CWUBiology NewsBiology Newshttp://www.cwu.edu/biology/newsen-usCESME Science In A Pint Series Starts Tuesday, April 7thhttp://www.cwu.edu/biology/node/2707Thu, 02 Apr 2015 13:10:51<p>Starting this April, Central Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education [CESME] and Cornerstone Pie will offer "<a href="http://www.cwu.edu/cesme/cesme-science-pint-series-planned-cornerstone-pie">Science In A Pint</a>", a monthly series of science talks. &nbsp;</p><p>The new series, “Science in a Pint,” starts on April 7 (6:00-7:00pm) at Cornerstone Pie.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Natural Science Seminar: “Rational Design of H2A.Z Mutants Uncover Differential Chaperone Interactions and Function”http://www.cwu.edu/biology/node/2703Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:04:47<p>Please join us for the final Natural Science Seminar of the Winter Quarter:</p><p>"Rational Design of H2A.Z Mutants Uncover Differential Chaperone Interactions and Function."</p><p>Dr. Michael Parra, Assistant Professor of Biology / Molecular Biology, Heritage University</p><p>Friday, March 6th</p><p>Science Building, Room 147&nbsp; (Refreshments served at 3:50)</p><p>Seminar 4:00pm-5:00pm</p><p>Everyone is invited!</p><p>The Natural Science Seminar Series is hosted by the CWU Department of Biological Sciences and the CWU College of the Sciences.&nbsp; Visitor parking permits are available for community members who would like to attend.&nbsp; Please contact the Biology Office at 963-2731 by 12:00pm on the day of the seminar to make arrangements.</p>Natural Science Seminar, "Movies and Math: The Past, Present, & the Future"http://www.cwu.edu/biology/node/2698Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:03:03<p>Please join us <strong>Friday, February 27th, </strong>for the next Natural Science Seminar Series presentation:</p><p><strong>Movies and Math:&nbsp; The Past, Present, and the Future</strong></p><p>Dr. Michael Dorff, Brigham Young University, Department of Mathematics</p><p>Science Building - Room 147 (Refreshments served at 3:50)</p><p>Seminar 4:00-5:00pm</p><p>What’s your favorite recent movie? Frozen? The Avengers?&nbsp; Avatar? Transformers? What do these and all the highest earning Hollywood movies since 2000 have in common? Mathematics! You probably didn’t think about it while watching these movies, but math was used to help make them. In this presentation, Dr. Dorff will discuss how math is being used to create better and more realistic movies. Along the way, he will discuss some specific movies and the mathematics behind them, including examples from Disney’s 2013 movie Frozen (how to use math to create realistic looking snow) to Pixar’s 2004 movie The Incredibles (how to use math to make an animated character move faster). Come and join us and get a better appreciation of mathematics and movies.</p><p>Everyone is invited!</p><p>This Natural Science Seminar is hosted by the CWU Departments of Biological Sciences and Mathematics, and the CWU College of the Sciences.&nbsp; Visitor parking permits are available to community members who would like to attend. Please contact the Biology Office at 963-2731 by 12:00pm on the day of the seminar to make arrangements.</p>CWU Professor to Speak on Epigenetics February 7http://www.cwu.edu/biology/node/2696Fri, 06 Feb 2015 14:16:26<p><img alt="" src="/biology/sites/cts.cwu.edu.biology/files/images/dechaine_0.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 289px; float: left; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Professor Jennifer </span>Dechaine<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, biology/science education, will give a TED talk for </span>TEDx<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Yakima at 2:00 p.m. at the Yakima Valley Museum on Saturday, February 7.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Her presentation, “Epigenetics, a New Dimension in what Makes You, <em>You</em>,” is about an exciting new branch of genetic research. Epigenetics is about non-genetic influences of environment on gene expression. Basically, it studies how environment influences your genes (and thus your risk for disorders, such as cancer) and how these influences may be even passed on to future generations, affecting your children or grandchildren.</p><p>Her presentation will be videotaped and available on the www.ted.com website and YouTube. For tickets and information, go to tedxyakima.org. More information may also be found on https://www.facebook.com/TEDxYakima.&nbsp;</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Natural Science Seminar, "Mathematical Modeling: Overpopulation, Zombies and Evolution"http://www.cwu.edu/biology/node/2686Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:39:36<p>Dr. Jean Marie Linhart, CWU Department of Mathematics, will take a look at how mathematical modeling provides insight into questions such as whether overpopulation is a problem, if we can survive a zombie apocalpyse&nbsp;and how mathematical models can be used to explain how the theory of evolution is compatible with the species diversity that we actually see in the real world.</p><p>Time &amp; Place: &nbsp;February 6th at 4:00-5:00pm in Science 147</p><p>Everyone is welcome! &nbsp;The Natural Science Seminar Series is sponsored by the CWU Department of Biological Sciences and the CWU College of the Sciences.&nbsp; Visitor parking permits are available to community members who would like to attend.