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The Department of Biological Sciences welcomes its newest faculty member - Dr. Rebecca Burgess! Dr. Burgess comes to SU from a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. She earned her Bachelors degree in Biology from Cornell University and went on to earn two Masters degrees and her doctorate from Columbia University's Department of Biological Sciences. Her research will focus on the molecular mechanisms that govern chromatin changes during cells' responses to DNA damage. Dr. Burgess arrived on July 1st and has already begun setting up her research program to be ready to welcome her first research students in the fall. Welcome!

Dr. Keith Johnson, Diamonique Clark (ENV '16), and Jessica Kim (BIO '15) recently travelled to Quebec City in Quebec, Canada to present their research on the “Presence and Diversity of Marine Life on Artificial and Natural Reefs in the Chesapeake Bay” at the Xth Benthic Ecology Meeting. Their work was completed as part of the Stevenson Reef Ball Project, in which all freshman School of the Sciences majors participate, making concrete reef balls that are deposited in the Chesapeake Bay to help rebuild reef habitat for marine life. A portion of Dr. Johnson's research focuses on recording the diversity of organisms inhabiting the artificial reef in order to determine whether it is having the desired effect.

SOS faculty and staff wore red on Friday, February 6, 2015 in support of heart disease awareness and the national “Go Red for Women” campaign. National Wear Red Day was started 12 years ago to bring attention to heart disease, which is the #1 killer of women.

Congratulations to Dr. Kim Tucker and Missy Craig, who won the SU Holiday Decorating Contest! Their Ugly Holiday Sweater theme was a big hit and got us all into the holiday spirit!...Click here to read more.

Biology faculty got in the holiday spirit during the annual door/office decorating contest with an Ugly Christmas Sweater theme. Dr. Kim Tucker is pictured here in front of the tree decoration in her ugly sweater, and the door to Dr. Merrie Durmowicz's office is decorated with "Merrie" wishes. Happy Holidays to everyone!...Click here to read more.

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