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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!...

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!...

Congratulations to Joseph Klaus (BIO ‘12) who began medical school this fall at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Joe is shown here participating in the white coat ceremony, in which students receive their official medical coats....

Dr. Karl Pfeifer, a Senior Investigator from the National Institute of Health (NIH), visited Stevenson University last week as a special guest speaker for the Department of Biology to speak about his research on “The use of Genetic Engineering to Understand Cardiac Arrhythmias.” Dr. Pfeifer is a mouse geneticist and his research pertains to the epigenetic regulation of gene expression. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from George Washington University in 1978 and with his PhD. in Biology from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988. He was recruited by the NIH in 1995. The goal of Dr. Pfeifer’s research is to develop mouse genetic models in order to understand how the mammalian heart develops and functions normally.

For more information about Dr. Karl Pfeifer and his research at the NIH you can follow this link:

Kayte Spector-Bagdady, the Associate Director of The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, spoke to Dr. Glaser’s genetics class last week about law, policy, and ethics in genetic testing.  Ms.  Spector-Bagdady has both a Law degree and a Master’s degree in Bioethics, and has worked at The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) since 2010. The Bioethics Commission is an advisory panel of the nation’s leaders in medicine, science, ethics, religion, law, and engineering. It serves to advise the President on bioethical issues resulting from advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology. The Bioethics Commission also seeks to identify and promote policies and practices that ensure scientific research, health care delivery, and technological innovation are conducted in a socially and ethically responsible manner.

For more information about the Bioethics Commission check out the following link:

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