Dr. Michael Reiser Seminar 2/26 5PM in Fleck 305

The Department of Biological Sciences is pleased to host Dr. Michael Reiser, a Senior Group Leader from the HHMI Janelia Research Campus for an upcoming seminar. His talk is entitled “Why are flies so hard to swat? The circuits and computations for motion vision in fruit flies”. Dr. Reiser is a pre-eminent scientist combining neurobiological, computer science, and engineering approaches to understand neurological control of animal behavior.

Fleck 305. Monday, 2/26 at 5 PM (pizza at 4:45 PM)

MIT Summer Research Program Info Session, Fri. 3/16 @ 3 PM in JBWS 267

Dr. Mandana Sassanfar (mandana@mit.edu) will be at St. Edward’s on Friday 3/16 at 3 PM in JBWS 267 to answer questions and establish connections with students interested in applying to the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) in Cambridge, MA. There is a Biology-specific MSRP and a general MSRP for other scientific disciplines. Information about both programs can be found here:

MIT Summer Research Program

MIT Summer Research Program

Please note that we are past the deadline for applying for this summer; this info session’s benefit is to lay the groundwork for future summer research. This is an excellent opportunity and experience for any student interested or curious about going to graduate school.

Department of Chemistry: Guest Speaker Series

2D or not 2D? Tribology, energy, and 2D nanomaterials

NSCI Chemistry Department hosts Dr. James D. Batteas, professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University, on Friday, 16 February at 3:00 p.m. in JBWN 206. An expert in surface chemistry and nanoscience, Dr. Batteas’ research focuses on the exploration and control of the surfaces and interfaces of materials, including the use of scanning probe microscopies to examine material properties on the atomic scale. His research group specializes in using nanomaterials and devices to develop custom-engineered surfaces and interfaces. They have developed a model platform to investigate the adhesive and fricational interactions at nanoscaled asperity-asperity contacts by using silica nanoparticles to for substrates with asperities of controlled radius of curvature (ca. 5-20nm), matching those found in many machined interfaces. In addition to the science of tribology, research activities and opportunities for REU experiences at TAMU will also be described.

St. Edward’s students find more information online. 

Dr. Juan S. Ramirez-Lugo Biology Seminar 2/14 at 5 PM

Our Biology Seminar Series continues with Dr. Juan S. Ramirez-Lugo from the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras, who will present a seminar about Science Education and Community building. He will also discuss the state of the island and science education in the post-hurricane environment. The seminar is at 5 PM on Wed. Feb. 14th in the Carter Auditorium, where no food is allowed so pizza will be served outside the auditorium at 4: 30 PM.

Hook Endowed Wild Basin Creative Research Fund Now Accepting Applications for 2018-19!

Deadline: Midnight, Friday, March 9, 2018

Scholarships up to $3,000 for Student Research Projects

The Wild Basin Creative Research Center is now accepting applications for 2018/19 research scholarships from the Hook Endowed Wild Basin Creative Research Fund. The Dr. Allan W. Hook Endowed Wild Basin Creative Research Fund offers awards up to $3,000 for creative research by students in the schools of Natural Sciences, Education, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Management and Business, and Humanities. The fund also offers research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from other institutions that are based at the university’s Wild Basin Creative Research Center and the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve system.

This year, the application process is through an online portal (here: Apply Hook Wild Basin Fellowship). Applicants should review the Fellowship Application Guide and Instructions, prepare their full proposal, and after review and approval from their faculty supervisor, submit it through the online portal. Interested students should contact the Wild Basin Director if they have questions. Descriptions of past projects supported by the Endowment can be found on the Research portion of the Wild Basin website.

We encourage you to share this announcement with faculty and students in your school and departments. We look forward to receiving a diversity of project applications from many academic areas!

This opportunity is made possible by the commitment and generosity of Dr. Allan W. Hook and Rosemary Guzman Hook, who established the endowment to honor Hook’s life work and dedication to providing students with opportunities both in and outside of the classroom. His philosophy is that “one can learn more from the natural world than from the human-made world.” The fund will promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for the Wild Basin Preserve and the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve system.

 

A recent article from the Toledo research lab

Colleagues,

Join me in congratulating the student co-authors of our lab’s most recent publication!

“The first structural model for the resting state of the active site of nickel acireductone dioxygenase (Ni-ARD)”

Inorg. Chem. Comm. (2018), 89C, 37-40.

