Department of Biological Sciences
Biology Seniors Capstone Presentations
Graduation Biology majors will be presenting posters of their capstone research projects on Friday April 29 on the first floor in the hallway of the Science Complex from 2-4:50. The public is invited: light refreshments will be served.
Biology students awarded at the 21st Annual Research Day at the Capitol
Biology students Jared Stokes and Angela Gibbons were among 7 students who won awards for their research presentations at this year's Research Day at the Capitol. Stokes won second place for his vertebrate ecology presentation. Gibbons won third place for her work on breast cancer.
Stokes and Gibbons were among 24 students from 18 colleges and universities selected to present their outstanding research at the Capital.
The Biology Club, Botany Club, and Aggie Club help plant a Live Oak north of Howell Hall to celebrate Arbor Day 2016. The Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) is known for is large growth, reaching up to 50 feet tall and 100 feet wide. The benefits of planting trees are numerous. Trees play an important role in filtering urban storm water runoff, increase energy efficiency and help maintain comfortable indoor temperatures in nearby buildings, absorb pollutants, release oxygen, and help combat climate change.
Cameron University has earned designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA. Dean Terry Conley stated, “The university has added more than 1,000 trees to campus in the past decade. We hope our annual Arbor Day observance inspires members of the community to become good stewards of the environment.”
Phi Eta Sigma, with chapters on more than 350 college campuses across the nation, encourages and rewards academic excellence achieved by students during their freshman year in institutions of higher learning. Students must have completed 24 to 42 hours of course work and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75.
Congratulations to the following students: Brittany Bermingham, Ethan Billen, Jonathan Drake, Luana Erickson, Cassandra Holtke, Taiwo Obanla, Hannah Vossen, Cassidy Wall, Codi Young, Katherine Zebrowski
Department of Biology students inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and the top 7.5 percent of juniors. Inductees are expected to attain superior scholarship in all academic disciplines, promote intellectual life and the academic prestige of the university, and promote the elements of character that would stimulate others to pursue excellence.
Congratulations to the following students: Tiffany Ford, Skyler Hudson, Meagan Angiel, Donovan Heintzman, Oluwatoyin Kayode, Patrick McAnererney, Sujana Rupakheti, Megan Stottmann, Jeein Yoon.
Stokes is a senior majoring in Organismal Biology. He is a member of Psi Eta, Cameron’s chapter of the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Society, and the Biology Club. He has conducted undergraduate research, presenting his results at two statewide conferences, where he was recognized with presentation awards, as well as Research Day at the Capitol. Stokes was selected to participate in the Geospatial Summer Fellowship at the University of Oklahoma in 2015 and has been asked to return to serve as a model for the 2016 class. Stokes plans to attend graduate school and hope to works as a biologist. He is also an advocate for autistic children and plans to continue his efforts on their behalf. Congratulations, Jared!
Jared Stokes received the award for Zoology – Outstanding Oral Presentation, for his presentation titled “Effects of Habitat Variables on Home Range Size of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers.” Jared is a senior organismal biology major. He was mentored in this project by Dr. Mike Husak of the Department of Biological Sciences.
Jeein Yoon received the award for Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science – Outstanding Oral Presentation for her presentation titled "Travelling Waves Solutions of Infectious Diseases Model.” Jeein is a junior cellular and molecular biology major with a minor in mathematics. She was mentored in this project by Dr. Narayan Thapa of the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
Congratulations to biology students Saranah Isenberg, Caley Lampkin, and Aaron Bevington, whose team-the Differential Debaters-placed 2nd in the 3rd annual Ethics Bowl. Biology students Paul Copeland and Mariama Abramson and Medical Technology student William Mabis also participated in the Ethics Bowl as Mendel’s Pundits.
In the Ethics Bowl, students must provide solutions to scenarios based on real-world challenges. This requires the students to work synergistically to develop a vision of how to make the world a better place. Each student in the winning team will receive a $250 gift certificate as part of their award.
These awards recognize outstanding contributions to the campus community. The winners were announced April 23 at the University Awards Ceremony. Congratulations to all of the faculty sponsors and student members for your service and for your accomplishments.
The Faculty Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching recognizes a full-time faculty member who performs superbly in the classroom. Stockman, an instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was nominated by one of her colleagues, who indicated that “Stockman is often described by her students as being highly energized and motivated. She is the only faculty member in the department who incorporates a combination of technology, music and art into the biology classroom. She uses these strategies to engage students who are non-majors and whose first love is not sciences. This is a particularly hard group of students to teach because they come to the science classroom with fears about learning science as well as biases against science content. Ms. Stockman has proven that she is committed to incorporating new approaches to teaching to help our students learn better. She is never shy about trying new things in the classroom and is receptive to student feedback.”
The Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring Student Research recognizes a faculty member who has an excellent sustained record of mentoring student research and scholarship. The student who nominated Husak, an associate professor of biological sciences, wrote, “Dr. Husak has advised several students in undergraduate research. Many of them have gone on to graduate school. I watched one of them, Jessica Roy, give a talk on her time with Dr. Husak doing research, and she said it was one of the most valuable and enlightening experiences she’s ever had. Dr. Husak’s track record of publications and experience with undergraduates doing research is extensive.”
Each year, the Cameron University Alumni Association seeks to recognize outstanding junior and senior students who have excelled in their programs and their extracurricular activities. Selection of award recipients is based on three areas: academic achievements/honors; career-related experience, and extracurricular activities. Outstanding Aggies of Tomorrow epitomize the true value of a Cameron Aggie.
Dunn’s nomination cited the breadth of his accomplishments as a faculty member, including outstanding student evaluations of teaching, mentoring undergraduates in research and scholarly activities, mentoring students in carrying out service learning projects that benefit community partners, service to the university, service to the profession and an array of accomplishments in the area of scholarship, including continuously seeking external support for research that involves undergraduate students.
“I love teaching because I enjoy passing on the knowledge, concepts and questions that continually evolve in the dynamic science of biology,” Dunn says of his teaching philosophy. “I believe we are all students, and with patience, imagination and guidance, we can learn for the rest of our lives. As a teacher, I enjoy the role of guide, and I love the challenge of finding ways to reach all students, regardless of their backgrounds, interests or abilities, and as a student, I continue to learn by conducting original research. It is my sincerest hope that through this combination of teaching and discovery, I might inspire our students so that they too may experience the joys of life-long learning.”
The mission of the Biological Sciences Department is to provide high quality instruction to students at the undergraduate level with emphasis on active learning, problem solving, and critical thinking. The department is committed to improve knowledge in various fields of biology through research and scholarly activities and to transfer that knowledge to our students and colleagues. Our vision is to achieve excellence in education through creative use of traditional and innovative instructional methods, technology, and research. The faculty participates in outreach to the state and nation through services to the university community, to public, to governmental and industrial sectors, and to professional societies.