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  • In Memoriam: Dr. Wayne R. ("Sam") Ferris, 1921-2014

    February 3, 2014
    The life of Wayne R. Ferris quietly slipped away on February 3, 2014. His death was preceded by that of his wife, Edel, in 2003. His is survived by his son, Paul, of Winslow, AZ. Professor Ferris was born in the small coal mining community of Lockman, Iowa, on March 21, 1921. He attended school in Albia, Iowa. He had only one college degree, the PhD, awarded to him by the University of Chicago in 1959.  While in school there he acquired the nickname, Sam, which was used by many of his friends and colleagues for the rest of his life. During World War II, Professor Ferris became a Marine flyer a... Read More
  • Eva Nichols Wins May 2014 MCB Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award

    January 15, 2014
    How does one describe Eva Nichols? Objectively, we can say that she is a Molecular and Cellular Biology senior pursuing minors in Biochemistry and Microbiology who's conducted significant research in the lab. I would describe her as having a warm smile, a curious spirit, and a love for people (especially in her role as Pen Pals Coordinator for the Undergraduate Biology Research Program). Carol Bender, Director of UBRP states that Eva is "accomplished, personable, and very VERY responsible!" Hence, it comes as no surprise that this remarkable young lady was honored with MCB's Excellence in Unde... Read More
  • MCB's 2014 Outstanding Senior: Julie Huynh

    January 15, 2014
    At first glance, Julie Huynh seems like an ordinary college student.  I usually spot her in a casual T-shirt and shorts as she hops out of her lab to check on the lunch that's spinning in the microwave next to my office. She always stops by to say hello, to check on the latest picture of my 3-year-old, and to chat before heading back to her work. But Julie certainly isn't your typical college student. In fact, I think she might be the hardest working person I've met. Majoring in both Molecular & Cellular Biology and Creative Writing, Julie also works as a science reporter for the Arizona D... Read More
  • Prof. Guang Yao's research highlighted in Arizona Daily Star

    Guan Yao
    December 17, 2013
    Assistant Professor Guang Yao's research on reading the `minds' of cells has been highlighted in the Arizona Daily Star. When faced with environmental changes, cells must decide whether to stay dormant, grow, or even commit suicide. Many diseases can be caused by cells making the wrong decision, and Prof. Yao hopes learning more about how cells make these decisions will help treat disease. Read the story here, and learn more about Prof. Yao's research at his webpage. Read More
  • Prof. Ryan Gutenkunst wins teaching award

    Ryan Gutenkunst
    July 29, 2013
    Congratulations to Assistant Professor Ryan Gutenkunst, who has been awarded the 2013 College of Science Distinguished Early-Career Teaching Award. The award recognizes Prof. Gutenkunst's educational efforts both on-campus and off-campus. Prof. Gutenkunst is particularly proud of developing MCB 315 - Key Concepts in Quantitative Biology, an innovative course designed to introduce life science students to the power of computation and mathematics in revealing the secrets of life. Read More
  • MCB Softball Team Wins Faculty/Staff League Championship

    July 24, 2013
    Three cheers for the MCB-based softball team, the "Flying Worms", for winning the championship of the UA Faculty/Staff Summer League! The team, captained by Fares lab member Hope Dang, captured the title by beating the second-place Rec Bandits twice in a row in the championship round of the playoffs. The Worms finished the season on a roll, winning 12 of their last 13 games, finishing with an overall record of 14-5. Well played, team! Read More

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