Category: CMS-Biology

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.

David Bass, Ph.D. Receives 2020 Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Teaching

David BassDr. David Bass, Professor of Biology, is the recipient of the 2020 Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Teaching at Regional Universities and Community Colleges. Dr. Bass joined the Department of Biology at UCO in the fall of 1985. He is an internationally respected aquatic invertebrate biologist, who brings his vast real-world experience into the classroom to enrich the learning opportunities for his students. His passion and energy for teaching are clear to his students and we congratulate Dr. Bass on this well-deserved honor.

UCO Biology Alumnus Received 2019 PepsiCo Science Award

PepsiCo Science and Technology Award winnersDr. Toby FitzSimons, who worked with Dr. Bidlack on photovoltaic solar cells (MS from UCO in 2010) and went on to complete a PhD at the University of Arkansas, has been working as a Senior Research Scientist at PepsiCo after receiving his doctorate. Dr. FitzSimons recently received the 2019 PepsiCo Science Award and continues to impress the company. Pictured here (from left to right) are René Lammers (Chief Science Officer), Mac McWilliam (UK Manager), Patricia Ouimet (Senior Citrus R&D), Toby FitzSimons (Senior R&D Scientist), and Ramon Laguarta (PepsiCo CEO).

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/.

Jaime Thomas, D.O., Biology Alumna

Dr. Jaime Thomas started out as a Summer Bridge student at UCO in 2008 and then conducted undergraduate research with Dr. Mel Vaughan on the cross reactivity of human antibodies with gecko and bat tissues. She also worked with Dr. Hari Kotturi to investigate the ability of bitter melon extract to inhibit myofibroblast differentiation. She presented her work at the national Wound Healing Society Meeting. Dr. Thomas graduated from UCO in 2012 with a degree in Biology with the distinction of  Magna Cum Laude. “UCO brought me so many opportunities that I still look back at today and am thankful for. I attended OSU COM for medical school and chose the wonderful and rewarding field of psychiatry as my specialty. I am currently in Philadelphia in my 3rd year of residency and couldn’t be happier!”

Dr. Beth Allan Named President-Elect of the National Science Teachers Association

Dr. Beth Allan, professor of Biology and coordinator of the Secondary Science Education program has been elected as the president-elect of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Dr. Allan will serve as president-elect until June 1 before becoming president for 2020-21. Allan has served as the College Division Director for NSTA since 2016 and has been a leader in science education in Oklahoma and nationally. She has served as president of the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association and as the president of the National Science Education Leadership Association. Her career has been focused on supporting pre-service and in-service teachers to improve science instruction for all students.