Biology News Archive

  • Applications being accepted for spring TA positions

    Feb 17, 2021

    Are you interested in becoming a teaching assistant (TA) for a spring quarter Biology lab?  Applications are now being accepted for General Biology (BIO 2102 and BIO 2103), Ecology (BIO 3310), Animal Behavior (BIO 3434), Microbiology (BIO 3351) and Chemical Ecology (BIO 4840).  BIO 2103 labs will be in person, while all other labs will be held online.  Please download and complete an application form, and return to Shun-Je Bhark, Biology Laboratory Coordinator, at

  • Migration of juvenile deer is not linked to higher mortality

    Feb 4, 2021

    Dr. Eric Long, Professor of Biology, is the first author on a new study that asks if dispersal (migration away from birth site) increases the risk for mortality among large mammals.  Tracking juvenile white-tail deer, Long and his collaborators at Pennsylvania State University and the Pennsylvania Game Commission, showed that there was no signficant difference in mortality rates between deer that migrated away from their birth sites, and deer that remained closer to home.  The paper, "Risky movements? Natal dispersal does not decrease survival of a large herbivore", was published Feb. 4, 2021 in the peer-reviewed journal, Ecology and Evolution.

  • Dr. Delgado publishes aricle with former students

    Dec 20, 2020

    Dr. Tracie Delgado, Associate Professor of Biology, recently published a paper in the peer-reviewed journal Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education.  The paper, "Pandemic Teaching: Creating and teaching cell biology labs online during COVID‐19", describes a series of novel online labs developed by Dr. Delgado for her Spring 2020 Cell Biology (BIO 4352) course.  Former students Shun-Je Bhark (BS Cellular & Molecular Biology, 2020 and current Biology Laboratory Coordinator) and Joshua Donahue (BS Cellular & Molecular Biology, 2020) co-authored the paper.

  • Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler gives keynote presentation

    Dec 8, 2020

    Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, Professor of Biology, was the keynote speaker at the 6th International Women in Biomechanics meeting on December 7, 2020.  Dr. Wall-Scheffler's presentation, "No Dilemma: A (medio-laterally) broad pelvis explains some of the advantages of women's gait", focused on her research in the evolution of sex-based differences in pelvic anatomy, and is available for viewing on YouTube.

  • Angie Vazquez earns presentation honor at ABRCMS 2020

    Nov 13, 2020

    Angie Vazquez (BS Cellular and Molecular Biology, 2020) was named the recipient of the Microbiology Award for her poster presentation at the ABRCMS 2020 Virtual Conference on November 13, 2020.   ABRCMS, a national conference sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology, attracts over 5000 attendees annually.  Angie's poster, titled "Murine Herpesvirus 68 (MHV-68) Infected Cells Require Glutamine for Effective Viral Production", was one of 104 posters presented in the Microbiology session.  Congratulations to Angie and to her research supervisor, Dr. Tracie Delgado, Associate Professor of Biology at SPU!

  • Applications now being accepted for Winter quarter TA positions

    Nov 10, 2020

    If you are interested in becoming a teaching sssistant (TA) for a lab during the Winter 2021 quarter, please complete an application and return to Shun-Je Bhark (Biology Lab Coordinator) at   TAs are needed for the following Biology labs: BIO 2101, BIO 2102 and BIO 3325 (all of which are fully online in winter).  TAs are also needed for the following Chemistry labs: CHM 1211, CHM 1212, CHM 1310, CHM 1330, CHM 1360 and CHM 3372.  Applications should be completed by November 24, 2020.

  • Carmen Hové publishes research paper

    Nov 6, 2020

    Carmen Hové (BS Applied Human Biology 2014), a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California Santa Barbara, recently published her research in Evolution, Medicine and Public Health.  Carmen's research, entitled "Immune function during pregnancy varies between ecologically distinct populations", compared immune system status in pregnant women from two distinct populations to determine if ecological factors impact maternal immune response to pregnancy.

  • SPU Students Present Research at Murdock Conference

    Oct 31, 2020

    Three SPU students will present their research during the poster session at the annual Murdock College Science Research Conference, November 6 - 7, 2020. This year's conference will be held virtually. Colton Smith (BS Cellular and Molecular Biology, 2021) will discuss his project, Influence of the pig-tailed macaque vaginal microbiome on susceptibility to Mycoplasma genitalium infection, supervised by Dr. Gwen Wood, University of Washington. Suzanne Stafford (BS Biochemistry, 2021) will discuss her project, Mycoplasma genitalium evades antibody binding by slowing antigen association kinetics, supervised by Dr. Ben McFarlnd, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Angie Vazquez (BS Cellular and Molecular Biology, 2021) will discuss her project, Murine Herpesvirus 68 (MHV-68) Infected Cells Require Glutamine for Effective Viral Production, supervised by Dr. Tracie Delgado. Congratulations to these students and their research mentors for representing SPU!

  • Erinn Campbell begins graduate studies at Cambridge University

    Oct 14, 2020

    Erinn Campbell (BS Ecology 2020) recently began her studies in the MPhil in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine program at Darwin College, Cambridge University.  Erinn, who was also a University Scholar at SPU and earned a second, self-designed major in the comparative history of ideas, will focus her MPhil research on the history of science communication in Victorian Britain.

  • Applications for the BioCORE Scholars program are now open

    Sep 25, 2020

    The BioCORE Scholars Program is now accepting applications for students to join its fifth cohort, beginning Winter 2021 quarter. Applicants should be students who have not yet begun the General Biology sequence (BIO 2101/2102/2103). Applications are due by 3 pm on Thurs., October 29, 2020. The BioCORE Scholars Program is a leadership program to build community, promote academic success and create mentoring networks for first-generation college students and students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the biological sciences.