Summer was a time of adjusting plans due to concerns of COVID-19. Conferences were no exception. The Society for Freshwater Sciences (SFS) adapted their annual Summer of Science meeting events to a virtual format. They hosted virtual activities throughout most of June and into July. Dr. Debra Finn, assistant professor of biology, shares how SFS managed to provide … [Read more...] about A summer of (mostly virtual) science
The coronavirus pandemic has affected people’s lives, especially those at a higher risk to contract the virus. Tasks, such as eating at a restaurant, going to the grocery store and mailing packages can carry some degree of risk for COVID-19 transmission. How safe is it for you to visit a post office or shipping center to mail packages if you’re high risk for COVID? … [Read more...] about Is it safe to ship packages during COVID?
Biologist Dr. Jay McEntee believes songbirds – specifically wrens – learn songs from those they are surrounded by. He is conducting research with a student about how these birds learn new and more complex songs. The research project was shared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. … [Read more...] about How a songbird expands its songbook
Dr. Avery Russell, assistant professor of biology, attended the national meeting of the Animal Behavior Society (ABS) in August of 2019 in Chicago. Russell co-hosted a diversity workshop on cultural competency at the meeting. Dr. Cameron Jones and doctoral student Montrai Spikes also led the event. “The goal of the workshop was to increase retention of underrepresented … [Read more...] about Bias as behavior: Understanding cultural competency
The university is improved by the faculty that care deeply about their subjects and students. Recently, Dr. Steven Jensen, faculty emeritus, died. The College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CNAS) will hold in memory the legacy he left behind. His legacy among faculty Jensen was an inspiration to many, Dr. Tamera Jahnke, dean of CNAS, recalls. “Steve and I … [Read more...] about A tribute to Dr. Steven Jensen and the legacy he left behind