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 Bill A. Simco Graduate Research Scholarship Reception
Friday, March 21, 2014 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm
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Join the Department of Biological Sciences at the University Center on Friday March 21st to celebrate the establishment of the Bill A. Simco Graduate Research Scholarship.  Dr. Simco, who is the co-director of the Ecological Research Center, has spent 48 years serving the Department and the University of Memphis. 


The Department of Biological Sciences welcomes our newest faculty member Dr. Jennifer Mandel. Dr. Mandel received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Biological Sciences and completed a post-doc in Plant Biology at the University of Georgia. Her lab addresses questions in biodiversity and conservation, biotechnology risk assessment, population genetics, ecological and evolutionary genetics and phylogenomics. If you are interested in graduate work with Dr. Mandel or would like to read more about her research visit her website at or drop by her office in Ellington Hall 339.

  Spring 2014 Series

4 PM Thursdays in Ellington Hall Auditorium (EH100)
Reception - 3:30 PM in Ellington Hall Foyer



2/27 Dr. Julia Hurwitz, Department of Infectious Diseases, St. Jude Children's Hospital, "HIV vaccine development: strategies for the induction of antibodies against a broad range of variable viruses";host, Dr. Gartner.

3/6  Dr. Linda Hendershot, Tumor Cell Biology, St. Jude Children's Hospital Research Hospital, Memphis, TN; "Maintaining ER homeostasis via the UPR: some unanticipated aspects pertinent to tumor growth"; host, Dr. Liu.

 3/20 Dr. Maria Luisa Jorga, Earth and Environmental Sciences/Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University; "The four largest mammals of the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest: current status, possible causes and consequences to ecosystem function"; host, Dr. Gartner.

 3/27 Dr. Michael Smolensky, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX; "Human circadian rhythms and chrono-therapeutic approaches"; Host, Dr. Liu

 4/3 Dr. Oliver Kocher, Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, "Regulation of HDL receptor SR-BI expression by the multi PDZ domain adaptor protein PDZK1"; host Dr. Skalli.  

4/10 Dr. Ronald Bonett, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Tulsa, "Do complex life cycle shifts influence diversification and reproductive isolation?", host, Dr. Simco.

 4/18 Dr. Vicki Funk, Smithsonian Institute: title to be announced. Dr. Bayer.

 4/25 Dr. Hans-Rudolf Berthoud, Neurobiology of Nutrition Laboratory, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University, "Bariatric surgery: happy with less or eternally hungry?"; host, Dr. Freeman.


It is our great pleasure to announce that the Materials Science Laboratory at the University of Memphis is now open (located in the Integrated Microscopy Center in the basement of the Life Sciences Building).. We encourage you visit our website.

Featuring an X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS) and a class 1000 clean room equipped with a deposition unit, photo-lithography station, wire bonder and spin coater, the Materials Science Lab is the first of its kind in west Tennessee. With professional staff and equipment enabling research and training for students, postdocs, and researchers in micro-fabrication and surface characterization, this facility significantly enhances the University's capabilities and competitiveness in the targeted growth area of interdisciplinary materials science.

Omar Skalli, PhD (Director, IMC)
Felio Perez, PhD (Material Science Laboratory Manager, IMC)
Lou G. Boykins, BSc (Coordinator, IMC)






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