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Three honored with Goergen Awards for teaching excellence

Three honored with Goergen Awards for teaching excellence

October 16, 2017

Established in 1997, the award recognizes distinctive teaching accomplishments of faculty in Arts, Science, and Engineering. “The recipients embody all that we value in teaching at the University,” says Dean of the College Jeffrey Runner.

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‘My goal is to always dig deep and make sure everyone understands the fundamentals’

‘My goal is to always dig deep and make sure everyone understands the fundamentals’

October 16, 2017

I’m an only child, and my mother and I moved around quite a bit when I was growing up. We lived in three different countries. I was born in Lexington, Kentucky as my father was going to medical school at the University of Kentucky. He passed away before I was born. My mother and I […]

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Field guide to fruit flies documents these surprisingly close human relatives

Field guide to fruit flies documents these surprisingly close human relatives

October 4, 2017

The common fruit fly is often deemed an annoying household pest. But these tiny insects are a boon to researchers. Rochester biologist John Jaenike has co-authored the first comprehensive guide to fruit flies published in nearly a century.

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Firefly researchers mapping ‘world’s second-most interesting genome’

Firefly researchers mapping ‘world’s second-most interesting genome’

September 19, 2017

“Fireflies only tend to be out during the summer months in Rochester,” says assistant professor of biology Amanda Larracuente. “The end of summer is when we’re frantic about getting all our work done.” Her team is now the first to successfully sequence the firefly genome.

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Protein identified in post-chemo cell death puzzle

Protein identified in post-chemo cell death puzzle

September 11, 2017

Researchers have identified a protein that is required for cell death after undergoing chemotherapy—at least, it appears, in male mice.

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‘He set the course of my life’: Remembering biologist William Muchmore

‘He set the course of my life’: Remembering biologist William Muchmore

July 20, 2017

Colleagues and former students remember the long-time biology professor and one of the world’s leading authorities on pseudoscorpions. Muchmore discovered and named more than 290 new species of the small arachnids in his 40-year career.

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Wasp venom holds clues on how genes get new jobs

Wasp venom holds clues on how genes get new jobs

June 22, 2017

University researchers studying the venom of parasitic wasps believe a relatively understudied mechanism for creating new gene functions may be widespread in other species as well.

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High schoolers come face-to-face with fruit flies

High schoolers come face-to-face with fruit flies

May 24, 2017

Students from Rochester’s East High School got a sense of how startling science can be when they spent the day in the lab with professors and researchers from the Department of Biology.

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A sprinter’s marathon

A sprinter’s marathon

May 11, 2017

Yellowjacket athlete Laura Lockard ’17 returned this spring for her final season as a key member of the track and field team. A fateful discovery during a voluntary study nearly knocked her off her stride, but Lockard, a microbiology major from Sayre, Pennsylvania, was determined to “make the best of everything” in her life.

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Fruit flies offer gut check on bacteria

Fruit flies offer gut check on bacteria

April 26, 2017

Drosophila melanogaster—the common fruit fly—is widely used in laboratory experiments. But what Rochester researchers found when examining the guts of fruit flies in the wild bears little resemblance to what is seen in the lab.

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