October 2011 - The University of Southern Mississippi

Department of Biological Sciences Newsletter
October 2011
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Newsletter Content
1. Recent Faculty Achievements
2. Recent Student Achievements
3. Spring Graduation
4. Biological Sciences Learning Center
5. Advisement
6. Spring Registration
7. 2012 Caribbean & Ireland Studies Programs
8. Graduate Student Opportunities
9. Seminar Series
10. Halloween fun!
 Congratulations to Dr. Yee! He has been invited to author a chapter for the prestigious
book, “Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates” edited by James Thorp
and Alan Covich. The editors of this text are expanding this single volume into a 7-volume
set, and Dr. Yee has been invited to be the lead author a chapter on the ecology and biology
of aquatic beetles. He will be co-authoring this chapter with one of his fellow predaceous
diving beetle researchers, Dr. Siegfried Kehl, from the University of Bayreuth in Germany.
 Dr. Donald Yee is happy to announce that his book proposal titled, "Ecology, Systematics,
and the Natural History of Predaceous Diving Beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae)", has been
accepted by Springer publishers. Dr. Yee will serve as editor and contributor to the 12chapter volume that will be written over the coming couple of years. This will be the first
book specifically dedicated to the ecology and biology of this important group of aquatic
predators. The book had contributors from scientists from 7 different countries.
Wail Hassan, who received his Ph.D. from the Department of Biological Sciences in 2004,
was recently hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at the
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
Congratulations to David Allgood, who successfully defended his masters thesis on 5
October. David studied competitive interactions and oviposition patterns between two
medically important mosquito species in the lab of Dr. Yee.
Ok students- LAST DAY to file application for degree for Spring 2012 Commencement is Friday,
November 18. Don’t forget this IMPORTANT deadline!
Need help with a class? Go to the Biological Sciences Learning Center in Mississippi Hall Basement
004. FREE tutoring assistance for Students enrolled in Biological Sciences Lecture Courses: BSC
103, BSC 107, BSC 110, and BSC 111. Find a time that works for you! Their hours are: Mon, Tues,
Wed 5-7PM; and Thurs 3-5PM.
Advisement week is October 31-November 4. Make an appointment with your advisor! It’s up to
YOU to get the classes YOU need 
Aquatic Insect Ecology class
Dr. Yee will be offering BSC 648/L and BSC 492 “Aquatic Insect Ecology” for the spring semester.
This course will cover the basic and applied aspects of aquatic insects in both moving and standing
waters. Lab will include topics including identification and sampling methods, reading and
discussion of the primary literature, and student presentations. Look for more details as spring
registration nears. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dr. Yee.
Check out these awesome programs being offered!
*Enroll in the Ireland Biology Field Experience this spring! (BSC 404/L and 504/L) Join Dr.
Kristy Halverson as she takes you on a biological field experience unlike no other. Visit locations
such as the Irish House in Dublin, the Wicklow Mountains, Glendalaugh, Blarney Castle & Stone,
Blarney Woolen Mills, kayaking with Fungi, the Cliffs of Moher, The Barren, Doolin Cave, and
topping it all off with a banquet at the Bunratty Medieval Castle. Become familiar with major
Ireland geography, customs, culture and history. Identify and document native flora and fauna
biodiversity. Aid in local biological conservation efforts. Participate in service-learning projects
and provide well thought-out reflections on the experiences with respect to attitude, behavior, and
course content. Experience Irish culture by immersing oneself in local activities. And most
importantly, have come craic!
Check out these awesome pics from the Ireland trip!
Dates: The on-campus portion of the class this spring 2012 semester will be arranged by the
professor, likely beginning late January/early February.
The field portion of the trip to Ireland will be 13 May - 26 May 2012.
Cost: The cost of the program is $4599 for undergraduate credit and $4799 for graduate
credit. This price includes tuition*, airfare, housing, some meals, and all entry fees. (Financial Aid
is Available!)
Apply through International Programs at: http://www.usm.edu/study-abroad.
