Posted tagged ‘biological sciences’

Biology Professor Paul Krieger has ArtPrize Entry

September 18, 2018

Paul Krieger, Professor of Biology, has an ArtPrize entry entitled True to Life. It features three realistic illustrations: (1) Profile of a Red-Tailed Hawk, (2) Profile of Grant’s Zebra, and (3) Great Horned Owl. It is showing at First (Park) Congregational Church in downtown Grand Rapids from September 19 – October 7.
You can also view Paul’s work on the ArtPrize website: https://www.artprize.org/67543

GRCC Science Talks to tackle the Sun, species conservation in new lecture series

August 24, 2018

A new series of presentations on a variety of scientific topics begins this academic year. This lecture series is called ‘GRCC Science Talks.’ These lectures are free and open to the public. There will also be light refreshments available. Here are the first two presentations that may be of interest to you and your students this fall 2018 semester:

Unlocking the Sun: Spectroscopy in the 1800s

  • Who: Dr. Lauren Woolsey
  • When: Monday, September 17, 2018, at 3:45 p.m.
  • Where: Calkins Science Center (CSC) Auditorium (Room 348)
  • Description: Have you ever wondered how we know what the Sun is made of, even though it is far too hot for humans to visit? The story of how we discovered the chemical makeup of our own star combines chemistry, physics, and astronomy in a tale of mystery, far-flung expeditions, and unexpected discoveries. After an overview of spectroscopy for general audiences, GRCC Assistant Professor, Dr. Lauren Woolsey will take us through the secrets of the Sun from this turning point in science history.

Species Conservation: How We Got Here and What Can Still Be Done

  • Who: Dr. Greg Forbes
  • When: Monday, November 5, 2018, at 3:45 p.m.
  • Where: Calkins Science Center (CSC) Auditorium (Room 348)
  • Description: An examination of the reasons that animal and plant species are endangered today, the current status of species worldwide, nationally and in Michigan as well as some possible strategies to save some of these species as well as humanity. Dr. Forbes is an evolutionary biologist and a certified wildlife biologist with research experience

We look forward to participating in these events with you and our students. Please email Tim Periard (timothyperiard@grcc.edu) with any questions.

GRCC In the News, 7-3-18

July 3, 2018

GRCC Nursing program to lead career workshops for Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids

July 2, 2018; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, June 26, 2018 — High school students will learn about an in-demand career option through a partnership between Grand Rapids Community College’s nursing faculty and Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids.

A girl, a goat and a dream

July 2, 2018; Daily News (Greenville)

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — As Cecilia Brandt, 17, of Cedar Springs, stumbled into the livestock barn with her goat April on Saturday morning, she had no idea she would be leaving with the top prize.

… She’s also already begun thinking about how she will use the scholarship. Brandt wants to attend Grand Rapids Community College for a time, before transferring to Grand Valley to study biochemistry. After that, she’d like to get accepted into an upper-level veterinarian school.

Nation’s top 2022 basketball player Emoni Bates enrolls at Ypsilanti Lincoln

July 2, 2018; MLive

YPSILANTI — There will be an added buzz inside Ypsilanti Lincoln’s gym during the 2018-19 high school basketball season.

… Elgin (Bates) and (head coach Jesse) Davis played at Grand Rapids Community College together and have remained friends for the past 30 years.

Skirka Named New Murray State Baseball Head Coach

July 2, 2018; West Kentucky Star

MURRAY – Murray State Director of Athletics, Allen Ward, announced the hiring of Dan Skirka as the ninth head coach of the Racer Baseball program.

… Skirka’s first collegiate assistant coaching position was at Grand Rapids Community College in 2007-08 where his team advanced to the NJCAA World Series. He spent the 2008-09 season at Ouachita Baptist working under former Murray State player Chris Moddelmog.

New position at GVSU to study diversity, equity issues in nonprofit sector

July 2, 2018; gvsu.edu

Leaders in the field of philanthropy from across the country have noticed a shortcoming in how the nonprofit sector applies principles of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout its critically important and economically substantial work.

… (Juan) Olivarez brings nonprofit leadership and higher education experience to the position, having served as president of Aquinas College for six years and Grand Rapids Community College for almost 10 years. He also served several years as the president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation where he championed innovative community initiatives that focused on improving education opportunities for all people.

Science students share dioramas with preschoolers

April 13, 2018

Students in Matt Douglas’ science class created dioramas that they recently shared with ECLL.

