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  • Dr. Dan. Fulton, infectious disease physician at McFarland Clinic and Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, will receive the Citation of Merit Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at its alumni awards ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 3. The award is given to LAS alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and received national or international recognition.

    Fulton received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Iowa State in 2004 before earning his medical degrees. Specialty care for the sickest patients, infection prevention efforts, and antibiotic stewardship have been the focus of Fulton’s career.

  • Biology and Genetics host Meals From the Heartland community service event

    The Biology and Genetics Undergraduate Programs are hosting a Meals from the Heartland event on the ISU campus.

    When: Saturday, October 15, 2022 (ISU football game is away)
    Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
    Where: Molecular Biology Building Atrium

    Our goal is to package between 20,000 - 40,000 meals !!!!

    8:30-10 AM: setup
    10-12: Package thousands and thousands of meals
    12-1:30 PM: Cleanup

    How do I get involved and volunteer?

    We also really need volunteers to assist in setup and cleanup. 
    Setup will start at 8:30 AM, cleanup will take about an hour or so after the final food package has been sealed (~12:00-1:30 PM).

    For additional information email:

  • Time for a coffee/tea break: FACUL-TEA Times - check out the fall schedule. This is a great opportunity to meet your professors in a social setting. Ask them questions: what's your research about? What courses do you teach? What's it like being a professor? Where do you like to travel? Do you have dogs (or cats or any pets)? .......

    When: Monday, September 19, 9:45 - 10:45 AM
    Where: Bessey Hall Atrium

    This week's FACUL-TEA Time hosts: Norah Warchola (Experiential Learning Coordinator) and Don Sakaguchi (professor and Director of Biology and Genetics)

  • With data collection sheets in hand, Jamie Hefley (’23 biological pre-medical illustration) scuba dove into blue-green Caribbean waters off the island of Roatán. She hoped to survey a species in the wild that she had studied online back at Iowa State — Spirobranchus giganteus, or as it’s commonly named, the Christmas tree worm.

    Hefley and her research partner were in luck. They didn’t observe just one of the colorful annelids. During their eight-day biology field course, they surveyed over 157.

    “I was so excited!” Hefley said. “I thought, ‘They’re here, they exist!’”

    Exploring a new ecosystem

    Hefley was part of a small group of Iowa State students who traveled over spring break to Roatán for Iowa State’s Biology 394 class, a Caribbean marine biology field course.

  • Iowa State Alumni Sam Albee (’21 Animal Ecology and Biology), and Ethan Rose (’20, Biology and Animal Ecology) have been awarded the NSF GRFP (National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship) which recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution.

  • Dental determination: Jackson Stigers Accepted to University of Iowa College of Dentistry

    Jackson Stigers (’22 biology, psychology) had a clear plan for his professional goals in high school. He wanted to become a dentist, which would require earning an undergraduate degree and preparing a competitive application to dental school.

    “I had to make sure that whatever I majored in would check all the dental school prerequisites,” he said. “Biology is a perfect major for many pre-health students like me because we can get our degree while simultaneously completing all necessary prerequisites for our respective graduate school programs.”

    Luckily, just up the interstate from his home of Johnston, Iowa, was Iowa State—and its excellent undergraduate biology program.

  • ISU scientists receive federal grant to advance research on blood stem cells

    AMES, Iowa – The ability to generate a patient’s blood cells in order to treat blood diseases has eluded scientists for years, but a recently awarded federal grant could help Iowa State University scientists take critical steps toward turning that possibility into reality.
    Raquel Espin Palazon, an assistant professor of genetics, development and cell biology, leads an interdisciplinary research team examining a genetic pathway triggered when cells undergo inflammation due to injury or infection. Espin Palazon said the genetic pathway also plays an important role in the development of blood stem cells, or undifferentiated cells with the potential to develop into all human blood cell types.

  • Kate Henderson-biology '97

    Kate Henderson (biology, 1997) honored with Citation of Merit Award from Iowa State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    [AMES, IOWA, October 1, 2021]—Kate Henderson, an accomplished leader and executive in the health care industry, will receive the Citation of Merit Award from Iowa State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at a ceremony on Friday, October 22, 2021 in Ames, Iowa. The award recognizes distinguished alumni in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and received national or international recognition.

  • Students who are looking for additional advanced biology credits in their program of study should consider taking Dr. Tom Jurik's BIOL 495 seminar this coming Fall.  

    To register for this course, use the online course registration system in AccessPlus on or after your registration start date.  You can view your registration start date in your Student tab of AccessPlus under “Current Stdnt Info.”  Instead of using the “Search for Class” dropdown menu, you will need to enter course reference number 2075440 in the appropriate field and then select “Add Class” (see - – for a video walkthrough).

  • Sophomores in Biology can enroll in a new learning community experience for the Fall 2021 semester: The Sky is the Limit.  This unique opportunity will enable students to connect with like-minded peers, network with faculty in their field of interest, develop goal-oriented academic and professional skills, as well as engage with peer mentors.  

    There are four different course sections associated with The Sky is the Limit learning community.  To register, add LAS 103D (1 credit) to your class schedule in AccessPlus.  Further questions about this program may be directed to Clark Coffman (, Sarah Wehner (, or Norah Warchola (

  • Our experiential learning coordinator, Norah Warchola (, has created a new course to help Biology students work on their professional development.  Offered for the first time in Fall 2021, BIOL 395X "Professional Development in Biological Sciences - Exploring Experiential Learning" 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?

    This 2 credit course will meet on Fridays, from 3:20 to 5:00 pm and can be added in the AccessPlus registration system.  


  • This Fall, Biology and Genetics major can enroll in an Undergraduate Biology Seminar (BIOL 495) in genome evolution. 

    Course Scheduled: Fall 2021 on Thursdays from 10:00 am to 11:30 am

    Credits: 2

    Prerequisites: BIOL 313 (genetics) and BIOL 315 (evolution) or permission of instructor

    Instructor: Dr. Jonathan Wendel (

    To add the course, enter reference number 2075265 in the AccessPlus registration system.  Students with questions about the course may contact the instructor directly.  

  • Similarly to last year, ecology (BIOL 312) will not be offered this summer.  Instead, we will be offering a course called “Special Topics in Ecology” (BIOL 495 section T2) that will serve as a substitute for this class for Biology majors.  This three credit asynchronous online course will include the lecture components of BIOL 312 only and no laboratory.  The course will run for the first eight weeks of the summer (Session 1) or from May 18th to July 9th.  Dr. Tom Jurik will be the course instructor for Special Topics in Ecology.  Please contact him at if you have additional questions about the course. 

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