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  • Virginia Military Institute - Biology Department Activities
    vmi edu Email Webmaster Home Academics Areas of Study Natural Science Mathematics Biology Biology Activities Department Activities Biology faculty are involved with students in numerous areas such as the Student Academic Year Colloquium Summer Undergraduate Researcher s Lunch and Seminar Series and Beta Beta Beta Research Lunch Seminar Series Summer Scholars Beta Beta Beta Colloquium Summer Undergrad Research Lunch Seminar Series On Wednesdays at noon the biology faculty and their undergraduate researchers gather for lunch and to discuss the progress of their work Students make both informal and formal presentations throughout the summer In addition outside speakers in the various fields of biology come to talk about their research and professional interests Many of the outside speakers are VMI alumni This is a great opportunity for our majors to get to know the faculty better and to appreciate discoveries in biology Dr Fred C Swope Summer Scholars Program The Dr Fred C Swope Summer Scholars Program is an intensive eight week program that introduces selected students to the scientific method research design and data analysis data presentation use of sophisticated laboratory instruments and independent research Each student conducts a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor This research is at the cutting edge of science and several publications have resulted from these projects Normally cadets are selected to participate in this program between their 2nd and 1st class years Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society Beta Beta Beta is a society for students particularly undergraduates dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research Since its founding in 1922 by Dr Frank G Brooks more than 200 000 persons have been accepted into lifetime membership and more than 553 chapters have been established throughout the United States

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Alumni & Friends
    Center The Writing Center Resources Registrar Financial Aid Canvas Login Dean s Office Career Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Life Sciences Biology Home Degrees Programs Courses Scholarships and Awards Frequently Asked Questions Department Activities Alumni Friends Carroll Fund Faculty Karen Fredenburg Executive Secretary P 540 464 7247 F 540 464 7761 203 Maury Brooke Hall Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA 24450 biology vmi edu Email Webmaster Home Academics Areas of Study Natural Science Mathematics Biology Alumni Friends Alumni Friends Donate Your Time Alumni are invited to visit the biology department to meet with current majors and to talk with them by phone or email Contact with alumni can be a life changing motivational experience and may offer a powerful resource to cadets preparing for graduate school or careers in biology If interested contact Colonel Wade E Bell Professor of Biology Department of Biology Maury Brooke Hall VMI Lexington VA 24450 P 540 464 7432 E bellwe vmi edu Contact Us The Biology Department would

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Biology Carroll Fund
    Counseling Career Services Disabilities Services Miller Academic Center Advising Math Resource Center The Writing Center Resources Registrar Financial Aid Canvas Login Dean s Office Career Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Life Sciences Biology Home Degrees Programs Courses Scholarships and Awards Frequently Asked Questions Department Activities Alumni Friends Carroll Fund Faculty Karen Fredenburg Executive Secretary P 540 464 7247 F 540 464 7761 203 Maury Brooke Hall Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA 24450 biology vmi edu Email Webmaster Home Academics Areas of Study Natural Science Mathematics Biology Carroll Fund Carroll Fund Through the good graces and generosity of our loyal alumni the biology department is fortunate to have a sizable private endowment The endowment honors one of the most notable faculty members in the history of the Institute Col Robert P Doc Carroll For 40 years beginning in 1928 Doc Carroll imparted his wisdom on countless biology majors and was instrumental in placing many of them into medical school and dental school The fund has

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Biology Faculty
    James Turner 65 Dept Head Read 41 Institute Professor of Arts and Sciences Director Swope Summer Scholars Program Chair VMI Service Committee Ph D University of Tennessee M S University of Richmond B A Virginia Military Institute Specialty Neuroscience turnerje vmi edu Col Turner s Website Lt Col Anne Alerding Associate Professor Ph D Pennsylvania State University M S University of British Columbia B S Queen s University Specialty Plant Biology alerdingab vmi edu Lt Col Alerding s Website Col Thomas Baur 75 Professor Assistant Superintendent s Representative to Honor Court Ph D Purdue University M S West Virginia University B S Virginia Military Institute Specialty Exercise Physiology baurts vmi edu Col Baur s Website Col Wade Bell Professor Health Professions Advisor Deputy Director and Secretary to VMI Research Labs CBMB Faculty Ph D University of Vermont B S M Ag University of Florida Specialty Eukaryotic Microbiology bellwe vmi edu Col Bell s Website Lt Col Pieter deHart Associate Professor Ph D University of Alaska M A Boston University Marine Program B S University of Rhode Island Specialty Conservation Biology dehartpa vmi edu Maj deHart s Website Lt Col Emily Lilly Associate Professor Director CBMC Ph D M I T B A Smith College Specialty Genetics and Molecular Biology lillyel10 vmi edu Lt Col Lilly s Website Lt Col Paul Moosman Jr 98 Associate Professor Ph D Auburn University M S Eastern Kentucky University B S Virginia Military Institute Specialty Field Biology moosmanpr vmi edu Lt Col Moosman s Website Col Richard Rowe Professor Director of Research VMI Research Labs Ph D Michigan State University M S Bowling Green State University B A Ripon College Specialty Vertebrate Biology rowera vmi edu Col Rowe s Website Maj Ashleigh Smythe Assistant Professor Ph D University of California Davis M S Southeastern Louisiana

