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March 17, 2014
Professor Diane Bassham (left), Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Professor of Plant Physiology,  was awarded $213,765 for the first year of a two-year sponsored funding award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of her research project entitled, “Autophagy and ER stress...
March 03, 2014
Meta!Blast: The Leaf, a video game application developed by an ISU research team headed by GDCB Professors Eve Syrkin Wurtele and Diane Bassham, received the People’s Choice Award in the 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge Winners, as announced on February 6, 2014 by...
March 02, 2014
Prof. Don Sakaguchi Photo by Steve Jones (LAS) Biol 394 HN Caribbean Marine Biology field trip takes place on the island of Roatan, at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS) at Anthony’s Key Resort. Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands is located about 80 miles off the north...
February 28, 2014
GDCB Professor Stephen Howell is senior of a paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that may shed new light on the genetic mechanisms that allow plants to protect themselves from environmental stress, which could lead to improved stress tolerance in cash...
February 19, 2014
Dr. Maura McGrail, Assistant Professor in GDCB, was awarded a sponsored grant of $139,360 from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health for the research project “Sleeping Beauty transposon system for mutagenesis in zebrafish.” The grant will support the continued...
February 17, 2014
Professor Carolyn Lawrence Carolyn Lawrence joined the faculty of GDCB as a tenured Associate Professor effective January 2, 2014.  Dr.  Lawrence is the first university hire as part of the Presidential High Impact Hires Initiative announced in September 2013.  This...
February 07, 2014
Professor Patrick Schnable Patrick Schnable, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been named director of the Plant Sciences Institute at Iowa State University, effective February 1. Professor Schnable holds a primary...
January 07, 2014
Professor Vollbrecht Professor Erik Vollbrecht, associate professor in GDCB, has been named the recipient of the 2014 CALS Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award.  The Mid-Career Achievement Award recognizes mid-career faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Life...
October 12, 2013
Two GDCB faculty, Philip Becraft, Professor, and Thomas Peterson, Professor and Pioneer Chair in Maize Molecular Genetics, each edited a book this year about plant science. The new book “Seed Genomics,” edited by Professor Philip Becraft, is an up-to-date review of seed genomics, from basic seed...
October 12, 2013
Andrea Nuedorf (l) and Alex Mitchell-Lindsey Two GDCB faculty were mentors to interns participating in the Iowa State University George Washington Carver (GCW) Internship program this summer.  Professor Steven Howell was a faculty mentor to Alex Mitchell-Lindsey, a high school student...
October 12, 2013
Dean Schmittmann, Dr. Bassham, Dr. Powell- Coffman, and SVP and Provost Wickert (l to r) GDCB Professor Diane Bassham was presented with a Medallion recognizing her as the inaugural recipient of the Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Professorship in Plant Physiology.  The event, which...
October 05, 2013
Skunk River Crew rolling down the river Biology students learn about the natural world and the real-world challenges to health, agriculture and the environment  in their classrooms, laboratories, and, in some cases, in the nearby Skunk River.  The Skunk River Navy (SRN) was...
September 04, 2013
Mary Madsen, RN; Dr. Barbara Krumhardt, and Dr. Karri Haen (left to right) In a time of record enrollments across the University, the success of the Biology 255/255L Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Biology 256/256L Fundamentals of Human Physiology courses is remarkable.  Over 670...
September 04, 2013
Professor Clark Coffman (left) and Dr. Emily Elliott GDCB Professor Clark Coffman and Dr. Emily R. Elliott, postdoctoral research fellow in GDCB, have been selected as 2013-2014 Scholars in The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Biology Scholars Program.  Professor...
August 05, 2013
Professor Michael Muszynski Professor Michael Muszynski joined the GDCB faculty as a tenure-track assistant professor in GDCB on July 1, 2013, following a nationwide faculty search.  The Chair of GDCB, Dr. Jo Anne Powell-Coffman said, “We are fortunate to recruit Dr. Muszynski...
August 04, 2013
Dr. Kowalko (left) and Dr. Kukday GDCB is pleased to welcome two new instructors to the department, Dr. Johanna Kowalko and Dr. Sayali Kukday.  They have been hired as lecturers for the fall semester to teach two introductory biology courses, Biology 101 and 212. Dr. Johanna Kowalko...
July 05, 2013
Professor John Mayfield Emeritus Professor John Mayfield’s “accomplishments as Professor of GDCB (and Zoology/Genetics) and as Associate Dean of the Graduate College are truly impressive,” notes GDCB Professor and Chair Jo Anne Powell-Coffman, and “he has recently added another to the list...
June 05, 2013
Professor Martin Spalding (left) and Professor Drena Dobbs In his installation address in September 2012, ISU President Leath announced initiatives to make available funding for interdisciplinary research projects to encourage and expand ISU research efforts.  On June 6, ISU announced...
June 04, 2013
Professor Diane Bassham GDCB Professor Diane Bassham has been named the first recipient of the Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Professorship of Plant Physiology at Iowa State University. The Loomis family established the Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Fund in 1981 to maintain...
June 04, 2013
MaizeGDB Team L to R: Taner Sen, Darwin Campbell, Lisa Harper, Carson Andorf, Carolyn Lawrence, Mary Schaeffer, Jack Gardiner, Ethalinda Cannon Dr. Carolyn Lawrence, GDCB collaborating professor and USDA-ARS research geneticist, was awarded $32,026 in sponsored funding from the...
May 05, 2013
  Dr. Bing Yang Bing Yang, associate professor in GDCB, was awarded sponsored funding for three research projects on rice plant disease.  Rice, a major food source for the world population, presents an excellent opportunity for in-depth analyses of the adaptive processes of...
May 04, 2013
Biology undergraduate students recognized for their achievements in 2012-2013 at the May 2 luncheon event The 2013 GDCB Recognition Luncheon was held in the Molecular Biology Building Atrium on May 2, 2013. This year’s event recognized 76 students, faculty, and staff affiliated with GDCB...
May 04, 2013
Dr. Ling Li (left) and Dr. Bing Yang This spring two GDCB faculty, Dr. Ling Li, Associate Scientist and Adjunct Assistant Professor, and Dr. Bing Yang, Associate Professor, received awards in recognition of their individual achievements at ISU. Dr. Ling Li is the recipient...
April 05, 2013
Dr. Lois Girton Dr. Lois Girton, academic adviser for the genetics and biology undergraduate majors in GDCB and EEOB, was recognized this spring with an Outstanding Peer Mentor Supervisor Award by the Learning Communities for her supervision of the peer mentors involved in the Genetics...
April 04, 2013
Prof. Dorman’s research figure of PRRS virus evolving during disease Recently, Alpha Lambda Delta & Phi Eta Sigma first-year honor societies asked new inductees to share which instructor at ISU had influenced them during their first year, and how this individual had shaped their...

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