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Biological Sciences

Research

Carrying out original research is the root of all that flowers in biology.

Traditional classroom lecturing is a mainstay of education. And with good reason: it has served humans well for hundreds of years, and remains arguably the most effective way of conveying large amounts of information to many people simultaneously. But biology, like any science, is more than the simple (and complex) facts that can be transmitted this way. As Henri Poincaré observed, "Science is facts: just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science." Science is a uniquely human activity and must be experienced in order to be truly understood and mastered.

We are constantly looking for ways to incorporate more research experiences into our course labs and develop opportunities for Moravian students to engage in independent research. Developing research questions, devising experimental strategies to answer them, carrying out the necessary experiments at the bench or in the field, and confronting the inevitable obstacles that arise are all integral to becoming skilled biologists. The costs in time and material are significant, but the rewards are invaluable.

Student Research

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Olfactory Learning and Memory of Bang-Sensitive Drosophila melanogaster

Natalie Herb '16 gathers information about mutant fruit flies that can be relevant to people that have epilepsy and other seizure disorders.

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The Impact of Land Preservation on Water Quality in the Lehigh River

Shannon Bensetler '15 used both field and lab work to examine different sites on the Lehigh River watershed.

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Succession Monitoring in Prescribed-burn and Control Plots at a Portion of the Restoration Area of the Palmerton Superfund Site

The Palmerton Superfund site, the largest contaminated site on the National Priorities List east of the Mississippi River, is being monitored for ongoing risks associated with the toxic heavy metals.

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Faculty Research

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United Nations Climate Change Conference

Diane Husic, accompanied by students and alumni, attended the UNFCCC in Paris. Follow the Moravian College blog from UNFCCC, selected among other top blogs by members of the Research and Independent NGOs and sent to over 500 research groups worldwide.

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Frank Kuserk's Ecology Class Expands on Campus Tree Inventory

Could Moravian College’s Main Street Campus – like its sister campus across town – be home to a state tree champion? Biology Professor Frank Kuserk’s ecology class and Bartlett Tree Experts Inc. set out with a laser clinometer and tape measure to find out last week.

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