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HPU biology students publish paper on native fern

If you have ever hiked in the forests of the southeast during winter, you have probably noticed Christmas fern, Polystichum acristochoides. The native evergreen fern exhibits a peculiar behavior– during winter, it lays its fronds flat against the ground.  “Flat as a pancake”, adds Dr. Niky Hughes, associate professor of biology at HPU, “and we wanted to know […]

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Jan 25, 2019: Seminar on GMOs

Join us at 3pm, January 25, 2019 for a seminar by NCSU biologist Dr. Fred Gould, who will be giving a guest lecture on the use of genetically-modified organisms in agriculture.  

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HPU Biology student reviews mosquito protein

Gina Botsko (B.S. Biology: HPU 2018), Assistant Professor of Biology, Jackson T. Sparks, and collaborators from the University of Richmond and Louisiana State University published a review titled: “Membrane proteins mediating reception and transduction in chemosensory neurons in mosquitoes” in Frontiers in Physiology on Sept. 20, 2018.  Dr. Sparks and HPU undergraduate researchers want to identify molecular […]

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Natural Science Fellows interact with renowned neuroscientist, Dr. Lise Eliot.

Students in the Natural Science Fellows Program hosted Dr. Lise Eliot, a distinguished neuroscientist, to discuss her work on sex and gender differences in the brain (or lack thereof).  As one aspect of the Fellows program, students exchange ideas and network with world-renowned scientific researchers such as Dr. Eliot, author of “Pink Brain, Blue Brain” […]

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Dr. Cooke publishes environmental communication research

Dr. Sandra Cooke recently published a paper entitled “Environmental framing on Twitter: Impact of Trump’s Paris Agreement withdrawal on climate change and ocean acidification dialogue” in collaboration with Dr. Sojung Kim, a communications professor at George Mason University. The study investigated how people discuss the well-known problem of climate change and the lesser-known (but highly […]

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Biology faculty win HPU awards

Congratulations to the Biology Department’s own Dr. Angela Bauer and Dr. Veronica Segarra for being recipients of two of High Point University’s three new faculty awards! The award announcements were made during HPU’s convocation ceremony on August 19, 2018. Dr. Bauer won the Extraordinary Leadership award and Dr. Segarra won the Innovation and Creativity in […]

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Dr. Cooke presents environmental communication research

Dr. Sandra Cooke has been studying environmental communication and public perceptions of environmental issues in collaboration with Dr. Sojung Kim, a communications professor at George Mason University. On August 6, 2018 Dr. Cooke presented a project entitled “Environmental framing on Twitter: Impact of Trump’s Paris Agreement withdrawal announcement on climate change and ocean acidification dialogue” […]

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Dr. Sparks loves mosquitoes!

Assistant Professor of Biology, Jackson T. Sparks, published his work titled: “Mini review: Gustatory reception of chemicals affecting feeding in aedine mosquitoes” in Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology in October of 2017.  Dr. Sparks is interested in evaluating the relative importance of mosquitoes’ sense of taste during the initiation of host feeding behaviors.  A full understanding of disease vector […]

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Scholarly accomplishments of HPU faculty during fall of 2016

Assistant Professor of Biology, Cindy Vigueira, published a paper entitled “Escape to Ferality: The Endoferal Origin of Weedy Rice from Crop Rice through De-Domestication” in PLoS ONE (September 23). See paper here. Assistant Professor of Biology, Patrick Vigueira, presented results from a study entitled “Effects of continued prescribed fire and fire surrogates on insect pollinators […]

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