Category: "Biology"

NSF Grant Funds Bioelectronics Incubator

October 5, 2018

Laura Palucki Blake

Laura Palucki Blake, assistant vice president for institutional research and effectiveness at Harvey Mudd College, will serve as program evaluator on an ambitious research traineeship grant to start a graduate-level bioelectronics program at Rice University. Funded by a $3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, Rice’s bioelectronics incubator will train students to develop technologies at […]

McFadden Shares in Coral Discovery

August 30, 2018

Cathy McFadden inside submersible Alvin

During her first-ever submersible dive on Aug. 23, coral reef expert and Harvey Mudd College biologist Catherine McFadden experienced a monumental moment. “We thought there might be some coral at the site, but I was expecting a fairly barren landscape of mud and rock with just some small, isolated coral colonies here and there.” Instead, […]

Harvey Mudd Chem-Bio Majors Earn Best Poster Award

August 17, 2018

Harvey Mudd chemistry and biology students Lakshmi Batachari ’18 and Chris Doering ’19 pose next to their winning Undergraduate Research poster at the 2018 Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages meeting.

When microbiologists from around the world gathered this month for the Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages meeting, they were joined by two Harvey Mudd College students whose research was so impressive it earned them a Best Undergraduate Poster award. At the longest-running series of molecular biology meetings, joint chemistry and biology majors Lakshmi Batachari […]

NSF Funds Biology Research on Ant Networks

June 27, 2018

Ants with RFID tags attached

It’s a late-spring afternoon at Harvey Mudd College. Biology professor Matina Donaldson-Matasci is setting up a camera and tripod in her biology lab, preparing to document a particularly photogenic aspect of her research on turtle ants: The application of tiny radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to each ant’s thorax. “I’m excited to learn about how […]

Three-day Showcase of Student Projects Begins April 30

April 19, 2018

Rsearch posters at Harvey Mudd College

In celebration of experiential learning, an integral part of the Harvey Mudd College experience, the entire College community celebrates students’ original projects in design or research each spring. This celebration of student achievement includes Presentation Days (April 30 and May 2), showcasing senior thesis research and class projects, and Projects Day, May 1, a showcase […]

HMC Biologists Develop New Software

March 5, 2018

Eliot Bush

Sometimes writing software is like any other kind of writing; it takes a few drafts to get it right, but the final result is worth the extra effort. Harvey Mudd College Biology Professor Eliot Bush knows that feeling. His recently released software program, xenoGI, which helps researchers reconstruct the history of genomic island insertions in […]

Biology Professor Receives NSF Funding

September 5, 2017

Dan Stoebel

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $112,226 to Harvey Mudd College Professor of Biology Daniel Stoebel for his project “RUI: The transcriptional response to quantitative variation in RpoS concentration in E. coli.” The award is expected to total $327,962 over three years. This proposal will expand opportunities for students in many ways, […]

Promotions and Tenure Approved for Harvey Mudd Faculty

July 7, 2017

Seal of Harvey Mudd College

Promotions and tenure appointments for Harvey Mudd College faculty were approved during the May meeting of the HMC Board of Trustees and became effective July 1, 2017. Based on recommendations from the Educational Planning Committee, the board of trustees unanimously approved Lelia Hawkins for tenure and promotion to associate professor of chemistry. Hawkins conducts research in […]

Biologists Use Latest Technology to Discover and Differentiate Coral Species

July 6, 2017

Underwater photographs of Sinularia mesophotica (funnel-shaped morphology of colonies).

Coral reef expert and Harvey Mudd College biologist Catherine McFadden is using the latest technological advances to delve deeper into the complex and diverse field of corals and their habitats. Working with collaborators on campus and around the world, McFadden has turned recent discoveries into three published papers, two of which reveal new species found […]