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COVID teaching, and learning, has certainly been challenging of the last year. Read this paper by UNC Asheville Biology'...
05/03/2021
ASMscience | Analysis of a COVID-19 Clinical Trial to Emphasize Experimental Design and Quantitative Reasoning in an Introductory Biology Course †

COVID teaching, and learning, has certainly been challenging of the last year. Read this paper by UNC Asheville Biology's Dr. Melinda Grosser and Dr., Becca Hale, regarding new teaching strategies that were used.

https://www.asmscience.org/content/journal/jmbe/10.1128/jmbe.v22i1.2389

Increasing student exposure to primary literature in early biology coursework can enhance scientific literacy and quantitative reasoning skills. The efficacy of primary literature discussion is heavily impacted by article selection, as student engagement is optimal with material that is topical and....

Woo hoo, Taylor! https://uncabulldogs.com/news/2021/4/13/mens-soccer-peay-durall-earn-big-south-mens-soccer-spring-award...
04/20/2021
Peay, Durall earn Big South Awards; Behan, Musial named All-Freshman - UNC Asheville Athletics

Woo hoo, Taylor!

https://uncabulldogs.com/news/2021/4/13/mens-soccer-peay-durall-earn-big-south-mens-soccer-spring-awards.aspx

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Big South Conference announced its men's soccer postseason honors and awards on Tuesday morning, with UNC Asheville's Miles Peay earning First Team All-Conference honors while Conor Behan and Leon Musial were named to the All-Freshman Team. Additionally, forward Taylor Durall...

UNC Asheville's Taylor Durall,  Biology major and men's soccer player,  "Builds 'Be The Match' Program on Campus."To joi...
03/12/2021
UNCA's Taylor Durall Builds 'Be The Match' Program on Campus

UNC Asheville's Taylor Durall, Biology major and men's soccer player, "Builds 'Be The Match' Program on Campus."

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https://wlos.com/sports/content/uncas-taylor-durall-builds-be-the-match-program-on-campus

UNC Asheville men's soccer player, Taylor Durall has always had a team-first mentality. It's become second nature for the Bulldog's forward after growing up playing the sport. "One of my first coaches told me that the first thing you need to do when you get the ball is ask yourself: Can I score? And...

02/15/2021

LECTURER IN BIOLOGY

(APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED THROUGH FACEBOOK WILL NOT BE REVIEWED, PLEASE APPLY USING THE LINK BELOW)

The Biology Department at the University of North Carolina Asheville is seeking to hire a temporary Lecturer in Biology for a two year appointment beginning in Fall 2021. The successful candidate will have an MS or PhD in Biology or an appropriate discipline, and demonstrated teaching experience is preferred. Teaching duties (12 contact hours per semester) will include some combination of our introductory non-majors courses and introductory courses for our majors including Ecology and Evolution, Experimental Design (experience with R is desired), Cellular and Molecular Biology, and Zoology and/or Botany.

https://jobs.unca.edu/postings/search

University Fellow for Faculty Diversity in BiologyThe candidate will be expected to teach 12 contact hours per semester ...
02/15/2021
University Fellowships for Faculty Diversity - Academic Affairs

University Fellow for Faculty Diversity in Biology

The candidate will be expected to teach 12 contact hours per semester (with some release time given to establish their teaching and research programs as described below); establish a research program that involves undergraduates; and engage in service to the institution, the community and the profession. Teaching duties will include contributions to our introductory courses in zoology and experimental design, and possibly cellular and molecular biology, experience with R is preferred.

Additionally, they will develop additional upper-level courses within
the candidate’s area of expertise, which may include existing courses such as Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology, and Parasitology, as well as new courses not currently listed in the catalog. Opportunities also exist for developing courses outside of the department that contribute to the liberal arts core curriculum. Individuals with a passion for undergraduate teaching, and experience at an institution focused on the liberal arts are strongly encouraged to apply.

(APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED THROUGH FACEBOOK WILL NOT BE REVIEWED, PLEASE APPLY USING THE LINK BELOW)

https://jobs.unca.edu/postings/4628

https://academicaffairs.unca.edu/faculty-openings/university-fellowship-for-faculty-diversity/

University Fellows Program Mission UNC Asheville is among the nation’s best public liberal arts and sciences colleges and the only designated liberal arts institution in the University of North Carolina System. We are the founders of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and our studen...

