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Katia Vlasova ’15 Studies Mind & Body Relationship With Watson Fellowship

Posted May 26, 2015
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From an early age, Ekaterina (Katia) Vlasova ’15 found comfort in silence. “From childhood, my fondest memories were of spending summers in the countryside of St. Petersburg, immersed in a serene Russian forest in the summertime,” says Katia. “Tagging alongside my mother, I would venture into the seemingly endless space of silence and stillness, amidst […]

Faculty and Students Travel to Belize to Study Tropical Environments

Posted April 9, 2015
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The 12 students enrolled in this year’s Coasts in Transition 360° joined Bryn Mawr faculty members Thomas Mozdzer (Biology), Maja Šešelj (Anthropology), and Don Barber (Geology) on a spring break trip to Belize where they examined tropical environments and conducted marine ecology research. While in Belize, the group was immersed in two distinct tropical ecosystems […]

Biology’s Thomas Mozdzer asks, Are our front lawns killing the wetlands?

Posted October 1, 2014

Fertilizers keep farmland productive and suburban lawns lush, but what happens when the fertilizers we rely on find their way into the watershed? Scientists working out of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at Woods Hole are looking to answer that question—with the help of Bryn Mawr’s Thomas Mozdzer and his research group including undergraduate students […]

Biology Chair Tamara Davis on Mentorship

Posted September 11, 2014

Professor Tamara Davis, Chair of Bryn Mawr’s Department of Biology, was recently awarded the 2014 Outstanding Mentor Award in the mid-career category by the biology division of the Council on Undergraduate Research. In the above video, Davis talks about the important role mentors have played in her career and why she feels it’s so important […]

In BMC Biology Lab, “Super Weed” Yields Research—and Award-Winning Student Presentations

Posted April 24, 2014
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For Rachel Hager ’15, the effects of climate change aren’t just something she hears about on the news. Working with Assistant Professor Thomas Mozdzer, the junior biology major has been studying Phragmites australis—an invasive species that some have dubbed a Super Weed—to understand the impact of rising CO2 in the air and nitrogen in the […]

Grant Funding Supports Undergraduate Research

Posted April 24, 2014

For Ivy Gray-Klein ’14, the modest windfall covered her travel expenses to New York City and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Under the supervision of Visiting Assistant Professor Rebecca Deroo ’92, the History of Art major is writing her thesis on the institutional narrative behind the BMA’s period rooms, and to conduct her research, Ivy […]

Dept. of Energy Video on Women in STEM Features Carter Wall ’83

Posted January 28, 2014

Carter Wall ’83, who was a biology major at Bryn Mawr and who is currently the director of the solar operations division at a Boston-area electrical construction company, is an ambassador for the Department of Energy’s Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative and the first profile in the department’s new #WomeninSTEM video series. Wall on […]

What’s Old is New as Tiny Worms Reshape Biology Lab

Posted January 23, 2014
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When Bryn Mawr’s biology department was looking for a new laboratory lecturer, they hoped to find someone who could help change the introductory biology lab from a somewhat traditional, structured environment featuring experiments with predicted outcomes to one that might better reflect the sort of work an advanced researcher does. All while still teaching students necessary core concepts.

Students Present Research at Summer Science Poster Session

Posted October 3, 2013

Research findings from more than 40 Bryn Mawr students who took part in the College’s Summer Science Research Program were on display in the Campus Center last month, where a steady stream of students, faculty, and staff stopped by to ask questions and find out more from the participants during the program’s annual poster session. […]

BMC Noyce Scholars Talk About Teaching Experiences

Posted February 21, 2013

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is funded by the National Science Foundation and seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. At the end of this academic year, the first three Bryn Mawr Noyce scholars will graduate. Did you have a favorite […]

Bryn Mawr Biologist’s Research Looks at the Effect of Climate Change on Invasive Plants

Posted November 8, 2012
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Not every dominant plant today will be dominant under climate change–but some may because of an advantage. Plants better at altering their anatomy and physiology can come out ahead under a wide range of environmental changes, according to a study by Bryn Mawr Assistant Professor of Biology Thomas Mozdzer. Mozdzer worked with ecologist Patrick Megonigal […]

Students Present Research Findings in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Computer Science, and More at Poster Session

Posted September 20, 2012

Research findings from more than 40 Bryn Mawr students who took part in the College’s Summer Science Research Program were on display in the Campus Center last week, where a steady stream of students, faculty, and staff stopped by to ask questions and find out more from the participants during the program’s annual poster session. […]

Associate Professor of Biology Tamara Davis Receives $300,000 NSF Grant to Fund Genetic Research

Posted June 12, 2012
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Bryn Mawr College Associate Professor of Biology Tamara Davis was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant of nearly $300,000 to support her research in genomic imprinting. Broadly understood, genomic imprinting is the phenomenon by which a subset of genes is expressed solely from one of the two parental alleles−that is, either the copy inherited […]

Kayla McDaniel ’12 Combines Many Passions in Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Mexico

Posted April 5, 2012
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Although she grew up only an hour north of the Mexican border in Tucson, Arizona, Kayla McDaniel’s interest in Spanish didn’t solidify until she came to Bryn Mawr. “I took elementary intensive my freshman year with Profesora Ines Arribas and I was hooked,” says McDaniel ’12, who is a biology major with a focus on […]

Amani Chowdhury ’14: Meet a Mawrter

Posted March 15, 2012
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This week, “Meet a Mawrter” presents Amani Chowdhury ’14, who is leaning toward a biology major with a minor in the Growth and Structure of Cities Department. She recalls a memorable lab assignment that led to a surprising revelation about the locker room at Bern Schwartz Gymnasium.

Bryn Mawr Student Brielle Stark ’12 Wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship to Pursue Ph.D. in Neuroscience

Posted February 16, 2012
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Senior Brielle C. Stark’s last-minute decision to apply for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship felt like a shot in the dark. After being passed over for the Rhodes Scholarship, Stark was skeptical about her chances; however, she learned last week that she had been chosen as a 2012 Gates Cambridge Scholar. This scholarship provides Stark with […]