Consider BIOL-M 445 Medical Microbiology Lab for Fall 2017!

There are still open seats in BIOL-M 445 Medical Microbiology Lab (3 credits) for Fall 2017. This course is open to Biology, Biotechnology, and Microbiology majors. Prerequisite: BIOL-L 211 with a C- or better. You will study laboratory methods of isolation and identification of microorganisms from normal and simulated disease conditions of the human.

This course fulfills an upper-level lab in the Microbiology B.A., Microbiology B.S., Biology B.A., standard Biology B.S., and Biology B.S. with concentration in Biology of Disease. For the Biotechnology B.S., this course counts as credit under the “Biology/Chemistry electives.”

Time: M/W 1:25 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.

Location: Jordan Hall 022

Instructor: Britta Rued

College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Commencement will be indoors at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, due to weather

IU Bloomington has announced that students graduating from the College of Arts & Sciences will have Commencement at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, May 6), due to inclement weather.

Take note of the new location and time, all Biology, Microbiology, Animal Behavior graduating seniors!

05-05-17 Undergrad Commencement will be indoors

Therefore, the Biology departmental celebration will take place in the morning:

Biology Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony and Reception Saturday, May 6

 Location: Ballantine Hall 013 & Jordan Hall Atrium

Date: Saturday, May 6

Time:  10:00 a.m.

The Recognition program will be in Ballantine Hall 013 at 10:00 a.m., with refreshments to follow in the Jordan Hall Atrium.


National Scholarship Information Events – April 27 – May 2

Attention students:

A few events about nationally-competitive scholarships taking place before the end of the semester. While these will be of most interest to rising seniors, as deadlines occur early in the fall semester, all students are invited to attend:


  • Learn about the application and nomination process for awards for graduate study in the United Kingdom and Ireland such as a Churchill, Gates-Cambridge, Marshall, Mitchell or Rhodes scholarship. Campus representative Paul Fogleman and selection committee chair Tim Lemper will present information and answer questions. Two identical sessions: Thursday April 27 – 5:30 – 6:30 and Tuesday May 2 – 4:00 – 5:00. Both will take place in room 111 of the Hutton Honors College.


  • Final ‘Fulbright Friday’ of the semester – Friday April 28 – 4:00 – 5:00 – room 108 of the Hutton Honors College. Fulbright awards fund study/research and teaching opportunities around the world. Learn about the program and Fulbright application process. Information will be presented by Fulbright advisers and past and current Fulbright recipients. No reservation necessary. Read about recent Fulbright recipients here.


  • Info session about Knight Hennessy scholarships for graduate study at Stanford University – Monday May 1 – 4:00 – 5:00 – room 111 of the Hutton Honors College.


Students who cannot attend and would like information about these awards should contact:

Paul Fogleman

Competitive Awards and Research

Office: Hutton Honors College 216B

Bloomington, IN 47405

Tel: 812-855-3948


BIOL-L104 UTA positions available for Fall 2017

Attention students:

Six UTA positions are available for two sections of L104 (Human Biology) for

fall 2017.

Times are MWF 11:15-12:00pm and MWF 12:20 to 1:05 pm.



1.UTAs must attend all course lectures and exams.

2.Conduct office hours 1/week.

3.Help grade weekly quizzes, and participate in exam reviews.

4.There are no learning groups.


Please email applications to me at and should include:

Completed Application form.

Copy of transcript.


Preference for which of the two sections.

X371 credit or payroll option desired



Professor Yean W. Chooi PhD

Department of Biology

Indiana University

Bloomington, IN 47405


Great Statistics Course this Summer (6W1)

The IUB Department of Statistics is offering a summer section of STAT-S 303 Statistics for the Life Sciences during the First Six Weeks. Dr. Valdivia is an excellent instructor, and students report benefiting greatly from this class.


STAT-S 303

Statistics for the Life Sciences

Class Number 7632


10:20 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. MTWR

BH 304

P: MATH-M 14 or equivalent

COLL (CASE) N&M Breadth of Inquiry credit


Here is the course description:

Students taking this course will gain an understanding of basic statistical methodology and have the ability to apply basic statistical procedures to research.  Specifically, students will learn to: understand the meaning and use of statistical terminology, acquire an introductory level understanding of probability; generate, present, and interpret descriptive statistics as well as inferential statistics, and use the statistical software R for basic analysis tasks and to generate reproducible reports.  The examples and exercises are motivated by data arising in the life sciences, and while any student might benefit from them, students in Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Human Biology, Physics, Astronomy, and Environmental Science may find these examples particularly engaging.

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Concerned Scientists @IU

Thursday, April 20, Concerned Scientists @IU has organized a great event in support of science – Stand Up for Science – this will be in the IU Business School, Hodge Hall 2075 from 5:30-7:00pm.

This event will have presentations from several members of the IU community and a keynote talk from invited guest. Michael Halpern, associate director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington.

Please join the group for what is sure to be a stimulating, informative and motivating event, that makes clear the support at IU for scientific reasoning and practice in our society.  It should also help people energize for the Science marches to be held Saturday in Washington, Indianapolis and many other US cities.

–Clay Fuqua, Professor and Chair

Department of Biology