&nbsp; Please contact the Biological Sciences Dept. at 963-2731 by 12:00 on the day of the seminar to make arrangements.</p><p>See you there!</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Natural Science Seminar: "Tsunami Geology: Combining Sand, Shovels, and Computers to Understand Past Events"http://www.cwu.edu/biology/node/2683Wed, 03 Dec 2014 09:17:00<p>The final Natural Science Seminar of the Fall Quarter will be this Friday, December 5th, at 3:00 pm in Science 147. Refreshments will be served at 2:50 pm.</p><p><a href="http://www.geology.cwu.edu/facstaff/macinnes/">Dr. Breanyn MacInnes</a>, Department of Geological Sciences, CWU, will present Tsunami Geology: Combining Sand, Shovels, and Computers to Understand Past Events.</p><p>Winter Quarter’s list of events will be posted on our <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/biology/natural-science-seminars">Natural Science Seminar webpage</a> in early January, and an announcement will also be emailed.</p><p>The Natural Science Seminar Series is sponsored by the CWU Department of Biological Sciences and the CWU College of the Sciences.&nbsp; Visitor parking permits are available to community members who would like to attend.&nbsp; Please contact the Biological Sciences Dept. at 963-2731 by 12:00 on the day of the seminar to make arrangements.</p><p>See you there!</p>Natural Science Seminar Friday Nov. 7th "From Snakes in Washington to Lizards in Mexico: A 20-Year Journey of Discovery with CWU Students"http://www.cwu.edu/biology/node/2680Wed, 05 Nov 2014 13:45:54<p>Natural Science Seminar FRIDAY Nov.&nbsp;7th</p><p>"From Snakes in Washington to Lizards in Mexico: A 20- Year Journey of Discovery with CWU Students"</p><p>Friday, Nov 7, 2014<br>3:00 pm to 4:00 pm</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Dr. Dan Beck, </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Department of Biological Sciences</span></p><p>Science Building - Room 147 (Refreshments served at 2:50)</p><p>Seminar 3:00-4:00pm</p><p>Please feel free to share this information with anyone who may be interested in attending.&nbsp; Everyone is invited!&nbsp; Our Natural Science Seminars webpage lists upcoming events.</p><p>The Natural Science Seminar is hosted by the CWU Department of Biological Sciences and the CWU College of the Sciences.&nbsp; Visitor parking permits are available to community members who would like to attend. Please contact the Biology Office at 963-2731 by 12:00pm on the day of the seminar to make arrangements.</p></br></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Small Mammals, Big Road Studying and Enabling Biodiversity Along I-90 in the Snoqualmie Pass Areahttp://www.cwu.edu/biology/node/2676Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:59:09<p>Please join the Museum of Culture and Environment for a talk by Dr. Kris Ernest, Dept of Biological Sciences:&nbsp; “Small Mammals, Big Road: Studying and Enabling Biodiversity Along I-90 in the Snoqualmie Pass Area.” Thursday, October 16. at 7:00 p.m. in the Dean Hall Lobby<br><br>CWU wildlife biologist Kris Ernest and her research team have been studying the many species of small mammals living near I-90 in the Snoqualmie Pass region. These populations have been separated since the 1960s by the Interstate. Dr. Ernest will explain what scientists have been discovering about these animal groups and discuss the impact of the new wildlife passages being constructed under I-90.<br><br>Dr. Ernest's talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibition "How Did the Cougar Cross the Road: Restoring Wildlife Passages Across Snoqualmie Pass" at the Museum of Culture and Environment.</p></br></br></br></br>First-Nations Genetic Research Surveys Grizzly Bearshttp://www.cwu.edu/biology/node/2640Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:13:08<p>Dr. Gerald Scoville, who teaches BIOL 452 Ornithology at Central, recently co-published an article on a three-year study of 60 Grizzly Bears within the Koeye River Conservancy.&nbsp; The area is located in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, and is the ancestral home to the Heiltsuk First Nation.&nbsp; The genetic survey was non-invasive in design, and followed the laws and customs of the Heiltsuk people.&nbsp;</p><p>William G. Housty, Anna Noson, Gerald W. Scoville, John Boulanger, Richard M. Jeo, Chris T. Darimont and Christopher E. Filardi.&nbsp; Grizzly Bear Monitoring by the Heiltsuk People as a Crucible for First Nation Conservation Practice.<em> Ecology and Society</em> 19(2): 70.&nbsp; <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-06668-190270">http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-06668-190270</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p>Eburg Soccer Camp July 28-31 Ages 5-14 Also Benefits Cameroonhttp://www.cwu.edu/biology/node/2634Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:02:30<p>CWU Biology faculty member, Dr. Blaise Dondji, under the Bawa Heath Initiative, will be offering a youth soccer camp this summer to raise funds for a health clinic in Bawa, Cameroon. The clinic will be held July 28-31 at the Ellensburg High School Soccer Fields. Boys and girls from ages 5-8 will attend from 9:00-10:30 and those ages 9-14 will be there from 11:00-1:00pm. There is a $30 minimum donation per child.</p><p>Please contact 509-925-1788 or bawasoccercamp2013@gmail.com to register.</p>