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Dec 01, 2014: Traniello Lab in BU Today

The research of the Dr. James Traniello lab is highlighted in BU Today, What do ants teach us about the evolution, anatomy and chemistry of the social brain? Read more

Nov 18, 2014: Graduate student Burmester in BU Today

Finnerty Lab student is "Coral Whisperer"

BU Today covers the work of Marine Biology graduate student Liz Burmester, as she discusses her work in the Finnerty Lab, at the New England Aquarium and with collaborators Dr. Les Kaufman and Dr. Randi Rotjan.



Nov 07, 2014: Dr. Pam Templer talks Urban Landscapes

Boston as an Ecosystem

The Boston Globe talks to EBE faculty member Dr. Pam Templer about her research on "urban landscapes" with Earth & Environment's Dr. Lucy Hutyra and graduate student Steve Decina.

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Faculty News

Dec 12, 2014: Prof. David Waxman Cited in Nature

Prof. David Waxman was extensively cited in a recent news article in Nature called "Sex differences:Luck of the chromosomes," written by Courtney Humphries on Dec. 4, 2014. This article is about the striking sex difference (men > women) in the incidence of liver cancer.

Dec 01, 2014: Traniello Lab in BU Today

The research of the Dr. James Traniello lab is highlighted in BU Today, What do ants teach us about the evolution, anatomy and chemistry of the social brain? Read more

Nov 10, 2014: Could Bird Brains Lead to Human Cures?

Prof. Timothy Gardner's Research

The anaesthetized zebra finch slumbers peacefully on a lab table, a tiny feathered bundle save for the top of its head, which sports a fleshy oval from which feathers, skin, and bone have been peeled back. Alert: no birds were harmed in the making of this experiment. In fact, for the next year or two after this surgery, Tim Gardner and his lab assistants will monitor the finch as it fulfills a primal urge: to sing.

The operation will implant in the finch’s brain Lilliputian carbon fiber electrodes invented by Gardner, a College of Arts & Sciences assistant professor of biology. What will happen next can be seen in a cage against the back wall. There, another finch with electrodes already implanted hops to and fro with a wire trailing out of its head and into a nearby console. A screen displays the spiking of the brain neurons that control the finch’s song.

Read more from BU Today's article, "Could Bird Brains Lead to Human Cures?"

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Alumni News

Please visit the new Biology Alumni Newsletter, Summer 2013 edition.


Oct 06, 2014: Biology Department's 2nd Alumni Weekend Social

The Biology Department hosted its 2nd Biology Department Aumni Weekend Social on Friday, Sept. 19th from 5:00-7:00pm in the Life Science and Engineering Building. Biology alumni came out to this complimentary event to socialize and network with previous classmates and current Biology Faculty. They enjoyed appetizers and beverages, along with two short talks on current research.

Dr. Aruoriwo M. Oboh-Weilke, CAS ‘93, who worked with Professor Michael Baum as an undergraduate and is currently an ophthalmological surgeon and faculty member at Georgetown University Hospital. She presented, “From the Lab to the O.R.”

Dr. Frank Naya, CAS ’86, who worked with Professor Robert Hausman as an undergraduate and is currently an Associate Professor of Biology here at BU. He presented, “Genetic Pathways in Cardiovascular Health and Disease.”

If you were unable to this year, there's always next year. We hope to see you there!

Jul 28, 2014: BU PhD Alum Named Executive Director

Dr. Noemi Custodia-Lora excells at Northern Essex Community College

Dr. Noemi Custodia-Lora, a former doctoral student of Dr. Ian Callard, will be the new face of Northern Essex Community College in Lawrence.

Custodia-Lora has been appointed executive director of Northern Essex Community College’s Lawrence campus and community relation.

She has been a member of the faculty in the Natural Sciences Department since 2003.

She was appointed assistant dean of Foundational Studies and Liberal Arts & Sciences in 2011.

Read more on Dr. Custodia-Laura.


Mar 24, 2014: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fellow Award

Eva Fast, a recent Ph.D. graduate (September 2013) who worked with Professor Horacio Frydman, has been selected for a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society FELLOW Award for a three year period. She is currently a postdoc in Professor Leonard Zon's lab at the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University. In her project she will elucidate novel pathways controlling self-renewal in hematopoietic stem cells.

In addition, Dr. Fast will be honored at the Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony by giving the student speech at the annual event to be held on May 16, 2014 this year.

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