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  • SMB Tenure/Promotion Dr. Jon Oatley, Dr. Rey Carabeo, and Dr. Mary Sanchez-Lanier

    CONGRATULATIONS! Three SMB faculty members have been awarded tenure or promoted, effective July 1, 2018. Please join us in congratulating:

    ·        Dr Jon Oatley has been promoted to full professor

    ·        Dr. Rey Carabeo has been granted tenure (at his current rank of associate professor)

    ·        Dr. Mary Sanchez-Lanier has been promoted to full professor in the non-tenured, clinical track.

  • Dr. Patricia Hunt, Center for Reproductive Biology and School of Molecular Biosciences faculty, has received the HIGHEST award offered by the Society for the Study of Reproduction. Congratulations for receiving the Carl G. Hartman award!

    “The Society for the Study of Reproduction, and the SSR Awards Committee, would like to extend our sincere congratulations to this year’s SSR Awardees. These Awardees represent the best of a talented group of scientists that make up our society, and are truly exemplary in their service, mentoring and research. We are proud to call them our colleagues and friends, and pleased that their outstanding work has been recognized. This is truly a deserving group of Awardees.” - 2018 Awards Chair, Rebecca Krishner Department News - SMB
  • Dr. Goodman’s paper “Host and Bacterial Factors Control Susceptibility of Drosophila melanogaster to Coxiella burnetii Infection” featured on cover of Infection and Immunity

    Cover photograph: The Nine Mile phase II strain of Coxiella burnetii expressing mCherry invades primary hemocytes expressing green fluorescent protein that were isolated from Drosophila melanogaster third-instar larvae. Isolated hemocytes were fixed, stained with DAPI (4ʹ,6- diamidino-2-phenylindole; blue), and imaged using a White Light Laser point scanning confocal microscope. Z-stacks of an individual cell were used for 3-dimensional reconstruction and crosssectioning. (Images courtesy of Aoi Hiroyasu and David DeWitt, Washington State University, Pullman, WA.) (See related article at e00218–17.)  American Society for Microbiology
  • Offerdahl Lab Presents at National Conferences

    Erika Offerdahl’s research was showcased at two national conferences during July 2017. During the Transforming Research in Undergraduate STEM Education (TRUSE) conference (July 5-9 in St. Paul, MN) Dr. Offerdahl was the lead author of a poster. During the annual national conference of the Society for the Advancement in Biology Education Research (SABER) (July 21-23 in Minneapolis, MN), Dr Offerdahl gave a talk entitled “Hi-Fi Instruction: Characterizing the fidelity of implementation (FOI) of formative assessment and feedback.” SMB graduate student Jessie Arneson from the Offerdahl lab also gave a talk entitled ”The relationship between visual representation and cognitive load: It’s complicated.”

    More information is available

    TRUSE: http://www.chem.purdue.edu/Towns/TRUSE/

    SABER: https://saber-biologyeducationresearch.wikispaces.com/National+Meeting+2017

  • Are we in a male fertility death spiral?

    Margaret Atwood's 1985 book, The Handmaid's Tale, played out in a world with declining human births because pollution and sexually transmitted disease were causing sterility.

    Does fiction anticipate reality? Two new research papers add scientific weight to the possibility that pollution, especially endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), are undermining male fertility.

    The first, published Tuesday, is the strongest confirmation yet obtained that human sperm concentration and count are in a long-term decline: more than 50 percent from 1973 to 2013, with no sign that the decline is slowing.

    Environmental Health News
  • Offerdahl Selected as WSU Teaching Fellow

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    School of Molecular Biosciences faculty member Erika Offerdahl was selected as one of four inaugural WSU 2017-18 Teaching Fellows.  These fellows will enhance their own teaching while collaborating with colleagues to impact the transformative student experience at WSU. Congratulations!

    For more information: https://provost.wsu.edu/2017/07/17/teaching-fellows-selected/

     

    WSU Office of the Provost
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  • Smerdon Delivers Austin Distinguished Lecture

    SMB Professor Mick Smerdon will deliver the University of Idaho’s College of Science’s Robert B. and Floretta F. Austin Distinguished Lecture in Science April 27, 2017. His lecture entitled “DNA Repair Doctors WITH (Chromatin) Borders: Protecting Cells From Chaos and Cancer” is free and open to the public. Read More
  • Three WSU women in STEM win Goldwater Scholarships

    Three WSU women in STEM win Goldwater Scholarships WSU News
  • SMB Emeritus Professor Magnuson Honored

    SMB emeritus professor Nancy Magnuson will be honored March 31 with the Lane Rawlins Lifetime Achievement Award.  Dr. Magnuson spent her entire career at WSU, serving in various capacities and eventually leading the Graduate School and research divisions.  Dr. Magnuson is well known to colleagues, students and alumni for her constant engagement and promotion of WSU at the national and international levels. Congratulations Nancy! WSU News