01/11/2021

Congratulations to UNC Asheville Biology alum, Alexis Toney, who will be participating in the DPT program at ECU, class of 2024! Woo hoo!

*We'd like to thank everyone who has sent their contact information in, so far!  We appreciate you keeping in touch - th...
12/03/2020

*We'd like to thank everyone who has sent their contact information in, so far! We appreciate you keeping in touch - thank you! 😁😍

Calling all UNC Asheville Biology Alumni - we are building an alumni email list - if you would like be receive research and job postings, as well as department updates, please IM us with your email address and year of graduation. We'd like to be able to make contact with you when we receive job postings, get updates on what you are doing, and get your feedback from time to time. Thank you!

Congratulations, Dr. Helm!  UNC Asheville Awarded $457,020 to Implement National Science Foundation Research Experiences...
12/03/2020
UNC Asheville Awarded $457,020 to Implement National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates - News And Events | UNC Asheville

Congratulations, Dr. Helm! UNC Asheville Awarded $457,020 to Implement National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

https://www.unca.edu/events-and-news/stories/unc-asheville-national-science-foundation-research-for-undergraduates-grant/?fbclid=IwAR0T9t1VrkTOTL5xbPCOsC8A6imGcIFmCpjeZOuLD9AhL5haCIh73FEUilk

UNC Asheville has been awarded a $457,020 grant from the National Science Foundation to implement undergraduate research experiences unique to “Climate City” with worldwide impact.

11/30/2020

Job posting:
Regional Science Coordinator

Position: Regional Science Coordinator –Southern Region
Full time, permanent position with benefits package
Position located in Asheville, North Carolina
Frequent travel throughout the southern region’s assigned territory
Salary range: $43,000 – $52,000
Dependent on experience and qualifications
TACF is a certified living wage employer

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume, including references, to [email protected]. Applications will be accepted through Friday, December 18, 2020. No phone calls will be accepted. We will acknowledge receipt of all applications; however, only those candidates forwarded in the process will be granted a remote interview.

Name: Regional Science Coordinator – Southern Region
Deadline to Apply: December 18, 2020
Job Description: https://acf.org/employment/

The American Chestnut Foundation is committed to providing an equal opportunity to all qualified individuals who are seeking employment with TACF and to all current employees. TACF does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, s*x, age, national origin, marital status, s*xual or gender preference, veteran status, disability, pregnancy or related condition, ancestry, medical condition, physical handicap, or any other protected class or status.

11/30/2020

Here is an interesting opportunity for recent graduates that Dr. Horton heard about from Dr. Jake Francis, a UNCA Biology Alumnus who is now a post-doctoral fellow at UC-Davis. Some of you may have seen Dr. Francis' seminar this fall.

The Meineke Lab at UC-Davis is looking to hire a Junior Specialist to conduct research in insect ecology. This position requires a B.S. in Biology or some closely related field. You can learn more at the link below.

https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03895

Join us this Thursday!https://unca-edu.zoom.us/j/2782503954Meeting ID: 278 250 3954One tap mobile+13126266799,,278250395...
10/21/2020

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The new species of snake that Biology alum, Ari Miller '20 @ariyouready discovered in Vietnam is front and center on the...
10/16/2020

The new species of snake that Biology alum, Ari Miller '20 @ariyouready discovered in Vietnam is front and center on the cover of the upcoming issue of Copeia! So proud!

10/05/2020

Congratulations to UNC Asheville Biology alum, Brianna Morales! Brianna will be attending Pfeiffer University’s PA program this coming January - 2021! Way to go, Brianna!

Please mark your calendars for the BIOL/ENVR seminar next week on Thursday, October 8th at 12pm! Our speaker is Dr. Andr...
10/02/2020

Please mark your calendars for the BIOL/ENVR seminar next week on Thursday, October 8th at 12pm! Our speaker is Dr. Andrea Etter from the University of Vermont, and her talk is titled "Salmonella outbreaks in poultry: from the backyard flock to the processing plant."

Dr. Etter is an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont, where she works on food safety and microbiology. Her research focuses on understanding (i) the intrinsic bacterial factors which contribute to foodborne outbreaks of salmonellosis, (ii) factors that lead to long-term colonization of food environments by Listeria monocytogenes and (iii) the prevalence of Salmonella enterica in backyard poultry.

