Department of Biological Sciences – News

Tuesday
3/14/2017

Environmental science students tour Cochran Aquaculture facility

Students tour aquiculture facilityStudents from Dr. Baghai-Riding’s Foundation in Environmental Science class (BIO 123) recently toured the Thad Cochran National Warm Water Aquaculture Research Unit in Stoneville, MS. The tour was led by fisheries biologist Daniel Oberle who showed students the 300-acre facility and explained how catfish are grown, monitored and processed for distribution. The tour tied well into the topic of agricultural food production that Baghai-Riding’s class had been exploring this semester.

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Wednesday
3/8/2017

Rico accepted to occupational therapy school

Dana Rico accepted to OT schoolPre-occupational therapy student, Dana Rico, as been accepted to the Occupational Therapy program at the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS for May 2017. Congratulations Dana!!

Tuesday
2/28/2017

Students win awards at Mississippi Academy of Sciences

Presentations by undergraduate biology/environmental science students and faculty won awards at the recent meeting of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences (MAS) in both oral presentation and poster categories. Both presentations were given in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Division of MAS.

In the oral presentation category, students Heather Brewer and Alexis Patterson along with faculty member AHM Ali Reza were awarded first place for their presentation “Impact of urbanization on bird nest materials in Mississippi Delta.” In the poster category, students Alexis Patterson, Heather Brewer, Karoline Lambert, Madison Zoeller, and Roxy Kimes along with faculty members Eric Blackwell and Nina Baghai-Riding were awarded second place for their poster “Prey remains found in 24 owl pellets from Carolina biological science.”

Thursday
2/23/2017

Environmental science students and faculty present at MAS

Students and faculty present researchDrs. Baghai-Riding, Blackwell, and Reza, along with several environmental science students presented their research at the 81st annual meeting of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences (MAS) in Hattiesburg on February 23-24. Heather Brewer, Alexis Patterson, and Dr. Reza presented “Impact of urbanization on bird nest materials in the Mississippi Delta. Christian Frew and Dr. Reza presented, “What can affect the movement patterns of white-tailed deer in central Mississippi.” Both of these oral presentations were a product of Reza’s ornithology and mammalogy courses.

Four poster presentations were also given. Alexis Patterson, Heather Brewer, Karoline Lambert, Madison Zoeller, Roxy Kimes, along with Drs. Baghai-Riding and Blackwell presented “Prey remains found in 24 owl pellets from Carolina Biological Science.” Brittany Husley, Christine Beck, and Drs. Baghai-Riding and Blackwell presented “Comparison of dental changes in Varans exanthematicus to ontogenetic shifts in diet.” Baghai-Riding along with students Matthew Galloway, Peyton Hamblin, Mitchel Coleman, Brady Chambley, and Matt McGregor, presented “Effects of wild hogs at Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi. She also presented, along with students Sheketra Bell, Jarrica Carey, DeAndra Felton, Monique Price and Kimberely Davis, “Bird surveys conducted at Bear Pen Park, Cleveland, Mississippi”

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Wednesday
2/22/2017

Dr. Reza to lead field course to Banglasesh

Dr. Reza is leading an international field course this summer in his homeland of Bangladesh. The tropical field biology study abroad course is in partnership with the Creative Conservation Alliance (CCA) that works to conserve Bangladesh’s imperiled wildlife. “This is really a special opportunity for students to get direct access to one of the most diverse environments in the world, the jungles of Lawachara National Park, as well as the largest mangrove forest in the world, the Sundarbans Reserve Forest.” said Reza. Participants will gain three credits during the Summer II session with a two-week field trip mandatory for the course, from July 10-25.

BIO 492: Tropical Field Biology, is course appropriate for any student enrolled or interested in biology, natural resources management, conservation biology, wildlife ecology, management, veterinary sciences or related fields.

