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06/08/2020

The Biology Department recognizes the historic and contemporary policies and practices that created and sustain racial inequities. We applaud and stand with our students, graduates, and colleagues on the front lines, who work to craft a more inclusive campus and nation. We know that diverse voices are the foundation of innovative science, and that intentional and thoughtful pedagogies can reverse injustice. Our department affirms its commitment to supporting biologists of color in the classroom, field, and laboratory, and to building a just and equitable scientific community at UNC Asheville.

05/25/2020

Congratulations to the following Biology seniors presented with awards of excellence:
Harry Henry Johnston Award for Excellence in Biology – Sam Nance
Bernhardt-Perry Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research in Biology –
Katie Caruso, Clair Huffine, Ari Miller and Kimberly Treadaway.
And congratulations to all those seniors graduating with distinction this year:
Kyle Adams
Catherine Allen
Kathryn Caruso
Clair Huffine
Kansas Hughes
Kellie Jarvis
Melissa Jenkins Soares
Haley Lindsay
Darcy MacFarland
Charlie McGehee
Ari Miller
Sam Nance
Corin O'Shea
Jonathan Reynolds-Engel
Kimberly Treadaway
Ginevra Walker
Shelby Wilson
Sabrina Vanderbilt

You’re a step closer to your dream and will soon be reaping the fruits of your labor. We can’t wait to see what you do with your degree!

The Southern Research Station Forest Inventory and Analysis Unit located in Knoxville, TN will soon be advertising to hi...
05/18/2020
Employment Outreach

The Southern Research Station Forest Inventory and Analysis Unit located in Knoxville, TN will soon be advertising to hire a GS-0460 07/09 Forester (Quality Assurance Forester) position located in Pineville, LA. If you have an interest in this position, please open the link below and click on the “Respond” tab, complete any required information and once you submit it, this will forward an automatic notification to us. When the official advertisement becomes available you will automatically be forwarded the usajobs.gov link.

Information regarding the position is included in the notice and the attachment in the notice. Please feel free to forward this notice to anyone who may be interested in the position.

You may contact me if you have any questions regarding this position at 865-862-2052 or email at [email protected].

Thank you!

Angie Rowe



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There's more! Dr. Becca Hale is lead co-author of the research article, "Effects of arthropod inquilines on growth and r...
05/18/2020
Effects of arthropod inquilines on growth and reproductive effort among metacommunities of the purple pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea var. montana)

There's more! Dr. Becca Hale is lead co-author of the research article, "Effects of arthropod inquilines on growth and reproductive effort among metacommunities of the purple pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea var. montana)" published in PLOS ONE.

Follow this link to the Article: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0232835

Many plant species harbor communities of symbionts that release nutrients used by their host plants. However, the importance of these nutrients to plant growth and reproductive effort is not well understood. Here, we evaluate the relationship between the communities that colonize pitcher plant phyto...

05/18/2020
Original Minds of UNC Asheville: Ari Miller

There is so much to catch up on this week! Recent UNC Asheville 2020 Graduate, Ari Miller, is featured in Original Minds of UNC Asheville this week - highlighting his work with Dr. Graham Reynolds. Take a look at this amazing video about his research, and its relevance to what is taking place right here and now with COVID-19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNb5BseWg70

UNC Asheville biology senior Ari Miller and Professor Graham Reynolds describe their undergraduate research expedition to Vietnam, how it led to the discover...

Dr. Ted Meigs and a number of former students - now scholars and professionals in their own right - have coauthored a ne...
05/18/2020
Divergent C-terminal motifs in Gα12 and Gα13 provide distinct mechanisms of effector binding and SRF activation

Dr. Ted Meigs and a number of former students - now scholars and professionals in their own right - have coauthored a new article in the journal Cellular Signaling. These former members of Ted's lab are now in Ph.D. programs at Columbia (Beka Stecky) and U of Maryland (Makenzy Mull), medical school at Duke (Todd Fleming), post-baccalaureate training at the National Institutes of Health (Courtney Quick), and the physician assistant program at Wingate (Vanessa Vinson). Megan Whitley has completed the same Wingate program and is a practicing P.A. in Asheville. Another co-author is Nicole Dover, a former Research and Teaching Fellow in our University's N.C. GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Scholars Program.