If you walk past the occasional chicken coop in your neighborhood maybe you have wondered - are those piles of f***s teeming with Salmonella? Join us and find out! A flyer is attached.

We are excited to share that Mischa D'Errico's thesis (2019) was just published in Evolutionary Ecology. She did a Maste...
10/02/2020
Egg mass polymorphism in Ambystoma maculatum is not associated with larval performance or survival, or with cell density of the algal symbiont Oophila amblystomatis

We are excited to share that Mischa D'Errico's thesis (2019) was just published in Evolutionary Ecology. She did a Master's thesis worth of work with spotted salamanders at Sandy Bottom and worked closely with Dr. Hale and Prof. Kennedy. Yay for Mischa!! (I'll try to get a link to the whole paper, or upload it myself once I figure out how.)

Phenotypic polymorphisms are common in nature, but the mechanism through which natural selection maintains them can be difficult to identify. Heterozygote advantage, negative frequency-dependent selection, and variation in selective environment each can explain polymorphisms in some systems. Althoug...

EQUITY FOR ALL!
09/24/2020

EQUITY FOR ALL!

08/28/2020

We are so proud of our graduates. UNCA alum,Chris Cleveland, finished his Ph.D. at Univ of Georgia and has taken a tenure-track position as Assistant Research Scientist for Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study in the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine. What a way to make a difference - congratulations, Chris!🦙🦌🐇🦨🐿🐺🐑

Adherence to the three “W’s” keeps us all safer. Please show that you care. 😷💦↔️=❤️
08/12/2020

Adherence to the three “W’s” keeps us all safer. Please show that you care. 😷💦↔️=❤️

Confused about what to expect on August 10th? Dr. Hale and some students have given us a visual example! 🐻 https://youtu...
07/22/2020

Confused about what to expect on August 10th? Dr. Hale and some students have given us a visual example! 🐻 https://youtu.be/qnTbTMIYXOI @ UNC Asheville Biology

Dr. Helm has been busy writing and sharing her passion for jellies, etc. She has written popular articles, such as this ...
07/20/2020
Open Ocean Exploration on Twitter

Dr. Helm has been busy writing and sharing her passion for jellies, etc. She has written popular articles, such as this one:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/01/ocean-cleanup-project-could-destroy-neuston/580693/ and is becoming a well known go-to person for a number of things including ocean cleanup, jellies (of course!), and open ocean diversity- particularly often overlooked or misunderstood species such as by-the-wind sailors: https://www.fodors.com/news/outdoors/you-can-help-solve-one-of-the-mysteries-of-the-ocean Follow her on Twitter and stay up to date on the latest in open ocean diversity https://twitter.com/rebeccarhelm/status/1273689796171440131

“The first account of a scientist getting slapped by a jellyfish-wielding octopus occurred in the prestigious journal Science in 1963 when a young blanket octopus used a man-o-war to sting the author, resulting in the paper below. https://t.co/HqTnI9hfwa”

07/20/2020

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

We love it when our Biology graduates check in and let us know what they are doing. See below:

Jen Hamel received tenure and is the interim Assoc. Director of Undergraduate Research, and has a CURE leadership role, at Elon University.

Katie Wolcott finished her MSc 3D modeling and comparative morphology. She is now in software development at the National Museum of Natural History. Katie will be an instructor for a Cell and Molecular Biology course at a community college this fall.

Kevin Rice is ,an Assistant Professor in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri.

Kudos to them!

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UNC Asheville Department of Biology

UNC Asheville is a great place to study biology. We are a small department with gifted faculty including specialists in the fields of vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, botany, herpetology, ecology, evolution, animal behavior, human anatomy and physiology, animal and plant physiology, cellular and molecular biology, microbiology, and genetics. You'll spend most of your time working closely with your professors in our state-of-the-art research labs housed in the Zeis Science & Multimedia Building, an 86,000 square-foot modern science facility.

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Anybody there remember Alan Comer? He was Dept. Chair in the 1980s, when I was a student. I tried 'googling' him, and there doesn't seem to be anything about him after about 1988, so I'm wondering what happened.
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The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is hiring a biologist or similarly trained individual with expertise in Anatomy and Physiology. This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position. Priority application is 10/15, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply: http://jobs.uncp.edu/postings/4747 Direct questions to the search committee chair, Dr. Walline, at [email protected].