You might recognize some of the names of students you have in class or had in class in the past. This work wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of the various sources of funding that make our summer research programs a success. A special thanks to my colleagues in the Chemistry department that supported this work and continue to support our science.

Sincerely,

Santiago

 

Senior Seminar Scheduled for Friday, March 23, 2018

SOURCE Information and Deadlines

SOURCE abstract submissions are now open! Students can submit their abstracts by using the following link, 2018 Abstract Submissions

The Symposium for Undergraduate Research & Creative Expression is a St. Edward’s University signature event. Every year SEU hosts SOURCE to give outstanding student researchers, artists, and designers a chance to showcase their most insightful and impressive work. Presentations and posters span the fields studied at St. Edward’s, from Biology to Theater Arts and Psychology to English Writing. During this one-day symposium students present their research and creative works at oral, poster, lightning, and roundtable sessions.

SOURCE Timeline 2018

Monday, January 22: Abstract Submissions Open, https://goo.gl/forms/Lb9SyhN85YMDxGl22

Monday, February 19: Abstract Early Entry Deadline

Monday, February 26: Abstract Final Entry Deadline

Monday, March 19: SOURCE Presenters Announcement

Friday, April 13: SOURCE Event Day

Information for Faculty:
Are you a faculty member who is conducting research projects with students? Do you know a student who has or is currently engaged in research or creative works? Then encourage your mentee to submit an abstract for the 2018 symposium. Faculty mentors should guide their students in selecting the appropriate type of presentations, oral, poster, lightning, or roundtable. Students must have the approval of their faculty mentor before submitting their abstract. Early entry submissions are due Monday, February 19, final abstract deadline Monday, February 26. Students will be informed of the status of their applications by Monday, March 19. If you want a sense of what kinds of projects have been showcased in past years please visit, http://sites.stedwards.edu/source/program/

Have additional questions students and mentors? Please contact co-chairs, Professor Tammie Rubin, M.F.A., trubin@stedwards.edu, or Professor Casie Parish Fisher, Ph.D., casiep@stedwards.edu

Tammie Rubin, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of Visual Studies
Ceramics & Sculpture
trubin@stedwards.edu

Casie Parish Fisher, Ph.D.
Chair, Criminal Justice Department
Director, Forensic Science Program
casiep@stedwards.edu

NSF-REU Program at Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA

Hello,

I am the co-director of the NSF-REU program at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.  I am reaching out to those of you that I have known over the course of my time at the University of the Incarnate Word (Biology) and those of you that I believe would have students that would benefit from an NSF-REU experience.

We are seeking to support students at the Freshman, Sophomore, Junior level of study who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees in STEM.  NSF especially wishes to support students of underrepresented groups and students who have low research opportunities.

Our program is unique as students are immersed in an intense research environment at an active research institution with a long history of cutting-edge research.  Students have an opportunity to conduct mentored research in the following areas:

•Molecular & Cell Biology
•Neurobiology
•Physiology
•Developmental Biology
•Evolutionary Biology

The student participants also have access to networking opportunities with the many world-renown scientists in residence over the course of the summer.

Please see the attached flyer.  If any of your students are interested in applying and have questions, please do not hesitate to have them contact me directly.  The early application deadline is February 15th and the later deadline is March 10th.  The application link can be found here:

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Thank you!
Veronica
Dr. Veronica G. Martinez Acosta

Chair, Neuroscience Section, Texas Academy of Science
Treasurer-Elect, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
Associate Professor

Biology Dept., School of Math Science and Engineering
University of the Incarnate Word
Biology Dept., CPO 311
4301 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209

Dean Chairs Session at 2018 National Air Quality Conference

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA), and the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA) jointly sponsored this national conference on air quality in Austin, Texas, January 24 – 26, 2018.  The meeting brings together representatives from air quality management agencies, scientists, instrument companies, and other stakeholders to discuss the latest resources in air quality and plan for the future.

The conference was originally scheduled to take place September 11 – 13, 2017, but in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, it was rescheduled for this month.

Dr. Gary A. Morris, Dean of Natural Sciences at St. Edward’s, was invited to chair a session:  “Case Studies, Data Analysis, and Modeling Tools.”  His research group also presented a poster at the conference on “More than a Decade of Ozone Profile Measurements in Texas Using Weather Balloons.”

Pictured below are Dr. Morris (left) with two of his former students:  Daniel Alrick (center, now with the Air Quality Management District in San Francisco, a presenter in his session above) and Mark Spychala (right, currently a research assistant in Dr. Morris’ group at SEU).