Find the Abstract here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0898656820301303?dgcid=author

The G12/13 subfamily of heterotrimeric guanine nucleotide binding proteins comprises the α subunits Gα12 and Gα13, which transduce signals for cell gr…

05/18/2020
Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB)

Please watch the attached video presenting UNC Asheville's Biology Professor, Dr. Jen Rhode Ward, with the 2020 ASB Meritorious Teaching Award! Congratulations, Dr. Ward! You are so deserving - and we are so proud! 😀🤩

https://www.facebook.com/120033814726491/videos/241924003582108

The ASB Meritorious Teaching Award is one of the highest honors for excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level in biology in the U.S. Southeast. Since 1953, ASB has recognized one of its members for outstanding teaching most years at the ASB Annual Banquet, the closing event of each spring meeting. Carolina Biological Supply Company generously sponsors this award.

This award is presented by Sharryse Henderson, chair of the ASB Meritorious Teaching Award Committee.

I was asked to Post this: Current AmeriCorps position: AGW, Water Quality Coordinator is opening up and so is their Urba...
05/11/2020
Greenworks Seeking Applicants for AmeriCorps Project Conserve 2020-21

I was asked to Post this: Current AmeriCorps position: AGW, Water Quality Coordinator is opening up and so is their Urban Forestry position. GreenWorks .
The application “due date” is May 15th but will be extended till they find someone to fill the positions.
GreenWorks is an incredible organization to work with Whoever fills these positions will learn a tremendous amount and truly enjoy themselves. This would be a great opportunity for a couple fresh-grads to check out!

https://www.ashevillegreenworks.org/latest-news/greenworks-seeking-applicants-for-americorps-project-conserve-2020-21

The Southern Research Station Forest Inventory and Analysis Unit located in Knoxville, TN will soon be advertising to hi...
05/04/2020
Employment Outreach

The Southern Research Station Forest Inventory and Analysis Unit located in Knoxville, TN will soon be advertising to hire multiple Forester GS-0460 5/7/9 positions in Louisiana. If you are interested in applying for these positions, please use the link below to respond to this outreach notice.

You may contact Angie Rowe if you have any questions regarding this position at 865-862-2052 or email at [email protected]. Thank you.

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Do your best! We are here for you!
04/30/2020

Do your best! We are here for you!

Peer tutoring is still happening via Hangouts/Meet. Here's the link:https://writingcenter.unca.edu/peer-tutoring-supplem...
03/27/2020
Peer Tutoring & SI Schedule – Writing Center

Peer tutoring is still happening via Hangouts/Meet. Here's the link:
https://writingcenter.unca.edu/peer-tutoring-supplemental-instruction/

Peer Tutoring & SI SchedulePeer Tutoring and SI is now online via Google HangoutsThe tutoring schedule for the week of March 23 – 27 appears below: AccountingTuesday: 12:00-3:00 PM – join via Google HangoutThursday: 12:00-3:00 PM – join via Google HangoutFriday: 3:30-5:30 PM – join via Goog...

How to properly clean & disinfect. Phones, keyboards, laptops/computer screens & desktops will be high use areas in your...
03/22/2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

How to properly clean & disinfect. Phones, keyboards, laptops/computer screens & desktops will be high use areas in your home. For your health, and the health of others, the CDC recommends that you clean and disinfect daily.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-disinfection.html

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

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03/22/2020

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03/21/2020
Rise 360

A new online class provides practical, up-to-date, and scientifically proven answers during this threatening time of severe disruption. COVID-19: How to be Safe and Resilient, an hour-long course that is free and accessible to anyone, was launched Friday morning by Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute. Its purpose is to provide, in one place, a credible, digestible collection of skills to help manage and survive the pandemic.

