Dr. Paul Barnes and Mark Tobler, Department of Biological Sciences and Environment Program, attended the UV4Plants meeting held on the campus of the University of Pécs, Hungary from 29-31 May 2016. Dr. Barnes gave an oral presentation and Mark presented a poster. This research addressed plant and ecosystem responses to solar ultraviolet radiation (UV) and included three Loyola students as co-authors. Dr. Barnes also chaired a meeting session and was appointed to the Board of Editors of this association.
Mark Tobler recently received The College of Humanities and Natural Sciences Staff Excellence Award which is given to the member who demonstrates outstanding service above and beyond what is required and expected. In addition to his research, Mark is very dedicated to his work in the greenhouse.
Congratulations to Biology student Kate O'Leary ('17), who was named Outstanding Student Leader of the junior class at the 2016 Magis Awards Ceremony. Keep up the great work on campus and in the community.
Biology Alumna and Adjutor Hominum Awardee Vanessa Rouzier, M.D. ('98) is co-first author on a landmark study demonstrating the effectiveness of a new oral cholera vaccine protocol in protecting people from the epidemic cholera. This is an important finding to help stop a terrible cholera epidemic that hit Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, likely brought in by relief workers.
The article was published online, ahead of print, by the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in February, 2016 and is available at: doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.15-0700
Three Senior Biology students received prestigious awards during the 2016 Honors Convocation on May 20, 2016.
Patrick R. Connor received the St. Joseph Pignatelli, S.J. Award for Dedicated Service and Achievement in the Biological Sciences.
William J. Brandt received the Ruth and Lee Faust Award for the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the Biological Sciences.
Gabrielle V. Espiritu received the Rev. John H. Mullahy, S.J. Award for the Outstanding Achievement in the Sciences.
Loyola's Pre-eminent Undergraduate Research Event
The Department of Biological Sciences hosted its 26th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, April 15, 2016 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the Loyola University New Orleans main campus in Monroe Hall, Nunemaker Auditorium. A crawfish social immediately followed the symposium in front of Monroe Hall.
Students Jeanette Zavala ('16) and Skyllarr Trusty ('16) joined Dr. Don Hauber in attending the 58th Annual Meeting of Beta Beta Beta Southeastern Region in Concord, NC held March 31 - April 3. BBB Southeastern Region meets jointly with the Association of Southeastern Biologists. Jeanette Zavala was a poster presenter while Dr. Hauber served as a judge for portions of the event.
Shelly Wu ('13) has accepted a position with four years of support into a PhD program in science education at Texas Christian University.
Biology alumnus Troy Thayer '15 recently received a scholarship to attend the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.
Michael Pashkevich, a Biological Sciences major at Loyola University New Orleans, was awarded a Barry Goldwater Scholarship, which recognizes top students who wish to pursue scholarly research in the sciences, mathematics and engineering and brings recipients one- to two-year scholarships valued up to $7,500. The national scholarship will support Pashkevich’s ongoing and future research on arachnids, conducted at Loyola under Dr. Aimée K. Thomas.