Summer 2016 Biology Updates

DEADLINE AUGUST 26 AT 5:00 P.M. FOR CHANGING MAJORS WHILE STAYING ON OLD GE SYSTEM

The Friday before the fall semester starts (August 26) is the last day to change majors and remain on the old general education list of requirements.

 

NEW MICROTOME INSTALLED AND READY FOR FALL CLASSESIMAG0238

The newest large instrument for the department uses an extremely sharp blade to cut thin slices of tissue from specimens. The slices can be mounted and made into permanent slides. The microtome will reside in the microscope room with the confocal microscope and scanning electron microscope. First year majors will be trained on the instrument, which will be available for research.

TWO NEW PROFESSORS HIRED IN BIOLOGY/ENVS, BEGIN FALL 2016

Dr. Greg Wemhoff (genetics) and Dr. John Zimmerman (environmental science) have been hired for continuing positions.  Dr. Wemhoff most recently taught in the Medical School program at IPFW and has expertise in the manufacture of genes and biochemicals.  Dr. Zimmerman most recently taught at Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa and has expertise in Black Bear biology and forestry.

SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPE GETTING MAKEOVER

new vacuum hoses, new parts, and a good dusting are taking place this month for one of the favorite instruments in the Achatz Hall inventory.

NEW BUILDING PLANNED

Plans are in place to begin a new wing for our science building.  Groundbreaking is scheduled for late spring of 2017. A complete renovation of Achatz, the existing science building, is scheduled for later, after the new wing is completed.

NEW HAITI INITIATIVE

We’re planning a new phase for our Haiti initiative.  Beginning spring 2017 a new course will be offered in which USF students assist Fort Wayne doctors in wellness clinics in Haiti.  Begin securing a passport now if you are interested.