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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

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