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DU partners with Sweden's University of Lund for biological sciences degree (July 26, 2016)

A new collaboration between DU and the University of Lund will allow biology students to spend their first three years at DU, followed by two years at LU. In the process, they'll earn a bachelor's degree from DU and master's from LU. Learn more: DU Partners With One of the World’s Oldest Universities (DU Newsroom)

NSM faculty host summer science camp for DPS middle school girls (July 20, 2016)

Sixteen middle school girls from Denver Public Schools are on campus catching insects, building circuits, writing computer code and making new friends. Read more: Science and Fun: DU hosts summer camp for middle school girls (DU Newsroom)

Whitley Lehto (Biological Sciences) wins NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for epigenetics study on stickleback fish (July 14, 2016)

Lehto has been awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, making her the first student in Biological Sciences to receive the award. She'll now be able to take her three-spined stickleback fish research to the next level. Read more: Like Father, Like Daughter: Doctoral researcher looks at stickleback fish epigenetics (DU Newsroom)

Bob Stencel (Physics & Astronomy) weighs in on Juno space probe (July 7, 2016)

"If it turns out Jupiter is denser than lead, that would be a surprise. If it turns out Jupiter is the consistency of a Hostess Twinkie cake, that would be a surprise.” Read more about Bob Stencel's take on the Juno space probe in NASA’s Juno Space Probe Makes It to Jupiter's Orbit (DU Newsroom)

Martin Margittai (Chemistry & Biochemistry) takes a close look at Alzheimer's disease (June 30, 2016)

Learn more about Martin Margittai's research on protein build-ups in the brain that are related to Alzheimer's disease: Fight Against Alzheimer’s Comes to a DU Lab (DU Newsroom)

New recruitment video highlights Environmental Science major (June 23, 2016)

Learn more about the Environmental Science major offered by the Department of Geography & the Environment in this new video from Undergraduate Admissions: Environmental Science at DU (YouTube)

NSM hosts the 2016 Front Range Cytoskeleton Meeting (June 7, 2016)

On June 7, more than 100 researchers from the Front Range and beyond gathered in Olin Hall for the 2016 Front Range Cytoskeleton Meeting, organized by Todd Blankenship in Biological Sciences. The event, which included a keynote address by Bruce Goode of Brandeis University, featured speakers and a poster session. The meeting covered the roles that actin and microtubule cytoskeletons play in cell physiology and human disease processes.

Schuyler van Engelenburg (Biological Sciences) awarded Boettcher Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Award (June 7, 2016)

Schuyler van Engelenburg has been awarded a $235,000 Boettcher Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Award. He is the first University of Denver researcher to receive this honor, which was granted to only 10 Colorado scientists this year. Read more in Biology professor named one of 10 Boettcher Investigators (DU Magazine).

Anna Sher (Biological Sciences) co-authors conservation biology textbook (June 1, 2016)

Anna Sher is co-author of the newly-released "An Introduction to Conservation Biology," first edition, published in April 2016 by Sinauer Associates Press. She joined Richard Primack in authoring this new textbook that combines the readability of Primack's "A Primer of Conservation Biology" with the depth and coverage of his larger textbook, "Essentials of Conservation Biology." The text, which will replace both of these best-selling series, is suited for a wide range of undergraduate courses, as both a primary text for conservation biology courses and as a supplement for ecological and environmental science courses. For the new book, Anna added hundreds of new examples, citations, and figures, balancing foundational literature with the most current scientific findings and technologies for data collection.

Keith Miller (Chemistry & Biochemistry) lends scientific expertise to analyzing Egyptian mummies (May 31, 2016)

Keith Miller is part of an interdisciplinary team collaborating with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to study 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummies. Read more: Secrets From The Tomb (DU Newsroom)

Congrats to all 2016 NSM Graduate Student Award Winners and Nominees (May 26, 2016)

NSM honored its 2016 Graduate Student Award Winners at the Annual Spring Picnic on May 25.

Excellence in Research Award Nominees: Nitika Dewan (Chemistry), Thomas French (Math), Lukas Sawle (Physics), Diego Pons (Geography), Whitley Lehto (Biology)

Winner: Diego Pons

Excellence in Teaching Award Nominees: Ginelle Rahman (Chemistry), Wesley Fussner (Math), Rachel Bennet (Physics), Joe Quintana (Geography), Emily Wilkinson (Biology)

Winner: Wesley Fussner

Excellence in Service Award Nominees: John Haynes (Chemistry), Drew Ash (Math), Tristan Wolfe (Physics), Grace Kellner (Geography), Elizabeth Barnes (Biology)

Winner: Elizabeth Barnes

2016 Pioneer Award Winners (May 20, 2016)

A number of NSM faculty and students were honored at the 2016 Pioneer Awards, held May 19 at the Cable Center.

William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award
Nancy Lorenzon

Faculty Advisor of the Year
Nancy Lorenzon

Inclusive Excellence – Respect for Difference Award
Ron Sidwell

American Chemical Society Outstanding Organic Chemist
Madison Schackmuth

James Balafas Award in Organic Chemistry
Colton Petty

Outstanding Freshman in General Chemistry
Sarah McDonald

Outstanding Senior Biochemistry Major Award
David Wideman

Outstanding Senior Chemistry Major
Florence Bachrach

Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry
Daniela Battaglioli

Eleanor L. Campbell Memorial Award in Mathematics
Madeline Doering

Herbert J. Greenberg Award in Mathematics
Zachary Adams

Outstanding Students in Mathematics Award
Aurora Simoneau
David Chan
Samantha Brooker
Kiet Lu

Outstanding Senior in Physics & Astronomy
Cameron Hickert
Brian Alpert
Sierra Ashley
Alisha Karatsoupa
Sam Kerber
Jack Maurer
Andrew Torres
Chris Racz

Thomas M. Stephen Memorial Award
Cameron Hickert

Outstanding Student Award
Cameron Hickert Faculty

Faculty Pioneer Award  
Ronnie Pavlov