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Faculty Innovator: Kent Edmonds

Faculty Innovator: Kent Edmonds

December 6, 2019

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—It’s urinalysis day in the Physiology 215 Lab, taught by Professor of Biology Dr. Kent Edmonds. Over the course of the two-hour lab, students consume specified amounts of water, saline and bicarbonate solutions, and then, every half hour, collect their own personal urine specimen in the nearby restroom. They subject ...

Faculty Innovator: Omar Attum

Faculty Innovator: Omar Attum

October 8, 2019

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Dune 45 in Swakopumund, Namibia is a towering lump of sand. The small group of IU Southeast students and instructors have been hiking for nearly an hour in near darkness to scale the summit before dawn, and experience the magic of a desert sunrise. It comes on slowly but irrevocably, ...

Faculty Innovator: David Treves

Faculty Innovator: David Treves

March 5, 2019

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—A life-size bronze statue of a woolly mammoth stands in front of the Nebraska State Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. Inside the Museum, in a room colloquially known as Elephant Hall, mammoth and mastodon skeletons tower over visitors, giving a sense of the size and strength of the large mammals that ...

Omar Attum finds endangered species thriving in the ruins of ancient empires

Omar Attum finds endangered species thriving in the ruins of ancient empires

September 18, 2018

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Dr. Omar Attum, associate professor of biology, has made a name for himself in the field of conservation biology through his publications and photographs. Through his teaching and leadership of field biology trips, he has also opened the eyes of IU Southeast students to the wonders of regions not normally ...

Faculty Innovator: Gretchen Kirchner

Faculty Innovator: Gretchen Kirchner

January 23, 2018

Gretchen Kirchner Professor of Biology School of Natural Sciences               By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—It was 1990. George H.W. Bush was president. Madonna’s “Vogue” was climbing the charts. The New England Patriots were still awful. In the genetics lab of Gretchen Kirchner, now professor of biology, students were ...

Meeta Cesler-Maloney and Angela Sabo finish 1-2 at IU Undergraduate Research Conference

Meeta Cesler-Maloney and Angela Sabo finish 1-2 at IU Undergraduate Research Conference

November 20, 2017

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–IU Southeast Natural Sciences students Meeta Cesler-Maloney and Angela Sabo won top honors at the 2017 IU Undergraduate Research Conference (IUURC) in Indianapolis, Ind. on Friday, Nov. 17. Cesler-Maloney won first-place honors for Best Undergraduate Research Project for her work, “Quantifying the relationship between ozone and meteorology during the Arctic spring.” ...

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Retired professor pledges 94 acres towards IU Southeast research, sustainability efforts

May 1, 2017

NEW ALBANY, Ind. — A retired professor of educational psychology has committed his farm and home for future use at IU Southeast. The university will use Dr. Carl deGraaf’s 94 acres in Elizabeth, Indiana, for academic research, sustainability efforts, recreation and natural resource and habitat preservation. DeGraaf’s home on the property will be used for ...

IU Southeast herbarium an important player in fight against invasive species

IU Southeast herbarium an important player in fight against invasive species

April 3, 2017

By Steven Krolak Tucked away behind an unassuming door in a hallway of the Life Sciences building is the IU Southeast herbarium, a collection of nearly 8,500 dried plant specimens from the university’s five-county service region. The collection is eclectic. It was begun in the early 1970s by Dr. Richard Maxwell when IU Southeast was ...

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