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Newsletter 2015

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Biology Students Do Hands-On Genetic Research

Biology Professor Sandi Clement is a huge fan of messenger RNA, which means the students in her lab Learn by Doing hands-on genetics research that might contribute to future treatments of autoimmune disorders.

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Cal Poly Study on Human Noise and Bird Behavior Highlighted on NBC News

Biology Professor Clinton Francis's research on how birds are affected by human noise pollution was featured in an NBC News story. Francis found that noise affects bird species differently, depending on their diet and the pitch of their songs.

Read more about noise pollution ›

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Cal Poly Biological Sciences Student Wins NSF Research Fellowship

Cal Poly biological sciences graduate student Paul Carvalho was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship, which will fund three years of his master's and doctoral programs.

Read more about Carvalho's award ›


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Letter from the Department Chair

Christopher KittsThank you, thank you, thank you. I don't think we say it enough, so let me queue it up one more time: thank you. Seriously, Cal Poly Bio Sci would not be the undergraduate teaching and research machine it is without you — our alumni, donors and friends — and your support.​

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Biology Professor Blogs for National Geographic

Fishers and Kenya Wildlife Service Senior Warden working together to trap and tag fishJennifer O'Leary, Sea Grant extension agent and biology professor, published a blog post for National Geographic about science-based management of marine protected areas (MPA) in East Africa. O'Leary worked with local fishers and MPA managers to implement a monitoring system in a Kenyan MPA that has resulted in invasive species removal and coral restoration.

Read the National Geographic blog on East African MPAs 


Two College of Science & Mathematics Professors Receive Distinguished Scholarship Award

Students lead a National Science Foundation workshop on a protein analysisCal Poly honored two professors from the College of Science & Mathematics with the Distinguished Scholarship Award for 2014-15: Lars Tomanek in the Biological Sciences Department and Philip Costanzo in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department. Wyatt Brown in the Horticulture & Crop Science Department also received the award.​

Read more about the professors ›


Thank You to Our Generous Donors

Private support from our alumni, parents and friends, as well as from private businesses and other agencies enables our department to continue to provide exceptional Learn by Doing projects and opportunities for today’s students. We are grateful for your generous contributions.

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