September 28, 2016: Dr. Mary Wicksten recently participated in a four-day NOAA-sponsored diving cruise to the Flower Gardens Banks National Marine Sanctuary.

As part of this “Lionfish Invitational,” divers from aquaria, universities, and private groups speared, netted, or otherwise removed as many invasive lionfish as possible.  Additionally, the cruise allowed researchers to monitor a puzzling die-off of sponges and corals near the sea floor of the East Flower Gardens Banks.  In all, the group was able to capture or kill 396 lionfish!


September 2016:  Dr. Tim Scott’s work was featured in the book Barriers and Opportunities for 2-Year and 4-Year STEM Degrees: Systemic Change to Support Diverse Student Pathways. 

Additionally, his findings on the efficacy of transfer learning communities in increasing the retention rates and grade point averages of STEM students were recently published in the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, & Practice.

Timothy Scott

April 2016: Dr. David Earnest of the Neuroscience and Biology departments did an interview on KBTX about how eating saturated fats later in the day can lead to dangerous metabolic disorders.


May 6, 2016: Dr. Gil Rosenthal is quoted in the May 6th article “The Power of Personality” in Science magazine.

Gil Rosenthal

May 3, 2016: Dr. Helmut W. Sauer passed away on April 25, 2016.  Dr. Sauer was appointed as Professor and Head of the Department of Biology at Texas A&M University in 1981 during a time of fundamental academic transition.  He was an internationally known and respected developmental biologist, a thoughtful and wise scholar and a knowledgeable and professional colleague.  His administrative style was quiet, low-key and mature, which was what the Department needed in a turbulent time.  He was known and recognized for his signature pipe and his daily walks around the TAMU campus (read more here).


April 28, 2016: Graduate Student, Marcus Li, has been featured on the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies Research Spotlight.

March 29, 2016: In celebration of Student Research Week (March 28-April 1) at Texas A&M University, the College of Science is taking five with five different people involved in various aspects and stages of innovative research at Texas A&M and beyond. See the full article on the College of Science Q&A Page.


July 29, 2015Two Texas A&M Science Seniors Recognized as Astronaut Scholars

July 8, 2015Battle scars: SAP and CRP

June 24, 2015 – Kirstin Maulding, an undergraduate working in the lab of Dr. Bruce Riley, has won this year’s competition at the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. The ASF seeks to encourage the best undergraduate researchers in the United States to pursue careers in research in STEM fields.

June 22, 2015 – Dr. Michael J. Benedik, dean of faculties and associate provost and professor of biology and genetics, has accepted the position of vice provost.

May 27, 2015Texas A&M Bat Expert Helping to Protect Wildlife at Wind Energy Plants With 3D Ultrasonic Whistle

May 7, 2015Texas A&M Biologist Tim Hall Honored as Namesake of Visiting Faculty Chair

March 24, 2015Dr. Deborah Bell-Pedersen has been awarded the 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award for research.

January 28, 2015IT TAKES A VILLAGE: Texas A&M Biologist Makes Cultural Investment in Sharing Research Results

July 25, 2014Where did these hybrid fish come from?

July 14, 2014 – Dr. Keith Maggert has been selected to receive the 2014 Distinguished Achievement College-Level Awards in Teaching from The Association of Former Students.

May 28, 2014Sexy Single Female Fruit Fly in Search of Experienced Male

May 5, 2014Tom McKnight Named Head of Texas A&M Biology

March 5, 2014Integrated Biology, Mathematics, Statistical Experiences Expand Range Of Opportunity for TAMU Undergrads

January 28, 2014The Brain Train

January 16, 2014Texas A&M Biologist, Former Student Develop a Longer, Stronger Cotton Fiber

November 25, 2013Four Science Faculty Among Seven Texas A&M Profs Elected AAAS Fellows

November 14, 2013LIKE CLOCKWORK: Texas A&M Biologist Says Butterfly’s Epic Journey Tied to Its Antennae

November 7, 2013Single rare tree in crowded Texas tourist spot is treasure for A&M scientist

October 29, 2013 – Kam To has been selected to participate in the Journey through Science Day, sponsored by PepsiCo and the New York Academy of Sciences.

