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Working toward a career in biology policy

Assumption College Undergraduate

A bachelor’s in biology may lead you to become a science policy expert — an important bridge between researchers and the public, and one of the less travelled career paths mentioned in a previous post. “One of the best-selling points for science is showing how discoveries inside the lab will benefit everyone outside of it,” […]

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March 22nd, 2016

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Assumption alum makes her name in the mushroom world

Assumption College Undergraduate

A recent study revealed that there are more than 10,000 species of fungi in North America alone. Which means it’s no surprise that one of the study’s authors, Assistant Professor of Biology at Stanford Kabir Peay, explained that fungi are much more important than most people realize. “They are the primary decomposers in most of […]

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February 23rd, 2016

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Students at Assumption research cell biology with Dr. Aisling Dugan, Ph.D.

Assumption College Undergraduate

How can something so small like a microbe or a mutated cell cause such devastating effects? Assumption Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Aisling Dugan combines cell biology, molecular biology and genetic biology to answer this question. “Observing microbial infection or cancer cells as bad guys versus the defenses of the good guys has always been […]

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January 26th, 2016

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The biology behind stress: Addressing final exam anxiety

Assumption College Undergraduate

Friday, December 11 to Thursday, December 17 marks final exam week for fall semester at Assumption. For many students, including those who are pursuing a bachelor’s in biology, exams can be a source of significant stress. But one of the best ways to combat stress is to understand the biology behind it. To know why […]

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December 8th, 2015

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Natural Sciences Spotlight: Environmental Science

Assumption College Undergraduate

On October 19, Celia E. Deane-Drummond, Ph.D., director of the Center for Theology, Science and Flourishing at the University of Notre Dame began Assumption’s 2015-2016 President’s Lecture Series with her lecture, The Theological Tapestry of Laudato Si’: A Franciscan Vision for a New Earth. Professor Deane-Drummond spoke of the theological implications of Pope Francis’ take on climate […]

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November 12th, 2015

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Homecoming and the biology of belonging to a tribe

Assumption College Undergraduate

November 6-8 marks Homecoming weekend, where graduates from years past return to reminisce and think about what it’s like to belong to a network of Assumption alumni — to be part of the Assumption tribe. We are so excited to celebrate our tribe. And as alumni drive up Salisbury Street this weekend, think about how […]

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November 5th, 2015

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Biotechnology in Massachusetts

Assumption College Undergraduate

According to Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), modern biotechnology “provides breakthrough products and technologies to combat debilitating and rare diseases, reduce our environmental footprint, feed the hungry, use less and cleaner energy, and have safer, cleaner and more efficient industrial manufacturing processes.” That’s currently more than 250 developed biotech health care products and vaccines available to […]

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October 15th, 2015

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A growing demand for physician assistants

Assumption College Undergraduate

As Dr. Reid B. Blackwelder, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians puts it for The New York Times, the days of being a solo family physician in a small town are over. Medicine is now a team sport. An increased demand for healthcare services from a growing and aging population, widespread chronic disease […]

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September 15th, 2015

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Why marine biology matters

Assumption College Undergraduate

Some say we know more about outer space than we know about our own oceans. While oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, it’s estimated that two-thirds of marine species still remain unknown, and 95 percent of the underwater world remains unexplored. More than half of the world’s population lives within 62 miles of […]

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August 13th, 2015

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Clowning Around: There’s nothing funny about biology… is there?

Assumption College Undergraduate

Science has gathered plenty of evidence to support the idea that “laughter is the best medicine,” and yet the biology behind humor remains something of a mystery. Just as one recent Assumption student took on the biology of aggression as a research topic, maybe another will consider the polar extreme: humor. Research demonstrates a number […]

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July 21st, 2015

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