Bellevue University’s Natural Science Center of Excellence is a collective of faculty and students learning side by side as they explore their passion for understanding the natural world. Our theme, Science on Display, refers to the visual accessibility of our laboratories as well as our desire to introduce students to the process of science. Science on Display is an invitation to those with similar fascination with uncovering the mysteries of the natural… 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
Amiera Rayyan, who completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Bellevue University in June, has recently had two papers published in Microbiology Resource Announcements. The first paper is entitled Draft Whole-Genome Sequence of the Purple Photosynthetic Bacterium Rhodopseudomonas palustris XCP, while the second is Draft Genome Sequence and Brief History of Rhodovulum sp. Strain BSW8. Rayyan served as the lead author of the papers. Co-authors are Terry E. Meyer from the… Read More
In early 2017, Mike Hamilton, Design Principle at HDR Inc. (an Omaha-based firm specializing in architecture, engineering, environmental and construction services), sat down with Professor John Kyndt from Bellevue University for a dialogue about “how educators are adapting to the ever-changing education landscape.”
In October of 2016 Bellevue University celebrated its 50th anniversary. The Omaha World Herald recorded the event and shared a few stunning photos of the science labs, professors and students, and the John B. Muller Administration Building and grounds.