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BSC Meeting Recaps


Recap for the Dec 1st Meeting (last meeting of the fall 2021 semester):
Happy Friday, BSC!

I hope you had a great week and are ready for final exams coming up! Please read below for our final meeting recap of the semester, Panda Express fundraiser information, and officer election results.

MEETING RECAP 

During our meeting time this week, we had our science-themed Jeopardy Game Night event. Thank you to all who attended! Looking ahead, we are planning to have our first meeting of the spring semester on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. 

PANDA EXPRESS FUNDRAISER INFORMATION

Our fundraiser is happening TODAY, Friday, December 3 at Panda Express in the Iowa State Memorial Union from 10:30AM-8:00PM. To support our club, you will need to show our flyer at checkout, and I have attached that flyer to this email. We appreciate your support!

OFFICER ELECTION RESULTS

Before our Jeopardy Game Night this week, we held officer elections. These members were elected to the following positions:

  • President: Jacob Brown 
  • Vice President: Caitlin Walz
  • Treasurer: Rachel Currant 
  • Secretary: Kara Rueschenberg 

As this was our final meeting of the semester, I would like to wish you luck on your final exams, and I hope you have a wonderful winter break and holiday season! 

Please reach out if you have any questions!
Kara


Recap for the Nov 10th Meeting:

Happy Friday, BSC!

Please read below for some very important information including our meeting recap, Jeopardy Game Night, officer elections, a merchandise update, and Panda Express fundraiser details!

MEETING RECAP
At our meeting this week, we heard an extremely informative presentation given by Dr. Ryan Weaver of the EEOB Department. The presentation was titled “The hidden messages of colorful bird feathers and other animal integuments.”  Dr. Weaver spoke about his journey to science, shared about how he got involved in research, and talked about some of the research projects he has been involved in. In Panama, he studied variations in yellow color of the Prothonotary warbler and reproductive success.  He has also completed a project concluding that the widely-known “carotenoid coloration is a condition-dependent trait” is not as true as once thought.  Dr. Weaver’s recent research has focused on the mitochondria in various organisms.  If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Weaver’s research, I have linked his lab website HERE.

JEOPARDY GAME NIGHT
During our next meeting time on Wednesday, December 1 at 7:00PM in Bessey Hall, Room 2226, we will be hosting a science-themed Jeopardy Game Night! There will be prizes for the winning team - we hope to see you there!

OFFICER ELECTIONS
At the beginning of our next meeting time, we will be holding officer elections for president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary positions. Please read below for descriptions of each position, as written in our BSC Constitution:

  • President: Preside at the meetings of the organization, authorize expenditures of organization funds, promote in every reasonable way the interests of the organization, may sit on any committee as a non-voting member, may at any time dissolve a committee, or remove or re-appoint members to a new or pre-existing committee

  • Vice President: Organize the club meetings, chair committees and vote in case of a tie in those committees, shall assume the duties of the President in the event the President is unable to conduct the duties of the office

  • Treasurer: Enforce the collection of the organization dues, manage the funds of the organization in a proper manner, aid in the organization of any social or educational events such as picnics or field trips, renew the campus organization applications, report income, expense, and balance information at meetings when necessary

  • Secretary: Record minutes from meetings for the organization, email minutes to the organization for members not in attendance, organize and assist in development of promotional material, Tee Shirts, hats, etc.

If you are interested in running for any of these positions, please email me (Kara Rueschenberg; kruesch@iastate.edu) by 5PM on Monday, November 29 stating the positions you want to run for. If you are running for an officer position, you are required to attend the officer elections to tell the club about yourself and why you’re running for the position.  Officer elections will be held before the Jeopardy Game Night on Wednesday, December 1 at 7:00PM in Bessey Hall, Room 2226. Please email me if you have any questions about officer elections or officer responsibilities. 

MERCHANDISE INFORMATION
Thank you so much to everyone who responded to our merchandise interest poll! Because we are nearing the end of the semester, we aren’t planning on placing a t-shirt order before the end of the year.  Please be on the lookout for t-shirt order information beginning next semester! 

PANDA EXPRESS FUNDRAISER INFORMATION
We have an upcoming fundraiser scheduled for Friday, December 3 at Panda Express in the Iowa State Memorial Union from 10:30AM-8:00PM. To support our club, you will need to show our flyer at checkout, and I have attached that flyer to this email. We appreciate your support!

Please reach out if you have any questions!

