Every Monday at 4:30 p.m., BYU–Idaho students and staff gather together for the weekly biology seminar at the Ezra Taft Benson Building in room 287.
The Department of Biology Seminar Series was developed to give students an opportunity to teach one another. It is intended to help the speakers familiarize themselves with presenting and speaking about scientific ideas to an audience.
Various subjects, like dentistry and evolution, are talked about in these seminars to broaden the knowledge and understanding of students.
“I’m taking Biology 200 which is Introduction to Biology. I’m here mostly for the extra credit to help my test scores, but I’m also here to get a broader view of things that I might like to do. I don’t feel like I’m wasting my time because it shows some interest in different subjects,” said Adam Johnson, a junior studying biology education.
Anyone can attend. The audience is usually biology students, but other students may attend as well. People all over campus are highly encouraged to come.
Speakers are fellow students who have the desire to share information with others about their experiences regardless of their year in school. Some have worked in a hospital, some have done research and others are interested in becoming a dentist or a doctor. However, they do not necessarily have to be a biology major to be a speaker.
On Oct. 26, Ben Jaderholm, a senior and a biology major, was the Biology Seminar guest speaker. He is an Idaho Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) scholar who was awarded a research fellowship last summer for ten weeks. His topic was “Bacterial Toxins and their use in Vaccine Development.
Jaderholm conducted research with Dr. Juliette Tinker of Boise State University. They studied salmonella, the bacterium found in the gastrointestinal tract that can cause typhoid fever, salmonellosis and food poisoning. He talked about production of vaccines and the toxins that salmonella produce that causes humans to be sick.
Biology professors, such as Steven Christenson, Todd Kelson and Mark Dewall, emphasize the importance of the INBRE program as a great internship opportunity.
“I highly encourage students who have even a slightest inclination for student research, to look into it because there are opportunities available,” Dewall said.
On Nov. 2, Krista De Coursey, a senior majoring in exercise science with a minor in chemistry spoke about “The Role of Oncostatin M (OSM) in Breast Cancer Metastasis to