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H-SC summer research in tumor immunology

From Kristian Hargadon, Assistant Professor of Biology at Hampden-Sydney Charlie Hand ‘14 has been working with me on a project involving shRNA-mediated gene silencing in melanoma cell lines.  In general terms, we are trying to understand the mechanisms by which melanoma tumors suppress the activity of dendritic cells, an immune system cell that plays a […] Continue reading

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Bacteriophage discovered at H-SC presented at HHMI national symposium

As the culmination of a year-long effort at Hampden-Sydney to discover and characterize new bacteriophages from the environment as part of its associate membership in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Science Education Alliance (SEA), Greg Robertson ’12 presented the findings of the Molecular Biology and Genomics classes from the past year at the HHMI […] Continue reading

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A semester at the Duke Marine Lab

By Giovanni Torres ’14 During the fall semester of 2011 I was fortunate enough to attend the Duke University Marine Lab (DUML) in Beaufort, North Carolina and it was an amazing experience. The Marine Lab is on its own island with constant access to the surrounding estuary and the marine life within it. Field experiences […] Continue reading

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Congratulations H-SC Biology Class of 2012!

Good luck to all of our graduating Biology majors: Nick Bowling        Raj Clark              Aaron Fisher         Osric Forrest Barron Frazier   Jonathan Gammon      Ian Giles            Matt Hamblin C.W. Hammond     Nick Joyce       […] Continue reading

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Chi Beta Phi poster session

Chi Beta Phi, the honor society for the sciences, recently held its annual poster session to showcase the wide variety of undergraduate science research that takes place at Hampden-Sydney.  The Biology department was represented well by three projects from Dr. Wolyniak’s genomics class, which spent the semester characterizing a bacteriophage named Arturo by laboratory and […] Continue reading

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Biology award recipients at the Final Convocation Ceremony

The end of the school year brings with it the Final Convocation Ceremony and awards for students who have shown outstanding achievement at Hampden-Sydney.  The Biology Department gives two awards annually. The first, the James R. T. Hewett Biology Award, is given to a biology student who has shown exceptional service to the department and […] Continue reading

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Ecology field trip to York River State Park

H-SC Ecology (Biol 203) students and Dr. Katie Burke visited York River State Park to learn about wetland natural history and sampling techniques, and, most of all, to have fun.  Our guide, Brad Thomas, took us canoeing and seine netting in this important wetland to the Chesapeake Bay.
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5 biology students give presentations on Honors research

5 of Hampden-Sydney’s graduating biology seniors recently completed their year-long independent Honors studies.  First, 4 of these students presented Department Honors projects.  Ian Giles presented his project, which was advised by Dr. Herb Sipe of the department of Chemistry and focused on the chemistry of kava root extracts:
Next, Osric Forrest presented a multi-year study on […] Continue reading

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Summer biology research with H-SC faculty

This summer, 8 Hampden-Sydney students will be engaging in research projects with department faculty.  The projects are financially supported by the College’s Honors Council as well as a variety of external sources, including the Jeffress Memorial Trust, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, and the National Science Foundation.  Work will span the gamut of biology, […] Continue reading

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Marine biology field trip to Gwynn’s Island oyster hatchery

Professor Werth’s Biology 343 Marine Biology class took a trip to Gwynn’s Island, Virginia, for a tour of an oyster hatchery. Hampden-Sydney alumnus Rick Godsey ’85 met the students at the Oyster Seed Holdings facility (http://www.oysterseedholdings.com/) and, along with hatchery manager Michael Cosgrove, led the group on a tour of the operation, showing how […] Continue reading

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