Biology Department News
As part of its Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Coexistence Dinner on Monday, January 19, St. John Fisher College announced the 2014-2015 recipients of the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship. Ms. Nicola Boroughs of Excellus BlueCross Blue Shield, presented Niecy Cameron ’15 and Lindsey Michaud ’17 each with a $500 scholarship in recognition of their involvement in Fisher clubs and organizations whose programs reflect a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice.
Dr. Greg Cunningham, Associate Professor of Biology, will be spending the next three months researching king penguins in the Sub-antarctic.
Two St. John Fisher College students received scholarships at the Italian Women’s Civic Club (IWCC) Dante Scholarship Awards Dinner on November 1 at Midvale Country Club.
The second lecture in the First Friday Lecture Series, which is focused on a sustainability theme this fall, will feature Dr. Michael L. Boller, Associate Professor of Biology and Sustainability Program Director. Boller will present, “Sustaining a College: Teaching and Practicing Sustainability at Fisher.” The lecture will take place on Friday, November 7, in the Joseph S. Skalny Welcome Center Board Room at 10:00 a.m., and will include a 9:00 a.m. mass followed by breakfast.
Freshman biology major Brian Tran, a graduate of Greece Arcadia High School, is St. John Fisher College’s third Farash Scholar, chosen by the Max and Marian Farah Charitable Foundation earlier this year. As a Farash Scholar, Tran will graduate from Fisher debt-free, and participate in community service at local non-profit organizations throughout his college career.
A group of faculty and students from the Wegmans School of Pharmacy and the Biology Department have published a peer-reviewed original paper in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.
St. John Fisher College inducted five alumni into the College’s Science and Technology Hall of Fame at a ceremony on October 2. The induction took place during the College’s Alumni Weekend, which runs through Sunday, October 5.
The 2014 Loss Science Lecture Series will feature Dr. Chih-Chang (C.C.) Chu, Rebecca Q. Morgan ’60 Endowed Chair at Cornell University. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, October 15, at 7:00 p.m. in Basil 135. It is free and open to the public.
This academic year, St. John Fisher College has welcomed several new faculty. Some have previously served as adjunct faculty members, while others are new to the College.
Fisher Biology students had an opportunity to work in a nanotechnology laboratory at the University of Rochester for 10 weeks this summer thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation.