Consider taking BIOL-L 402 Ecosystems and Global Change in Spring 2019!

Calling all students who are concerned about the fate of our planet!

Want to learn about how changes in climate are likely to impact ecosystems? Or how ecosystems can actually slow or speed up rates of climate change? Or how human activities that cause the loss of species also affect how ecosystems function? Or maybe you just want to know how to talk to your family about climate change at holiday gatherings…

Fortunately, there is a course that can help you learn more: BIOL-L 402 “Ecosystems and Global Change.” Continue reading “Consider taking BIOL-L 402 Ecosystems and Global Change in Spring 2019!”


Seeking Participants for Study Surrounding Attitudes about Mental Health & Counseling

I am a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at the at Ball State University, completing my dissertation on beliefs and attitudes about mental health and counseling. This online survey should take approximately 35-45 minutes to complete and has been approved by the Ball State University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB Protocol #: 1165635-2).

You are eligible to participate in this study if you identity as a woman, are 18 years of age or older and a current college student.

It is my hope that participating in this study would allow you to reflect on your beliefs about mental health and mental health services. I also hope that this study will improve mental health services for college students in the future by providing a better understanding of attitudes.

If you agree to participate in this study, you will be routed to an online survey consisting of several measures varying in length. Total expected completion time is approximately 35-45 minutes. Additionally, if you choose to participate, you will have an opportunity to receive one of forty-five $10 gift cards.

Should you choose to participate, please click the link below to begin (alternatively, you can copy and paste the following web address into your browser):

Feel free to forward this invitation to other eligible individuals.

I would like to thank you again for your time and consideration. Please direct any questions or concerns you may have to me at


Craig Deken, M.A.


Available Research Positions in Comparative Cognition Lab, Spring 2019

Available Research Assistant Positions: Spring 2019 onward

CCL Application, Spring 2019

The Comparative Cognition Lab is looking for ambitious undergrad research associates to join our team and assist a doctoral student with ongoing behavioral neuroscience research. To learn more about The Comparative Cognition Lab,*check out the summary, website, and latest news features links provided at the end of this announcement.

In our laboratory, undergraduate research associates will learn how to setup and conduct multiple behavioral assessments in rats that examine animal models of memory using olfactory tasks. This is an entry-level lab position. As a new research assistant, you will be providing technical assistance to current experimenters in memory and Alzheimer’s related studies (e.g., experiment setup and breakdown, data entry, data analysis, animal handling and care). Prior research experience is encouraged, but not required; we will train you to do all of the technical procedures needed for our current experiments, and teach you how to handle the animals. If you are interested in this research opportunity, comfortable working with rats, and can meet the minimum requirements listed below, then please complete the application form attached and send it to us (application instructions provided within). We look forward to receiving your application.



Position Requirements:

· Availability to work in the lab up to ~2 hrs a day, M-F (10 hrs a week). ***Punctuality is essential in our experiments

· Availability to attend weekly lab meetings lead by the PI, grad student and or other senior lab members. Meetings can include discussions of assigned relevant readings, experiment training or reviews, data presentations, practice talks and/or poster presentations. All lab members are required to participate and are expected to prepare appropriately.

· Complete application



To learn more about The Comparative Cognition Lab and our research, read the summary and follow the links below to view our website and latest news features:



Summary: Alzheimer’s disease (AD) produces profound impairments in human episodic memory. Therefore, investigating animal models of episodic memory and AD holds enormous potential for understanding disorders of human memory. Although several animal models of AD exist, many do not adequately match the types of memory impairments that are observed clinically in people. We have developed several animal models of episodic memory that are designed to model the types of memory impaired by Alzheimer’s. Thus, we use our behavioral assessments of episodic memory to develop rat models of AD and cognitive decline. In the current line of longitudinal research we assess episodic memory in genetically modified rat models of AD throughout aging. To this end, our goal is to develop animal models of episodic memory impairment and protection in normal aging and AD.



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Newsweek: Animal Memory Discovery Could Lead to New Alzheimer’s Treatments

Indy Star: Here’s how memory in animals may improve treatments for Alzheimer’s

Science Daily: Neuroscientists find first evidence animals can mentally replay past … Animals have complex memories that can replay past events

Fun Kids Radio-Rats Can Replay Past Events In Their Heads:


Wednesday, Nov. 14 – come to a talk specifically for YOU by Dean of St. Jude’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences!

J. Racquel Collins, Assistant Dean of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, will be on campus this Wednesday, November 14. She will hold a talk for undergraduates from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Chemistry C033. Free pizza will be served.

Dean Collins will share information and answer your questions about the June 2019 National Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Summer 2019 internships in pediatric oncology at St. Jude, and why a PhD program at St Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is well worth considering! Don’t miss it.

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Need an upper-level lecture for spring? Consider BIOL-L 472!

There are still open seats for Spring 2019 in:

BIOL-L 472 Microbial Ecology (3 cr.)

Prof. Jay Lennon

Tues./Thurs. 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

  • Prerequisite: just SOPHOMORE status (not the prerequisites stated in Schedule of Classes – those are incorrect). For permission to enroll, email
  • Description: Principles of microbial ecology with emphasis on the population, community, and ecosystem ecology of bacteria and fungi.
  • How does it count in YOUR degree? BIOL-L 472 fulfills an upper-level Biology lecture in Biology B.A., standard Biology B.S., Microbiology B.A., and Microbiology B.S. degrees. It also fulfills an Advanced Skills lecture in Biology B.S. with concentration in Biology of Disease. For all other degrees, BIOL-L 472 counts as 3 credit hours at the 300/400 level inside the College!

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