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Omar Attum finds endangered species thriving in the ruins of ancient empires18th September 2018

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Dr. Omar Attum, associate professor of biology, has made a name for himself in the field of conservation biology through his publications and photographs. Through his teaching and leadership of field biology trips, he has also opened the eyes of IU Southeast students to the wonders of regions not normally …

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IU Southeast freshmen receive full-ride scholarships for new baccaclaureate/doctor of medicine degree program17th September 2018

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Incoming freshmen Taylor Ingle of Aurora, Ind. and Maura Van Deventer of Columbus, Ind., have been awarded scholarships for the new IU baccalaureate/doctor of medicine program. For the next four years, their tuition and residence expenses at IU Southeast are fully funded, and if they meet the high standards of …

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Faculty Innovator: Gretchen Kirchner23rd January 2018

Gretchen Kirchner Professor of Biology School of Natural Sciences               By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—It was 1990. George H.W. Bush was president. Madonna’s “Vogue” was climbing the charts. The New England Patriots were still awful. In the genetics lab of Gretchen Kirchner, now professor of biology, students were …

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Meeta Cesler-Maloney and Angela Sabo finish 1-2 at IU Undergraduate Research Conference20th November 2017

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–IU Southeast Natural Sciences students Meeta Cesler-Maloney and Angela Sabo won top honors at the 2017 IU Undergraduate Research Conference (IUURC) in Indianapolis, Ind. on Friday, Nov. 17. Cesler-Maloney won first-place honors for Best Undergraduate Research Project for her work, “Quantifying the relationship between ozone and meteorology during the Arctic spring.” …

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Two IU Southeast students are finalists for upcoming IU Undergraduate Research Conference15th November 2017

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Meeta Cesler-Maloney and Angela Sabo of IU Southeast are finalists for the Best Undergraduate Research Project Award to be given at the upcoming IU Undergraduate Research Conference (IUURC) in Indianapolis, Ind. on Friday, Nov. 17. The IUURC, established in 1994, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity …

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David Taylor helps local first responders recognize plants to avoid8th September 2017

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Whether chasing a suspect or rescuing a hiker with a broken leg, first responders from law enforcement and other agencies frequently find themselves off the beaten track, in woods, marshes, swamps and other unpaved ecosystems. It occurred to Anna Ries that they might need to know what plants are out …

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Namibia is latest adventure for Field Biology24th July 2017

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Giraffes. Cobras. Rhinos. Scorpions. No Wi-Fi. Worms for dinner. Welcome to Namibia! This past spring, Field Biology students joined Drs. Omar Attum, associate professor of biology and Beth Rueschhoff, assistant professor of biology, on a journey to this nation of natural wonders in southwestern Africa. Namibia is situated between South …

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IU Southeast herbarium an important player in fight against invasive species3rd April 2017

By Steven Krolak Tucked away behind an unassuming door in a hallway of the Life Sciences building is the IU Southeast herbarium, a collection of nearly 8,500 dried plant specimens from the university’s five-county service region. The collection is eclectic. It was begun in the early 1970s by Dr. Richard Maxwell when IU Southeast was …

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Faculty Innovators: David Taylor28th November 2016

David Taylor Professor of Biology School of Natural Sciences                 By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Back in the spring of 1996, a post-doctoral candidate in plant development named Doug Darnowski found himself marooned in a departure lounge at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, waiting for a thunderstorm to pass …

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Internship Focus: Leah Holsclaw at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner13th September 2016

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Leah Holsclaw, a junior majoring in criminal justice, has interned as a forensic autopsy technician’s assistant in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in Louisville, Ky. The internship provided Holsclaw with a sometimes jolting yet always fascinating introduction to the real world of forensic …

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