Author: Katelynn Knick

UCO Biology Alumni Success: Joshua York

Joshua York (BS 2010, MS 2014) has successfully defended his PhD thesis in the Department of Biology at the University of Oklahoma. Josh’s thesis research involves groundbreaking developmental and genetic studies on the role of neutral crest cells in the evolution of vertebrate animals. His presentation and examination also broke new ground by being the first ever in the OU Biology Department conducted electronically.

Health and Life Sciences Career Fair on Tues, Feb 25th in NUC

Health and Life Sciences Career Fair taking place on February 25th, from 10 AM to 1 PM in the Nigh University Center at UCO

UCO students and faculty are welcome to attend our annual Health & Life Sciences Career Fair taking place on Tuesday, February 25th 10am to 1pm in the Nigh University Center (3rd Floor). Students are encouraged to come and network with representatives from graduate programs, Oklahoma clinics, hospitals, and local biotech companies. For the UCO community, the event is free to attend and no registration is required. If your organization would like to participate in the career fair in the future, please contact Dr. Caroline Bentley, cbentley3@uco.edu.

Dr. Bob Brennan Co-PI on a $4 Million NSF EPSCoR grant to investigate the complexity of Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases

Over the next three years Dr. Bob Brennan, Professor and Chair of Biology, along with Dr. Sean Laverty from Mathematics and Statistics and their students will be involved in the generation of disease risk maps, remote sensing, and spatial analysis of ticks and tick-borne disease biodiversity in the Southern Great Plains.  The grant is a collaborative effort between investigators at several institutions in Kansas and Oklahoma (KU, KSU, PSU, OU, OSU, and UCO), with KU serving as the parent institution.

Oklahoma Academy of Science Meets on UCO Campus

OAS Poster Session in STEM BuildingThe 108th Annual Technical Meeting of the Oklahoma Academy of Science was held on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma on November 8. The meeting was attended by approximately 350 science faculty and university students representing 21 colleges and universities from across the state, making it the largest meeting ever of this organization. During the course of this conference 80 oral presentations and 97 poster presentations were given. Luncheon speaker Dr. John Barthell, UCO Provost, described some of his research experiences with bees and the values of bees to society. Dr. David Bass and Dr. Chad King served as meeting co-coordinators while UCO’s Office of Academic Affairs and the College of Mathematics & Science co-hosted this conference. For information about OAS, check out the Academy’s web site at: http://www.oklahomaacademyofscience.org/.