News & Announcements

Pre-Registration Advising Hours (and Pizza Party)

Join us on Monday, April 27th at noon in TBL 211 for a pizza lunch and to hear bio faculty give a brief overview of the course they’re teaching next fall. Pre-Reg Advising Hours 2015

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Poster Presentation Guidelines

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Reid Pryzant ’16 Named 2015 Goldwater Scholar

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Workshop for creating your thesis poster!!!

To help you prepare and present your poster for the thesis poster presentations (on May 8th), the Biology Department will be having a poster design workshop during our normally scheduled seminar time on Friday, April 24 at 1:10pm in TBL 112.  This workshop will provide advice on how to prepare, design, print, and present your

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Unmasking host and microbial strategies in the Agrobacterium-plant defense tango

by  Elizabeth E. Hwang ’13, Melinda B. Wang ’14, Janis E. Bravo and Lois M. Banta*

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Matt Carter Gets Published…4 times!!

Carter ME, Han S, Palmiter RD (2015)  Parabrachial Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide Neurons Mediate Conditioned Taste Aversion. Journal of Neuroscience  35(11):4582-4586. Bonnavion P, Jackson AC, Carter ME, de Lecea L (2015)   Antagonistic interplay between hypocretin and leptin in the lateral hypothalamus regulates stress responses.  Nature Communications.  19;6:6266. Carter ME, Shieh JC (2015) Guide to Research

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Ben Carone Publishes in the Journal Genes and Development

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Biology Department Info Session & Open House

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Honors and Summer Research Deadline, January 30th

The deadline to apply to the honors program and/or the summer research program is January 30th.  Information and applications can be found here. There will be an open house for those students interested in doing a thesis as well as students considering summer research.   Information Session: Tuesday, January 20th @ 7pm in TBL 112

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Sigma Xi Lecture: The Neuroscience Behind a Good Night’s Sleep

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Pre-Registration Pizza Lunch

Monday, October 27th at noon in TBL 211.  Come have free pizza and have an opportunity to hear from professors about their spring classes.  There will be time for questions.

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Erik Tilman ’10 and Steve Swoap publish in PLoS One

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Joan Edwards Publishes in Current Biology

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3 Williams Grads published in the American Journal of Physiology

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Lois Banta Publishes in PLoS One

16S rRNA Gene Survey of Microbial Communities in Winogradsky Columns. Rundell EA, Banta LM, Ward DV, Watts CD, Birren B, Esteban DJ. A Winogradsky column is a clear glass or plastic column filled with enriched sediment. Over time, microbial communities in the sediment grow in a stratified ecosystem with an oxic top layer and anoxic sub-surface layers. Winogradsky columns have

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First Days!!

Schedule and Info

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Luana Maroja Publishes in BMC Evolutionary Biology with Students

Barriers to gene exchange in hybridizing field crickets: the role of male courtship effort and cuticular hydrocarbons
Luana S Maroja, Zachary M McKenzie, Elizabeth Hart, Joy Jing, Erica L Larson and David P Richardson

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Lois Banta’s TEDxWilliams Talk

“The Curious Case of Transmissible Cancer in Tasmanian Devils: Lois Banta at TEDxWilliamsCollege” Lois Banta is an associate professor of biology at Williams College. Her research explores the ways in which plants protect themselves from diseases. Her work has been published in the Journal of Bacteriology and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science

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Welcome to Dawn Carone, Assistant Professor

Dawn Carone will be arriving in Fall 2014.  Dawn’s lab studies human nuclear structure and the elements that contribute to maintaining nuclear integrity.  She uses a targeted combination of approaches including state of the art molecular cytology with quantitative microscopy, molecular biology and genomics in her investigations. Uncovering functions for the junk of the human

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Welcome to our new Visiting Assistant Professor

Ben Carone will be arriving in Fall 2014 for one year.  Ben’s research focuses on epigenetics. The human body is composed of ~30 trillion cells, all with the same genes and same DNA sequences.  Despite this, our bodies contain cells with wildly different morphologies and functions, leading us to wonder how the same genic content

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