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The Science Behind HOUSE

Who says watching television is not educational? First-year students investigate the science behind HOUSE Among the famous House-isms, as the pearls of cynical wisdom from the mouth of Dr. Gregory House, M.D., have come to be known, is the reoccurring assertion that, “everybody lies.” Here at TCNJ, it is no lie though that a very… Continue Reading

The Natural History of the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador

The Natural History of the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador

Charles Darwin’s voyage to the Galapagos Islands inspired the masterpiece of scientific thinking known as the theory of evolution by natural selection. Every biology student learns about it in the classroom but few have the opportunity to follow in Darwin’s footsteps and explore the islands firsthand. Yet come May, a group of students enrolled in… Continue Reading

Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) Biological Honor Society

Often referred to as “Tri-Beta”, Beta Beta Beta serves as the national biological honor society and acts as both an academic and service organization for students who are passionate about the biological sciences. TCNJ’s chapter of the organization allows School of Science students and even non-science majors to join a community that celebrates and promotes… Continue Reading

Amanda Norvell

Amanda Norvell

Developmental Biologist and Fruit Fly Enthusiast For someone who had never handled flies before her post-doctoral position at Princeton University, Amanda Norvell is surprisingly comfortable keeping thousands in the laboratory here at TCNJ. “I will be totally honest and say I had never touched a fly before I got to the Princeton lab,” the associate… Continue Reading

Janet Morrison

Janet Morrison

TCNJ’s Plant Person Janet Morrison has a thing for plants. There are several in her office, she spends most of her day talking about them, and when she is not in the classroom, she is outdoors working with them. As the resident plant ecologist here at The College of New Jersey, Morrison has even devoted… Continue Reading

Jeffery Erickson

Jeffery Erickson

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) claims the lives of more than 2,000 infants each year, making it the leading killer of children under the age of 1. While medical experts can suggest ways to reduce a baby’s risk of dying from SIDS, the etiology of the syndrome remains a mystery. One leading hypothesis among researchers… Continue Reading

Sudhir Nayak

Sudhir Nayak

The Worm Guy Affectionately known as the “worm guy,” Dr. Sudhir Nayak has indeed made a career for himself studying one of biology’s most versatile model systems:Caenorhabditis elegans, or C. elegans. “The worm is awesome,” said the associate professor of biology. He specializes in genetics and bioinformatics, weaving computer science, genetics, and quite a few… Continue Reading

Matthew Wund

Matthew Wund

From Snakes to Bats to Stickleback Fish: Dr. Matthew Wund, the Evolutionary Biologist Dr. Matthew Wund is a familiar face in the FedEx Office of Anchorage International Airport. Every summer for the past six years, the assistant professor of biology arrives with a cooler and ships it to Massachusetts. What’s inside? Certainly not the typical… Continue Reading

Tracy Kress

Tracy Kress

Kress Working on the RNA Assembly Line Up on the second floor of the Biology Building, you can find Dr. Tracy Kress on the move, teaching “Molecular Biology of Gene Expression” in the classroom, meeting students in her office, and working in her research lab. This biology professor still makes sure she has the time… Continue Reading

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