Category: "Biology"

Harvey Mudd Upward Bound Grant Renewed Through 2027

Upward Bound students

Now that the Harvey Mudd College Upward Bound program has been funded for the next five years, program Director Angie Covarrubias Aguilar is excited for what is ahead. For more than 50 years, HMC’s Upward Bound program has helped first-generation, low-income high school students develop skills for college success. Funded by the Department of Education, […]

Harvey Mudd Faculty Promotions, Summer 2022

Dan Stoebel

Promotions and tenure appointments for Harvey Mudd College faculty were approved by the board of trustees at its May meeting. Upon discussion and the recommendation of the Academic Affairs Committee, the board unanimously approved the following appointments. Daniel Stoebel, a biology faculty member since 2010, received promotion to full professor. He studies the genetics and […]

2022 Harvey Mudd College Leadership Awards

HMC Leadership Awards

For the past decade, Harvey Mudd College has recognized outstanding examples of leadership during its annual Leadership Awards event, coordinated by the Division of Student Affairs. For the 2022 presentations, community members gathered via Zoom webinar for the ceremony to celebrate students, faculty and staff for their contributions on campus and beyond. A selection committee […]

Harvey Mudd Trustees Approve Spring 2022 Faculty Promotions and Tenure

Faculty promotions spring 2022

Promotions and tenure appointments for Harvey Mudd College faculty were approved by the board of trustees and will become effective July 1, 2022. Upon discussion and the recommendation of the Academic Affairs Committee, the board unanimously approved the following appointments. Salvador Plascencia earned tenure and promotion to associate professor. He is the author of the […]

Researchers Study Therapeutic Strategies for “Natural Killer Cells”

Lisette de Pillis, Norman F. Sprague Jr. Professor of Life Sciences and Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College

White blood cells known as “natural killer cells”—named for their ability to attack disease without requiring activation by the immune system—could play a vital role in battling cancer, according to new research by Lisette de Pillis, Norman F. Sprague Professor of Life Sciences at Harvey Mudd College. The so-called NK cells might be effective in […]

Schulz Joins Multidisciplinary Effort to Detect and Counteract Emerging Pathogens

Danae Schulz

This fall, Harvey Mudd College biology professor Danae Schulz will join a multidisciplinary group of early-career researchers to address the global threat to human health from animal-borne infectious diseases. The Mitigating Zoonotic Threats conference—sponsored by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement and the U.S. Department of Agriculture—is the first meeting of a new, three-year initiative […]

Biologists Explore How Human Networks Can Be Made Ant-like

Image showing red wood ant nests (the mounds) with lines drawn in to represent pathways between the nests and to trees, where these ants harvest food from colonies of aphids living in the trees.

Ant behavior has been a source of inspiration since at least the time of Aesop, and 2,500 years later, it appears these insects still have a certain kind of wisdom to impart—perhaps to engineers building subways. “Each individual ant doesn’t know much about the world beyond her own antennae,” says Harvey Mudd College biology professor […]

Danae Schulz Receives NSF Early Career Grant

Danae Schulz

Danae Schulz, an assistant professor of biology at Harvey Mudd College, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation for her research “Characterizing molecular mechanisms that drive life cycle transitions in the African trypanosome.” The nearly $630,000 award covering a five-year period enables Schulz to pursue research questions […]

Four Harvey Mudd Students Receive 2021 Goldwater Scholarships

The most prestigious national award for undergraduate STEM researchers, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, has been awarded to four Harvey Mudd College students: Tonatiuh Gonzalez ’22, Jacob Kelber ’23, Hanna Porter ’22 and Anna Soper ’22. The 409 Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,256 natural science, engineering […]

Sapirstein Wins Watson Fellowship

Abel Sapirstein '21

One of this year’s prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowships has been awarded to Harvey Mudd College senior Abel Sapirstein. The mathematical and computational biology major will study alternate perspectives in healthcare equity while traveling to Bhutan, Chile and Japan. The 2021 class of Watson Fellows represents eight countries and 22 U.S. states. From the 153 […]