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Marquette University Department of Biology

Apr. 24, 2013 | Volume 2, Issue 2


News From The Chair

Dr. Robert FittsAs the 2012-13 year draws to a close, I am happy to report that the University was successful in attracting a new dean to serve the college. Dr. Rick Holz, currently the associate dean at Loyola University Chicago, will become our dean July 1st. To position ourselves for the future, the department held a retreat in early January, and outcomes included identifying our strengths and weaknesses, and the development of a strategic planning committee (more on this topic in the fall 2013 newsletter). In this issue, we are excited to share with you notable accomplishments for the year as well as our featured stories on departmental history, and faculty profiles. In this issue, we feature Dr. James Barrett who taught at Marquette from 1951 to 1986, and during that time inspired many students through his teaching of first year biology. Outside the classroom, Dr. Barrett was an important leader in the Milwaukee community particularly in the promotion of justice and peace. The current faculty feature is my story at Marquette. I thought it appropriate to include it in this issue as this is my final semester as department chair. Next August, Dr. Dale Noel will assume the duties of department chair. As always, we want to hear from you, so please feel free to email our newsletter editor, Kirsten Boeh, or visit us on Facebook.



News from the Chair

Department News

Our History

Faculty Profiles

Faculty Highlights

Undergraduate Student Highlights

Graduate Student Highlights

Biological Sciences Alumni

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Faculty participate in first ever departmental strategic planning retreat

Noted Harvard microbiologist, Dr. Roberto Kolter, presents the Oliver Smith Lecture

The department welcomes Dr. Anita Manogaran as adjunct faculty


A new facility is clearly needed as the Biology Department modernizes in the 1950's

Faculty Profiles: Past and Current

Past faculty member Dr. James Barrett dedicated his life to social justice

Dr. Robert Fitts celebrates a career spanning nearly 50 years in exercise physiology

Faculty Highlights

Biological Sciences faculty receive awards and publish research

Undergraduate Student Highlights

The Biological Undergraduate Society brings students on "Lab Tours" event

"Bio Lab Snapshots" features introductory lab class on Facebook

Neurobiology course writes Wikipedia articles

New course teaches the "Biology of Human Disease"

Graduate Student Highlights

Cassie Nelson and Adam Lietzan find time to mentor high school students

Recent graduates, and award winners are recognized

Biological Sciences Alumni

Frank Rigo, Ph.D., a 2002 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduate, researches new antisense drug technology at Isis Pharmaceuticals.

Benita Brink, Ph.D., earned her Ph.D. in 1989 at Marquette working in Dr. Dale Noel's lab. Dr. Brink inspires students in her current role as chair of the Biology and Earth Sciences Department at Adams State University.


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