|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 Whitley. Kiki Carthel
of Gruver was chosen to serve as secretary/treasurer. The office
of historian will be held by Doug McEwen, a junior from Anson.