During this growing pandemic, many organizations and companies are doing their part in preventing and limiting the spread of the coronavirus. This often takes significant changes and adaptations to the company production lines and strategies. Valero, a global energy company with several ethanol and renewable energy plants, started producing hand sanitizer at their Hartley, Iowa ethanol plant earlier this week. One of Bellevue University’s students, Beth Young, who is a senior in… Read More

Wonder if this social distancing is worth it and how the COVID-19 spread work? Here is a short video explaining coronaviruses, the differences with the flu, and what you can do to slow down the spread of it: For up to date stats on COVID-19 cases and mortality rates in the US and Canada, we recommend the following link: https://coronavirus.1point3acres.com/ And of course check out the CDC website for current information and… Read More

The outbreak of a novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has now become a pandemic threat that has been declared a public health emergency of international concern. Although it is hard to predict the future expansion of the COVID-19 pandemic, disease experts agree that it is still going to spread in most places. For an updated live tracking of COVID-19 cases, check out trackcorona.live For a detailed updated overview of the features, evaluation and treatment… Read More

Story written by Margie McCandless What is going on in the area of campus just to the north of the Learning Center? You might have noticed that space was cleared, large landscaping pavers installed, and little plants appeared everywhere on the hill. This is actually a garden of native Nebraska plants and just the beginning of a three year innovative project, the Bellevue University Sustainability Learning Lab. Partially funded by a $200,000 grant… Read More

For scientists, sequencing a genome is truly cause for celebration. Which is exactly why Bellevue University Science Lab faculty and students gathered recently at a pizza party to mark an important Lab milestone – sequencing 50 genomes from all around the world. According to Dr. John Kyndt, Associate Professor in the College of Science and Technology, sequencing a genome is an important step toward decoding an organism, which is the ultimate goal…. Read More

Illumina is a global leader in genomics and Next Generation sequencing. Illumina’s innovative sequencing and array technologies are fueling groundbreaking advancements in life science research, translational and consumer genomics, and molecular diagnostics. This past November, Bellevue University was invited to take part in an Illumina project to beta test their new Microsoft 10 compatible sequencing software. Seven students from the Microbiology, Biology Investigation 205, and Independent Study courses were trained in the… Read More

Last October the Bellevue University Science Labs were honored with an AIA Central States Region Distinguished Award in the Interiors Category. This prestigious regional award was presented at the regional American Institute of Architect (AIA) 2019 Design Award Ceremony in St Louis. Mike Hamilton (HDR) and Dr. John Kyndt and Diego Kyndt were present to accept the award. The BU Science Labs were designed by HDR in close collaboration with the science… Read More

Sydney Robertson, a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Biology program, recently has had two papers accepted for publication. Robertson’s paper “Whole-genome sequence of a novel Elioraea species, isolated from a Yellowstone National Park hot spring”, has been published in Microbiology Resources Announcements (MRA), and the paper “Whole-Genome Sequences of the Purple Nonsulfur Photosynthetic Bacteria Rhodobacter capsulatus SP108 and SL Reveal a Need for Reclassification of the Genus” will be… Read More

On a vacation trip to New Mexico this summer Dr. Kyndt sampled some water from Dripping Springs in the Organ Mountains to look at the bacterial composition in this pristine natural area. After returning to the labs at Bellevue University, he grew the samples on bacterial agar plates and noticed several bright orange colored colonies on one of the plates. Intrigued by this, he purified the bacteria and isolated its DNA. After… Read More

The past few weeks we had several news reports about new developments at the BU Sciences. One was the Bellevue Leader article about the discovery of a very unique flatworm species at the BU science labs. The worm is a local species that was discovered during regular field work with our students: https://www.omaha.com/sarpy/bellevue/bu-science-discovers-new-worm-species/article_4604564a-c3e6-501b-9e88-950bf0b2cf83.html   Another piece was a Fox 42 News story on the new Sustainability Outdoor Learning Lab that is being… Read More