Clark Coffman, an associate professor in the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, received the Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award from the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on March 9. Read more about Coffman receives CALS Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award
AMES, Iowa—Iowa State University is one of 12 universities to receive a grant from the Association of American Universities (AAU) to improve undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM disciplines.
More than half of Iowa State undergraduates are majoring in STEM-related fields. The university also has a strong culture of supporting STEM-based education, which encourages departments and faculty members to focus on student-centered, evidence-based, active-learning teaching methods. Read more about ISU receives AAU grant to improve undergraduate education in STEM
New research from an Iowa State University scientist identifies a genetic mechanism that governs growth and drought tolerance in plants, a development that could lead to better performing traits in crops.
Yanhai Yin, a professor of genetics, development and cell biology and a Plant Sciences Institute Faculty Scholar, said the biological processes that oversee plant growth and drought response often clash with one another. Read more about ISU researchers detail genetic mechanisms that govern growth and drought response in plants
AMES, Iowa – Surrounded by a red rocky surface as far as the eye can see, you look up and gaze at the planet Earth in the distance. Your stomach growls and you realize it is time for dinner. Heading back to your colony, you harvest some corn from your garden and prepare it to eat.
Raegan Hoefler, a junior in genetics, is conducting a study to see if this garden scenario on Mars is a possibility. Hoefler received $7,000 from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium. Read more about Maize on Mars – A Student is Making “The Martian” a Reality
Iowa State University scientists have built a device that mimics the branches and leaves of a cottonwood tree and generates electricity when its artificial leaves sway in the wind. Read more about ISU scientists design electricity generator that mimics trees
The sky really is the limit for students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, thanks to a new learning community that connects Open Option (undecided) students to career paths and opportunities at Iowa State. Read more about Coffman part of The Sky is the Limit leadership team
Jean Robles came to college wanting to help people and pursued genetics with an idea of becoming a doctor. But her experiences in the Bridging Opportunities in Leadership and Diversity (BOLD) and Sky is the Limit learning communities showed her a different way of helping people. Read more about Sharing opportunities in STEM
As a member of the Iowa State University Laboratory for Molecular Programming (LAMP), Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Professor Eric Henderson and Iowa State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences computer science researchers are translating programming design methods from computers to molecules. Read more about Henderson, others research how to program molecules
Carolyn Lawrence-Dill, associate professor in the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology and in the Department of Agronomy, is featured in Stories in Agriculture and Life Sciences. Stories is an Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences publication. Read more about CALS' Stories highlights Lawrence-Dill's work
The research of Hua Bai, assistant professor in genetics, development and cell biology, is featured in the fall 2016 edition of link: connecting alumni and friends, an Iowa State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences publication. Read more about LAS magazine features Bai's research
John David Imsande, an Iowa State University professor emeritus of agronomy and genetics, development and cell biology, died Jan. 3, 2017, in Ames. A service honoring Imsande’s life was held on Jan. 7, 2017, at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames.
