Biology Spotlight

The official newsletter of the chair of the Department of Biology - celebrating the achievements of our faculty, staff, and students and keeping the community informed about important departmental matters

Latest Issues


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MARCH 2, 2021: Swanne Gordon diversity story; Outstanding BALSA consutant award; Missouri Winter Buds image celebrated

FEBRUARY 1, 2021: Summer research opportunity in Bose lab; Landis receives NSF grant; celebrating Black History Month

JANUARY 5, 2021: Michael Landis receives an NSF grant; Stacey Spruiel joins the department; Promoting Mental Health


DECEMBER 2, 2020: Barbara Kunkel named AAAS fellow; Ram Dixit receives $1.3M MIRA award; Kim McManemy accepts position in the Artsci Dean’s office 

NOVEMBER 1, 2020: Alumnus Paul Wong donates to Biology; Dinesh Gupta defends thesis; celebration Native American Heritage month

OCTOBER 1, 2020: Keith Hengen awarded $1.8M grant; celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month; celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month

SEPTEMBER 2, 2020: Keith Hengen received a Young Investigator Grant; Swanne Gordon in the news; celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

AUGUST 3, 2020: Elizabeth Mueller awarded thesis prize; Jonathan Losos' life and research featured in Science; Angela Schlegel featured in community spotlight

JULY 1, 2020: New dean and provost welcomed; Anna Damata reeived NIH fellowship; Jordan Brock receieves USDA funding

JUNE 1, 2020: Arpita Bose receives grant from NSF; Graduate students defend thesis; Celebrating Pride month

MAY 1, 2020: Faculty promoted to Full Professor; Staff promoted to Interim Director; Undergraduate awards announced

APRIL 1, 2020: Special message from the Chair; Ken Olsen's $2.6 million grant; NSF Graduate Research Fellows announced

MARCH 2, 2020: Welcoming Patrizia d'Ettorre; Anna Damato awarded F31 grant; Women's History Month

FEBRUARY 3, 2020: Josh Blodgett is on Early Career Reviewer Board; Jean Fuchs is Wellness Connection Champion; Marshall Wedger won O'Brien Award

JANUARY 7, 2020: Liz Haswell Senior Editor at The Plant Cell; Holiday Cookie Party results; Jhan Salazar Afro-Colombian of the year


DECEMBER 2, 2019: Matasaburo Fukutomi receives two fellowships; Philippa Tanford and Vivian Kitainda receive Schneiderman Fellowship; Faculty Spotlight

NOVEMBER 1, 2019: Erik Herzog and Joe Jez promoted; Sara Sanders receives fellowship; Natasha Bilkey and Elizabeth Mueller receive fellowships

OCTOBER 1, 2019: Stan Braude wins teaching award; four faculty awarded grants; welcoming new staff members

SEPTEMBER 2, 2019: Emily Davenport wins grants; welcome Amanda Zinke; Joe Jez reflects on first year

AUGUST 5, 2019: Arpita Bose wins award; welcome three new faculty members; Dinesh Gupta wins poster prizes

JULY 1, 2019: Faculty promotions; undergraduate wins Goldwater Scholarship; welcoming Danielle Gross

JUNE 3, 2019: Kathy Miller & Bob Blankenship retire; winners of the Spector Prize, Quatrano Prize, and Harrison Stalker Award; Ph.D. graduates

MAY 1, 2019: Faculty grants and awards; new staff offices; Jenny Shoots receives Association of Women Faculty Graduate Student Award

MARCH 1, 2019: Josh Blodgett receives CAREER grant; Erin Gerrity gets promoted; Petra Levin's research story

FEBRUARY 1, 2019: Petra Levin and Bob Kranz elected into the American Academy of Microbiology; Ram Dixit receives grant; Liz Haswell talks about her podcast

JANUARY 2, 2019: Arpita Bose funded by US Army Research Office; Melissa Evers earned the Certified Research Administrator designation; two undergrads wrote guest commentaries


DECEMBER 3, 2018: New website; Amanda Ismail promoted; students receive grants

NOVEMBER 6, 2018: Keith Hengen Next Generation Leader; Himadri Pakrasi awarded $1.5 million grant; welcome back Devinn and welcome Jaime Mullin

OCTOBER 1, 2018: Faculty grants; Sally Elgin and Joe Jez in the news; Old Biology Library renamed

SEPTEMBER 4, 2018: Faculty grants; Erik Herzog & Diana José-Edwards in the news; Melissa Evers receives Outstanding Staff Award 

AUGUST 1, 2018: Joan Strassmann and Dave Queller awarded $1.1 million grant; Ruth Lewis retires; Department of Biology Resource Manual

JULY 1, 2018: Joe Jez is new chair; Memory Elvin-Lewis, Sally Elgin and Ralph Quatrano retire; staff promotions

JUNE 1, 2018: Bruce Carlson awarded grant; Ram Dixit PMB co-director; Jonathan Losos in the news

MAY 1, 2018: Sally Elgin, Jonathan Losos, and Rick Vierstra elected to the National Academy of Sciences; winners of NSF fellowship; winners of the Spector Prize, Quatrano Prize, and Harrison Stalker Award

APRIL 2, 2018: Derrick Dean Clark Way Harrison Visiting Professor; Keith Hengen in the news; Dennis Watts joins the department

MARCH 1, 2018: Hani Zaher and Jonathan Myers tenured; Sally Elgin awarded the Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethics of Service Award; Barney Moss retires