New course! BIOL-L 326 Biodiverse-City – offered spring 2016

BIOL-L 326 BIODIVERSE-CITY: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE, taught by Dr. Heather Reynolds, is being offered for the first time this spring 2016. The course has been approved to count as an upper level lecture in the Biology major.



You are invited to attend the FASE Advisory Board (FAB) Business Etiquette Program.  You will learn how to get a jump start on your career, what it means to develop your professional brand, and to learn techniques you can apply in any professional setting.


BIOL-M 460 Microbial Evolution – offered Spring 2016

We are absolutely thrilled that the Microbiology program will once more offer M460: Microbial Evolution.  This course will be taught in Spring 2016.  We encourage our students who are interested in microbiology or evolutionary biology to sign up for M460.  Note that the prerequisite for this course is L211.

The course will be taught by Dr. Jeffrey Palmer (, who is extremely excited to teach the class.  Microbial Evolution covers the ongoing revolution in our understanding of the evolution, diversity, and the importance of microbial life on earth.  The class will touch on the evolution of parasites and pathogens and viruses, antibiotic resistance, symbiosis, the human microbiome, horizontal gene transfer and the tree of life.

In other words, this is going to be a very, very cool course.  This content will be of interest to anyone interested in health professions, in research, in microbiology and biotechnology, and in evolutionary biology.  We encourage you to look at the attached flyer, prepared by Dr. Palmer: M460 flyer – Spring 2016


Volunteer in Bloomington!

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, to help those in need, to use your skills or learn new ones, to keep your resume current and to have fun! Connect to the Bloomington community by making service part of your IU experience! At the Bloomington Volunteer Network website, you’ll find over 400 volunteer opportunities in every possible area. Whether it’s volunteering with kids, animals or senior citizens, in issue areas like domestic violence, homelessness or hunger, or building up a community asset like WonderLab or the Buskirk Chumley Theater, Bloomington is waiting for you to join in! Volunteering is a great way to sink down roots in the community and to meet people who care about what you care about. Go to the Volunteer Network website at, email or call Lucy at 812-349-3433 to learn more.

November 14th invitation – Bringing students to Indiana’s largest sustainability gathering…

The Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC)’s Annual Greening the Statehouse (GTS) event is just around the corner.   GTS is Indiana’s largest annual sustainability gathering — the year’s best opportunity to learn about leading environmental issues in our state, featuring expert panel, public policy-oriented discussions on climate change, sustainable agriculture, and urban sustainability, and a dedicated session about understanding the Indiana public policy process.

GTS will be on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Schwitzer Student Center on the University of Indianapolis campus; registration begins at 9:00 am. 

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