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Nicole Thompson: Pursuing Her Childhood Aspirations
Nicole Thompson: Pursuing Her Childhood Aspirations

Nicole’s curiosity about the natural world began at an early age. She spent countless days of her youth turning over logs in search of salamanders, stirring up river beds to catch crayfish, and fishing with her father in western Michigan. According to Nicole, “Such a fascination with the natural world came from being raised in a family that celebrated every neat creature I captured. At a young age, I recognized the beauty and intrinsic value of earth and its inhabitants.” Despite her early interests, Nicole never planned to study Zoology in college. 

NSF Grant will Help Decipher Cells' Electric Properties
NSF Grant will Help Decipher Cells' Electric Properties

Integrative Biology researcher, Jason Gallant, will use a National Science Foundation grant to decipher the secrets of electric organs in fish and apply the insights to human electrically excitable tissue.

Jim Atkinson: Professor and Artist
Jim Atkinson: Professor and Artist

Dr. Jim Atkinson has a long history working with invertebrates: as a researcher, teacher, and artist. The convergence of Jim’s research, teaching, and art first blossomed during his tenure at Michigan State University. 

Jim will be hosting an open studio to the public on Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 1-4 p.m. at his new studio location: 4553 Cole Rd, Clyde Township; St. Clair County, MI. “This open studio is, in part, an introduction to the local art community and a way of showing my colleagues and friends how and why I’m still ‘at it.’”

2016 Department Award Winners Announced
2016 Department Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to all the 2016 award winners: Steve Roels, Lily Johnson-Ulrich, Nikki Cavalieri, Kaycee Morra, Eli Strauss, Sean Williams, Taylor Schoen, Nicole Thompson, Casey Geisland, Meghan Bugaj, Ryan Grady, Michael Killewald, Matthew Welc, Lindsey Whitlock, and Ana Wodek.

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