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17 Sep 14 - Science Biology News

Associate Dean of Biological Sciences Marjorie Thompson dies
Marjorie Thompson '74 PhD'79 P'02 P'07 P'09 P'12 P'14 P'16, associate dean of biological sciences, died Monday afternoon while on leave from the University this semester, said Katherine Smith, who was appointed interim associate dean of biological ...

Applying evolutionary biology to address global challenges
1Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, USA. 2Institute for Contemporary Evolution, Davis, CA 95616, USA.

Bobby Jindal, former biology scholar, won't say whether he believes in evolution
In 2008, Jindal was instrumental in the passage of the Louisiana Science Education Act, which allowed science teachers in public schools to veer away from the established science in biology courses. Under the Act, teachers can use the Bible ...

Scientist: Biology book used by would-be voucher schools mixes fundamentalist ...
“In sum, the A Beka text as a central component of a high school biology curriculum would be suspect if it were evaluated by a state board of education.

Human speech gene can speed learning in mice
As a uniquely human trait, language has long baffled evolutionary biologists. ... When other scientists tried to repeat the maze trials that showed a difference between the wild and humanized mice, however, they, too, found no difference in learning ...

When Biology and Math Collide
It was Turing's own kind—mathematicians and others based in the physical sciences—who kept his idea alive when the biologists stopped believing. At that time the two fields were moving along completely separate tracks. Biologists didn't see what ...

Science awards celebrate biology, collaboration and hard work
“This is just the beginning and so my team and I are planning to do some really, really interesting science over the next decade or two,” he said.

Sequenced gibbon genome gives insights into our chromosomal biology
"We do this work to learn as much as we can about gibbons, which are some of the rarest species on the planet," says Lucia Carbone of Oregon Health and Science University, who led the analysis of the gibbon genome. "But we also do this work to better ...

Stanford Professor Robert Schimke, a pioneer in biomedical sciences, dies at 81
Robert Schimke, professor emeritus of biology, discovered several key cellular mechanisms, including gene amplification, which has become a foundation of cancer research and drug development.

Speaker series marks 50 years of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
At its founding in 1964, the Section of Ecology and Systematics (later renamed the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) was created as one of five “sections” of the Division of Biological Sciences. The growing faculty became an integrated ...

Peter Godfrey-Smith Takes On The Philosophy Of Biology
Peter Godfrey-Smith's Philosophy of Biology (Princeton University Press), may not sound like the kind of book even science enthusiasts want to crack open for pleasure, but it's a great way to get up to speed on all the issues that working biologists ...

More than half of biology majors are women, yet gender gaps remain in science ...
In the largest analysis of gender differences known of in introductory college-level biology courses, researchers with Arizona State University and University of Washington have found evidence of gender-based gaps in both achievement and class ...

The Science Of Depression: The Biology Behind A Darker Mind
Some believe depression is a prolonged bad mood or just someone's negative outlook on life, but it's so much more than that and science has proven it. A new video produced by AsapSCIENCE reveals the truths and myths behind depression and uses ...

Science of Depression: A Disease With a Biological Basis; Robin Williams A ...
The narrator of the video explained that what is important is to remember that depression is a disease that has a base in biology, psychology and sociology and that it is not just a weakness that can be got over in a few minutes or days, or is it ...

A gut microbe that stops food allergies
The animals' food allergen sensitization disappeared, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. When the scientists instead introduced another common kind of healthy bacteria, called Bacteroides, into ...

DOE 'Knowledgebase' links biologists, computer scientists to solve energy ...
Now they can do the same analysis in a matter of hours, using the Department of Energy's Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase), a new computational platform to help the biological community analyze, store, and share data. Led by scientists at DOE's ...

Microbial factories could produce locally brewed painkillers
When breeding turned into a scientific discipline, it quickly became a model organism for biological experiments. And in 1996, its complete genome was the first sequenced from a eukaryotic organism—the more complex domain of the tree of life.

Video: Fish spits water like we throw spears
Observing wild archerfish in Thailand, biologists Peggy Gerullis and Stefan Schuster of the University of Bayreuth in Germany found that these 25-centimeter-long fish can squirt water at prey as far as 2 meters away, which requires the jet to only ...

Biology Professor Jason Wiles Awarded NSF EAGER Grant
The United States is facing mounting pressure to re-establish the nation's pre-eminence in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

Experimental Ebola drug saves monkeys, but will this translate to humans?
“These people did not have an identical twin who was infected the same day and didn't get treated,” said Scripps structural biologist Erica Ollmann Saphire, who was a panelist at the event there and helped Mapp Bio select antibodies. “That's why ...



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