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Alpha Epsilon Delta elects officers

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

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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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Former biology professor donates biology/medical bibliography

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

Dr. 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.

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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.


Dr. Tiftickjian receives Kossman Award

Kossman Award

Dr. 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 recieves a cash award, a commemorative medallion, and a personal plaque. The names of all Kossman Award recipients are displayed in Kethley Hall.


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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Sciences receive scanning electron microscope

SEM installation

Students and faculty in the sciences will soon be better equipped to engage in diverse scientific research in biology, chemistry, and environmental science thanks to the acquisition of a new scanning electron microscope (SEM), attained with funding through a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Nina Baghai-Riding, as principle investigator on the grant, worked closely with the Office of Institutional Grants to secure the grant. A number of the science facutly collaborated in the grant proposal including: Dr. John Tiftickjian, Dr. Barry Campbell, Dr. Charles Smithhart, Dr. Jira Katembe, and Dr. Séverine Groh.

The instrument will be used for various research projects and in the classroom in courses such as anatomy and physiology, parasitology, plant anatomy, environmental chemistry, cell biology, and plant systematics.

The SEM magnifies images up to 300,000 times normal size, well beyond the capability of ordinary light microscopes and can also be used for x-ray analysis of samples to determine there elemental composition.

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