktop News | Scientists have identified a chemical compound that enhances cells’ natural abilities to combat a protein linked to Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. The findings, which were recently published in Science online, could lead to the compound or a related molecule being tested as a potential drug to combat these diseases. Drs. Guy… Read more »

Acclaimed Biologist to Speak on Climate Change

Polar marine scientist to give Darden Lecture on global warming’s effects on Antarctica University of Alabama at Birmingham author and polar marine biologist James B. McClintock will present “Lost Antarctica: The Ecological Impacts of Climate Change on the Antarctic Peninsula” as the 14th Annual William Darden Lecture Thursday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. in the… Read more »