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  • Virginia Military Institute - VMI Finds Niche in Field Biology Programming
    bench top in a lab said Lt Col Paul Moosman 98 associate professor of biology Most biology is happening outside and you ve got to get out there and see it firsthand if you are really going to appreciate it and become a biologist Moosman is providing this hands on experience this semester for cadets in his mammalogy class through a series of field trips and on post activities In a recent visit to Sky Farm in Rockbridge County cadets trapped small mammals made observations about them and recorded their findings to determine the species of the animal There was even a surprising discovery We ended up catching a species called the hispid cotton rat which is not supposed to be in Rockbridge County said Moosman explaining that this species had not previously been documented this far north It demonstrates that you have to question some of the information you read in a book This is why we do small mammal surveys so we can learn about these phenomena and changes in nature Moosman also planned to take cadets to another site in Rockbridge County Devil s Marbleyard in Arnolds Valley where a rare species of bat is known to roost We re going to go out and track this bat down and they ll learn about its biology firsthand out there I ll show them how to handle bats and how to take information from them Moosman explained We want to get cadets out and show them what it s like to actually do science This is how fun it is it s why so many people like to be scientists Another important component of mammalogy field work radio tracking animals for ongoing data collection was simulated on post toward the end of the class The students actually tracked one another to practice using the radio telemetry gear used to track animals The cadets also visited the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville to see the behind the scenes scientific mission of the museum These experiences prepare cadets for careers in field biology such as with government agencies at the state and federal level and in environmental consulting for industry and teaching What is going to dictate whether we do well as a nation is related to the health of our ecosystems said Moosman All of our natural resources come from it all of our agricultural systems are dependent on it so if that stops working we re in trouble But there are really not a lot of people trained in natural resources In contrast to larger schools VMI s biology department has no shortage of faculty members whose area of expertise falls under the scope of field biology In addition to Moosman s mammalogy course classes offered include ornithology the study of birds and herpetology the study of reptiles in addition to aquatic ecosystems conservation biology parasitology and invertebrate biology When Col Dick Rowe came to VMI in 1991 he noticed a definite trend in the biology

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Biology Research Riding Wave of Support
    Alerding s is one of few biofuel projects that use a common agricultural plant yet do not compete with the plant s use for food and two cadets are benefitting from extensive work in the lab this year with many more to benefit in the future as this long range many faceted project continues Making it all happen are grants from sources both public and private totaling 150 776 This is beyond my dreams This is a world class lab now it s competitive with any you d find at U Va or Virginia Tech said Alerding We re well equipped Located in a recently renovated portion of Maury Brooke Hall a renovation project still under way Alerding s lab has benefitted first from funding for the renovation which included 66 500 for an ultra performance liquid chromatography system UPLC enabling Alerding and Cadet Garrett Parsons 15 to measure cell wall chemicals in soybean stems For biology major Parsons the project has introduced a whole new way of thinking about plants The combination of biology the cellulose the hemicellulose and the breakdown through acid hydrolysis was an introduction for me from biology into chemistry He entered his first chemistry class this fall a few steps ahead of his classmates after a summer working in Alerding s lab on a stipend funded by a 20 000 renewable grant from the Jeffress Memorial Trust That grant funded Alerding s own salary over the summer as well as travel for her and Cadet Matthew Waalkes 13 to several conferences a 1 300 muffle furnace for measuring cell wall chemistry in soybean powder a 1 700 column heater and computer for the UPLC machine 6 500 for consumable lab supplies and salaries and stipends for research this summer Waalkes too has learned to think a whole new way about science In a textbook there are a lot of certainties said Waalkes a biology major with minors in chemistry and writing But in a research lab you start to realize that science is full of uncertainties It becomes much more interesting it becomes much more exciting Waalkes has been studying the tissues of the soybean stem through digital microscopy using the biology department s Nikon Eclipse 80i research microscope He analyzes the tissues using ImageJ software developed by the National Institutes of Health He analyzes those results using Mathematica with advice from math department head Col Troy Siemers Waalkes work on the project includes a Summer Undergraduate Research Institute SURI project and travel to present in the graduate student division at the American Society of Plant Biologists Southern Section Regional meeting both through the Jackson Hope Fund study of soybean slides prepared through a contract funded by a Jackson Hope New Directions in Teaching and Research Grant and a Swope summer research stipend funded by the VMI Foundation s Watkins Southard Fund Alerding s research began two years ago with the selection and planting of five soybean cultivars It will continue this summer with the

