Unveiling the Right Side: Coagulation Cascade: A Series of Limericks

Students in BL4720 (Hematology/Hemostasis) completed a class assignment to explain the Coagulation Cascade. One student, Mark Vande Haar, came up with a series of Limericks that was so novel, Karyn A. Fay submitted it to the Clinical Chemistry Journal and it was accepted for publication. (Mark did the limerick, I did the science behind it). See the article here.

Michael Gretz Receives National Science Foundation Grant

Michael Gretz received a National Science Foundation grant in support of his work investigating the evolution of the land plant cell wall. The Gretz lab is collaborating with an international team of researchers using algal systems to understand cell wall polymers critical for key morphogenetic events that led to the emergence of land plants aproximately 470 million years ago. This research provides pivotal information necessary for understanding, and potentially modifying, cell walls to facilitate agricultural and biofuel production, and development of pharmaceuticals, food additives and other products.

Bioathlon 2010

The twenty-first annual Department of Biological Sciences Bioathlon for high school biology students was held on Wednesday, May 5, at Michigan Technological University. Simultaneously, a workshop was held for the accompanying biology teachers. The Bioathlon serves as a means to stimulate interest and problem-solving in biology among our area youth. Teams from 16 Upper Peninsula Michigan high schools participated.

Biology Week 2010!

Mark your calendars and join the facebook event:

Biology Week : March 29th- April 2nd
*Sponsored by Phi Sigma Biology Honor Society*

Booths on a current issue in Biology in DOW lobby from 11-2 each day during the week along with these other great events:

Biology Student Organization Info Session:
Monday , March 29th, 6-7pm, DOW 642
Want to get involved in one of the many great Biology-related student organizations on campus? Come to this event to hear about all of the different involvement opportunities available for Biology students and learn about the activities and benefits of each organization! Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Organ Donor Sign-up Drive:
Tuesday , March 30th, 11am-2pm, Fisher main hallway
Not a registered organ donor? Stop by quickly and sign up!

Book Sale and Bake Sale:
Wednesday , March 31st, 11am-2pm, 7th floor DOW Atrium
Good variety of used biology-related books including textbooks. Or else, just stop by to get some yummy baked goods!

Research Seminar:
Thursday , April 1st, 6-8pm, Fisher 133
Curious about what research is conducted in the Biology Department? Come listen to professors from the department present on their research. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Hike to Hungarian Falls:
Friday , April 2nd, 4pm, meet at MUB parking lot, $10
Hike with Phi Sigma and Outdoor Adventure Program to Hungarian Falls! Fee includes transportation and guides from Outdoor Adventure Program. Email aauhl@mtu.edu in order to reserve your spot.

Hope to see you there!