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LV biology students present at annual event

Alejandra Aguilar Staff Writer Twelve students from the University of La Verne presented their own research at the Experimental Biology Con­ference April 26-30. The Experimental Biology Conference is an annual event held in San Diego where scientists from different science societies judge and present research. Over 14,000 professional scientists attended the event this year. The societies that participated... 

Weaver promotes new, interactive learning

Alejandra Aguilar Staff Writer Kathleen Weaver, assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, presented “New Ideas in Science Education” for Monday’s faculty lecture. During the presentation, Weaver spoke about teaching students differently and presented her new Research Methods e-book — ideas that came to her while on sabbatical. She spoke about Bloom’s Taxonomy, which was created... 

Detergent disrupts environment

Detergent disrupts environment
Professor of Biology Jeff Burkhart had maintained a kind of outdoor laboratory, a biotic environment, in the fountain located in the Johnson Family Plaza. On two consecutive days, Sept. 19 and Sept. 20, someone put detergent into the water. Burkhart said that the detergent killed what life was remaining in the fountain. The fountain was used as a resource for the biology department, providing a space... 

Neher to retire after 55 years

Neher to retire after 55 years
Robert Neher, professor of biology and chairman of the natural sciences division, is retiring after 55 years of service to the La Verne community. Neher is an avid collector of Native American artifacts. He recently acquired a kachina, a Native American character carving that can represent anything from an element, a location, a quality, a natural phenomenon or a concept. Neher loves collecting coins... 

Contreras reaches out to students

Contreras reaches out to students
Following a post-doctoral assignment at the University of Arizona, Heidy Contreras has come to the University of La Verne as a new assistant professor of biology. Over the summer, Contreras was awarded an American Physiological Society Research Recognition Award from the Compar­ative and Evolutionary Physiology section of the APS. Contreras’ research focus is to better understand how organisms... 

FLEX students become biology teachers

During her Wednesday Biology 101 course, Assistant Professor of Biology Heidy Contreras explains sexual reproduction to freshmen in her FLEX program class. The class traveled to De Anza Middle School in Ontario to instruct outreach activities based on exercise physiology. The initiative was sponsored by the American Physiological Society. Students from Contreras’ class were in charge of running physical... 

Weaver studies fish, snails’ toxins

Weaver studies fish, snails’ toxins
Associate Professor of Biology Kathleen Weaver presented “Inferring Colonization and Speciation through a Phylogenetic Analysis of Hispaniolan Limia Species”  Monday in the President’s Dining Room. She presented two research pieces. The first covered the biological geography of live bearing fish in the West Indies. The second was a study of the high levels of toxins present in snails in the... 

Jerome Garcia shares his La Verne journey

Jerome Garcia shares his La Verne journey
Associate Professor of Biology Jerome Garcia was the first of his family to earn a college degree when he graduated from La Verne in 1998. He went on to the University of Southern California for his Ph.D. He decided to teach biology so he could guide students in their college careers. / photo by Scott Mirimanian Veronica Sepulveda Staff Writer Jerome Garcia, associate professor of biology and University... 

Twins uphold family legacy

Twins uphold family legacy
Alyssa and Stefanie Geiger, fraternal twins, sanitize test tubes for lab classes in the biology stockroom Wednesday. The Geiger sisters, both sophomore biology majors, are third-generation students at the University of La Verne. Their grandparents met while in college at La Verne and were engaged on the steps of Founders Hall. / photo by Scott Mirimanian  Read More →
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