Learning is key to success, even for bees. Bees’ capacity to learn could be influenced by internal factors, including their gut health. Biology graduate student Parker Campbell studies how gut health relates to bee behavior and survival. She recently received a grant from the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) to aid in her research … [Read more...] about Linking bees’ health and behavior
What does it mean for a department to be comprehensive? In the case of the biology department at Missouri State University, it means students receive access to more resources and research opportunities and broader perspectives than they would find in specialized programs. Dr. Alicia Mathis serves as the department head of biology at Missouri State. She shares how the … [Read more...] about Comprehensive program shapes students into scientists
Across North America, including Missouri, bats of certain species are dying in worrisome numbers from a disease called white nose syndrome, a fungal disease. This disease kills the bats while they are in hibernation. Dr. Tom Tomasi, Missouri State University biology professor and his colleague, Dr. Christopher Lupfer, Missouri State biology assistant professor, are working … [Read more...] about Why are some bats species dying from a disease?
Grants lead to greater research capabilities. This is why Sigma Xi uses their Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research program to provide student researchers with grant funding annually. Biology students Indigo Tran and Hannah Whaley are the recipients of the award this year. Both are advisees of Dr. LaToya Kissoon-Charles, assistant professor of biology. Investigating … [Read more...] about Biology students awarded Sigma Xi grant
What we eat may not actually make us who we are. But it can influence how we feel. The recent research of Dr. Paul Durham, distinguished professor of biology and director of the Center for Biomedical and Life Sciences (CBLS) at Missouri State University, connects to this idea. Durham’s lab studies brain signals. They find ways to block pain involved in migraines, jaw pain … [Read more...] about How dietary changes can lead to better pain management