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Conservation and Leadership class pushes students boundaries

Biology News - Wed, 2012-08-01 09:41


At the Caye Caulker Marine Preserve, just a few miles west of the Belize Barrier Reef, eight Marietta College students snorkeled in the clear aqua water, stingrays and nurse sharks floating inches beneath them.
 
Moments later, their snorkeling guide speared a lionfish, holding the spiny and venomous marine creature above water, telling the students about this invasive predator and its negative impact on the reef’s ecology.
 
This was only one of innumerable learning opportunities during a three-week course in Costa Rica and Belize for the students, who were accompanied by Drs. Rob McManus, David Brown and Dave McShaffrey.

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Rachel Shoop ’15 nabs coveted REU internship in Wisconsin

Biology News - Mon, 2012-06-04 12:33


It’s rare for a freshman to find an internship through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).
 
However, that didn’t stop Marietta College’s Rachel Shoop ’15 (Parkersburg, W.Va.) from scouring the REU website in a desperate attempt to land one of these coveted opportunities.
 
“I made a list of the ones that most interested me and narrowed down my options by looking at eligibility requirements and dates (most of the internships last 8 to 10 weeks),” says Shoop, who is majoring in Biology. “Some of my possibilities were removed from the list because they were searching for sophomores and juniors, but a few stated that they would consider freshmen with a decent background in the sciences.”

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Curious fifth graders spend the day with Marietta’s scientists

Biochemistry News - Fri, 2012-05-11 09:00


Friends Baylee Brown and Vanessa Wilson were pumped up for class, sitting in the front row and wondering what they would learn about for the next 30 minutes.
 
The floor littered with fragments of colorful balloons and the smell of smoke still lingering in the air, the two fifth-grade girls knew it had to be something good.

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Curious fifth graders spend the day with Marietta’s scientists

Environmental Science News - Fri, 2012-05-11 09:00


Friends Baylee Brown and Vanessa Wilson were pumped up for class, sitting in the front row and wondering what they would learn about for the next 30 minutes.
 
The floor littered with fragments of colorful balloons and the smell of smoke still lingering in the air, the two fifth-grade girls knew it had to be something good.

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Curious fifth graders spend the day with Marietta’s scientists

Biology News - Fri, 2012-05-11 09:00


Friends Baylee Brown and Vanessa Wilson were pumped up for class, sitting in the front row and wondering what they would learn about for the next 30 minutes.
 
The floor littered with fragments of colorful balloons and the smell of smoke still lingering in the air, the two fifth-grade girls knew it had to be something good.

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The Krause brothers found Marietta College a labor of love

Biochemistry News - Tue, 2012-05-01 11:52


Their name is synonymous with excellence.
 
They were the Krause brothers—the heart of the Chemistry Department—members of campus who contributed a combined seven decades of service to Marietta College. Their tenure at Marietta is marked by moments of selfless decisions and countless graduates who benefitted from their expertise and care in the lecture hall and lab.
 
Ellis L. Krause — known as Professor E.L. — came to Marietta College in 1916 and was originally hired to teach physics. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Ripon College and his graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, he taught at Buena Vista College for three years before joining the faculty at Marietta. In a few short years, he was named the head of the Chemistry Department.

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All Scholars Day allows campus to celebrate research

Environmental Science News - Fri, 2012-04-13 16:41

After months of data collection and review, it was finally time for the four-student research team to talk.
 
Alexandria Woodrow ’14 (Somerset, Ohio) and Michelle Sayre ’13 (Ripley, W.Va.) had teamed up with fellow Psychology majors Jamie Thompson ’13 (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Ricci Davis ’14 (Marietta, Ohio) to examine if listening to certain types of music while studying affects one’s ability to retain information.

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Senior to present ‘Wind Energy in China,’ March 30 at Planetarium

Environmental Science News - Mon, 2012-03-26 10:05

Marietta College’s Physics Club is pleased to welcome Xin Yang (Helen) Wu ’12 (Beijing, China) to talk about “Wind Energy in China,” at noon, Friday, March 30, in the Anderson Hancock Planetarium.
 
Wu’s talk fits in with the College’s annual theme of Energy and Environment, as well as the Sustainable Energy for All campaign.

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Students, faculty attend Ohio Naturalists’ Conference in Columbus

Biochemistry News - Fri, 2012-03-02 11:18


Whether it was a discussion on spiders, millipedes or assassin bugs, Derek Hennen ’12 (Little Hocking, Ohio) was soaking in every bit of the 2012 Ohio Naturalists’ Conference in Columbus.
 
Dr. Katy Lustofin, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Dr. Dave McShaffrey, Professor of Biology, joined Hennen at the Feb. 11 conference that marked the 100th anniversary for the Ohio Biological Survey.

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Students, faculty attend Ohio Naturalists’ Conference in Columbus

Biology News - Fri, 2012-03-02 11:18


Whether it was a discussion on spiders, millipedes or assassin bugs, Derek Hennen ’12 (Little Hocking, Ohio) was soaking in every bit of the 2012 Ohio Naturalists’ Conference in Columbus.
 
