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2017 Cross-Disciplinary Team Research Award goes to group working on water issues article thumbnail2017 Cross-Disciplinary Team Research Award goes to group working on water issues. The University Research Council awarded the 2017 Cross-Disciplinary Team Research Award to four faculty members who work toward understanding climate change and its varied impacts on water quality. [Read the rest]
CAS announces Outstanding College Researchers article thumbnailCAS announces Outstanding College Researchers. The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) has announced the 2016-2017 Outstanding College Researchers: Christopher Breu, Department of English; John Sedbrook, School of Biological Sciences; and Maura Toro-Morn, Department of Sociology and Anthropology.  [Read the rest]
Bowden, Taylor named Distinguished Professors article thumbnailBowden, Taylor named Distinguished Professors. Professor of Biology Rachel Bowden and Professor of Marketing Steven Taylor have been named Distinguished Professors by the Office of the Provost. [Read the rest]

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School of Biological Sciences Seminar

Martha VaughanMarch 2 (Thursday) at 4:00p.m. in MLT 210 join us for Dr. Martha Vaughan of the Agricultural Research Service, USDA for here presentation on "Climate Change and Crop Natural Defenses: Potential Implications for Food Security and Food Safety". For her presentation abstract - click here. For one of her research papers (pdf) click on the following: Vaughan et al 2015 Plant, Cell and Environment or Vaughan et al 2016. PLOS one.

Integrative Biology Seminar

Dyland PoorboyJoin us February 28 (Tuesday) at noon in SLB121 for - Dylan Poorboy's presention "Effects of territory quality on reproductive allocation in female house wrens (Troglodytes aedon)"

Neuroscience and Physiology Seminar Series

Join us March 3 (Friday) at noon in JH 216 for Chris Goldsmith's presention "Multimodal encoding is achieved in a premotor region via neuronal populations with distinct response dynamics"

Molecular and Cellular Biology Seminar Series

March 1 (Wednesday) at noon in SLB121 join us to hear - Michaela McGinn Lottes present her research - "Pennycress: get up - all - night greasy !"

Photos Highlights from our annual Alumni Newsletter

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Moe Khalil Rachel Mandes
Marc Ashford Lucas Barickman
Mitchell Czerwinski Cal Hackler
Student researchers - Moe Khalil, Rachel Mandes, Marc Ashford, Lucas Barickman, and Mitchell Czerwinski. Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award winner - Cal Hackler

Phi Sigma Spring Research Symposium is Friday March 24th

Submit your abstract now for giving a poster or oral presentation. Abstract deadline is March 3rd at 11:59p.m. Below are the presentation winners from last year. For more information click here.

PhiSigm Symposium Winners 2016

Seminar Schedules

Welcome From The Chair

Whether you are interested in plants, animals, or microbes, our interdisciplinary and collaborative research groups in the School of Biological Sciences have something for you! From investigations involving interactions at subcellular molecular levels, to function and communication within/between organ systems and organisms, to evolutionary and ecological dynamics of populations, communities and ecosystems, see how ISU can set you on the right career path!