DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY
Biology Participates in ResearchLink 2000
    Drs. Clark Beasley and Tom Benoit traveled to Ferris State University (MI) in August to learn new techniques to be used in bringing research experiences using model organisms into courses throughout the biology curriculum.  McMurry was one of only 25 colleges from across the nation selected to participate in this program.  The department is now making plans to introduce C-fern (an easily managed and versatile plant) into genetics and other courses, and to use Chlamydomonas (a single-celled organism exhibiting characteristics of both plants and animals) into other courses. 

Students Participate in Summer Programs
    Several Biology students participated in enrichment and research programs this summer.  Erion Qamirani, a senior from Tirana, Albania, participated in an NSF-Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in biochemistry at Michigan State University.  Odessa (TX) senior Buddy Brooks participated in the SABR program at the Texas Tech University School of Medicine's Department of Microbiology and Immunology.  Chad Johnson, a senior from Denton and this year's president of McMurry Student Government, also was a participant in Texas Tech's SABR program, working in the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology.  Two students participated in summer enrichment programs in preparation for careers in medicine.  Senior Sam Siller from San Antonio (TX) was selected for the Medical School Familiarization Program at UT Medical Branch-Galveston.  Tonny Villafuerte, a junior from Andrews (TX) participated in the Pre-medical Academy at Texas Tech School of Medicine. 

Tri-Beta Elects Officers
    The McMurry chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society, has elected its officers for the coming year.  Elected president was Cortney Grosz, a junior from Amarillo.  Vice president was Abilene junior Geoffey WhitleyKiki Carthel of Gruver was chosen to serve as secretary/treasurer.  The office of historian will be held by Doug McEwen, a junior from Anson.