Category: "Biology"

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 […]

The Answer is Know

June 28, 2017

Jessica Wu

In the realm of computational biology, sometimes learning what isn’t possible is just as important as learning what is. That has been the case with recent research conducted by Professor Yi-Chieh (Jessica) Wu and her colleagues, who have presented an algorithm for assessing feasibility of gene families with multiple loci and samples. Traditional methods of […]

Harvey Mudd Writing Course a Model for Other Institutions

June 1, 2017

Classroom at Harvey Mudd College

While learning about the relationships between STEM disciplines through Common Core courses, Harvey Mudd students are also getting a healthy dose of writing instruction, including through the relatively new course, Introduction to Academic Writing (Writ 1). Highlighted in a recent Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Peer Review article, Writ 1 is showcased as […]

Harvey Mudd Athletes Earn All-Region Honors

May 24, 2017

CMS athlete Joshua Sealand '17, Harvey Mudd College

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced the All-Region honorees for the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season. The Coaches Association named 22 athletes from the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps track and field program to 39 total All-Region honors. Seven of these athletes are from Harvey Mudd College. The […]