Biology Department News
Students in the learning community, Sustainability and the Environment, spent the morning of Monday, Oct. 3, at the natural area behind Murphy Hall, where they put what they’ve learned in the classroom into action by helping to control the invasive species pale swallow-wort on the site.
St. John Fisher College inducted five alumni into the College’s Science and Technology Hall of Fame during a ceremony held on Thursday, Sept. 29, as a part of Alumni Weekend. Dr. Stephen A. Di Biase ’78, Dr. Craig M. Kubik ’80, Dr. Thomas W. Miller ’65, Dr. Gennaro “Jerry” Vasile ’67, and Dr. Theresa “Tish” Creasey ’79 received the honor.
In spring 2016, Drs. Kermin J. Martínez-Hernández, Nahyr D. Rovira-Figueroa, and Fernando Ontiveros established a collaboration on the implementation of a novel microfluidic laboratory experiment for the general chemistry laboratory curriculum.
Joseph J. Zambon, Ph.D., DDS, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Periodontics and Endodontics, has been appointed dean of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. A member of the Class of 1973, Zambon’s appointment was announced after an international search that attracted a pool of highly competitive candidates.
This year, the School of Arts and Sciences held an inaugural school-wide ceremony to recognize graduating seniors.
This spring, more than two dozen St. John Fisher College students traveled to several states to present original research at regional and national conferences. Students representing the chemistry, biology, and computer science programs had the opportunity to share their work and network with peers and faculty from across the country.
The College’s Upsilon Rho chapter of Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society held its 4th induction ceremony on Friday, April 1.
Dr. Kristin Picardo, an associate professor of biology in the School of Arts and Sciences, has been elected to a three-year term as a Council of Undergraduate Research Councilor in the Biology Division.
Our next featured senior in the 2016 Countdown to Commencement video series is Brent Lindsay, a biology major who was nominated by Kerrie Mullen and Katie Burke in the Office of Freshman Admissions.
A new study—led by Dr. Greg Cunningham, associate professor of biology at St. John Fisher College—showing that king penguins are able to detect odors associated with their own species has steered researchers to suggest that in addition to acoustic cues, they might rely on their olfactory sense to find their offspring or kin.