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

Whether it’s milk, dark or white chocolate this unique food has always been associated with pleasure, but can chemistry tell us why? Our craving for chocolate may arise from its chemical nature like the sugar, fat, caffeine, and other compounds. Furthermore, our desire may be driven by the sensory properties of chocolate, which include aroma, sweetness, and texture. On Valentine’s Day, the American Chemical Society is hosting a webinar on the chemistry of… Read More

The Bellevue University Science Lab was awarded funding from the Greener Towns Program to complete public landscape improvements on their campus. This is one of 14 projects in the state to receive funding aimed at improving green infrastructure for pollinator habitat, managing storm water or accomplishing other economic, environmental, aesthetic and social goals. Dr. Tyler Moore applied for the funds and will coordinate the project to be completed in 2019. The Greener… Read More

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