Completed online application, with $250 deposit, will be accepted until November, space
*Spend New Year’s Eve in Jamaica! Study Abroad Opportunity during the 2012
Winter Intersession – Caribbean Studies Program
The 2012 Southern Miss Caribbean Studies Program (CSP) is offered during the winter
intersession (Dec. 28, 2011 – Jan. 12, 2012). Application deadline is October 28, 2011. You will
need a passport, so apply for one if you do not already have it. Other than the obvious, why
enroll in the Caribbean Studies Program? • The Caribbean Studies Program (CSP) is the closest
Study Abroad program, based in Ocho Rios, Jamaica with site visits to Kingston and other areas. •
CSP is among the shortest and most convenient of USM’s International Studies programs, offered
during the winter intersession (Dec. 28, 2011 – Jan. 12, 2012)
• CSP is among the least
costly: $3,699 for undergraduates ($3,899 for graduate students), which includes tuition, plane
fare, housing, transportation in Jamaica. • All CSP courses are 4 credit hours and count toward
the Spring 2012 semester. Students may use their spring financial aid to finance the trip. BSC
404/504&L: Caribbean Marine Biology is not just for Marine Biology or Biological Sciences
majors–the only prerequisites are Introductory Biological Sciences I and II (BSC 110/L and BSC
111/L) OR permission of the instructor. Contact Dr. Patricia Biesiot ([email protected],
601.266.4883,) if you have any questions about this course or the Caribbean Studies Program.
Not interested in the Caribbean Marine Biology course? Have a friend who hasn’t taken
Introductory Biology? Choose among the 12 CSP courses to add an international dimension to
your degree, to broaden your personal horizon, and to have the time of your life. International
Programs website: http://www.usm.edu/internationaledu/ip_1/jamaica.htm
<http://www.usm.edu/internationaledu/ip_1/jamaica.htm> http://www.usm.edu/study-abroad
<http://www.usm.edu/study-abroad> Click on “For Students”, then “Browse Programs”, then
“Caribbean Studies”; scroll down to see the courses offered.
Apply online using the “Register to
Apply” at the top of the “Caribbean Studies” webpage.
Need Financial Aid?
Cost is a major
consideration for most students interested in USM Study Abroad programs, but it is an investment
in learning that can have long term benefits.
Ms. Francis Suddeth in the USM International
Programs office is available to help students finance their Study Abroad experiences. She is
located in the International Programs Office on the Fourth Floor of the International Building and
is available Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Please contact her for an
appointment at 601.266.4344.
The Yee Lab of Aquatic Insect Ecology is happy to announce that he has received three years of
funding from the National Institutes of Health to study how environmental filters affect
communities of medically important mosquitoes in containers. Dr. Yee is actively recruiting
graduate students who will be supported off this grant. Further information about these
opportunities and others can be found on his website (http://ocean.otr.usm.edu/~w777157/) or
on his Research Blog (http://mosquitoecology.blogspot.com/). Get in on the action!
The 5th semester of the informal seminar series, E3 (Ecology, Evolution, and the Environment) is
now underway. E3 is held Wednesday at noon to 1 pm in JST 210. We have a variety of talks
scheduled from students and faculty. Please plan to join us and learn what is going on in the
department. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! The schedule can be found at:
http://ocean.otr.usm.edu/~w777157/E3_Fall_2011_schedule.pdf. Stop by!
The USM chapter of Roots and Shoots is teaming up with the Biological Sciences Learning Center
to offer our annual Haunted Halloween Biology Trail. It is a spooky but fun educational experience
down in the BSLC. Last year, we had over 600 people tour the museum and learn how
"frighteningly fun" nature can be. This year's Trail will be October 28 from 4:30p-7: 30p and will
offer multiple exhibits such as the "Mad Doctor" and "Creepy Crawlies". We would like to invite
everyone to attend (or volunteer their time if they want to participate)! Wear your Halloween
costume when you attend the trail!
*For more info, please contact Carrie Jo Boyce [[email protected]] or Michael Sellers
[[email protected]]