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Albion-Connected Shark Research Lurks in Major Exhibit

Earth Explorers exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry
An exhibit sponsored by National Geographic running through September 1 at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry includes a mention of findings from a 2002 research paper on multiple paternity in nurse sharks co-authored by biology professors Jeff Carrier and Ken Saville as well as alumni Andrea Lindley Caplea, '99, and Nora Maries, '00. Carrier, now professor emeritus, says it remains "the only systematic study of mating behavior and reproduction of any shark species anywhere in the world."

A Morning Routine for the Birds: Kara Bowers’ FURSCA Experience

Kara Bowers, '15
When and why does a female house wren leave her nest? Is it the first hint of sunlight? Is it a response to the male dawn chorus? Through her research this summer with professors Dale Kennedy and Doug White at the Whitehouse Nature Center, the rising senior, biology major, and two-sport student-athlete hopes to find answers to these questions and others.

Biology Students Present Research at National Drosophila Conference

Allison McClish, '15, with research she presented at the 2014 Drosophila Research Conference
Biology professor Roger Albertson and students Marissa Cloutier, Jack Manquen and Allison McClish presented posters at the recent Drosophila Research Conference in San Diego, sharing work they believe could improve human health in developing countries.

Marissa Cloutier, '14: Considering Community Health in Ghana

Marissa Cloutier
For Marissa Cloutier, '14, a beautiful new community kitchen in a rural African village underscored a lesson of how not to do aid work. "The kitchen, which was built several years ago by an aid organization, has never been used because the community believes it is unsafe to cook in an enclosed structure," said Cloutier. "They were cooking on clay stoves outside and the new building remains unused."

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