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Assumption alum makes her name in the mushroom world

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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.

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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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Natural Sciences Spotlight: Environmental Science

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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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Biotechnology in Massachusetts

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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

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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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5 Surprising skills that develop when you study biology

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Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Assumption can lead to a number of exciting career options, some you may have never even considered. Start by taking courses that dive deep into the ways cells function and regenerate; explore fascinating fields like genetics, immunology, the oceanic ecosystems and more. Some important skills will cultivate […]

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March 9th, 2015

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Assumption Biology Professor Spotlight: Dr. Michele Lemons

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“When life gives you lemons make lemonade.” It’s an age-old expression, but perhaps Assumption College Biology professor Dr. Michele Lemons’ favorite. It works well for Lemons, as her first college biology course — one she took her freshman year, simply to meet her general education requirements — turned out to become her life’s work. “Originally, […]

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March 3rd, 2015

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What can biology majors learn from this year’s blizzard?

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Caption: NASA captured this image of last week’s storm from its climate and weather satellite Suomi-NPP. The Blizzard of 2015 is officially the snowiest storm on record in Worcester, Massachusetts. The final count: 34.5 inches of snow. Assumption students are back in class after some welcomed snow days. And those in biology courses know of, […]

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February 5th, 2015

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Biology of the Big Sleep

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As of December 21, it is officially winter. For many, that means bundling up a little more and maybe curling up by that fireplace a little longer. For hundreds of species of animals, it means storing up on food and entering into a deep, sometimes 8-month long slumber. “Hibernation is an extended period of deep […]

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December 22nd, 2014

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10 Ways to Become a Better Biologist Without Leaving Worcester, MA

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The best way to get better at anything is to practice. The best way to learn is in surrounding yourself with experts, mentors and other people who are passionate and knowledgeable about their fields.  Biology students at Assumption College can get that practice and build those relationships in different places all over the city of […]

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November 11th, 2014

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