Abebe and Jenda Invited Keynote Speakers, SAMSA 2013 Conference


Drs. Ash Abebe and Overtoun Jenda are invited keynote speakers for SAMSA 2013 Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, from November 25-29, 2013.

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NSF Grant for Ellis


Associate Professor Holly Ellis has received a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation for her proposal,  “Defining the Mechanistic Strategies of Defulfonation in the Alkanesulfonate Monooxygenase System.”

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SCB goes on Gulf Coast Field Trip


In a reprise of last year’s successful Gulf Coast Field Trip, 7 SCB members traveled to the Gulf Shores area Oct. 18-20. Leaving in the late afternoon on Friday, we spent the night in The Nature Conservancy’s Splinter Hill Bog house in South Alabama. On Saturday morning, we drove to Gulf Shores to visit the Gulf Coast Zoo, hosted by former AU student and SCB member Jessica Larson who now works at the zoo as a keeper. We enjoyed the zoo’s animal show, the lemur encounter and a behind-the-scenes tour by Jessica, including a spectacular opportunity to play with two seven-week-old tiger cubs. After lunch, we went to Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge to see habitat of the endangered Alabama Beach Mouse. Our own Faculty Advisor (Dr. Bob Boyd) led this portion of the trip, and talked about a 5-year research project he and Dr. Mike Wooten conducted on beach mice and post-hurricane habitat restoration. We then went back to Splinter Hill for dinner. Sunday we toured the pitcher plant bogs at the Splinter Hill Reserve and collected some Exyra moth larvae and pitchers for research being conducted by Dr. Debbie Folkerts and her graduate student Allison Tjelmland. All in all, a very busy and productive field trip!

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Plant Gene Expression (BIOL 5320/6320) to be offered in Spring 2014


Topics to be covered in this course:

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