Department of Biological Sciences

UA Scientist Named AAAS Fellow

From the January 2017 Desktop News | The world’s largest general scientific society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, elected a University of Alabama scientist to the rank of Fellow. Dr. Patricia Sobecky, UA associate provost for academic affairs and professor of biological sciences, was one of 391 people elected as an AAAS Fellow in […]

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Three UA Faculty Members Named Endowed Elmore Professors

In honor of Marilyn Williams Elmore and her husband John Durr Elmore, The University of Alabama Board of Trustees recently approved the establishment of The Marilyn Williams Elmore and John Durr Elmore Endowed Professorship in the College of Arts and Sciences. The professorship, which is funded by the couple’s estate gift in excess of $300,000, […]

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Fruit-Fly Diet Impacts Descendants, UA Researcher Finds

 From the October 2016 Desktop News | For a fruit fly, what its grandparents ate may affect how much it weighs. And, according to Dr. Laura Reed, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, similar relationships between generational diet and obesity may hold true for humans as well. To study obesity, Reed and her team […]

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A&S Lecture Roundup

The College of Arts & Sciences has so many incredible guest speakers and presentations. But you’re covered. Here’s a list of (regularly updated) lectures happening. Looking for the cost information? Unless otherwise noted, they are all free and open to the public! November 10 Who: Dr. Joseph Graves, biologist & geneticist When: 7:30 p.m. Where:  North Lawn Hall Auditorium Dr. […]

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UA Researcher Helps Unlock Biodiversity Mystery

From the September 2016 Desktop News | The discovery of a deep-water seaweed that evolved into a multicellular plant more than 540 million years ago has added a new branch to the tree of life, according to a biologist at The University of Alabama. Dr. Juan Lopez-Bautista, professor of biological sciences at UA, co-wrote a study of […]

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Traveling to the Ocean Floor: Professor Studies Deep-Sea Mollusks

From the September 2016 Desktop News | While the unique environment of the deep ocean would likely prove nightmarish and panic-inducing for many people, it’s just another day of fieldwork for Department of Biological Sciences’ assistant professor Dr. Kevin Kocot. This July, Kocot submerged to oceanic depths for the ninth time, joining 21 other marine scientists from […]

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A&S in the News – August 12-18

Dancer Madison Fendley finding new ways to express her art Dothan Eagle – Aug. 13 It’s not every day you meet a college student pursuing a double major in dance and political science. But Madison Fendley has a plan ‒ dance, choreograph and then maybe law school. A 2014 graduate of Houston Academy, 20-year-old Fendley […]

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A&S in the News – August 5-11

What if we never named the shooters? NBC 9 (Denver, Colo.) – Aug. 6 It’s a question that psychologists and journalists increasingly wrestle with: Are the people who engage in public violence trying to become famous, and would it help if the media stopped naming and showing them? … There are many theories about the […]

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A&S in the News – July 29-August 4

Everglades Restoration Effects, Greenhouse Gases Under Study Fondriest.com – Aug. 1 The Everglades is a special ecosystem, comprising the largest subtropical wetland system in North America. But beyond its size, it is also home to an astounding array of plant and animal life, including the American alligator, American crocodile and 73 threatened or endangered species, […]

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Scholarships Matter: Destined for Dentistry

From the July 2016 Desktop News | Scholarships Matter is a series of stories highlighting students in the College of Arts and Sciences who have received and been impacted by scholarships. The student featured in this story is the recipient of one College-wide scholarship, the Lauris D. Graves and Jacqueline D. Graves Endowed Scholarship. Scholarships like these […]

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