Biology Open House Success!

Hopefully many students found out whether Biology was the perfect major for them, during the March 15th open house in the Biosciences Complex Atrium.  Students enjoyed food, fun and hands-on activities to discover whether Biology is the perfect fit.  

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Dr. Mariana Federica Wolfner to deliver Aylward E.R. Downe Memorial Lecture

Dr. Mariana Federica Wolfner will deliver the Aylward E.R. Downe Memorial Lecture April 1st, at 12:30pm in room 032A of the School of Medicine at Queen's University.  Her talk is on the inside-view of reproductive interations between males, females, & their molecules in Drosophila.

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Robert Colautti named NSERC Tier 2 Canada Research Chair

Dr. Colautti explores the comparably new field of rapid evolution – evolution perceptible on short timescales. His research focuses on evolution that occurs in response to biological invasions and other forms of global change. Using next-generation sequencing technology, Dr. Colautti looks to explore how ecological changes drive evolution and how evolution feeds back to drive ecological dynamics.

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New combined Degree and Diploma Program in Biotechnology

Please join us as we celebrate the launch of the new Biotechnology degree plus diploma program between Queen's University and St. Lawrence College.

January 13th 11am-12pm BioSciences Complex Atrium.

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Wayne Snedden is one of the inaugural recipients of the Featured Graduate Coordinators of the Year award.

Wayne Snedden is being recognized for his work with graduate students through a new initiative launched by the School of Graduate Studies. 

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Tice Post and Carol Noel, Staff Recognition Award Recipients

Biology Department staff members Tice Post and Carol Noel receive staff recognition awards at this year's Prnicipal's reception during Staff Appreciation Day at Queen's.

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John Smol receives the Martin Bergmann Medal.

John Smol receives the Martin Bergmann Medal for Excellence in Arctic Leadership and Science.

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Shelley Arnott and John Smol recognized by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO).

Congratulations to the inaugural class of ASLO Fellows!  Shelley Arnott and John Smol both recognized by ASLO for their contributions in the aquatic sciences.

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Casselman Talks Eels

Adjunct Professor in the department of Biology, retired senior scientist with Fisheries Research, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, supervisor of the Lake Ontario Research Unit, and Canadian Angler Hall of Famer,  John Casselman,  was quoted on about the migration of eels.

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Where have all the crayfish gone?

Drs. Hadley and Smol have linked the localized near-extinction of a native crayfish species in four lakes in Algonquin Park to declining calcium levels, a long-term legacy of acid rain on forest soils and aquatic ecosystems.

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I've spent more time than many will believe [making microscopic observations], but I've done them with joy, and I've taken no notice those who have said why take so much trouble and what good is it?

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

It's a parts list... If I gave you the parts list for the Boeing 777 and it had 100,000 parts, I don't think you could screw it together and you certainly wouldn't understand why it flew

Eric Lander

What is true for E. coli is also true for the elephant

Jacques Monod

The world becomes full of organisms that have what it takes to become ancestors. That, in a sentence, is Darwinism

Richard Dawkins

Shall we conjecture that one and the same kind of living filaments is and has been the cause of all organic life?

Erasmus Darwin

Nature proceeds little by little from things lifeless to animal life in such a way that it's impossible to determine the line of demarcation


Cells let us walk, talk, think, make love, and realize the bath water is cold

Lorraine Lee Cudmore

In the distant future I see open fields for far more important researches. Psychology will be based on a new foundation, that of the necessary acquirement of each mental power and capacity by gradation. Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history

Charles Darwin

It is my belief that the basic knowledge that we're providing to the world will have a profound impact on the human condition and the treatments for disease and our view of our place on the biological continuum

J. Craig Venter

Imagine a house coming together spontaneously from all the information contained in the bricks: that is how animal bodies are made

Neil Shubin

A grain in the balance will determine which individual shall live and which shall die - which variety or species shall increase in number, and which shall decrease, or finally become extinct

Charles Darwin

The stuff of life turned out to be not a quivering, glowing, wondrous gel but a contraption of tiny jigs, springs, hinges, rods, sheets, magnets, zippers, and trapdoors, assembled by a data tape whose information is copied, downloaded and scanned

Steven Pinker

We wish to discuss a structure for the salt of deoxyribose nucleic acid. (D.N.A.). This structure has novel features which are of considerable biologic interest

Rosalind Franklin

We are biology. We are reminded of this at the beginning and the end, at birth and at death. In between we do what we can to forget

Mary Roach

The systems approach to biology will be the dominant theme in medicine

Leroy Hood

I've always been interested in animal behavior, and I keep reading about it because it's so surprising all the time - so many things are happening around us that we neglect to look at. Part of the passion I have for biology is based on this wonderment"

Isabella Rossellini

Because all of biology is connected, one can often make a breakthrough with an organism that exaggerates a particular phenomenon, and later explore the generality

Thomas Cech

Nothing in Biology makes sense except in the light of evolution

Theodosius Dobzhansky

Biology is now bigger than physics, as measured by the size of budgets, by the size of the workforce, or by the output of major discoveries; and biology is likely to remain the biggest part of science through the twenty-first century

- Freeman Dyson

Nothing can be more incorrect than the assumption one sometimes meets with, that physics has one method, chemistry another, and biology a third

- Thomas Huxley