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From the College of Natural Sciences

Foraging Bees and the Perils of Pavement

Paved areas inhibit bee movement and impact pollination.
Biologist Aims to Hunt Down and Destroy Viruses Where They Hide

Biologist Aims to Hunt Down and Destroy Viruses Where They Hide

Chris Sullivan is working to outwit the evolutionary strategies of viruses, like herpes and HIV, that form persistent lifelong infections.

Three Faculty Members Named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Faculty chosen for their scientifically distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications.

Wine Swindle Benefits a Chemistry Professor and his Undergraduate Corps of Wine Detectives

Wine Swindle Benefits a Chemistry Professor and his Undergraduate Corps of Wine Detectives

A crime in France and a class action suit in the U.S. leads to Professor Eric Anslyn receiving funding to support student research on the chemistry of wine.
Biologist Uses Supercomputer to Study Fast Evolving Geraniums

Biologist Uses Supercomputer to Study Fast Evolving Geraniums

With a grant from the NSF's Plant Genome Research Program, Bob Jansen is applying next-generation DNA sequencing methods to better understand why the geranium has evolved to be so radically different from other plants.

Cracking the Genetic Code of Brain Tumors

Cracking the Genetic Code of Brain Tumors

A collaboration between a college biologist and researcher at St. David's HealthCare could someday lead to personalized treatments for a deadly form of brain cancer.
Common Antifungal Drug Decreases Tumor Growth and Shows Promise as Cancer Therapy

Common Antifungal Drug Decreases Tumor Growth and Shows Promise as Cancer Therapy

An inexpensive antifungal drug, thiabendazole, slows tumor growth. Scientists in the College of Natural Sciences made this discovery by exploiting the evolutionary relatedness of yeast, frogs, mice and humans.

Man’s Best Frenemy

Man’s Best Frenemy

Forget the bird flu. There may be an even more harmful virus hiding right inside man's best friend.

Algal Biofuels are the Future (For Now)

Algal Biofuels are the Future (For Now)

Jerry Brand said that once we learn how to farm microalgae at extraordinary scales, it will be a viable energy source to fuel our cars, trucks and planes.

Large Facility For Growing Algae for Biofuels Opens

Large Facility For Growing Algae for Biofuels Opens

Algae has gained significant attention as a feedstock for biofuels and as an alternative to other petroleum-based products because of its potential for high yields, high productivity and scalability.