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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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The biology behind stress: Addressing final exam anxiety

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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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Homecoming and the biology of belonging to a tribe

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

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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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Healthy benefits of the sun’s rays

Assumption College Undergraduate

The sun is shining, and we couldn’t help but focus this week’s post on the biological benefits of spending time in the sun. And because it will be a direct or indirect part of many of the bachelor’s in biology courses you take at Assumption – from botany to animal behavior — we found it […]

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June 25th, 2015

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Assumption biology student research in genetic diseases paving the way for a career in genetic counseling

Assumption College Undergraduate

One rising senior at Assumption plans to spend her fall semester this year performing research on a team and working in an area that she is passionate about — genetics. Kaitlyn Riley is a biology major with a concentration in neuroscience. Along with pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Assumption, she is interning at UMASS Medical […]

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May 21st, 2015

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5 Surprising skills that develop when you study biology

Assumption College Undergraduate

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

Assumption College Undergraduate

“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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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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