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Ashley Childress

Biology graduate Ashley Childress was honored with the 2020 Northern Kentucky Medical Society Alliance Scholarship. Ashley will attend the University of Kentucky College of Medicine this fall.

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Heather Bullen Celebration 2018

Click here to read the BioSci Winter 2021 e-newsletter


NKU Field Station hosts Nature Day Saturday, Sept. 25th

Dr. Dick Durtsche is featured in The Northerner's "back-to-campus" wrap-up

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.

Congratulations Class of 2021! The Outstanding Graduate in Biological Sciences was Kelsey Donahue. The Outstanding Graduate in Environmental Science was Elaina Staggs. The Outstanding Graduate in Neuroscience was Sara Steffen. Oliva Staten received the John W. Thieret Undergraduate Research Award. Amila Coric and Jaeydah Edwards received Clara Richards awards, and Joe Stoeckle received the Miriam Steinitz Kannan Service Award. Luke Kues received an All-University honor with the Paul Sipes Award for his leadership and service.

2021 All-University Faculty Award Winners! Congratulations to our biology faculty who received NKU honors for excellence in teaching and service.

  • Excellence in Teaching and Instruction: Dr. Emily Shifley
  • Excellence in Online or Technology Enhanced Teaching: Dr. Mary Schilling
  • Excellence in University Service: Dr. Denice Robertson

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 mourns the loss of Professor Rob Kues. A scholarship fund was established on Nov. 2nd to support a student studying to become a high school science teacher.

NEWSMAKERS: Drs. Brian Carlson and Jay Avenido were quoted by The Northerner about their adaptations to teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

New Department Chair: Dr. Erin Strome, Professor of Biological Sciences, began her term as chair July 1st, replacing Dr. Patrick Schultheis who is returning to the faculty.

Biology Major Tori Ferguson works on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic as an EMT in Northern Kentucky.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! The department ended the 2019-2020 academic year with 114 graduates and 46 earning honors along with their degrees.

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.

DOUBLE Congratulations! Dr. Lindsey Walters also received a Wilson Ornithological Society 2020 Jed Burtt Undergraduate Mentoring Grant to support undergraduate research with Chrisula Stone and an All-University Outstanding Mentoring Award

Celebration 2020 is online. From developing a novel method to reduce stress in shelter cats to helping a local community save redevelop a brownfield site to save a historic theater, Biology, Environmental Science and Neuroscience students are sharing their research projects in a virtual poster session.

BioSci Faculty Honored with NKU Excellence Awards. Three members of the Department of Biological Sciences received all-university honors this spring. Dr. Kristy Hopfensperger and the Environmental Science Program were honored for Unit Excellence in Career and Community Engagement. Dr. Mike Scola received the Michael C.C. Adams and Susan Adams Outstanding Non-Tenure Track Faculty Member Award, and Dr. Lindsey Walters received the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award. Complete list of award winners.

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 NEW 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