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BioNews: Winter 2013-14

Clay Fuqua

Fuqua leads biology

Professor Clay Fuqua became chair of the Department of Biology on July 1, 2013. Fuqua was recently named a 2014 Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and last year was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. More »

Junco sitting on tree branch

Flying high with the junco

Jonathan Atwell (PhD '11) teamed with his research mentor, the noted avian biologist and IU Distinguished Professor of Biology Ellen Ketterson, to produce a scientific documentary about the junco, one of North America's most common songbirds. The film, entitled Ordinary Extraordinary Junco: Remarkable Biology from a Backyard Bird, highlights over 100 years of research on these sparrows found throughout the continent. More »

Faculty kudos:

AAAS Fellows named

Biology congratulates Peter Cherbas, Elizabeth Raff, and Malcolm Winkler who were honored as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at a ceremony held in February 2014. They join eight other members of our faculty who were so honored in recent years. More »

Keith Clay

Keith Clay promoted

Biologist Keith Clay was promoted to the rank of distinguished professor in April 2013. This is the most significant academic appointment that Indiana University offers. More »

New faculty hired

After extensive recruiting efforts during the past two academic years, seven new faculty members have been hired. More »

Biology remembers:

Howard Gest (1921-2012)

Howard Gest

Howard Gest, an internationally known scientist widely recognized for his research on microbial physiology and metabolism, died in Bloomington, Ind., on April 24, 2012. Gest had been an active distinguished professor emeritus of microbiology and adjunct professor of history and philosophy of science at Indiana University, where he had served on the faculty since 1966. More »

Carlos Miller (1923-2012)

Carlos Miller

Emeritus Professor of Biology Carlos O. Miller died on August 18, 2012, in Bloomington, Ind. Miller is best known for discovering not one, but two forms of a new class of hormones: kinetin and zeatin. Although he officially retired in 1987, he continued to conduct research on plant physiology until the time of his death. More »

Students receive NSF fellowships

Eight students with ties to the Department of Biology were selected by the National Science Foundation to receive awards through its prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) in 2013. Six individuals earned NSF-GRFP Fellowships in 2012. More »

Alumnus profile: Mo Siddiq, BS'12

Mo Siddiq

Undergraduate research leads to a bright future. Mo Siddiq joined assistant professor Kristi Montooth's research lab during his freshman year where he developed a passion for evolutionary genetics in Drosophila, conducting independent research there throughout his four years at IU. More »

Jordan Hall renovation celebrated

south side of Jordan Hall

IU Bloomington campus community members attended a dedication celebration on February 21, 2014, to mark the recent renovations made to Jordan Hall. This current round of renovations was the most substantial set of improvements to the building since the addition completed in 1984. More »

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