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  • Research Project Finds Meaning in Birdsong
    is considering graduate studies in marine biology is currently completing the analysis of the birdsongs for her capstone project I know that if I go to graduate school field research is something I m very interested in doing said Hunziker It was a really good experience and was really eye opening to what my life could be like for the next few years The research was conducted at the biology department s new field site at the Sky Farm area in McKethan Park where birdhouses were set in the spring to attract the migrating tree swallows The tree swallows were present by the summer and a high sensitivity microphone was used to record the swallows songs We were trying to get as close as we could to the birds in order to isolate just one bird and record its vocalizations said Rowe By paying attention to what the birds were doing when they were vocalizing we can start to understand what those songs mean All of those calls were carefully cataloged along with the various contexts in which they were made I took extensive field notes and the recorders allow you to mark different parts of the tape said Hunziker I could mark the tape and then say in my notes I was x amount of feet from the nest box and they were dive bombing me and the recorder so I would pair up the recordings with the context By documenting the context along with the recordings researchers can begin to identify meaning behind the songs Using sound analysis software helped to visualize and quantify minute differences in the calls There s a huge amount of information in these calls It s very subtle and that s where the software comes in said Rowe By comparing tiny differences in the duration amplitude and pauses researchers can find and quantify variations in the songs that may not be readily noticeable by the human ear We can look at it like a sentence notes are like letters syllables are like words and a song is like a sentence said Rowe We suspect that there are some really complicated things going on To get the best data research was conducted at sunrise when the birds are most active Since the site was so close to post four or five trips a week were possible for the entirety of the two month research period All that time in the field created a mountain of data to be analyzed For every minute you spend in the field there are ten or so on the computer playing it back sorting through it and cutting out background noise and other birds that I don t need said Hunziker From those hours of recording Hunziker isolated what she suspected were alarm calls and strung them together in one recording Playing that recording back to the swallows triggered aggressive flight patterns Within 30 seconds we had tree swallows circling and diving at the tape recorder trying to figure

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  • Virginia Military Institute - VMI Prepares Cadets for Medical School
    biology and one year of physics Anybody who can meet those requirements is eligible to apply But the MCAT is moving toward a new emphasis on cell and molecular biology biochemistry psychology and statistics For biology majors at VMI all is still well The best thing about our degree is that it s very flexible said Bell who serves as VMI s health professions adviser We won t have to alter our curriculum to satisfy these new areas of emphasis It is the only department that has an equal number of hours distributed between the humanities and STEM science technology engineering and mathematics This is a liberal arts college said Col Dick Rowe another professor in the biology department and if you re a liberal artist you need to be broad and you need to think broadly Because of that flexibility Bell and Rowe note biology majors who want to go to medical school have no trouble getting coursework in the new areas of emphasis They can get two or three psych courses said Rowe Really we feel very strongly we want our majors taking courses outside of the sciences Bell and other members of the biology department teach courses in the cell and molecular biology emphasized in the new MCAT while Rowe teaches three classes not required for high MCAT scores and therefore not always offered in undergraduate biology departments anatomy courses in morphology embryology and histology Rowe said they often hear from alumni who ve gone on to medical school that the morphology class was especially valuable because students who hadn t had an undergraduate anatomy class did not know how to do a dissection a lab practical and they struggled to get through A lot of times what I hear from our medical students is You taught

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