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Biology Alumni Newsletter: Summer 2010

New teaching labs open

students working in a new teaching labThree new teaching labs opened in January 2010. Outfitted with the latest technology and new equipment, the labs provide students with an improved learning experience. The renovation was initiated by the decline in library usage and the need to have modern, well-designed teaching labs. This is only the beginning of a series of upcoming renovations to Jordan Hall. More »

Biology remembers

Charles Heiser and Loren Rieseberg standing with sunflowersCharles Bixler Heiser Jr.
1920 – 2010

Distinguished Professor Charles Heiser Jr. passed away on June 11, 2010. Heiser was internationally known for his work in plant evolution and ethnobotany. More »

Faculty honored

Three esteemed faculty members have been honored as fellows in various academies and societies. Yves Brun has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, Ellen Ketterson is the newest fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Loren Rieseberg (pictured with Charles Heiser) has been elected to the Royal Society. More »

Light Microscopy Imaging Center acquires new instruments

The IU Light Microscopy Imaging Center (LMIC) was awarded a high-end instrumentation grant to procure an Applied Precision OMX Super Resolution imaging system. Scheduled for installation in mid-July, the LMIC adds this system to its impressive array of microscopes to become the go-to facility for researchers requiring light microscopy, image processing, and image analysis. More »


View images taken from various LMIC imaging systems »

Four biology majors honored

Anderson and KulowFour Department of Biology undergraduates received high honors recently. Erika Anderson and Jennifer Kulow (right) were named Barry M. Goldwater Scholars by the Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. They bring the total number of departmental majors to receive this national award to thirteen. Rebeca Hernandez and Ellen Weinzapfel earned the Indiana University’s Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. More »

Alumna Profile: Tracy Lawhon, BS'88, JD'94

Carving her own path

Tracy LawhonWith over twenty years' experience in the life science industry, alumnus Tracy Lawhon left her work with large pharmaceutical firms to join two seed-stage biotech companies in California. How did she end up in the entrepreneurial world of biotech startup companies? She credits IU for helping prepare her for her current career. More »

Tell us your story

Alumni, do you have a story you would like to share with us or would you like to submit information for the class notes section of the Biology Alumni Newsletter? If so, e-mail your stories to or visit to submit a class note. We’d love to hear from you!

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