Biology Update Spring 2018

The Department of Biology is continuing to build on excellence in teaching and research with the recent addition of two new tenure-track assistant professors. Jocelyn Behm, who studies species decline and conservation strategies, joined the department in July 2017 and Anna Moore, a neuroscientist, joined us this January. These hires balance the recent retirements of professors emeriti Ed Gruberg and Frank Chang.

Despite a challenging funding atmosphere, faculty members continue to receive substantial new external grants that support our growing PhD program and offer research opportunities to many undergraduates.

Faculty members have also been busy on the instructional front, with several new courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels introduced that enhance the breadth and depth of the curriculum. The Professional Science Master’s programs associated with the departmentbiotechnology; bioinnovation (a joint program with Temple’s Fox School of Business); bioinformatics; and, our newest, scientific writing—have strong enrollments and produce successful graduates.

We thank alumni and friends whose financial support contributes to the department’s success, and invite all of our graduates to remain in touch online and on campus.

Robert Sanders
Professor and Chair


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Pictured: New faculty member Jocelyn Behm, assistant professor