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Pre-Halloween Social Hour for STEM Students: Oct 29

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All STEM and pre-health interested majors are welcome.

The Office of Access, Opportunity, and Achievement (OAOA) is hosting a

Pre-Halloween social hour for STEM students
ctober 29, 3:30 - 4:30 pm.  Stop in any time.
CNS (first floor lobby) 

Meet fellow STEM majors.
All STEM and pre-health interested majors are welcome.

Light refreshments and Halloween treats will be provided. 

Biology Research Opportunity meeting: Spring 2022

Biology Research Meet & Greet, Thursday, Oct 21, 4:00 pm, CNS 112

  • Biology students who plan to do research next spring, and who do not already have a place in a lab should attend this meeting.
  • Biochemistry students who plan to do research next spring should attend this meeting and/or the corresponding meeting in the Chemistry department, depending on their interests.

For Biology labs, SIGN UP no later than October 25 to indicate which labs you are interested in.


  • Research in a Biology lab (for any major): you must submit this form by October 25.
    • Faculty will contact students to talk more about research opportunities in their lab
    • Attending the “Meet and Greet” will give you an opportunity to meet Faculty in person and is highly recommended

Research in a Chemistry lab: Sign up procedures

Note that each department has different procedures for signing up, matching students to labs, and registration.

Biology courses AND Principles of Chemistry Tutors NEEDED

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 Interested in making some money as a tutor? The Chemistry AND Biology Departments are looking for talented students interested in peer to peer teaching for their classes! If you want to know more, please contact Yolanda Clarke (yclarke@ithaca.edu) at the tutoring center!

  • Biology courses:  Students who have taken:
    • Biol-119 (Fundamentals of Biology) and
    • Biol-121 (Principles of Biology) and
    • earned an A or a B are well qualified to tutor. 
  • Chemistry: Principles of Chemistry
    • Qualified if you did well in Principles of Chemistry.

Don't worry if you don't think you have all the answers - working together to FIND the answers is far more beneficial to tutees. 

Neuroscience Research Opportunities at SUNY Upstate Medical University: October 21, virtually


Research-focused undergraduates interested neuroscience research opportunities are welcome to join the virtual open house

Neuroscience Graduate Program provides students with research opportunities in ~40 funded laboratories across 11 clinical and basic science departments. Upstate PhD graduates produce an average of 3.9 papers during their thesis, and >90% of graduates go on to academic postdocs or industry jobs.

  • All admitted students receive a full tuition scholarship, healthcare benefits, as well as a $27,121 per year stipend.
  • The application deadline for next Fall is February 1, 2022.

TREES FOR LIFE: October 16, 10 am - noon

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Trees Up Tompkins aims to draw down carbon from the atmosphere
by planting native trees on available land in Tompkins County, NY.

@Lighthouse Point

​Everyone is welcome to help clear more land and plant trees. They are organized for a fun socially distancing, masks on day.  Details are here.

Fred Kastenbaum 2020-21 Recipients

Congratulations to this academic year's recipients:

  • Sainabou Jallow, Biology and Mathematics ‘22

  •  Dalya Munir, Exercise Science; Chemistry and Neuroscience minors ‘23


Both students wish to pursue their career goal as a medical doctor.  Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Kastenbaum, this award, among many other opportunities are made possible to all students with pre-health interests.

Thank you, Dr. Kastenbaum for your continued support. Again, congratulations, Sainabou and Dalya!

Dave Gondek, Faculty Excellence Award Recipient

Congratulations, Dave for being selected among the 2020-21 faculty excellence recipients!

2021 Sigma Xi Inductee, Mikayla Henry, Biology

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Mikayla Henry, Biology '21

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 inductee:

  • Mikayla Henry, Biology

View the Intercom article.

Andy Smith Presented an Invited Symposium Paper

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Andy presented an invited symposium paper in the annual meetings of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. The talk was titled "Adhesion with tough gels: inspiration from the sticky defensive secretions of dusky slugs". It was presented in the symposium, "The Biology of Sticky: Adhesive Silk, Fiber, and Glue Biomaterials Across the Eukaryota". The symposium was on January 6, 2021.

Sarah Griffin ‘20 is helping to manufacture rapid COVID-19 antigen tests.

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IC Current has the story for our recent graduate!  As stated, "she credits IC’s biology and chemistry departments with giving her both the hands-on practice and classroom knowledge to be successful in the workplace."

Jay Sellers, '05

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The article in IC Current includes this "Dr. Dad" story with our graduate.  Jay is an infectious disease specialist.

Bruce Smith Publishes while in Retirement!

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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!

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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.