In addition to the online course, the institute has launched a complementary COVID-19 website.

https://rise.articulate.com/share/6fip2RYXQ-YzfNj8d3V5GoX2Jq1Nlo3X#/

A new online class provides practical, up-to-date, and scientifically proven answers during this threatening time of sev...
03/21/2020

A new online class provides practical, up-to-date, and scientifically proven answers during this threatening time of severe disruption. COVID-19: How to be Safe and Resilient, an hour-long course that is free and accessible to anyone, was launched Friday morning by Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute. Its purpose is to provide, in one place, a credible, digestible collection of skills to help manage and survive the pandemic.
In addition to the online course, the institute has launched a complementary COVID-19 website. https://rise.articulate.com/share/6fip2RYXQ-YzfNj8d3V5GoX2Jq1Nlo3X#/

Hope you all have been thinking of fun ways to keep yourself and others safe and healthy! We'll be "seeing" you soon! 🎧👩...
03/21/2020

Hope you all have been thinking of fun ways to keep yourself and others safe and healthy! We'll be "seeing" you soon! 🎧👩🏻‍💻👨‍💻👨🏾‍💻👩‍💻👩🏿‍💻💻

03/12/2020

Spring Break has been extended through 3/22/20, please check your UNC Asheville email

The Center for Forested Watershed Research of the Southern Research Station (SRS-4353) plans to advertise a vacancy for ...
02/27/2020
Employment Outreach

The Center for Forested Watershed Research of the Southern Research Station (SRS-4353) plans to advertise a vacancy for a full-time, Research Biologist, GS-0401-12. This is a term position with an initial appointment of 2 years; extension of appointment up to a total of four years is possible. The duty station is co-located at Forest Service - Savannah River facility, Aiken, SC.
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More Intern Opportunities!You can click on the working title (in blue) to get directly to that posting in the OSHR Job S...
02/24/2020
Job Opportunities | Careers

More Intern Opportunities!
You can click on the working title (in blue) to get directly to that posting in the OSHR Job Seekers website.

Intern – Videography for Wildlife Education & Outreach
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/northcarolina/jobs/2723569/intern-topsail-beach-stewardship-program?department[0]=Wildlife%20Resource%20Commission&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs
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Position #30005100
Wildlife Education Division
Work Location: Wake County
Temporary Full-Time
Pay Rate: $10.00/hour
-Posting closes on 03/04/2020

Intern – Topsail Beach Stewardship Program Internship
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/northcarolina/jobs/2723569/intern-topsail-beach-stewardship-program?department[0]=Wildlife%20Resource%20Commission&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs
INTERN
Position #30005101
Wildlife Education Division
Work Location: Pender and Onslow County
Temporary Full-Time
Pay Rate: $10.00/hour
-Posting closes on 03/04/2020

Intern – Alligator Management Internship
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/northcarolina/jobs/2723953/intern-alligator-management-internship?department[0]=Wildlife%20Resource%20Commission&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs
INTERN
Position #30005102
Wildlife Education Division
Work Location: Wake County
Temporary Full-Time
Pay Rate: $10.00/hour
-Posting closes on 03/04/2020

Intern – River Ranger / Hellbender Salamander Outreach Internship
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/northcarolina/jobs/2723958/intern-river-ranger-hellbender-salamander-outreach-internship?department[0]=Wildlife%20Resource%20Commission&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs
INTERN
Position #30005103
Wildlife Management Division
Work Location: Transylvania County
Temporary Full-Time
Pay Rate: $10.00/hour
-Posting closes on 03/04/2020

Intern – Growing Up WILD Together Internship
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/northcarolina/jobs/2723965/intern-growing-up-wild-together-internship?department[0]=Wildlife%20Resource%20Commission&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs
INTERN
Position #30005104
Wildlife Education Division
Work Location: Haywood County
Temporary Full-Time
Pay Rate: $10.00/hour
-Posting closes on 03/04/2020

