Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Ashland Biology grad earns Ph.D.

Congratulations to Dr. Jason Dahlman '03 on his successful Ph.D. defense from the Integrated Biomedical Science Program at The Ohio State University.  Jason also recently published a portion of his dissertation work in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, and is off to start a post-doctoral position with Dr. Yingzi Yang at the National Institutes of Health where he will be researching the roles of cell signaling pathways in stem cell differentiation.

Jason was initially a pre-med student, but discovered his love for scientific research while doing an undergraduate research study with Dr. Mason Posner.  That work was published in 2003.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Here are a few opportunities for those of you interested in the physical sciences:

The American Chemical Society offers an international research experiences in the summer for undergraduates.

The American Chemical Society also offers opportunities for students to complete a six week, all expenses paid summer course in Nuclear and Radiochemistry. Students receive college credit and a stipend of $3800. The deadline for applications is February 1st.

The Keck Geology Consortium offers summer research opportunities in the Geosciences at locations ranging from the Rocky Mountains to the Adirondacks to Panama and Mongolia. Students should be seniors next year, and the application deadline is February 5th.

Summer research opportunities for physics students are posted on the Nucleus website.

The Center for Nanoscale Systems at Cornell University is recruiting students for its summer REU program. The application deadline is February 8th.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Summer field biology experiences

Here are three opportunities for those of you interested in field biology:

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Ashland science student first ever AU football player to win GLIAC McAvoy award

Congratulations to AU's own Nick Bellanco, a Biochemistry and Mathematics double major, for being the first Ashland University student to ever win the Jack H. McAvoy award.  This Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honor is given annually to the football player "who best combines outstanding character and leadership on the field, in the classroom, and in the community."
In addition to being an outstanding athlete in both football and track, Nick has conducted research during the past two years with Drs. Becky Corbin and Steve Fenster, including work in Kettering over the past two summers.  This work in the laboratory has already led to Nick being a co-author on one published paper. Nick is a senior and is currently applying to medical school.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Free coffee, tea and treats

are waiting for you in the Biology faculty office suite pantry.  Please come by and take a break during your finals.

Provided by Tri-Beta

Sunday, December 6, 2009

REU program in microbiology

I received a notice from Laurie Voelker, the Microbiology Coordinator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Her contact info is 402-472-1106 and lvoelker2@unl.edu.
She wants to promote their microbiology graduate training opportunities and research facilities.
Here is a link: :

Starting Dec. 8 they will be accepting applications for next summer's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program: Integrated Development of Bioenergy Systems.

Graduate scholarship in Bioinformatics

The University of Toledo is offering full scholarships for their Masters Degree in Bioinformatics and Proteomics/Genomics.  These scholarship funds come from the State's Choose Ohio First program, and are open to residents from the State of Ohio.

Applicants should have a background in computer science and biology or biochemistry.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

What can you do with a degree in Biology?

As some of you finish your first semester at Ashland, and others prepare for graduation in six months, and yet others are somewhere in between, I thought you would find this resource from the American Institute of Biological Sciences helpful.  This is a great summary of the diverse careers you can do with your Biology degree.

You might also like this information from the U.S. Department of Labor on career outlooks in biological sciences.