Have a great weekend!
Kara


Recap for the Oct 27th Meeting:

Happy Friday, BSC!
Please read below for our meeting recap, Panda Express Fundraiser announcement, Instagram page announcement, and merchandise interest poll! 

MEETING RECAP 
During our meeting time this week, we had our Halloween Movie Night event and watched Monsters vs. Aliens. Thank you to all who attended! Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 10 at 7:00PM in Bessey Hall, Room 2226, and our speaker will be Dr. Ryan Weaver.

PANDA EXPRESS FUNDRAISER 
We have another upcoming fundraiser scheduled for Friday, December 3 at Panda Express in the Iowa State Memorial Union from 10:30AM-8:00PM. To support our club, you will need to show our flyer at checkout, and that flyer will be coming soon!

INSTAGRAM PAGE 
I am excited to announce that the Biological Sciences Club now has an Instagram page! Please follow us @isu.bsc

MERCHANDISE INTEREST POLLBSC T Shirt Design
Our club is considering placing another t-shirt order! Please see below for the t-shirt design, and fill out THIS FORM if you would be interested in purchasing a shirt so we can gauge club interest!

T-shirt design: 

Please reach out if you have any questions!

Have a great weekend!
Kara


Recap for the Oct 13th Meeting: Dr. Haldre Rogers
Happy Friday, BSC! 

I hope you’ve had a great week! Please read below for our meeting recap and for information about our Tropical Smoothie Fundraiser, Halloween Movie Night, and new BSC webpage!

MEETING RECAP
At our meeting this week, we heard an extremely interesting presentation given by Dr. Haldre Rogers of the EEOB Department. The presentation was titled “Cascading impacts of an invasive snake in a tropical forest.”  Dr. Rogers spoke about an invasive species of snake, the Brown Tree Snake, that is currently causing major ecological issues in Guam.  The snakes eat birds, which are necessary for dispersal of seeds.  Due to the loss of the bird population because of this invasive snake species, tree seeds are not being dispersed at a necessary level. Dr. Rogers also spoke briefly about gut passage effects on germination and snake control efforts. If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Rogers’ research, I have linked her lab website HERE

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE FUNDRAISER
BSC is hosting a fundraiser at Tropical Smoothie on Friday, October 22.  All you have to do is stop by and buy a smoothie from 2PM-7PM to support our club! 

HALLOWEEN MOVIE NIGHT EVENT 
The Biological Sciences Club is hosting a Halloween Movie Night event during our next meeting time on Wednesday, October 27 at 7:00PM!  Please vote for which movie you would like to see using this form - the movie with the most votes will be shown! Additionally, please indicate on the form if you have any dietary restrictions we should be aware of when preparing snacks.

BSC WEBPAGE 
Please follow this link to check out our amazing new Biological Sciences Club webpage! On the page, you will find updates about club meetings and activities, officer contact information, links to meeting recaps, and announcements for other events of interest! 

Please reach out if you have any questions!

Have a great weekend!
Kara


Recap for the Sept 29th Meeting: Dr. Lynn Clark
Happy Friday, BSC! 

I hope you’ve had a great week! Please read below for our meeting recap and for information about available club leadership opportunities. 

MEETING RECAP 

At this Wednesday’s BSC meeting, we heard a wonderful presentation from Dr. Lynn Clark of the EEOB Department.  Her presentation was titled “Bamboozled! One botanist’s excellent bamboo adventure,” and she defined exactly what bamboo is, she briefly described its unique biological characteristics, and she also explained where it is located.  Dr. Clark also talked about her experience in science, including her undergraduate and graduate studies and her work at the US National Herbarium, and she described the process of naming new bamboos.  Her research on bamboo is centered around finding out just how many bamboos there are, what evolutionary relationships exist, and what processes gave rise to their diversity.  If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Clark’s research, I have linked some of her publications here

Additionally, Dr. Sakaguchi made an announcement at the beginning of our meeting about “Facul-Tea Time,” which will be held on Monday, October 11 at 12:00PM in the Bessey Breezeway.  All biology and genetics students are invited to come have coffee or tea and meet professors from the EEOB and GDCB Departments! 

CLUB LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES 

We still have leadership opportunities available! Open positions include fundraising chair, recycling chair, advertising chair, and merchandise chair.  If you are interested in any of these positions, or if you have an idea of a new position in mind, please reach out to any of our current club officers: ecsiberz@iastate.edu (Elizabeth Siberz, President); bjake725@iastate.edu (Jacob Brown, Vice President); kruesch@iastate.edu (Kara Rueschenberg, secretary); cmwalz@iastate.edu (Caitlin Walz, treasurer); lmmagner@iastate.edu (Lexie Magner, LAS Representative); gr3@iastate.edu (Gabby Robinson, Membership Chair). 

