Dr. Hom received a grant from UM and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to fund the development and integration of Open Educational Resources (OER) in the department's BISC 336 (Genetics) course. As part of the Z-Degree initiative, a three-year plan to expand adoption of OER in MS, Dr. Hom will create a curriculum based on openly-licensed teaching materials as a means to reduce student textbook costs and improve genetics instruction in our contemporary digital context. BISC 336 (Genetics) is a foundational course required by all majors in Biology as well as those pursuing a career in the health sciences; it is one of the first UM science courses to be funded by this initiative.
The Department of Biology at The University of Mississippi invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions, in Cell Biology and Quantitative Ecology. More information is available by clicking here.
Biology masters student, Jessica Heppard, was the overall winner of The University of Mississippi 3 Minute Thesis Competitionwith her presentation titled "Impact of habitat modification and human disturbance on the basking behavior of the endangered Ringed Map Turtle (Graptemys oculifera)"
. Her research examines how human activities affect the behavior of an endangered turtle, the Ringed Map Turtle, also known as the Ringed Sawback. Jessica hypothosizes that by impeding optimal basking behavior, humans are contributing to the endangerment of the species. By studying populations in the Pearl River outside Jackson, MS, she hopes to aid in the formation of management strategies for the conservation of the species.
Jessica will be representing Ole Miss at the Conference for Southern Graduate Schools in Annapolis, MD in March.
Mary Harvey and Kaitlyn Duda, two members of Dr. Lainy Day's lab, tied in the $1000 Research Award competition for the Neuroscience minor. Mary's project is titled "The Correlated Evolution of Cerebellar Size and Display Complexity in Pipridae" and Kaitlyn 's project is titled "Immunocytochemistry in Manakins".
Researchers, Dr. Mika Jekabsons (Biology) and Yu-Dong Zhou (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received a major award from the National Institutes of Health to continue their studies for three years to find new drugs to stop the spread of breast cancer to other organs. To read the full article click here.