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BIOLOGY NEWS

Lamanna '97 Reviews "Jurassic World"

With the release of "Jurassic World" -- the latest in the "Jurassic Park" sci-fi adventure series --Matt Lamanna '97, assistant curator of vertebrate paleontology at one of the top five dinosaur collections of the world, was recently interviewed by Trib Total Media and Live Science about the scientific accuracy of the new box-office hit. "I think it's an entertaining movie," said Lamanna, whose r...  More >>

10 Future Health Professionals

After completing the HWS Health Professions Advisory Program (HPAP), which offers an accredited pre-health curriculum recognized by competitive graduate and professional programs, 10 members of the recently graduated Classes of 2015 will attend medical, dental or veterinary schools this coming fall. "Being a smaller liberal arts school, the student-faculty ratio allows for a more personalized exp...  More >>

Faculty Promotions

During the spring meeting of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Trustees, the Board, upon recommendation of President Mark D. Gearan, has approved the promotion of three faculty members to the rank of Full Professor, as well as granted Emeritus/Emerita status to four other faculty members. Effective July 1, 2015, Nan Crystal Arens and Neil Laird, both associate professors of geoscience, and Ma...  More >>

Straub Awarded NSF Grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded Assistant Professor of Biology Shannon Straub a grant to study the evolution of milkweed plants in North America and to develop new workflows for collecting and analyzing genome-scale data to understand the evolutionary history of the species. As Straub explains, "milkweed species diversified over a short evolutionary time span" and, as a result, "recon...  More >>

Students Join Horos Medical Imaging Project

Professor of Biology James Ryan and his spring semester neurobiology class were recently featured on the website of the Horos Project, a collaborative effort to fully develop and advance a free, open source medical image viewer. The class, BIOL 340, "Neurobiology," is using the Horos technology with a set of anonymized MRI images of a brain tumor. Ryan has written a custom tutorial for the studen...  More >>

HWS Presents at National BioChem Conference

A group of HWS students and faculty representing the Colleges' Biology and Chemistry Departments recently participated in the 2015 Annual American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Conference, one of the leading academic conventions of its kind. In attendance were Caitlyn Mitchell '15 and Carly Rolph '15, as well as Associate Professor of Biology Patricia Mowery, Professor of Chemist...  More >>

Mahajan '15 Reflects on Pre-Med Internships

Blackwell Medical Scholar Melissa Mahajan '15 always knew she wanted to study medicine, and has spent the past four years at HWS advancing that goal. Before heading off to SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine this coming fall, Mahajan '15 is spending her senior year interning with general surgeon Dr. Kristin Baltazar-Ford at Finger Lakes Health, Geneva's local hospital. Previously,...  More >>

New Biology Study Examines Bats in 3D

Professor of Biology James Ryan and two HWS student researchers have started a new study this spring that's giving them a rare, non-invasive look at the earliest stages of bat development. Using micro CT to create high definition 3D/4D digital models, the project will enable the team to examine bat embryos at a level of detail that can yield datasets far more precise than dissection. "There are d...  More >>

HWS Juniors to Attend Upstate Medical

When Hannah Connolly '16 and Courtney Franceschi '16 first met while they were high school students, they bonded over their mutual interest in medical school and the options offered by the partnership between HWS and SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y. Upon arriving at HWS, the two reconnected, becoming fast friends and roommates. Following their passions, both Connolly and Francesc...  More >>

Surveying California's Mojave Desert

Deep in California's Mojave Desert, Professor of Biology James Ryan recently set out on a scientific excursion to survey the vertebrate biodiversity found in a remote area of the vast southwestern landscape. Working with volunteers from Blueprint Earth, a nonprofit dedicated to cataloging small portions of the Earth's environments, Ryan designed and implemented a survey that's being used to ident...  More >>