In the summer of 2016 we went through a complete redesign of the science labs at Bellevue University. This was a close collaboration between the global architecture company HDR and the Science Faculty and Administration, that resulted in a remarkable transformation of the science department. Last month the project was recognized with an award at the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Nebraska Excellence in Design program: http://aiane.org/aia_design_awards/2018-AIANE-design-awards/aiane_awards_18-202.html One of the key aspects… Read More

At the BU Science Labs we take the ‘real learning for real life’ quite literally, especially when it comes to brewing beer. Every year our Microbiology students learn in depth about fascinating metabolic reactions involved in the process of beer production. Students also have to come up with their own home beer brewing protocol as one of their assignments. This turns out to be a very educational experience, as you have to… Read More

On Friday a very enthusiastic and bright group of students from the King Science Health Career Academy visited Bellevue University and toured a variety of STEM related programs. The main purpose of the tour was to give the middle school students a better perspective on what possible careers they can go into in STEM. We entertained them with an overview of what we do on a daily basis in our biology, chemistry… Read More

This week the World Wildlife Fund reported their studies on the Living Planet Index, which found that the population sizes of more than 4,000 animal species have declined by 60 % between 1970 and 2014. The Living Planet Index tracks the population abundance of thousands of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians around the globe, and is an indicator of the global diversity and the overall health of our planet. The full… Read More

Join us on Tuesday evening Oct 23, at 5:30 pm for a chemistry voyage to Mars! Together with ACS (American Chemical Society), the Bellevue Science labs are hosting a live webinar on the chemistry of Mars. There will be pizza, drinks and raffle prizes. More information is in the flyer below. Hope to see you there!

During last weeks Lunch and Learn Seminar, Dr. Tyler Moore took us on a journey through time and animal evolution. In his talk on ‘Creating and Controlling Dinosaurs: The Science of Jurassic Park’, or ‘Making Dino’s for big kids’ as he called it, Dr. Moore explained what defines a dinosaur and what would be the most scientific way to approach reverse engineering a real dinosaur. In his talk, he answered intriguing questions… Read More

Last Friday several of our biology students visited the Methodist Hospital Microbiology and Pathology lab in Omaha. The Methodist Pathology Center provides clinical and anatomic pathology services to medical facilities, physicians and other health care providers throughout Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. The tour is an optional, yearly activity that is open to all of our science students, however it is typically part of our Microbiology or Anatomy and Physiology classes, because those… Read More

Some students spend their summer traveling exotic locations or working boring summer jobs. Sydney Robertson, a senior Biology student, decided to spend her summer in the lab solving the genome of Rhodopseudomonas rutila (and seven other bacterial genomes). Besides gaining valuable technical and research skills, this also resulted in a recent publication in the journal Microbiology Resource Announcements, entitled: Draft Whole-Genome Sequence of the purple nonsulfur photosynthetic bacterium Rhodospeudomonas rutila R1. These… Read More

There are many ways to do a lab notebook.  Here is how mine is put together and some suggestions for improving your lab notebook game. My top priorities for a lab notebook: 1. Easy to enter information  -If making lab notebook entries is cumbersome, you won’t keep up 2.  Easy to find information -If you want to repeat an experiment with the same doses or see if your calculations from a previous… Read More

Bellevue University does not have traditional classes on Fridays, but the Science Center of Excellence is open from 8AM until 4PM each Friday during the term! This Open Lab format allows students and researchers full access to all facilities, faculty and staff, and equipment to learn laboratory operations, conduct research, study and just hang out with our resident scientists. Free Lab Fridays are a great way for students, faculty, lab staff and… Read More