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BIOLOGY NEWS

Williams ’13 on Weather, Health

Augusta Williams '13 recently collaborated to produce a bulletin, "Emerging El Nino Conditions: Notes for the Global Health Community," as part of her graduate internship. Williams is currently a rising second-year student at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, working toward a master's of public health, with a certificate in climate and health. She is interning this summer at the Interna...  More >>

Knopka ‘14 Protecting Endangered Birds

Spending his summer on the beaches of Cape Cod, Sam Knopka '14 was thrilled to recently be hired by the Trustees of Reservations as a shorebird technician. He is working to help protect the dwindling population of Piping Plovers, an endangered bird species that nests on the shores of Cape Cod, Mass. The Trustees of Reservations is a non-profit organization that owns land throughout Massachusetts ...  More >>

A "Fruitful" Summer Research Experience

With the beauty of Seneca Lake often considered the focal point of the Colleges' landscape, it's sometimes easy to forget that the Colleges are also located in one of the agricultural capitals of the world. For more than 30 years, student researchers have taken advantage of the Colleges' partnership with the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) to conduct summer research on iss...  More >>

Studying Spotted Salamanders

Salamanders only migrate twice a year - in the spring and in the fall. This summer, Assistant Professor of Biology Bradley Cosentino will study one particular aspect of their migration as part of his research focus on conservation biology. Using salamanders from local wetlands that are located both close to and far from roads, Cosentino will examine whether the movement behavior of spotted salama...  More >>

Budmen '15 Newman Civic Fellow

Peter Budmen '15 was named a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, which honors student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities. On campus and in the Geneva community, Budmen has dedicated his time to volunteering with the Geneva Head Start program and working with local children. A public policy major and biology minor, he is one of just 197 studen...  More >>

First Years to Explore Sustainable Living

When the Classes of 2018 arrive in the fall, more than 50 students will have the opportunity to explore sustainability and consumption through a new Learning Community, "Sustainable Living." The two-semester long program will have an emphasis on the relationship between local actions and global effects. "Sustainable Living gives students interested in any aspect of sustainability a strong start a...  More >>

Cramer '15 Begins Biochem Honors Project

A passion for laboratory research has led Steffi Cramer '15 to explore the movement of bacteria in an Honors project titled, "Examining the amino acids in novel receptors that putatively regulate bacterial motility." Spending several hours in the lab each day, Cramer says one of her favorite aspects of her project is the "instant gratification" of the microbiology world. "You put things on a plat...  More >>

HWS Student Trustees Named

Following campaigns that were both impressive and spirited, Maxwell Gorton '16 and Nicole O'Connell '16 have been named the Junior Student Trustees to serve on the HWS Board of Trustees for the next academic year. The two were elected by their peers and will serve on the Board, which governs the Colleges' policies, financial health, and overall welfare. Every spring semester, students vote to sel...  More >>

Two Earn Goldwater Honors

From a highly competitive field of more than 1,100 applicants, Macy Howarth '16 was named a Goldwater Scholar and Alison McCarthy '15 has received Honorable Mention. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship was established in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwa...  More >>

Wild Inedibles with Newell

Professor of Biology Beth Newell will present "Wild Inedibles," a discussion about poisonous plants, on Monday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the South Parlor of the Presbyterian Church in Geneva (24 Park Place). Her talk is part of the 2014 Community Read, sponsored by Geneva Reads, the theme of which this year is the outdoors and self-reliance. One of the featured books in this year's program was J...  More >>