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Biology Research Colloquium – February 2

A Biology Research Colloquium will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050, led by Ken Miller, professor of biology at Brown University. An expert on the study of evolution, Miller has been devoted to increasing the public’s understanding of evolution and its importance. He has written numerous articles and several widely used biology textbooks, which he co-authored with Joe Levine. His talk is titled “Science Denial: From Evolution to Climate Change, Vaccines and GMOs. Why It Continues and Why It Matters.”

Sarah Spinette


Lecture: Struggling with the Suicide of a Loved One – Feb. 8

Heather Poliferno lost her father to suicide and will share her story and her struggles with grief in a lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in FLS 209. This lecture was supported by funds from the Committee on College Lectures.

Prachi Kene


Biology Research Colloquium – Feb. 23

A Biology Research Colloquium will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050, led by Jeffry Morgan, Ph.D., of Brown University. Morgan, along with his research team, invented a method for culturing cells in three dimensions, an important and exciting innovation that can be applied to organ transplant, tissue repair and drug delivery. Morgan will describe the development of this method in a talk designed for a general audience titled “Can We Build Organs?”  


Biology Research Colloquium – Feb. 9

A Biology Research Colloquium will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050, led by Gregory Skomal, Ph.D., a senior marine fisheries scientist who leads the Massachusetts Shark Research Program at the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries. His research is dedicated to understanding the life history, ecology and physiology of sharks. His talk is titled “Jaws Revisited: New Insights into the Ecology of the White Shark in the North Atlantic.”


Biology Research Colloquium – March 2

On Thursday, March 2, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050, Yaowu Yuan, assistant professor at the University of Connecticut, will give a talk titled “Developmental Genetics of Monkeyflowers: Pattern Formation and Morphological Innovation.” Yuan has spent years trying to understand why organisms have evolved such diverse and beautiful forms, using the dazzling monkey flowers as a model organism in his research.


Biology Research Colloquium – March 16

On Thursday, March 16, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050, Michael Nishizaki of the Maritime Studies Program at Williams College at Mystic Seaport will give a talk titled “Beyond the Mean: Predicting Biological Responses to Environmental Uncertainty in Marine Mussels.” Nishizaki has studied the effects of multiple environmental stressors such as temperature on various marine organisms.

Sarah Spinette


Student Leadership Awards Call for Nominations – Deadline March 17

The Student Activities Office is proud to announce the opening of nominations for the ninth annual Student Leadership Awards. Students, staff, faculty, administrators and community members are welcome to submit nominations. For more information and to submit a nomination, click here. Nominations are due by Friday, March 17.

Marissa Weiss


Biology Research Colloquium – March 23

On Thursday, March 23, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050, Michelle Mondoux, assistant professor of cell biology at The College of Holy Cross, will give a talk titled “Short and Sweet? Using C. elegans as a Model for High-Sugar Diet, Health and Longevity.” Assisted by undergraduate research fellows, Mondoux investigated the role of nutrient stress in processes such as aging and fertility, with focus on the effects of excess glucose. Her research is particularly relevant to health problems prominent in today’s society.

Sarah Spinette


New Automobile MiIeage Reimbursement

Effective Jan. 1, the rate of reimbursement for automobile travel will decrease to $.535 from $.54 cents per mile. All travel information and forms are available on the RIC website.

Debby Iannuccilli


Flu Vaccine

Did you miss the Flu Vaccine Clinic? No problem. Health Services still has plenty of vaccine. Call 456-8055 for an appointment.

Lynn Wachtel


Mindfulness Meditation

In our streaming, multitasking, digital world, how often do you feel overwhelmed, scattered or like you are spinning your wheels? In mindfulness meditation, we take time out from the constant doing of our outer world and the constant thinking of our inner world and create a space where we can practice simply being. Through this practice, we develop a quiet mind, which is essential to real learning and teaching. Offered Thursdays, noon-1 p.m., in Craig-Lee 130, mindfulness meditation sessions resume on Jan. 19 and run through May 4. Sessions are open to all.

Thomas Lavin