Born on June 14, 1931, in Grass Range, Mont., Imsande earned his bachelor of arts in education and math from the University of Montana, his master of science in chemistry from Montana State University, and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Duke University. Read more about Professor Emeritus Imsande's obituary
Donald Sage Robertson, professor emeritus of genetics, development and cell biology at Iowa State University, died on Dec. 24, 2016, in Story City. Robertson, 95, was formerly of Ames. Services were held on Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. at Christ Community Church in Ames. Read more about Professor Emeritus Robertson's obituary
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recognized two genetics, development and cell biology (GDCB) professors in November. Xun Gu and Stephen Howell were among six Iowa State University researchers recognized by AAAS for their contributions to statistics, bioinformatics, plant biology, crop improvement, astrophysics and plant pathology. Read more about AAAS honors two GDCB faculty
Jennifer Chang, an Iowa State University bioinformatics and computational biology (BCB) program PhD candidate, received the Collegian Innovation and Leadership award and a $2,500 scholarship at the Ninth Annual Des Moines Area Community College Iowa Women of Innovation Awards ceremony. The event was held on Nov. 10 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. Read more about Chang receives Iowa Women of Innovation award, scholarship
Eve Syrkin Wurtele, a professor of genetics, development and cell biology, received a four-year, $2.175 million National Science Foundation grant to identify the origins and functions of “orphan genes” in the genomes of corn and other crops. Read more about Wurtele receives $2.175 million NSF grant
Sweta Roy-Carson, a graduate student in bioinformatics and computational biology, took first place in the November 15 “3 minute thesis” (3MT) competition held by the Graduate College on November 15. Roy-Carson will represent Iowa State University at the regional 3MT competition in Indianapolis on April 7, 2017. Read more about Roy-Carson advances to regional event
The poster “Evolutionary Origin of Orphan Genes” presented by Zebulon Arendsee (BCB graduate program in GDCB home), Andrew Wilkey (BCBio undergraduate major), Priyanka Bhandary (BCB graduate program in GDCB home), and Eve Syrkin Wurtele was awarded F1000 Poster Award at the recent 2016 conference of the International Society for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (ISCB) in Orlando, Florida. Read more about GDCB-affiliated students receive poster award at recent ISCB Conference
GDCB Professor Eric Henderson, along with his former BCB graduate student, Dr. Divita Mathur, recently published an article in the peer-reviewed Scientific Reports describing his laboratory’s successful effort to design a nanomachine capable of detecting a mockup of the Ebola virus. Read more about Professor Henderson and Dr. Divita Mathur publish article on nanomachine design
GDCB Professor Jeffrey Trimarchi was honored this spring by the University Honors Program for outstanding Honors teaching, advising, or mentoring. Two awards are given annually to recognize Iowa State faculty and staff who support Honors at Iowa State through general excellence in teaching of Honors courses, seminars, or other courses taught for Honors credit; or in the mentoring of Honors students through academic advising, advising of Honors projects, and mentoring of students in the First-Year Honors/Mentor Research Program. Read more about Professor Trimarchi recognized for outstanding mentoring of undergraduate students
A recent award will fund innovations in the Principles of Genetics laboratory course. The GDCB Genetics 313L teaching team of Dr. Jelena Kraft, Teaching Lab Coordinator, and Prof. Marna Yandeau-Nelson were one of five proposals awarded a Miller Faculty Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year. Read more about Innovations in Teaching: Jelena Kraft and Marna Yandeau-Nelson receive Miller Faculty Fellowship
A celebration of Marty Spalding‘s retirement as professor of GDCB and as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences was held on Monday, March 28, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 pm in the Campanile Room at the Memorial Union. Read more about Retirement reception for Marty Spalding
Professor Mohan Gupta joined the GDCB department as an assistant professor this past fall. Dr. Gupta earned a B.S degree and Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. After training as a postdoctoral fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, he joined the faculty of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL. He was recruited to Iowa State University last year. Read more about New GDCB faculty member Mohan Gupta investigates microtubule dynamics
As one of the highest recognitions of scholarly service, GDCB and Statistics Professor Karin Dorman has been named the inaugural holder of the Dale D. Grosvenor Chair in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This recognition is in appreciation of Dr. Dorman’s scholarly record as one of ISU’s premier biostatisticians, her leadership of the BCB graduate program, and her engagement on behalf of the next generation, especially young women in STEM. Read more about GDCB faculty member Karin Dorman selected inaugural holder of the Dale D. Grosvenor Chair in LAS
How does our genetic makeup influence how we age? Professor Hua Bai has developed a genetic model system to explore this interesting and important question. Dr. Bai joined the GDCB department as a tenure-eligible assistant professor in January 2016. Read more about New GDCB faculty member Hua Bai studies how animals age
The second round of awards from the Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research recognized and catalyzed research teams who will strengthen data driven science on campus. One of the four winning research teams is being led by GDCB Professor Carolyn Lawrence-Dill. Read more about Team Led by GDCB Professor Carolyn Lawrence-Dill awarded Presidential Award for Data-Driven Discoveries in Agriculture