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

Every year, Bellevue University recognizes and awards faculty for their contribution to teaching and service to the university. Peers and students have a chance to nominate the faculty for one of four awards. This year the science department took home two of the awards! The ‘Excellence in Innovation Award’ recognizes innovation by faculty/staff that has a positive impact on the University and/or student learning, and is described as: “Innovation, for the purposes… Read More

Story written by Dan Silvia, Communications Manager Two Bellevue University undergraduate science students have joined the elite ranks of published student researchers. Shawn Freed and Sydney Robertson, both senior Biology students, each received an author credit on “Draft Whole-Genome Sequence of Green Sulfur Photosynthetic Bacterium Chlorobaculum sp. Strain 24CR, Isolated from the Carmel River.” Freed also received an author credit on “Whole-Genome Sequence of the Novel Rubrobacter taiwanensis Strain Yellowstone, Isolated from Yellowstone National… Read More

Bellevue University Professors Dr. John Kyndt and Dr. Tyler Moore were each recently awarded $5,000 grants by Nebraska’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). The grants were among eight awarded by the organization. The grants are designed to increase undergraduate research opportunities at Nebraska’s smaller colleges and universities, Nebraska EPSCoR offers funding up to $5,000 per project for collaborations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas. Faculty and students involved… Read More

Are you interested in biology or computer science, or maybe both, and are not sure what future career you are planning for? You should definitely consider the field of genomics as a potential career path. The field of genomics has rapidly changed and applications have exploded in the last decade. Genomics is changing everything: from the way we develop new drugs and treat disease, how we make our food, how forensics solves… Read More

Swimming with sharks – is there anything scarier? It’s old hat for Taylor Fluellen, a Bellevue University biology student, who completed a two-month research program at the Bimini Shark Lab this past fall. The lab is part of the Bimini Biological Field Station, located on the island of South Bimini, Bahamas. Even with that experience, Fluellen did have one encounter that made her heart skip a beat or two. She was out on… Read More