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Marquette University Department of Biology

Oct. 30, 2013 | Volume 3, Issue 1


NOTES From The Chair

Dr. Dale NoelThis issue coincides with the last semester of two faculty, Gail Waring and Steve Munroe. In May, Kathy Karrer will join them in retirement. All three are well known to readers as mainstays of our department; they will be sorely missed. Gail was honored by her adoring students earlier this fall with an impressively delivered pie in the face. The chapter of our history recounted in this issue is the construction of our building. Its 50th anniversary passed quietly in February, 2012. Incredible work and learning still occurs here, completely out of proportion with the humble and aging structure within which it takes place. Wally Fredricks is the past faculty member chronicled in this issue. Recently he visited the department to help us honor the nine years Bob Fitts served as chair, reminding us of his calm wisdom and knee-buckling humor. As always, we want to hear from you, so please feel free to email our newsletter editor, or visit us on Facebook.



Notes from the Chair

Department News

Our History

Faculty Profiles

Faculty Highlights

Undergraduate Student Highlights

Graduate Student Highlights

Biological Sciences Alumni


Past Issues

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The department celebrated the new school year with a picnic, hosted the 2013 Summer Research Program, and volunteered in land stewardship –all in the effort to strengthen our community ties, both in the department, and in the world outside Marquette

Dr. Stephen Munroe and Dr. Gail Waring to retire at the end of the semester


A practical and administratively flexible new building allows the department to grow into the 1960’s

Faculty Profiles: Past and Current

“Big Wally”, Dr. Walter Fredricks was an inspirational teacher, and a level headed leader of the department

Dr. Dale Noel chronicles experiences before joining our department and students' discoveries at Marquette about root-nodule bacteria

Faculty Highlights

A guest speaker inspires new approaches to teaching biology, Dr. Michelle Mynlieff receives promotion to full professor, and recent faculty grants and publications

Undergraduate Student Highlights

Catch up with the undergraduate students as they kick off the year by pie-ing professors, conduct experiments in Experimental Physiology, and reach out to the community with Plant Biology

Graduate Student Highlights

Students travel to summer courses in Finland and Woods Hole on O’Hara Scholarships, and 3 graduate with their Ph.D.s

Biological Sciences Alumni

Dr. Jim Bruckner (Ph.D. 2004) has used his microbial biology expertise for projects ranging from microbial communities in water supplies on the International Space Station to extremophiles in hydrothermal vents, and is now in charge of quality control for Rogue Ales

Dr. Judd Hultquist's (B.S. 2008) groundbreaking graduate work on the relationship between the HIV virus and the human immune system could lead to new therapeutics to treat HIV.


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