Spring 2014 Newsletter | Biology | Marquette University

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STUART PRESENTS AT GORDON RESEARCH CONFERENCE

 

Dr. Rosemary Stuart was an invited speaker to the Gordon Research Conference on “Protons & Membrane Reactions –Connecting Membrane Protein Function with Structure” held in February in Ventura, CA. Dr. Stuart presented a talk entitled, “Understanding of the Functional Relevance of Diverse Populations of Respiratory Chain Supercomplexes in Mitochondria"

 

 

IMPROVING LEARNING IN LARGE INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY COURSES

 

Eddinger, Quitadamo, and St. Maurice

With funding from the Way-Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award Dr.’s Michelle Mynlieff, Anita Manogaran, Martin St. Maurice, and Thomas Eddinger carried out research on transforming Undergraduate Education in Biology at Marquette University. The project was designed to objectively determine the efficacy of modified teaching methods including computer-enhanced instruction, active-learning teaching techniques and the use of writing assignments on course learning outcomes and student retention. The study was done in the large enrollment introductory Biology course. The investigators found that students who learned via peer reviewed writing assignments and that did written exam corrections performed better and retained information longer than their peers who did not participate in these interventions. Results of the study have been accepted for publication in the American Society of Cell Biology’s journal Cell Biology Education-Life Science Education.

 

"Writing assignments with a metacognitive component enhance learning in a large introductory biology course" CBE-Life Sciences Education. Michelle Mynlieff, Anita Manogaran, Martin St. Maurice, and Thomas Eddinger.

 

 

YANG PROMOTED

 

Dr. Pinfen Yang has been promoted to full professor. Dr. Yang came to Marquette University in 2001, and received tenure in 2006. Her research examines molecular mechanisms in cilia and flagella.


 

SAUNDER’S RESEARCH FEATURED IN PBS DOCUMENTARY

 

Dr. John SaundersThe first of a three part PBS show about evolution (Our Inner Fish) features former Biology Department Chair, Dr. John Saunders' work on development. Much of the work discussed in the documentary was done here in the biology department, about 60 years ago. The section shows a recognizable cartoon of Saunders at his microscope studying chick limb development. The show is based on a popular book, and more information can be found on the PBS website.


 

BLUMENTHAL CO-ORGANIZED DROSOPHILA WORKSHOP

 

Dr. Ed Blumenthal recently co-organized a workshop on “Extracellular Epithelial Barriers” at the 55th Drosophila Research Conference, March 26-30, 2014 in San Diego. He submitted a proposal for the workshop to the meeting organizers, and when the proposal was accepted, he identified and invited speakers to participate and moderated the workshop.


 

HRISTOVA RECEIVES WAY-KLINGLER


Hristova recieves Way-Klinger Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards support promising young scholars in critical stages of their careers. The awards of up to $32,000 are intended to fund $2,000 in operating costs and to cover up to 50 percent of salary to afford the recipient a one-semester sabbatical.

 

Dr. Krassimira Hristova, assistant professor of biological sciences, applies emerging trends in molecular and environmental microbiology to help understand and prevent the spread of contaminants. Her recent work focuses on methyl tertiary butyl, a gasoline additive that is one of the leading groundwater contaminants in the country.

 

“By better understanding the enzyme pathways and genetic regulation of the contaminant biodegradation, we can help develop more efficient bioremediation technologies for the cleanup of gasoline spills,” Hristova says.


She is currently researching the toxic effects of human exposure to metal nanooxides, with the goal of engineering less toxic nanomaterials that reduce contamination of human cells, in addition to analyzing the spread of antibiotic resistance in the environment by anthropogenic — deriving from human — activities. Both studies have enormous potential to improve the health and safety of people around the world.


 

 


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