Dr. Katy Lustofin, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Dr. Dave McShaffrey, Professor of Biology, joined Hennen at the Feb. 11 conference that marked the 100th anniversary for the Ohio Biological Survey.

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Professor Eggleston prepared students to be successful scientists

Biochemistry News - Thu, 2012-03-01 10:21


Every Feb. 25, members of the Beta Beta Beta national biological fraternity at Marietta College organized a special gathering to honor the birthday of one of the most endeared faculty members in the biology department: Harla Ray Eggleston, known simply to students as “Prof.”
 
And every year, for nearly four decades, Prof would act surprised.
 
The late Vernon “Dan” McGrew ’49 described in In the Various Branches of Useful Knowledge the College’s effort to build talented science faculty in the early part of the 20th century. Marietta College’s seventh president, George Wheeler Hinman (1913-18), had been in talks with the budding young scientist in an attempt to bring him to Marietta.

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Professor Eggleston prepared students to be successful scientists

Biology News - Thu, 2012-03-01 10:21


Every Feb. 25, members of the Beta Beta Beta national biological fraternity at Marietta College organized a special gathering to honor the birthday of one of the most endeared faculty members in the biology department: Harla Ray Eggleston, known simply to students as “Prof.”
 
And every year, for nearly four decades, Prof would act surprised.
 
The late Vernon “Dan” McGrew ’49 described in In the Various Branches of Useful Knowledge the College’s effort to build talented science faculty in the early part of the 20th century. Marietta College’s seventh president, George Wheeler Hinman (1913-18), had been in talks with the budding young scientist in an attempt to bring him to Marietta.

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Indiana University professor to speak at Krause lecture on March 8

Biochemistry News - Fri, 2012-02-24 14:46

Dr. William R. Newman, a Distinguished Professor and Ruth Halls Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University, will be the speaker for the 2012 Ellis L. and Jennie Mac Krause Lecture in Science.
 
Newman’s lecture—“Newton’s Alchemy”—will be presented at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 8, in the Alma McDonough Auditorium.

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Indiana University professor to speak at Krause lecture on March 8

Biology News - Fri, 2012-02-24 14:46

Dr. William R. Newman, a Distinguished Professor and Ruth Halls Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University, will be the speaker for the 2012 Ellis L. and Jennie Mac Krause Lecture in Science.
 
Newman’s lecture—“Newton’s Alchemy”—will be presented at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 8, in the Alma McDonough Auditorium.

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College’s wind turbine project is one step closer to being finished

Environmental Science News - Wed, 2012-01-25 11:53

Marietta College Associate Professor Andy Grimm has been a long-time advocate for exploring alternative energies.
 
So it’s easy to see why Tuesday, Jan. 24, was a big day for Grimm. That is when the foundation was laid for a 55-foot-tall wind turbine between the College’s softball field and Beren Tennis Center.

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College hosting event series on Natural Gas and Fracking

Environmental Science News - Wed, 2012-01-11 09:58

In an attempt to have an open conversation and debate about the practice of “fracking,” Marietta College’s Office of Civic Engagement is hosting a community event series on the topic starting Thursday, Jan. 26.
 
The series is in conjunction with the College’s annual theme of “Energy and Environment.”

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Alumni, faculty participating in environmental career panel on Nov. 17

Environmental Science News - Mon, 2011-11-14 13:30

With career options in the field of environmental sustainability gaining traction nationally, Marietta College has organized a panel of faculty, alumni and community members to discuss job opportunities that may exist in the future.
 
“Environment Do What?” runs from 5-6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, in Rickey 166, and is co-sponsored by the Career Center and the Energy & Environment steering committee.

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College hosting sleep disorders presentation; bioethics forum

Biochemistry News - Fri, 2011-10-28 12:53

Dr. Janeen Vilven-Doggett, a bio-technology patent attorney, and Dr. John Doggett, a sleep disorders specialist, will be on Marietta College’s campus for two days to meet with students and faculty, as well as participate in two public events that cover their areas of expertise.
 
John is making an informal presentation on sleep disorders from 8-9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the lower level of Fayerweather Hall. He will also be available to answer questions and to talk about his research.

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College hosting sleep disorders presentation; bioethics forum

Biology News - Fri, 2011-10-28 12:53

Dr. Janeen Vilven-Doggett, a bio-technology patent attorney, and Dr. John Doggett, a sleep disorders specialist, will be on Marietta College’s campus for two days to meet with students and faculty, as well as participate in two public events that cover their areas of expertise.
 
John is making an informal presentation on sleep disorders from 8-9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the lower level of Fayerweather Hall. He will also be available to answer questions and to talk about his research.

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College plans fall events around Energy & Environment theme

Environmental Science News - Wed, 2011-10-12 14:54

While Marietta College is a few months into the year of Energy & Environment on campus, there are still some “must-see” events upcoming on the schedule.
 
The signature program for the fall is “An Evening with Alexandra Fuller,” at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Alma McDonough Auditorium. This program is in conjunction with the Esbenshade Series.

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