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SENIORS: The Department of Biology faculty of Biology & Biochemistry will meet from 12-1 pm outside of CNS (Park side) or in the 1stfloor foyer (in case of rain). Whether you are attending the morning or afternoon ceremony, we would love an opportunity to congratulate you in person and meet your families. Enjoy the moments and beyond!


NOYCE Summer Internship Opportunities for STEM students

NOYCE grant-funded opportunities this summer for rising juniors currently enrolled in STEM programs.  They may consider seniors and highly recommended sophomores as well.  They will be working with three community programs this year: PRI (Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center), Lime Hollow summer education programs, and the Science Center. This is for those with an interest in pursuing further education and careers in teaching after graduation. The internships typically go from late May or early June through early August, approximately 30 hours per week plus a weekly reflection meeting. Pay will be between $14-$15/hr. If interested, please complete the interest survey linked below, or reach out directly to Kimberly Slusser via email.

Noyce Summer Internship Interest Inquiry

2022 BBB Inductees

Congratulations to the 2022 BBB Inductees!

  • Joseph P. Arico, Biology/Anthropology
  • Jaiden S. Mason, Health Sciences
  • Cayla N. Perini, Biology
  • Madison N. Jones, Biochemistry
  • Nathan R. Souchet, Biochemistry

The Chi Xi chapter of Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) was installed at Ithaca College in 1992 and has more than 200,000 past and present members. Founded in 1922 at Oklahoma City University, 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.

Find a Job after IC: Career Services is Here for YOU!

Soon-to-graduate students with questions about starting your job search, meet one-on-one to discuss options.

  • Office Hours are Monday - Friday, 1-4 pm, Muller Center 212


Summer job:  Watercraft Inspection Steward / Environmental Educator - Multiple Locations, New York - Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences  

Application Procedure: Send a resume, cover letter, and three references in one attachment to mbroda@esf.edu. Applicants should indicate preferred work location(s) in their cover letter. Please contact Mallory Broda (mbroda@esf.edu; 585-735-5978) or Professor Kimberly Schulz (kschulz@esf.edu; 315-470-6808) with any questions pertaining to the position.

Complete details are here.  Note, applications are still being accepted (even though the website says the deadline is 3/15.) 


BIOLOGY Summer Session I: "From the Big Bang Theory to Jurassic Park" - Origins of life on Earth

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BIOL-11010 - History of Life on Earth
On-line course (ICC-Natural Science)

Summer Session I:  May 31 - July 1,  2022

  • Have you wondered how life originated on Earth? 
  • What is the Big Bang Theory?
  • How did the different mass extinctions shaped Earth as we see it today? 
  • How are dinosaurs and birds related in their evolutionary history?

This course will answer these and MORE questions!!

Topics include: DINOSAUR origin and diversity, the fossil record, biodiversity, mass extinctions, human evolution, evolution of viruses and bacteria

Instructor: Nandadevi Cortes mcortes@ithaca.edu

Course Attributes: GE 2a: Science, Liberal Arts (LA)

(ICC) - Natural Sciences

Theme: (III) Inquiry, Imagine, Innovation

Theme: (TWOS) World of Systems

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Boost It: The Importance of Boosters

Article Dave Gondek wrote for the Ithaca College community news in IC News.



At Operation Groundswell, we connect you with our friends in faraway places who are working towards social and environmental justice in their communities. In small groups led by fun-lovin’ Program Leaders, we’ll dive into life on the ground and learn about how we can work towards a more just and sustainable world through travel.

Learn from activists and organizations around the world inspiring change in their communities. Get back out into the world and meet it with confidence.

Apply today to take advantage of Financial Assistance Grants, which can cover up to 25% of your program fee.

START YOUR JOURNEY AT operationgroundswell.com

Dave Gondek, Faculty Excellence Award Recipient

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

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.

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.