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Welcome to the Biology News page.  If you have news that you would like to share, please send us an e-mail with "Biology News" in the subject line.  We welcome stories from current and former students (in all of our degree programs) and other friends and associates of the department.

Biology News Archive:
Biology Faculty in the News (June 2009 / December 2008)
Every Living Thing -- New Book by Dr. Rob Dunn (December 2008)
New Name, New Programs (September, 2008)
Where's Zoology? (September 2008)
Student/Postdoc Symposium -- Keck Center for Behavioral Biology
(January 2010)  The Eleventh Annual Student/Postdoc Symposium of the W. M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology will be held on Friday, February 5 in the Stephens Room (3503 Thomas Hall, formerly Gardner Hall).  Participation is open to all students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.  Participants should submit an abstract by e-mail to or no later than January 25.  Details can be found in the most recent edition of The Signal (11.4).  Those who plan to attend the symposium must RSVP to no later than January 25.

Dr. Nate Bacheler Recognized for Outstanding Dissertation
(September 2009)  Recent graduate Nate Bacheler has received the 2009 Graduate School Dissertation Award for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  This award recognizes "outstanding scholarly research that has a positive impact on both the North Carolina economy and the quality of life for all its citizens."  Nate's dissertation, entitled "Factors influencing the abundance and distribution of subadult Red Drum in North Carolina," was completed under the mentorsahip of Drs. Jeff Buckel and Joe Hightower. Congratulations Dr. Bacheler, on this much-deserved recognition.

Dr. Jeffrey Hinshaw and Dr. George Barthalmus Honored by CALS
(August 2009)  Each year the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences honors faculty, retired faculty, staff members, and student organizations who demonstrate outstanding efforts in raising funds to support CALS programs.  One of two 2009 Faculty Resource Development Awards was presented to Dr. Jeff Hinshaw.  Dr. Hinshaw is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, with active research and extension programs in coldwater and coolwater aquaculture and fisheries.  The 2009 Retired Faculty Resource Development Award was presented to Dr. George Barthalmus.  Dr. Barthalmus is one of our Emeritus Faculty.  He also served as Interim Department Head before Dr. Shea joined the department and is former director of CALS Academic Programs.  To see who the other award winners were, you can read the full article by Terri Leith in Perspectives.

Monica Iglecia Featured on NC State Graduate School Website
(August 2009)  Graduate student Monica Iglecia was recently featured on the NC State Graduate School website.  Monica's research drew attention through her award-winning poster presentation at the 2009 Graduate Student Research Symposium.  In her Master's thesis research with Dr. Jaime Collazo, Monica has focused on the relationship between changes in habitat and changes in avian populations by using computer modeling to address these issues on a large, landscape scale.  To learn more about Monica's research and about Monica herself, read the full article.

Low Doses of Bisphenol-A (BPA) Have Reproductive Health Effects
(June 2009)  Graduate student Heather Adewale and Dr. Heather Patisaul teamed up with researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to report that even low doses of bisphenol-A (BPA) can have effects on female reproductive function.  The studies exposed rats to a range of doses of BPA at a critical time in development and followed the animals through puberty and into adulthood, documenting effects on the time of onset of puberty and on the condition of the ovaries.  These findings add important information to the current debate regarding the potential health effects of BPA, which is a chemical found in a variety of products, including some baby bottles and water bottles.  The work was published in the journal Biology of Reproduction and is described more fully in this NC State News Release by Matt Shipman.

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