News & Announcements

Swoap lab publishes paper

Faculty member Steve Swoap recently published a paper in collaboration with Vincent van der Vinne and a group at Oxford: Methods to estimate body temperature and energy expenditure dynamics in fed and fasted laboratory mice: effects of sleep deprivation and light exposure. van der Vinne V,… Continue reading »

Stratton Fellowship application available

The application for the Frederick Eugene Stratton 1871 Fellowship in Biology is now available for students interested in applying to be considered. The Stratton graduate fellowship in Biology is awarded each year to a senior from any Williams College Department for further study at an institution belonging to the American Association of Universities. The fellowship is… Continue reading »

Fall 2024 Pre-Registration Info Session

The Biology Pre-Registration Information Session for majors, prospective majors, and students interested in taking Biology courses in Fall 2024 will take place Monday, April 22th at 12 noon. Join the Biology faculty and our BMAC members in the first-floor study area of the Morley Science building to discuss major requirements and Fall 2024 course offerings. … Continue reading »

Williams lab publishes paper in Animal Behaviour

A new paper from work in the Williams lab has been published in Animal Behaviour – Clint Robins is a former honors student who received his Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Washington in 2023. His thesis data were collected before foreign songs were broadcast on our study… Continue reading »

Honors & Summer Research Info session

Save the date! This year’s Honors & Summer Research Info session will be held in-person on Wednesday, January 17 at 7:00pm in TBL 112. Interested students can learn about honors research opportunities and/or summer research directly from faculty who will be taking students for… Continue reading »

Swoap lab publishes paper

Williams alum Maia Hare ’19 published work this month in the Journal of Comparative Physiology B titled “Activation of oxytocinergic neurons enhances topor in mice”. Hare’s research showed that oxytocin neurons in mice are active during a bout of torpor, a state of suppressed metabolic rate in response to fasting. … Continue reading »

Faculty member Luana Maroja publishes cricket research

Professor Luana Maroja was recently part of a large collaboration looking at phenotypic variation across Gryllus firmus and G. pennsylvanicus (and hybrids) in the USA.  The researchers measured 4221 crickets across 337 localities and also looked at their life history and environments. Read the published work here: https://jor.pensoft.net/article/90713/… Continue reading »

New publication from Williams Lab with three student co-authors

Ward, Z., Upton, C., Iyer, M., and Williams, H. (2023)  Physiological constraints and cognitive chunking: Sequence organization in the songs of zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata).  J. Comp. https://psycnet.apa.org/fulltext/2023-97697-001.html The researchers asked whether zebra finches organize their songs around physiological constraints (pausing to take a breath) or cognitive… Continue reading »

Holland lab researchers publish paper

Holland lab researchers Miriam Li ’23, Hisham Tadfie ’23, and Cameron Darnell ’25 have published a paper in the Journal of Biological Chemistry on a key enzyme in tryptophan production in plants. Their experiments connected enzyme structure to function and regulation in citrus, pistachio, walnut, mosses, and the model plant Arabidopsis. Continue reading »

Harvard’s Dr. Ryan Nett to speak Friday (9/29) at 1:10pm

Assistant Professor Ryan Nett, PhD will be on campus as the BIMO Class of 1960s Scholars seminar speaker. Dr. Nett is a member of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University and will present a talk titled “Understanding and harnessing the complexities of plant metabolism.” The seminar… Continue reading »

Loehlin lab publishes new paper

The Loehlin lab has a new paper out that tests the hypothesis that different-sized duplications of the same gene will output the same expression level.  Georgia, Manting, Ria and Elise are all Williams undergraduate students that contributed to the paper in G3! Demonstration of in vivo engineered tandem… Continue reading »

Dr. Elena Gracheva to speak Friday (9/22) at 1:10pm

Yale University Professor Elena Gracheva, PhD will be on campus this Friday as the Biology Class of 1960s Scholars seminar speaker. Dr. Gracheva will present a talk titled “Cellular, Molecular, and Physiological Adaptations of Hibernation: The Solution to Environmental Challenges.” The seminar begins at 1:10pm in TBL 112. Continue reading »

Honors Thesis workshop (Friday 9/15)

Associate Professor of Biology Matt Carter will discuss “Strategies for designing and delivering a scientific presentation.”  In this presentation, we will discuss three aspects of designing an outstanding scientific talk: (1) organizing complex scientific information into a clear narrative; (2) using software to visually communicate scientific concepts; and (3) improving… Continue reading »

Pre-Registration Information Session to be held Monday, 4/24

The Biology Pre-Registration Info Session for majors, prospective majors, and students interested in taking Biology courses will take place Monday, April 24th at 12 noon in TBL 112.  Join us as we cover major requirements, course offerings (Fall23-Spring24), and the advising process. All are welcome – pizza will be available for attendees!… Continue reading »

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