A one-week workshop (June 17-21) for high school students (students entering grades 9-12) that allows students to get a hands-on experience with the tools of biotechnology. Students will isolate DNA, analyze it and understand how these techniques are used in gathering DNA evidence from a crime scene. Other topics include a project that asks how microbes cause disease, food safety and understanding the role of biotechnology in the production of energy. Field trips are included. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and scholarships are available. Cost of the camp is $200 which includes lunch at UNI.
The Botanical Center and the Biology Student Nature Society will hold their annual spring plant sale. Plants for sale include many types of tropicals, herbs, vegetables and a limited number of orchids.
Biology Department M. S. Thesis Defense - Samuel Berg
"Population Structure, Size, and the Thermal Ecology of Iowa Wood Turtles (Glyptemys insculpta): A Comparison Between Suburban and Rural Populations."
Doors open at 7:30 a.m. There will be an assortment of Tropical plants, flowering bulbs, herbs and vegetables. Student Nature Society members will be available to assist shoppers.
Austin Jones - "Development of Leaf Shape and Vein Homologies in Five Species of the Genus Ipomoea".
Dustin Graham Thesis Defense -
"Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function and the Design of Tallgrass Restorations for Biomass Production."
Carmen Pellish, M.S. Thesis Presentation: "Tracking above- and below-ground seed persistence and mortality in a native tallgrass prairie restoration"
Bill Johnson, Natural Resource Biologist at the Prairie Resource Center, Iowa DNR, will share “lessons learned” about prairie in his 25-year career with Iowa DNR. The first part of his time was spent reconstructing prairies as a land manager. The last half has been devoted to propagating prairie seed for restoration at Iowa DNR’s Prairie Resource Center at Brushy Creek State Park. Learn more about the people, places, and experiences that have shaped Bill’s prairie education, and how he caught the prairie “bug.”
Jordan Gurtner Naumann M.S. Thesis Presentation:
"The Effects of Homocysteine on Neural Crest Cells and their Expression of LIM3 Protein".