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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 […]

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.

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 […]

Bryn Mawr Biologist Paul Grobstein, Scientific Storyteller, Dies at 65

Posted July 7, 2011
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A neurobiologist by training, Grobstein was profoundly committed to opening the discussion of science and scientific topics to all. He made major contributions to the creation of Serendip, the first website hosted by Bryn Mawr College; Bryn Mawr’s Center for Science in Society; and the Summer Institutes for K-12 Teachers. His characterization of the scientific method as “getting it less wrong,” a creative process of constant revision that embraces mistakes and resists hierarchy, sparked countless discussions across social boundaries of all kinds.

Biology Major Bailey Baumann ’11 Wins Award at Neuroscience Conference

Posted May 12, 2011
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Anassa Kata to Bailey Baumann ’11, who learned in April that her research poster had won first place at the Second Annual Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Undergraduate Conference in January.

Bryn Mawr Biology Students Present, Win Honors at Undergrad Bio and Chem Research Symposium

Posted November 18, 2010

Five Bryn Mawr students recently participated and three took prizes in the 13th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Seniors Sara Marlow, Joanna Barkas, Amelie Raz, Emily Bergbower, and Alyssa Gagne spent Oct. 30 presenting their research in two poster sessions, during which they […]

K-12 Teachers Investigate Brain, Learning at Bryn Mawr

Posted August 19, 2010
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A diverse group of 12 Philadelphia-area educators recently spent three weeks investigating new approaches to learning at Bryn Mawr’s “Brain, Science, and Inquiry-Based Education,” a summer institute for K-12 teachers. Instructor in Biology Wilfred Franklin and Eleanor A. Bliss Professor of Biology Paul Grobstein hosted the program along with Jessica Watkins ’13, Jenna Pfeiffer ’12, […]

Bryn Mawr Biologist Looks at Genetic Redundancy in Nature Article

Posted June 16, 2010
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Assistant Professor of Biology Greg Davis is among the authors of the article “Phenotypic Robustness Conferred by Apparently Redundant Transcriptional Enhancers,” which was recently published by the journal Nature. Davis and the other researchers looked to see if changes in temperature had any effect on apparently redundant transcriptional enhancers involved in the embryonic development of […]

Lynn Pasquerella, President-Elect of Mt. Holyoke, to Give Rothenberg Lecture

Posted April 1, 2010
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Lynne Pasquerella, president-elect of Mt. Holyoke College, will give the 2010 Bernard Rothenberg Lecture in Biology and Public Policy at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, in the Ely Room of the Wyndham Alumnae House. Pasquerella currently serves as provost at the University of Hartford and is a noted bioethicist. Her lecture is titled “Biology […]

Bryn Mawr in the Media: The New York Times Magazine

Posted January 26, 2009

In response to an article about the influence genes have on human behavior, Bryn Mawr Biology Professor Paul Grobstein points out that “Given chance and some architectural characteristics of human brains, there are perfectly good ways to give a meaningful account of free will” and that “there is no reason not to include it as […]

Two Bryn Mawr alumnae named top cancer fighters

Posted January 22, 2009

Last fall, the American Cancer Society bestowed its highest award, the ACS Medal of Honor, on four Americans. The two scientists in the group—Berkeley National Laboratory’s Mina Jahan Bissell and Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Susan Band Horwitz—are both undergraduate alumnae of Bryn Mawr. Read more »

Bryn Mawr in the Media: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted July 7, 2008

An article about the use of native species bees for crop pollination extensively quotes Assistant Professor of Biology Neal Williams and details the research he is doing on the topic with the aid of Bryn Mawr undergraduates.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute awards $1.2 million Undergraduate Science Education Grant to Bryn Mawr

Posted May 1, 2008
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The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded a $1.2 million Undergraduate Science Education Grant to Bryn Mawr College to help fund a host of initiatives. Chief among them are two yearly $5,000 fellowships to help matriculated Bryn Mawr science and math majors complete teaching certificates in secondary education; two postdoctoral fellowships; physical upgrades of classroom/laboratory […]

BMC students, faculty present their work to science educators and legislators in D.C.

Posted April 17, 2008
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An interdisciplinary contingent of three faculty members and three students who all have personal experience with new approaches to science education at Bryn Mawr visited Washington, D.C., early this week to compare notes with other innovative educators and present their work to legislators on Capitol Hill. Professors of Biology Paul Grobstein and Peter Brodfuehrer, Senior […]

2008 Rothenberg Lecture features WWF scientist

Posted April 3, 2008
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The 2008 Bernard Rothenberg Lecture in Biology and Public Policy will be delivered by Taylor Ricketts, the World Wildlife Fund’s director of conservation science. The talk, titled “The Science of Saving Life on Earth,” will take place in Carpenter B21 at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 10. A reception in the London Room will follow […]