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Sunday
2/19/2017

Dr. Baghai-Riding awarded technology grant

Dr. Riding was awarded a grant from the Office of Information Technology for her project “Enhancing the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) for Classroom Demonstrations and Lab Exercises.” Dr. Riding will use this funding to purchase a large panel monitor for use with the SEM.

Sunday
2/19/2017

Dr. Baghai-Riding publishes paper

Dr. Baghai-Riding, along with colleagues at University of Mississippi and the Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, published a manuscript, “Palynological analysis of a sample from the Coon Creek Member, Union County, Mississippi.” The article appears in the University of Alabama Bulletin 33, Volume 2.

Sunday
2/19/2017

Dr. Groh awarded research grant

Dr. Groh received funding of $2500 through the Faculty Research & Grant Award to further her work in establishing cell culture techniques.

Sunday
2/19/2017

Dr. Reza awarded research grant

Dr. Reza received funding of $2500 through the Faculty Research & Grant Award to purchase fund equipment, technology, and student workers for the wildlife management program.

Sunday
2/19/2017

Dr. Zhang awarded research grant

Dr. Zhang received funding of $4344 through the Faculty Research & Grant Award to purchase remote sensing detectors.

Tuesday
2/7/2017

Danielle Husley presents research at Rounda in Jackson

Danielle Husley presents posterEnvironmental Science/Wildlife Management major Danielle Husley was selected to represent DSU at the Research Showcase held February 7, 2017. Danielle presented her research poster “Paleocommunity of Late Pleistocene Megafauna Found Along the Lower Mississippi Delta Gravel Bars” at the Rotunda event in Jackson, MS.

Tuesday
2/7/2017

Dr. Baghai-Riding’s class preps trees for Arbor Day

Students packaging trees for Arbor Day distributionTo help celebrate Arbor Day each year, the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Cleveland gives trees to local residents to plant at their residences or throughout the community. Dr. Baghai-Riding’s Foundation of Environmental Science class helped with this year’s effort. Students bagged several hundred tree saplings for distribution. Specimens included river birch, sawtooth oak, water oak, crepe myrtle, flowering dogwood and bald cypress.

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Monday
1/30/2017

Dr. Kagumba and Ms. Maddox-Mandolini complete teaching effectiveness program

President LaForge and Provost McAdams present award to Dr. KagumbaDr. Kagumba and Ms. Maddox-Mandolini successfully completed eight online modules on teaching effectiveness offered through the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE). Both candidates were asked to speak about the value of their training at the award presentation held January 30, 2017.

Tuesday
1/24/2017

Dr. Zhang to present at International Cartography Conference

Dr. Zhang has been accepted into the International Cartographic Conference (ICC) taking place in Washington DC this July.  This conference takes place every two years and submissions are judged on six criteria. Dr. Zhang’s work received a rank of 1, the top score possible! She will be giving an oral presentation and full proceedings paper entitled “A multifactor GIS method to identify optimal geographic locations for electric vehicles (EV).” Congratulations Dr. Zhang on this significant accomplishment.

Wednesday
12/21/2016

New microscope is enhancing DSU Herbarium

Herbarium stereomicroscopeThe Department’s herbarium recently acquired a new Meji trinocular zoom stereomicroscope on a boom stand with HD video camera, and a widefield, high-eyepoint eyepiece. Funding for instrument was through the National Science Foundation herbarium grant that is associated with the Mississippi Herbarium consortium. Dr. Baghai-Riding said that the versatility of this microscope is helping with the identification of many problematic herbarium specimens.

A main goal of the grant is to digitize the entire 17,000 plus herbarium collection. For a list of herbarium specimens that have been cataloged, visit the herbarium web page.

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Tuesday
5/24/2016

Entergy Mississippi gives $50,000 grant to Delta State InFuse program

InFuSE is the university’s current initiative to secure private funding to support programs in the sciences.

