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May 22, 2018 -- Dr. Ben Neuman's speaks about Ebola Outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo. 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-22/ebola-outbreak-treatment-from-qld-could-help-contain-virus/9784290

July 6, 2017 - Student Research

Check out the video of Alisa Robinson and Lara Jolley telling about their egg experiment!  Conduct under the supervision of Mr. Brandon Quaid of the A&M-Texarkana Biology Department.

 July 6, 2017 -- Dr. Ben Neuman presents on Viruses (From the Daily Eagle)

Dr. Benjamin Neuman, Chair of the Biology department at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, recently presented a sessionon new viruses at the XIVth InternationalNidovirus Symposium (Nido2017) inKansas City, Missouri. The presentation titled “Novel nido-likevirus genomes associated with eukaryotic intracellular RNA pools” focused on “new viruses discovered here at A&M-Texarkana by scanning sequence data fromspiders, tiny crab-like marine creatures,

frogs and a large sea slug,” Dr. Neumansaid. “There is a world of new viruses out there,and new ones keep popping up - whenever anyone reads genetic data from aplant or animal, they will also pick up the viruses inside that organism. As it turnsout, the average healthy-looking living thing is infected with around a dozenviruses at a time, most of which are new to science. In this study we were lookingfor a particular kind of giant virus calleda nidovirus, and what we found changes the way we look at this group of viruses,” Dr. Neuman said.

“Before this conference, we thought it was mostly people, farm animals and mosquitoes that catch nidoviruses. These new viruses show that nidoviruses are in most kinds of animals, suggesting that this group of viruses is able to make big evolutionary leaps between very different kinds of hosts.”  Also participating were Khulud Bukhari, Saad T. Mutlk, Hasan S. H. Alrashedi, Ban O. Abdulsattar, all of the University of Reading, UK; Guocheng Shu, Lanying Zhao and Jianping Jiang, all of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu, China; Leonid L. Moroz of the University of Florida, Federica di Palma of The Earlham Institute, Norwich, UK, Nadia Ayoub of Washington & Lee University, Jessica Garb of University of Massachusetts-Lowell and Weilin Sun and Barry Pittendrigh of Michigan State University.

“As part of the conference, I also participated in the ICTV Nidovirus taxonomy study group, where I named 56 new taxonomic ranks including the new virus families Abyssoviridae, Euroniviridae and Tobaniviridae. Before the addition of the three new families, the nidovirus order was comprised of four families.”  The International Nidovirus Symposium is a prominent scientific meeting that focuses on a unique group of viruses infecting a wide range of animal species and humans.

June 20, 2017 -- A&M-Texarkana Professors present at NETnet 2017. (From the Daily Eagle)

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May 17, 2017 - Jobs!

Recent graduates Javier Ordonez and Diane Wren have secured teaching jobs.  Javier at DeKalb HS and Diane at LE-HS.  Congratulations to them!

May 5, 2017 - Eagles make all conference

All Conference team

Biomajor Kolton Perfect (2nd from right) makes Gold Glove team with .981 fielding average and is honored with a character award. 
More information at http://www.tamuteagles.com/article/368.php.

May 2, 2017 - Biology major named all tournament.

Sammy Hogan

Second team all tournament at recent RRAC conference tennis tournament.

May 2, 2017 - Biofaculty recognized for scholarship.

Ben Neuman   Ben Neuman  David allard

May 1, 2017 - Biology majors rock at Student Awards Banquet

Makenzie Sangali and parents  Alec and Brian

Outstanding Biology student Makenzie Sangalli           Nominees for Bruner Award Alec Clairborne and Brain Huhyn 

April 25, 2017 - Biology majors excel at the Honors and Experiential Learning Showcase.

Lara Jolley and Alisa Robsion present their Duck Project.

Honors students Lara Jolley and Alisa Robinson present their "Duck Project."

Fei Zhao and her Experiential Learning Project   Brian Huyhn and his Experiential Learning Project.

Fei Zhao and Brian Huhyn present their Experiential Learning posters.

Read about it in the Daily Eagle.

April 27, 2017 - Teaching award

Teaching Award

April 21, 2017

Shellby Elliott Thomas Strawn

  

Shelby Elliott (left) and Thomas Strawn (right) were second place winners in the graduate and undergraduate categories, respectively, in the 2016-17 PLACE Essay Completion.  Shelby's entry was The Public School Dilemma: Analyzing Student Prejudice Influenced by Geographic Isolation in the Texarkana Area.  Thomas' was The Good ‘Ol Boys: Internal Racism in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  Shelby was sponsor by Dr. David Allard and Thomas by Dr. Tom Jordan.  Shelby is a graduate student in Curriculum and Instruction with a content emphasis in Biology.  She was an undergraduate Biology graduate with a teaching certification.  Thomas is completing his undergraduate biology degree.

April 20, 2017

TriBeta Earth Day

Dr. Richard Parsons of TAMU-Texarkana speaks about birding at the First Annual TAMUT Earth Day Celebration.  Sponsored by the TriBeta Society in the A&M-Texakana Biology Department.


April 6, 2017

PCR Instrument

Mr. Brandon Quaid, Dr. Ben Neuman and Dr. Nurul Alam of the A&M-Texarkana College of STEM are pictured with the Applied Biosystems 7000 Sequence Detection System recently donated by the U.S. Department of Energy through the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California.

The U.S. Department of Energy has donated an Applied Biosystems 7000 Sequence Detection System to the Texas A&M University-Texarkana College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California. “The ABI 7000 is a real-time polymerasechain reaction (PCR) that will allow the faculty at A&M-Texarkana to incorporate new instructional exercises with the equipment to prepare our students for future careers, propose new research projects for external funding, and allow for a connection with the DOE for future funding projects,” said Dr. David Reavis,interim Dean of the College of STEM.
Sometimes called “molecular photocopying,” PCR is a tool used to copy small segments of DNA and is applicable to many fields in biology and related sciences. “PCR is used every single day to diagnose illnesses, identify bacteria and viruses, process evidence from crime scenes and in many other ways,” Dr. Reavis said. “The equipment will allow our students to learn about genetic sequencing with a hands-on approach.” “The Laboratory Equipment Donation
Program (LEDP) was established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to grant surplus and available used energy-related laboratory equipment to universities and colleges in the United States for use in energy oriented educational programs.”
Dr. Reavis’s proposal for the Applied Biosystems 7000 Sequence Detection System, originally purchased by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for $43,540.73, was accepted on Jan. 12.
(From the Daily Eagle, April 11, 2017)
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