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Anusha Naganathan Wins Grant Supporting Outreach to Incarcerated Students

June 29, 2020

Anusha Naganathan, a Research Associate in Gloria Culver’s lab, has won an ASCB Public Engagement Grant to bring science education to students in a local prison.  The title of the grant is, “UR Science Stories: Bringing the Experience of Scientific Experimentation to Students at Groveland Correctional Facility”.  Eitan Freedenberg of the Rochester Education Justice Initiative (REJI) serves as co-Principal Investigator. REJI is a program at the University of Rochester that was founded in 2015 and provides academic programming at local correctional facilities, including Groveland Correctional Facility. The city of Rochester is directly impacted by the positive outcomes of REJI programs as 25% of REJI’s students will return to Monroe county at the end of their sentence.

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Department of Biology Creates Online Content for the Summer Upward Bound Program

June 22, 2020

The Department of Biology is excited to participate in the Upward Bound Program again this summer. This year will look a little different. Due to restrictions on in-person gatherings and keeping safety a number one priority, the David T. Kearns Center is hosting all classes online. Because of this change, faculty, students, and staff in the Department of Biology have worked hard to make creative and engaging online lessons and materials on a range of topics for the Upward Bound students.

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Rochester Science Café Enters its Eleventh Year

August 20, 2019

The Rochester Science Café is a collaboration between the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester. Held at the Pittsford Barnes & Noble book store, the Rochester Science Café is entering its eleventh academic year.  Last year we hosted 7 lively events.

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Department of Biology Launches Credit-Bearing Community Engagement Course

August 19, 2019

Community Engagement Practicum (BIO 399) is now a credit-bearing undergraduate course funded by the College.  For the past two years BIO 399 has been funded by Department of Biology discretionary funds.  Now the course, which entails significant lab costs, is integrated into the Department’s formal curriculum budget from the College.  And, BIO 399 has been approved as a diversification course by Biology B.A. and B.S. tracks—meaning it can be used to complete undergraduate degree requirements together with courses with more standard biological content such as Animal Behavior and Biology of Aging. 

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Elementary School Students Learn About Aphids with the Brisson Lab

April 17, 2019

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Wayne High School Biology Students Visit the Department

March 15, 2018

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Department Works with Upward Bound Program to Reach Students in the Rochester Community

September 11, 2017

The Department of Biology was delighted to welcome students from the Upward Bound (UB) Program for six afternoon lab sessions during the month of July. This marks the third summer that faculty, students, and staff have volunteered for this activity. We’re hoping to make it a summer tradition.

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High schoolers come face-to-face with fruit flies

May 25, 2017

Fifteen ninth graders from Rochester’s East High School experienced science at its most exciting – when something startling happened during a fruit fly experiment in a lab at the University of Rochester’s Department of Biology.

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STEM outreach collaboration with East Upper School to Launch

April 26, 2016

The Department of Biology launched our STEM outreach collaboration with East Upper School on April 26th with a visit by Mr. Cebrahil Gurler-Carrasquillo’s 9th grade living environment class. Cebrahil was a 2014 U of R graduate.

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Elementary school students take a LEAP into paleontology

April 18, 2016

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