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Saturday
5/7/2016
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Coliseum

33 biological science students complete degrees

At the recent Spring commencement, Delta State awarded degrees to 33 students from the Department of Biological Sciences. Twenty-eight Bachelor of Science degrees were awarded in Biology and five in Environmental Science. Three students received both biology and environmental science degrees. Three students received Masters of Science in Natural Science degrees.

Saturday
5/7/2016

Dr. Tiftickjian receives Kossman Award

Dr. Tiftickjian receiving Kossman Award from Dr. McAdamsDr. John Tiftickjian, Professor Emeritus of Biology, was presented with the Kossman Outstanding Faculty Award during the graduation ceremony on May 7th, 2016. Dr. Tiftickjian has taught in the Department of Biological Sciences since 1984. The Kossman Award plaque was presented to Dr. Tiftickjian by Delta State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Charles McAdams.

Delta State recognizes exceptional performance by professors through the S.E. Kossman Outstanding Faculty Award. This award is the top faculty honor at DSU. It is presented annually at May commencement. Selection of the Kossman Award is based on criteria including: effectiveness as a teacher, ability to motivate students, good relationship with students in and out of the classroom, effective mentoring and advising of students, creativity and innovation in teaching, and evidence of scholarship and service that support good teaching. The award honors the memory of S.E. Kossman, a prominent Cleveland business and civic leader who supported Delta State University. The recipient receives a cash award, a commemorative medallion, and a personal plaque. The names of all Kossman Award recipients are displayed in Kethley Hall.

Thursday
4/28/2016

DSU flag lowered to half-mast for Dr. Barry Campbell

Dr. Barry CampbellThe Delta State University flag has been lowered to half-staff in remembrance of Dr. Barry Glenn Campbell, Associate Professor of Biology, who passed away on Thursday, April 28, at the Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland.

Dr. Campbell taught in the Department of Biological Sciences for the past 19 years. He also served as Chair of the Division of Biological and Physical Sciences from 2006-2014. He served as academic advisor to countless pre-medical and other pre-health professions students during his tenure. He touched the lives of many students, creating a one-on-one environment for the betterment of the his students. He was also a grant writer for Delta State having obtained several grants to fund DSU science projects. Barry was a well-rounded, one in a million guy, who will be missed greatly. He was born on November 26, 1958, to Edgar and Angie (Watt) Campbell in Jackson, TN. He grew up in Clarksville, TN. Dr. Campbell graduated from the University of Tennessee and obtained his Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Tulane in New Orleans. He studied tropical diseases for several years, where he spent time on the Amazon River in Columbia. He studied parasitology in Costa Rica and other countries studying parasites in hopes finding a cure for human diseases. While on the faculty of Department of Biological Sciences, Dr. Campbell taught courses such as parasitology, histology, developmental biology, immunology, medical entomology, and medical terminology. Dr. Campbell will be greatly missed by both students and faculty alike.

Tuesday
4/19/2016

Former biology professor donates biology/medical bibliography

Dr. Steen presents book to DSUFormer DSU biology professor, Dr. James Steen, donated his 20-year project, “A Selected Chronological Bibliography of Biology and Medicine to the University” The four-volume bibliography celebrates the authors and laboratory technicians who are responsible for the great labor of discovery in the fields of biology and medicine.

Dr. Steen taught in the Department of Biological Sciences for 30 years The university will now house the hardcover copies. The bibliography is also available online.

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Monday
4/18/2016

Alpha Epsilon Delta elects officers

AED officers for 2016-2017At their April 18th meeting, Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), the premedical honor society, elected officers for the 2016-2017 academic year. The new officers are (from left to right) Dana Rico, Secretary-Treasurer; Kara Lane Nowell, President; Sara Barrett, Vice-President; and Christin Manor, Historian.

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Monday
4/18/2016

Alpha Epsilon Delta initiates 12 new pre-health majors

At their April 18th meeting, Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), the premedical honor society, initiated 12 new members for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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