Bio 487 Biology Colloquium - The biology colloquium meets regularly during the academic year for lectures and discussions led by visiting scholars, faculty, and student researchers.
Luther College biology was well represented at the recent national meetings of the Entomological Society of America in Minneapolis November 15-18, 2015.
Beth Lynch co-authored three recent papers resulting from collaborative research funded by the National Science Foundation: "Presence of lakes and wetlands decreases resilience of jack pine ecosystems to late-Holocene climatic changes" in Canadian Journal of Forest Research; "Geophysical features influence the climate change sensitivity of northern Wisconsin pine and oak forests" in Ecological Applications; and "Taking the long view: Integrating recorded, archeological, paleoecological, and evolutionary data into ecological restoration" in International Journal of Plant Sciences.
Amy Morey has been awarded the John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award. It was presented to her at the 2015 Entomological Society of America annual meeting.
Beth Lynch and Mary Lewis were awarded the 2015 Lawrence and Eula Hagie Heritage Award given by Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF).
The Genetics Society of America and the C. elegans research community announced in July that Luther College junior Jenna Johnson was one of only four undergraduate students awarded an honor at the GSA poster awards at the 20th International C. elegans Meeting.
Out of the 80 billion pounds of plastic made per year in the United States, 75 percent will end up in waste streams after little to no use. Laura Boran, Luther College senior of Brainerd, Minnesota, is researching new ways to help alleviate this global issue. This summer she is attempting to create a new bioplastic, an alternative to petroleum-based plastic.
Anna Burke ('16) earned the Frank G. Brooks Award for Excellence in Student Research presented by the North Central District of the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society.
Students have the opportunity to take a tour of the cadaver dissection lab in Sampson-Hoffland Laboratory.
Even though Professor of Biology Tex Sordahl (‘73) is nearing his final days at Luther College, his legacy will live on through the Hoslett Museum of Natural History.
Tim Johnson, Seed Savers seed bank manager, will discuss the biology of seeds, seed storage, a brief history of agriculture and the cultural practice of seed saving as the first step toward agriculture in the lecture "Garden Hackers, Rogue Biologists, and Agricultural Anarchists: The Biology and Culture of Seed Saving" at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in Valders Hall of Science, Room 206 on the Luther College campus.
The Luther Land Use Committee recently announced its intention to restore the Ylvisaker slope to its native oak savanna landscape.