You probably won't see too many students in the School of Sciences (SSC) memorizing the Periodic Table — they're a little busy solving real-world problems.
Whether it's identifying new bacterial viruses in the "Bacteriophage Discovery" course, investigating honey samples for antimicrobial activity in Biochemistry, studying the psychological and physical effects of aging in one of the nation's few undergrad gerontology programs, or performing summer research in nanotechnology at the University of Iowa, students here get a taste of what being a scientist is all about by doing what scientists actually do.
SSC faculty are leaders in their fields and take the time to get to know their students personally. Professors like Dr. Gerald Cizadlo — a biology professor known as "Doc C" (View the Times Magazine Summer 2013 article "Creating the College's First MOOC") with a worldwide following due to his series of anatomy and physiology podcasts — collaborate with students on a daily basis.
Much of this takes place in the newly renovated Science Center. With six new faculty-student undergraduate research labs, seven state-of-the-art chemistry and biochemistry labs and one of the few anatomy labs for anatomy and physiology undergraduates in the country, students learn in environments that are similar to where they'll practice as professionals or graduate students.
And many are doing just that, as students from the School of Sciences are accepted into graduate school, medical school and the workplace at high rates.
Dean Aileen Beard, a professor of chemistry, joined the College in 2012 after 14 years as a professor of chemistry at Benedictine College in Kansas.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Marquette University before moving on to the University of Utah for her Ph.D. in organic chemistry.
Aileen Beard can be contacted at 218-625-4834 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School of Sciences
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Aileen Beard, Ph.D., Dean
In addition to the new Science Center, the biology labs have been renovated to include cutting-edge equipment and amenities and ample space for research.