Please be on the lookout for information about a club fundraiser and movie night event coming up in October and, as always, reach out if you have any questions! 

Have a relaxing weekend! Go Cyclones! 

Kara 


Recap for the Sept 15th Meeting: Jessica Brown

Happy Friday, BSC!

I hope you had a great week! We heard an extremely interesting presentation at our meeting this week, given by Jessica Brown on the topic of “Mad Science: Producing Food from Plastics.”  Jessica is currently a Ph.D. student here at Iowa State in mechanical engineering, and she received an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Iowa State, as well.  During her presentation, Jessica shared an amazing project that she has been working on that can, quite literally, turn plastic into food.  She spoke a bit about the chemistry behind the process, and then discussed the thermal oxo-degradation and yeast enzymes that aid in the transformation.  If you are interested in getting involved in this type of research, Jessica suggested taking these classes:

  • BBMB 411 (Techniques in Biochemical Research) 

  • FS HN 311 (Food Chemistry) 

  • MICRO 302 (Biology of Microorganisms)

  • MICRO 320 (Molecular and Cellular Bacteriology) 

  • BRT 501 (Fundamentals of Biorenewable Resources and Technology) 

Jessica also suggested checking the Student Job Board on AccessPlus for available undergraduate research assistant positions.

Additionally, Dr. Sakaguchi spoke at the beginning of our meeting about a study abroad opportunity in Roatan, Honduras.  Please see below for the informational flyer about the program:

If you are receiving this email and have graduated or do not wish to remain on the mailing list, please email me separately and I will remove you from the list. 
Please reach out if you have any questions! 
Have a relaxing weekend!

Kara 


Recap for the Sept 1st Meeting: Dr. Norah Warchola:
Happy Friday, BSC!

I hope you had an awesome week! We had an amazing turn out at our meeting on Wednesday - thank you to everyone who attended! Please read below for our meeting recap, for information about available club officer positions, and for information about club dues.  

MEETING RECAP

The presentation at our meeting was titled “Why should I do undergraduate research, and where do I start?” and was given by Dr. Norah Warchola, Experiential Learning Coordinator for biology, genetics, and environmental science.  Dr. Warchola spoke a little about the research she has done, including studies on Fender’s Blue Butterflies and Monarch Caterpillars.  She also presented about why participating in undergraduate research is beneficial and gave several tips to get involved.  Her tips included: start early, identify faculty of interest, and reach out to them via email (be specific why their lab is of interest).  If you are looking for off-campus research opportunities, Dr. Warchola suggested checking CyHire for available positions.  Dr. Warchola teaches BIOL395 "Professional Development in Biological Sciences - Exploring Experiential Learning.”  This 2-credit course counts as an advanced biology course within the major and helps students navigate questions like:

  • Why do research or shadowing?

  • What if I don't have research experience?

  • How do I contact potential mentors?

  • How do I find internships?

  • Where do I start with all these application materials?

  • What experiences are right for me?

If you are interested in connecting with Dr. Warchola about potential research opportunities, you can reach her at warchola@iastate.edu

AVAILABLE CLUB OFFICER POSITIONS

We have several leadership positions available on our executive committee that we would love to have filled!  Please read below for all of the positions that we have available and for a short description of each. 

  • Fundraising Chair: organize fundraising events for the club

  • LAS Representative: attend LAS meetings on behalf of the Biological Sciences Club 

  • Membership Chair: reach out to prospective members to grow our club membership

These are all non-elected positions, so if you are interested in or want more details about any of them, please send any current club officers an email at: ecsiberz@iastate.edu (Elizabeth Siberz, President); bjake725@iastate.edu (Jacob Brown, Vice President); kruesch@iastate.edu (Kara Rueschenberg, secretary); cmwalz@iastate.edu (Caitlin Walz, treasurer). 

CLUB DUES

Club dues are $10 per semester or $15 for the entire year.  Dues-paying members get to enjoy the snacks we provide after every meeting, which have historically included pizza, Insomnia cookies, and other great treats.  If you are interested in becoming a dues-paying member, please bring cash to the next club meeting you attend!

If you are receiving this email and have graduated or do not wish to remain on the mailing list, please email me separately and I will remove you from the list. 

Please reach out if you have any questions! 
Have a relaxing 3-day weekend and Go Cyclones!

Kara