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ASK ICC! Drop-in Office Hours for November 3-13, 2020

ASK your ICC questions here! Drop-in Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Nov. 3 – 10am-12noon 
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4 – 1-2:30 
  • Thursday, Nov. 5 – 11am-12noon 
  • Friday, Nov. 6 – 1-2:30pm 


  • Sunday, Nov. 8 – 5-7pm 
  • Monday, Nov. 9 – 11:30am-1:30pm 
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10 – 10am-12noon, 3:30-4:30pm 
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11 – 1-2:30m 
  • Thursday, Nov. 12 – 10am-12noon 
  • Friday, Nov. 13 – 1-2:30pm 

Bio Club Open Hours: 11/6-11

Registration is just around the corner and we wanted to let you know that the Biology Club will be hosting open hours to answer any questions you might have about the registration process, courses, or life in the biology department, or at IC.

  • 11/6 (Friday)
             Emily & Porter 2-3 pm 
  • 11/9 (Monday) 
                    Alyssa & Kayla from 12-1 pm 
                    Porter & Alyssa from 5-6 pm 
  • 11/10 (Tuesday)
                  Ricky & Kayla from 12-1 pm
          Cassie & Ricky from 6-7 pm 
  • 11/11 (Wednesday) 
             Viviana & Emily from 2:30-3:30 pm 
              Cassie & Kayla from 5-6 pm 

The zoom information (same for all dates and times) is:

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Meeting ID: 977 2745 8894

Passcode: 514204

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2nd and 4th Year Biol/Biochem Students-- Peer Mentor Opportunity

The Biology Department would like to invite you to join the Biology/Biochemistry Peer Mentor Program.  You have the experience and background needed to help our first-year students navigate their Biology or Biochemistry Degrees.

 As a Peer Mentor, you will:

  • Meet in groups with first-year students to answer questions and chat
  • Be assigned a small group of first-years (2-4) that you reach out to individually, encouraging their attendance at scheduled group meetings
  • Introduce your peer mentees to other students to expand their social network at IC
  • Offer individual assistance to mentees on a case by case basis, as needed, according to your schedules

 If you are interested in being part of the Biology/Biochemistry Peer Mentor Program for 2020-2021, please sign up with your name and preferred e-mail here

 Thanks for your willingness to help our community!

Research in Spring 2021: Request for Research form is due by Nov. 5

Still interested in conducting your research project next semester after the Research Meet & Greet took place?  If so, this Request Research Form is REQUIRED if you do not already have a firm commitment from a faculty member.

  • If you have a firm commitment, your faculty advisor will inform our Department Assistant.

Registration procedures are the same for all (as listed on this page).

Virtual Graduate School and Career Fair: November 5-7

The Society for Neuroscience's first-ever Virtual Graduate School and Career Fair is just two weeks away! Explore new opportunities at this unique venue for connecting neuroscience students and graduate programs and job seekers and employers from a broad range of disciplines, career stages, and countries.

This event is free to attend, and registration is now open. Save your spot today!

Goldwater Information for 2020!

The Goldwater Scholarship is one of the most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics.  It seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who demonstrate exceptional promise in their respective research fields. Our very own Dallas Fonseca ’18 (Mathematics, Biochemistry) was named a 2017 Barry Goldwater Scholar. 

 According to the Goldwater website, they are seeking individuals with characteristics including:

  • Strong commitment to a research career in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering
  •  Effective display of intellectual intensity in the sciences, mathematics and engineering
  • Potential for a significant future contribution to research in their chosen field

 To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior
  • Intend to pursue a research career
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Be a US Citizen or a permanent resident

 Scholarship Amount: Scholarships of up to $7500 a year are provided to help cover cost associated with tuition, mandatory fees, books, room and board.

 If interested, please contact Te-Wen Lo, our Goldwater Campus Representative

Bruce Smith Publishes while in Retirement!

Publisher information and details for Bruce Smith's article

Bruce Smith is pleased to announce his latest publication is now available in online version.  Six new species, 4 new genera, and a new subfamily!  Congratulations, Bruce!

Peter Melcher has Joined the Editorial Team as Associate Editor!

Peter has joined the editorial team as Associate Editor for the Journal Frontiers: Plant Biophysics and Modeling

Plant biophysics focuses on the basic physical principles guiding plant development, growth, and physiology, and how these processes lead to well adapted and optimized systems. Plant Biophysics and Modeling aims to publish the best research at the interface of physics, mathematics, and plant biology, and welcomes a wide range of research, both empirical and theoretical in nature, and at all scales of organization — from the molecular to the organismal level. We especially welcome contributions in the area of molecular and cell biophysics, physiology, biomimetics, synthetic biology, quantitative developmental studies, and biomechanics.

Andy Smith's research was on BBC radio on August 14!

Image of a slug

The episode is available for download.

Andy Smith was interviewed by BBC radio about his research (and glues and slimes in general).  The episode is available for download.   The interview was part of an episode for their CrowdScience program called "What is the point of slime?". In the interview, Andy talks about the molecular structure of slime and how it gives rise to unusual properties. In particular, some slimes are remarkably sticky, and extraordinarily difficult to wash off. The discussion of slime's structure is followed by other interviews focusing on the diversity of slimes in the animal kingdom and their impact on humans before returning to Andy's work and the potential for designing novel adhesives for medical use.

The episode is 34 minutes, and his part is featured in the first eight minutes or so, and then periodically throughout the rest of the episode.

IC Biochemistry alumnus Scott Werneke ’06 and IC Biology faculty member Brooks Miner will be part of a panel discussion on Covid-19

Brooks Miner and our alum spoke on COV-19

Honors Rapid Response Salon on Covid-19: Virology, Evolution, Biotechnology

This took place on May 22, 2020.

2020 Sigma Xi Inductees

Names of 2020 biology and biochemistry inductees, along with the description of the chapter.

Congratulations, Inductees!

The Ithaca College Paulen A. Smith chapter of Sigma Xi is for science and engineering.  In 2005, the chapter was named the Paulen A. Smith Chapter at Ithaca College in honor of Paulen Smith, Professor Emeritus of Physics, a long standing advocate for the honor society. 

Congratulations, to our newest inductees:

  • Fardin Ahmed, Biochemistry 
  • Claire Conklin, Biochemistry
  • Cory Davis, Biochemistry
  • Kate Mori, Biology
  • Jelani Williams, Biochemistry

2020 Tri-Beta Inductees

Names of 2020 biology and biochemistry inductees, along with the description of the chapter.

Congratulations, BBB Inductees 2020!

TriBeta has evolved to become a nationally recognized professional honor society whose purposes are to promote scholarship in the biological sciences, growth in biological knowledge and to encourage research.

  • Eric Choi, Biochemistry
  • George DuCasse, Biochemistry
  • Allison Fan, Biology
  • Sainabou Jallow, Biology / Math
  • Kristina Morris, Biochemistry
  • Elizabeth Ryan, Biochemistry 
  • Kendall  Wald, Biology / ENVS

Opportunities Elsewhere

Internships & jobs are posted on our student information page.  Postings are updated frequently.