October 10, 2013Bell-Pedersen To Receive The 2013 Eminent Scholar Award

September 5, 2013 – Texas A&M Science Enhancing Real-World Experiences with Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research

August 29, 2013Texas A&M Biologist Fights Deadly Gut Bacteria, C. Diff

August 27, 2013 – Dr. Ginger Carney has been appointed the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research in the College of Science.

August 19, 2013Texas A&M Researcher Uses $500,000 Award to Target Deadly Global Fungal Pathogen

August 13, 2013With 20,000 Zebrafish, Texas A&M Researcher Tackles Deafness

July 10, 2013 – Dr. Joseph Sorg has been selected as the 2013-14 Montague Scholar for the College of Science, an award sponsored by the A&M center for Teaching Excellence.

June 27, 2013Graduate students Pablo Delclos and Sarah Flanagan have received National Science Foundation research grants.

June 26, 2013Dr. Xiaorong Lin has receieved the BWF Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease award.

June 14, 2013 – Christine Farris has been awarded the College of Science Outstanding Achievement Award.

March 29, 2013 – Biology PhD students Sarah Flanagan and Pablo Delclos were awarded three-year graduate fellowships by the National Science Foundation

March 18, 2013 – Akshaya Ravichandran had her paper “The Presence of Two Cyclase Thioesterases Expands the Conformational Freedom of the Cyclic Peptide Occidiofungin” highlighted in Nature Chemical Biology.

January 28, 2013 – Rongfeng “Ray” Cui has won the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology’s award for Best Student Presentation in Phylogenetics and Comparative Biology, for his talk at their recent meeting in San Francisco.

January 10, 2013 – Carla Young has been awarded 3rd place for her presentation at the Cotton Improvement Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

January 3, 2013 – Deborah A. Siegele has been elected as a director to the board of the Genetics Society of America.

August 24, 2012 – Paul Hardin, Distinguished Professor of Biology, recently received notice that his grant proposal entitled “Developing cell lines from clock neurons in Drosophila” will be funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The proposal, which ranked in the top 2% of grant proposals, is a two-year study to establish and characterize cell lines from neurons that contain circadian clocks. The resulting cell lines will be used to identify missing components of the clock and drugs that shift or alter the pace of the clock.

August 24, 2012 – Paul Hardin, Distinguished Professor of Biology, was recently elected President-elect of the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms. He will serve as President-elect from 2012 to 2014, and then as President from 2014 to 2016. The Society for Research on Biological Rhythms is a 400+ member international society that promotes basic and applied research on biological rhythms by disseminating research results through the official publication of the society – the Journal of Biological Rhythms, educating the general public about biological rhythmicity, enhancing the education and training of students and researchers studying biological rhythms, and fostering interdisciplinary communication by convening conferences, publishing a newsletter, and hosting a society web site.

July 12, 2012 – After nearly 20 years in the making, Dr. Mary Wicksten’s work “Decapod Crustacea of the Californian and Oregonian Zoogeographic provinces” finally has been published by the international journal “Zootaxa”. The 307-page work  contains an overview of all the freshwater, estuarine and marine crabs, shrimps and lobsters (approximately 325 species, there is some disagreement)  to be found from the state of Washington to the middle Pacific coast of Baja California, Mexico. The work includes midwater and bottom-dwelling species to a depth of over 3,000 meters .  It includes keys and, for each species, a short diagnosis, information on depth, habitat, range, type locality, living color and previous synonyms; as well as illustrations and color plates. There has been no previous work as comprehensive as this monograph. The last attempt at preparing such a work for California alone was published in 1921.  So far, the reception by the scientific community has been enthusiastic.

April 24, 2012 – Nick Ratterman has been awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant with Dr. Adam Jones.

April 11, 2012 – Allyson K. Martínez has been awarded the 2012 U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship. The Gramm Fellowship was established to promote, encourage, and reward outstanding teaching and research by doctoral students whose command of their respective discipline exemplifies the meaning of scholar/mentor in the highest sense.