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Matthew Douglas gives talks to Michigan Botanical Society

February 12, 2018

On February 10th, Dr. Matthew Douglas gave several talks to the Michigan Botanical Society at Grand Valley State University.  The first talk, Defense of Bracken Fern by Arthropods, discussed the protection that the fiddle heads of bracken fern receive in the spring growing season from arthropods, including predaceous ants and spiders. The second talk, Inter-generational Migration of Monarch Butterflies in North and South America, discussed the similar strategies of migration into these two (very closely but isolated) species of monarchs in the northern and southern hemisphere.

Paul Krieger completes 2nd edition of chemistry book

November 14, 2017

Paul Krieger, professor of Biology, just completed the second edition of his book with Morton Publishing entitled A Visual Analogy Guide to Chemistry. It is currently being printed and will be available in January 2018 in both in-print and electronic versions. It includes 44 new pages and lots of new practice problems. This book is part of a best-selling, four-book series that has been helping students in the United States and Canada succeed in their science classes for the past 13 years. His other books cover the fields of anatomy and physiology.

A Visual Analogy Guide to Chemistry. Second edition. A graph shows electronegativity increases for hydrogen and oxygen. An illustration shows two men, one representing hydrogen and the other representing oxygen playing tug-of-war with a rope that represents unequally shared pair of electrons. The oxygen man has a thought bubble over his head that says "I'm winning!" A drawing of a man says, "A dipole is like a bar magnet." Paul A. Krieger.

GRCC In the News, 9-28-17

September 28, 2017

GRCC will host conversation on opioid addiction

Sept. 27, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is encouraging people to take part in a conversation on the “Opioid Addiction: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities to Create a Safer, Healthier Community” Thursday, Oct. 5.

Disability Awareness Month Schedule Features Poetry Slam Champion, Highlights Accommodation and Action

Sept. 27, 2017; ferris.edu

A schedule of six events will be offered on the Ferris State University campus, this October, during Disability Awareness Month, with the goal of fostering acceptance and understanding.

… Final events on the Disability Awareness Month schedule include a presentation and discussion on the Paws With a Cause program, to be held in Room 217B of the University Center Building at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 26. At halftime of the Ferris men’s basketball game against Grand Rapids Community College, Saturday, Oct. 28, the Grand Rapids Pacers wheelchair basketball team will exhibit its skills. The Pacers compete, nationally, with a high-energy, entertaining style that challenges the notions of what disabled really is. On Tuesday, Oct. 31, a Forum for Inclusion and Understanding, disABILITY, DEBUNKED! will begin at 11 a.m. in the University Center Ballroom. Ferris faculty, staff and students will offer presentations on their experiences with disabilities, with the goal of ending those assumptions that limit movement toward a more inclusive future, and society.

Preschoolers visit Biology Department

July 3, 2017

The Marsh Room children from the Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory visited the Biology Department on Wednesday, June 28. The experience provided an opportunity for the children to extend their current study on spiders. Hats off to Holly Christopher, Biology Learning Center coordinator, who helped make this field trip a very enriching and rewarding experience for them!

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Matthew Douglas uncovers insect fossil

March 27, 2017

This past summer, while continuing his sabbatical research on North American and South American Monarch butterflies, Dr. Matthew Douglas of GRCC’s Biology Department had the good fortune of uncovering a nearly perfect insect from the Florissant deposits of Colorado (dated at 36 million years in age).  The insect, a fly in the family Tipulidae (cranefly), was a female entombed by a volcanic explosion that caused a great deal of silt to cover an ancient freshwater lake, entrapping this specimen.

All insect fossils are very rare because insects are so delicate, and this one is particularly rare and amazingly well preserved.

A fossilized fly.

Physical Sciences hosts STEM event

March 20, 2017

Last month, the Physical Sciences Department hosted a collaborative public outreach event led by faculty and students from GRCC and Van Andel Institute. The event, titled “Fall in Love With STEM” was part of a series of similar events sponsored by the Association of Women in Science West Michigan chapter. The GRCC site featured a unique “Exploration Station” format, where middle-school-aged registrants investigated scientific disciplines across science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, making this a true STEM event.

