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  • Dr. Haseltine featured in Leading Edge Voices of the scientific journal Cell

    SMB investigator Cynthia Haseltine was featured in the Leading Edge Voices of theMarch 8, 2018 issue of Cell, discussing novel protein functions discovered when Archea proteins are compared to other microbes. Cell
  • Solving world hunger, one cow at a time

    SMB Professor and Director of the Center for Reproductive Biology Dr. Jon Oatley was recently featured in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.  Dr. Oatley’s efforts to boost food production through genetic manipulation of cattle breeding strains is basic research addressing a global challenge.

    Moscow-Pullman Daily News
  • SMB Tenure/Promotion Dr. Jon Oatley, Dr. Rey Carabeo, and Dr. Mary Sanchez-Lanier

    CONGRATULATIONS! Three SMB faculty members have been awarded tenure or promoted, effective July 1, 2018. Please join us in congratulating:

    ·        Dr Jon Oatley has been promoted to full professor

    ·        Dr. Rey Carabeo has been granted tenure (at his current rank of associate professor)

    ·        Dr. Mary Sanchez-Lanier has been promoted to full professor in the non-tenured, clinical track.

  • Dr. Patricia Hunt, Center for Reproductive Biology and School of Molecular Biosciences faculty, has received the HIGHEST award offered by the Society for the Study of Reproduction. Congratulations for receiving the Carl G. Hartman award!

    Society for the Study of Reproduction
  • Dr. Goodman’s paper “Host and Bacterial Factors Control Susceptibility of Drosophila melanogaster to Coxiella burnetii Infection” featured on cover of Infection and Immunity

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  • Offerdahl Lab Presents at National Conferences

    Erika Offerdahl’s research was showcased at two national conferences during July 2017. During the Transforming Research in Undergraduate STEM Education (TRUSE) conference (July 5-9 in St. Paul, MN) Dr. Offerdahl was the lead author of a poster. During the annual national conference of the Society for the Advancement in Biology Education Research (SABER) (July 21-23 in Minneapolis, MN), Dr Offerdahl gave a talk entitled “Hi-Fi Instruction: Characterizing the fidelity of implementation (FOI) of formative assessment and feedback.” SMB graduate student Jessie Arneson from the Offerdahl lab also gave a talk entitled ”The relationship between visual representation and cognitive load: It’s complicated.”

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  • Are we in a male fertility death spiral?

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  • Offerdahl Selected as WSU Teaching Fellow


    School of Molecular Biosciences faculty member Erika Offerdahl was selected as one of four inaugural WSU 2017-18 Teaching Fellows.  These fellows will enhance their own teaching while collaborating with colleagues to impact the transformative student experience at WSU. Congratulations!

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  • Fertility can hinge on uterus swimming conditions

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  • Smerdon Delivers Austin Distinguished Lecture

    SMB Professor Mick Smerdon will deliver the University of Idaho’s College of Science’s Robert B. and Floretta F. Austin Distinguished Lecture in Science April 27, 2017. His lecture entitled “DNA Repair Doctors WITH (Chromatin) Borders: Protecting Cells From Chaos and Cancer” is free and open to the public. Read More