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Brandon Riley, Regina Utz, Noah Weidig

Three students mentored by Dr. Allison Parker received First Place in their division for Best Undergraduate Poster at the November 2021 Entomological Society of America meeting. Brandon Riley, Regina Utz and Noah Weidig (L-R)

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Heather Bullen Celebration 2018

Congratulations to our Outstanding Graduates of 2022!

  • Outstanding Biology Graduate: Noah Weidig
  • Outstanding Environmental Science Graduate: Savannah Pate
  • Outstanding Neuroscience Graduate: Katie Clough
  • John W. Thieret Undergraduate Research Award: Sam Bauer and Amanda Honaker
  • Miriam Steinitz Kannan Service Award: Dylan Young
  • Clara Richards Award: Autumn Clark and Mackenzie Feltner

The All-University Award winners were:

  • Regents Award: Jackson Coates
  • NKU Foundation Student Leadership Award: Katie Clough
  • Faculty Senate Award: Sam Bauer

Congratulations to our faculty who received All-University Honors in 2022!

  • Excellence in Online or Technology-enhanced Teaching: Megan Sanctuary
  • Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring: Lauren Williamson
  • Excellence in Outreach and Engagement: Dick Durtsche
  • Inclusive Excellence Leadership: Erin Strome

Dr. Dick Durtsche is featured in The Northerner's

Biology major featured in NKU magazine for her work as an orientation leader and to support DEI at NKU.

BioSci Alum Works to Restore Local Forests. Danielle (Danie) Frevola is featured in a recent article about research at the Cincinnati Nature Center designed to increase the number of oak trees and wildlife in our forests.

Neuroscience Major and Neuroscience Alumna Earn Top Toxicology Honors. Emma Foster, the Outstanding Neuroscience Graduate of 2019 and current Neuroscience major Katie Clough received multiple awards for their research and presentations at national scientific conferences in 2021.

Hot news on climate change: Dr. Dick Durtsche publishes an important study with collaborators in Sweden on the potential effects of a warming climate on fish.

Faculty profile: Dr. Alan Cohen is a volunteer instructor and a key member of the NKU COVID-19 Preparedness Team.

Award-winning research: Nine BioSci Students won awards for presentations during virtual scientific conferences in November.

Celebrating a Great Life: The Department of Biological Sciences now has an endowed scholarship in honor of Professor Rob Keus to support a student studying to become a high school science teacher.

Congratulations to Dr. Lindsey Walters who was just named an "Elective Member" of the American Ornithological Society.

Biology Major Dylan Young is also an Army Reservist who used his Spanish language skills after being called up to help at the peak of New York City's COVID-19 outbreak.

Biology Major Tori Ferguson worked on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic as an EMT in Northern Kentucky and is now studying to be a Physician Assistant.

Biology Major Maggie Ward helps Gravity Diagnostics track down COVID-19 cases in Northern Kentucky.

Remembering Dr. Thomas Rambo. Faculty colleagues and former students share their  memories of one of the Department of Biological Sciences' founding members.

Excellence in teaching and mentoring: The Society of Toxicology 2020 Bruce A. Fowler Undergraduate Educator Award went to Dr. Chris Curran, director of the Neuroscience Program.

Alumni Success Story. Honors graduate and former women's soccer team captain Rachel Conaway overcame a concussion and other injuries on her way to a new career in medicine.

Field Station Featured in Cincinnati Magazine.  The Research and Education Field Station (REFS) and work by Drs. Dick Durtsche and Maggie Whitson were featured in a recent article.

White Coat Celebration. Two biology alumni were welcomed as part of the first UK medical school class on the NKU campus.

150 YEARS OF DIATOMS: Emerita Professor Miriam Kannan and colleagues have a new publication out tracking diatoms in Ecuador for a century and a half and a second paper describing a new rotifer found in the Galapagos.

JAEYDAH EDWARDS EARNS PRESTIGIOUS NSF FELLOWSHIP: A sophomore in the EEO track is headed to Miamia University this summer to take part in a multidisciplinary research project on "Ecology in Human Dominated Landscapes.

MAJOR NSF GRANT: Congratulations to Drs. Bethany Bowling and Denice Robertson for their work on the SOAR3 grant which will support many future undergraduates in STEM.


Heather Bullen Celebration 2018