BioNews: Spring 2018

Editor's note

During this spring’s annual Student Awards Ceremony, IU Biology Chair Greg Demas expressed his admiration at how involved our students are—not only with their classes and research, but with volunteer and outreach activities. Madeline Danforth, who graduated with a B.S. in microbiology and a B.A. in Spanish, is no exception. Danforth is the focus of the student profile in this issue of BioNews.

Our alum profile covers Sue Anne Zollinger (Ph.D. ’07) who maintains a zeal for her work and activities. Read about how Zollinger developed her passion for science and how her artistic and scientific sides complement each other.

In this issue, we share with you some awards our faculty members have received during the past months—highlighting Julia van Kessel’s study on quorum sensing in bacterial pathogens for which she received a $1.89 million Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award. van Kessel’s work holds promise in unlocking a new method to fight diseases that are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics.

We also introduce you to John Patton, IU Biology’s new Blatt Chair of Virology. And, speaking of new, be sure to read about the discovery of a plant species that until recently was not thought to be in Indiana.

Terri Greene, BioNews editor

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