From the Physical Sciences Department, Assistant Professor Ashley Campanali led a station on engineering and Assistant Professor Lauren Woolsey led a station on astronomy. From the Mathematics Department, GRCC student Rachel Swem led her own station on mathematics and game theory. From the Biological Sciences Department, Professor Leigh Kleinert organized a station that was run entirely by the following GRCC students as part of their service learning program: Shelsy DeLeon-Lopez, Afrika Earvin, Alma Garcia-Bautista, Mollie Hettinger, Brendan Howe, Jenna Meyers, Mauricio Perez, Monica Rivera, Taylor Swift, Megan Thomas, and Ana Villagomez.

Sincere thanks and congratulations to all those involved, including the countless volunteers and support staff who made this event possible! Other station leaders include Alison Bernstein (MSU), Jamie Grit (VAI), Marie Adams (VAI), Allie Weber (VAI), and Jacqueline Peacock (FSU). Julie Turner led the VAI logistics and event registration, and Lauren Woolsey led the GRCC logistics and event setup. Photos in this post were taken by Katie Krajnak from VAI. Dozens of families attended this inaugural event, and we look forward to expanding the event in future years!

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Free Fall in Love with STEM event set for Feb. 18

February 14, 2017

Investigate a series of Exploration Stations during the Fall in Love with STEM event from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 18. The free event was developed in a collaboration between Grand Rapids Community College, Van Andel Institute and Michigan State University.

From the very large (the solar system) to the very small (blood cells), explore all that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has to offer! Each station is designed to be a 15- to 30-minute activity, targeted at middle school students. Pick and choose which stations to complete, or explore all of them over the course of the afternoon! Program a robot or computer to make a drawing, investigate skeletons by dissecting an owl pellet, figure out mathematical strategies in games, identify DNA to help solve a crime, control objects with your brain waves, and more! Registration limited to 100 students, parking passes will be provided to registrants. This event is sponsored by the West Michigan Association for Women in Science.

This Open House of STEM activities is geared towards middle school and high school students and will be held on the first floor of the Calkins Science Center. The event is sponsored by the West Michigan Association for Women in Science.

For more information or to RSVP, please click this link.

 

Matthew Douglas elected president of Michigan Entomological Society

February 13, 2017

Dr. Matthew Douglas of the GRCC Biology Department has been elected as the President of the 275-member Michigan Entomological Society (MES).  (The MES has member faculty from around the United States and a number of foreign countries.)

During the summer meeting of the MES near Traverse City, Michigan, Dr. Douglas presented a paper (derived from his sabbatical work in South America), entitled: Monarch Migration in the Americas.  In this paper Dr. Douglas proposes that the three species of Monarch butterflies in the Americas are all derived from an ancestral population (no longer in existence) extending from Central Mexico across to Hispaniola.  It is apparent that all species of Monarchs had the ability to migrate either attitudinally or latitudinally:  In South America the Monarch migrates along the Andes of Argentina to an unknown location; on the island of Hispaniola, Monarchs migrate attitudinally; and in North America, our Monarchs migrate in three migrational cohorts toward Mexico, California, and South Florida (across to the Yucatan Peninsula).

This research resolves a major issue concerning the origination of the migratory behavior in all Monarch butterflies, and it is hopeful that this information will promote additional research into the migratory behavior of the Monarch butterflies.

The annual meeting of the MES will be help from August 25th through August 27th at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, just south of Hastings, Michigan.  Any interested students or professors should contact Dr. Douglas for additional information at mdouglas@grcc.edu.

Paul Krieger’s sabbatical

February 8, 2017

Paul Krieger, professor of Biology, is currently on sabbatical studying scientific and medical illustration at Kendall College of Art & Design (KCAD). These pen and ink illustrations – a Great Horned Owl and a zebra – are samples of his work.

 

Gregory Forbes to present lecture on Darwin

January 30, 2017

Dr. Gregory Forbes, from Biological Sciences, will be presenting a free public lecture entitled “Charles Darwin; A Retrospective and Perspective View” in honor of Darwin’s upcoming birthday.

This presentation will explore Darwin’s life, including his unlikely development into a scientist, his struggles to have his ideas taken seriously and his impact upon our present society, including how Darwin’s view of life has allowed us to understand relationships in science that otherwise would have been obscured had they not been viewed through the clarity provided by the lens of evolution.

This free lecture will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 7-8 p.m. at the Women’s City Club in Grand Rapids.

Condolences to Janis Qualls

January 11, 2017

GRCC extends condolences to Janis Qualls, in Biological and Physical Sciences, and her family upon the death of her father, John Qualls, on Jan. 10.