April 2012 – Allyson K. Martínez won the Charlie Guantt Graduate Student Oral Presentation Honorable Mention award.  Mary Abou Nader won the Charlie Guantt Graduate Student Poster Presentation Second Place award for the Environmental Microbiology category.

Friday, March 30, 2012 – In the poster competition at the Ecological Integration Symposium, two Biology undergraduate students won awards. Nicholas Kiefer (Wicksten lab) won second place in the undergraduate poster category. Kiefer and Alexandra Spahn (Rosenthal lab) won first place in the combined EIS/Student Research Week Poster.

March 2012 – Jillian Detwiler, postdoc in the laboratory of Charles Criscione, was recently awarded the 2012 Ashton Cuckler New Investigator Award, which is awarded by the American Society of Parasitologists for her prior research accomplishments and high potential for future endeavors.  Jill also was just awarded a NIH NRSA postdoctoral fellowship.

Friday, February 10, 2012 – Stephen Caster has won first place and Chuck Goldsmith has won third place in the Graduate Student Poster Session Competition at the Graduate Student Recruiting Symposium.

Thursday, November 3, 2011Texas A&M center confronts antibiotic crisis with potential new bacterial treatment

Monday, October 17, 2011Bats Can Raise Their Voices To Make A Point

Monday, October 17, 2011Red tide research aims at prediction

Wednesday, August 10, 2011Plotkin to lead A&M Sea Grant program

Tuesday, July 12, 2011MacKenzie Named Associate Director of Honors and Undergraduate Research

Wednesday, July 6. 2011 – Dr. Matt Sachs was selected to receive the 2011 Distinguished Achievement College-Level Awards in Teaching from The Association of Former Students.

Friday, December 10, 2010 – Tim Hall announced as the winner of the JoAnn Treat Award for 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010 – Graduate student David A Silva received the MAC travel award from the Minority Affair Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology. This award provides $1500.00 assistance to support Daivd to attend and present his work on intraflagellar transport at the ASCB Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA in December, 2010.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 – James Hardin and Camilla Sturdivant win 2010 President’s Meritorious Service Awards.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 – Postdoc Renato dePaula is the recipient of the 2010 David Perkins Award to attend and present his work at the 2010 Neurospora conference at Asilomar CA. This prestigious award “supports outstanding graduate students and postdocs to attend both the Neurospora and Fungal Genetics Conferences”.

Monday, May 17, 2010 – Michael Benedik has been elected as the Speaker Elect for the Faculty Senate and will be the Speaker of the Senate for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 – Zach Culumber and Kim Paczolt both received Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants from NSF. These prestigious awards contribute up to $15000 for students to work on their PhD research. Only 120 of these are given out each year by NSF’s entire Directorate of Biological Sciences.

Monday, April 26, 2010 – Tonna Harris-Haller has received a 2010 Distinguished Achievement award.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 – Dr. Deborah Bell-Pedersen has accepted an invitation from the National Institutes of Health to serve as a member of the Cellular Signaling and Regulatory Systems Study Section, Center for Scientific Review. As stated by The NIH, “Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. Service on a study section also requires mature judgment and objectivity as well as the ability to work effectively in a group, qualities we believe Dr. Bell-Pedersen will bring to this important task.”

Friday, October 16, 2009 – Anand Narayanan has been invited to attend the Presidential Forum on Service.

Wednesday April 15, 2009– Christine Farris, director of undergraduate programs, has received the President’s Award for Academic Advising for 2009.

Wednesday March 25, 2009– Charlyn Partridge and Elly Sweet have each won the Lawrence S. Dillon Distinguished Graduate Student Award, and Abhishek Chatterjee has won the Roozbeh Arianpour Endowed Memorial Scholarship. Each student will each receive $1200 and will be honored at the College of Science spring awards banquet.

Monday, March 9, 2009– Dr. Deb Bell-Pedersen has been chosen by the University Distinguished Lecture Committee to be a faculty lecturer for the 2009-10 season. The lecture will be part of the 2009-10 University Distinguished Lecture Series.