Intern – Wildlife Educator Internship
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/northcarolina/jobs/2723967/intern-wildlife-educator-internship?department[0]=Wildlife%20Resource%20Commission&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs
INTERN
Position #30005105
Wildlife Education Division
Work Location: Transylvania County
Temporary Full-Time
Pay Rate: $10.00/hour
Posting closes on 03/04/2020

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Read this very interesting article on UNC Asheville Senior, Ari Miller. https://www.unca.edu/events-and-news/stories/sna...
02/24/2020
Snakes, DNA, and Solving the Mystery of the Tree of Life - News And Events | UNC Asheville

Read this very interesting article on UNC Asheville Senior, Ari Miller. https://www.unca.edu/events-and-news/stories/snakes-dna-and-solving-the-mystery-of-the-tree-of-life/

How many different kinds of snakes live in southeast Asia? Don’t know? Nobody does. But UNC Asheville senior Ari Miller is helping us find out. Miller, a biology major, is the first undergraduate student to ever receive a Smithsonian Grant from the Global Genome Initiative (GGI) to study reptiles ...

Join us in congratulating Dr. Reynolds and former student Emily Aungst on their boa genetics paper - take a look! 🐍 📄htt...
02/18/2020
Genetic diversity in the US ex situ populations of the endangered Puerto Rican Boa, Chilabothrus inornatus

Join us in congratulating Dr. Reynolds and former student Emily Aungst on their boa genetics paper - take a look! 🐍 📄

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/zoo.21535

Endangered Puerto Rican boas are kept in a number of ex situ facilities. We show that the US ex situ population is a better‐than‐expected representation of genetic diversity among wild populations. ...

Timeline Photos
02/15/2020

Timeline Photos

Current students, take a look at the UNC Asheville Biology Department Scholarships and Awards that are available! https:...
02/04/2020
Biology Scholarships and Awards – Biology

Current students, take a look at the UNC Asheville Biology Department Scholarships and Awards that are available! https://biology.unca.edu/engage/biology-scholarships-and-awards/

Biology Scholarships and AwardsThe Biology ScholarshipThe Biology Scholarship was established in 2019 and is intended to identify promising Biology students with financial concerns or need that might be impacting their pursuit of a Biology major. Weight might also be given to students from underrepr...

Two more employment opportunities for UNC Asheville Alum - https://unca.joinhandshake.com/jobs/3492367/share_previewhttp...
01/27/2020
Vegetation Internship | Handshake

Two more employment opportunities for UNC Asheville Alum -

https://unca.joinhandshake.com/jobs/3492367/share_preview
https://unca.joinhandshake.com/jobs/2281076/share_preview

Short description: This internship will support Grand Canyon National Park’s Vegetation Program on the North Rim. The vegetation program coordinates a wide range of activities including invasive plant management, native habitat restoration, site landscaping, seed collection, pruning, monitoring,.....

Woo hoo, Dr, Reynolds!  National Geographic Explorer: Biology Professor Graham Reynolds Receives Grant to Save the Silve...
01/14/2020
National Geographic Explorer: Biology Professor Graham Reynolds Receives Grant to Save the Silver Boa - News And Events | UNC Asheville

Woo hoo, Dr, Reynolds! National Geographic Explorer: Biology Professor Graham Reynolds Receives Grant to Save the Silver Boa

https://www.unca.edu/events-and-news/stories/national-geographic-explorer-biology-professor-graham-reynolds-receives-grant-to-save-the-silver-boa/

When UNC Asheville Assistant Professor of Biology Graham Reynolds discovered a new species of snake in the Bahamas in 2015, he discovered something else, too—the Silver Boa, as it came to be named, was endangered. In fact, it’s the most endangered species of boa in the world. Now Reynolds has a ...

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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].