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Congratulations to all the students who worked very hard and excelled this school year, especailly to our four biology, two pre-health, and two magistrate award winning students.

Dr. Frank Jordan, Biological Sciences Chair, shares how he and Loyola students helped to save a tiny Florida fish from extinction. To read the article and listen on NPR, click here


To find out more about Frank Jordan's research, click here

Dr. Paul Barnes was a contributor to a recent United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) publication titled, "Floral bullseyes and stratospheric ozone." The article discusses how the floral UV "bullseye" which guides pollinators to flowers could also help protect flowers from intensifyig solar UV radiation. Congratulation to Dr. Barnes and his colleagues! Click here to read the article.

Dr. Paul W. Barnes, Professor of Biological Sciences and the J.H. Mullahy Endowed Chair in Environmental Biology at Loyola University New Orleans, recently participated in the 2021 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Meeting of the Parties of the Montreal Protocol (MOP33/COP12) and the 2021 Meeting of the UNEP Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (EEAP). Dr.

Coleman Green received the Rev. John H. Mullahy, S.J. Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Sciences. --  The award is given to the graduating student in the sciences who best fulfills the ideals of outstanding academic achievement, personal integrity, generosity of spirit, and leadership that Father Mullahy consistently attempted to elicit from his students. 

Glory Tomi John and Adelia Obioha received the St. Joseph Pignatelli, S.J., Award for Dedicated Service and Achievement in the Biological Sciences. This award is presented to a student who exemplifies the qualities of Judeo-Christian teachings and has shown integrity, honesty, and loyalty.  This award was created through the generosity of Sue Brigsten Smith ’58.

Five Biology seniors received the Ruth and Lee Faust Award. The Ruth and Lee Faust Award for the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Biological Sciences is given to the graduating student in Biological Sciences with the highest grade point average in the major. The recipients are Yasmeen Magharehabed, Glory Tomi John, Adelia Obioha, Olivia Mipro and Yasmeen Khan. 

Dr. Kim Mix presented at the 28th Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology in July 2020.  The presentation focused on the impact of applying bioinformatics methods to investigate SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences in molecular genetics class.  Students learned how to evaluate mutation fitness and virus phylogeny in collaboration with scientists from Pine Biotech.  This model for integrating bioinformatics into a molecular biology course was successfully reproduced by Dr. Laurie Minns at the University of Montana in an online summer course.

Michael Pashkevich BIOL'17 is lead author on this new publication about the work he is doing for his Ph.D. at Cambridge. Click here to view the article. 

The Department of Biological Sciences participated in the collection and donation of PPE for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  These donations included gloves, face shields, masks, and gowns to the Tulane School of Medicine (uptown donation location).



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