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Spring 2016 Seminar Schedule – videos available new

Rebekah Flis receives Dean’s Award for Distinctive Service

Smithsonian Mason Research Semester – Spring 2016 new

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Fall 2015 Seminar Schedule

Important Course Requirement Information For All Biology Majors

New for Fall 2015: Career Changer’s Biological Sciences Undergraduate Certificate


Welcome Back from the Department of Biology!

We hope you are looking forward to a stimulating and exciting academic year. Our department has been busy this summer hiring new faculty, staff and graduate assistants who we are confident will enhance your educational experiences.

Staff changes

At the staff level, our lab manager, Josephine Mose retired after almost 40 years of experience. She will be missed. Jo has been replaced by Ms. Bonnie Madden who, among many duties, will be preparing all of the microbiology laboratories.

New full-time faculty 

Dr. Alexandra Masterson, who has been teaching for us for a number of years as an adjunct, will be teaching Human Anatomy and Physiology at the 100-, 400-, and graduate levels. Dr. Masterson earned her BA Degree in Biology from California State University in Fresno, her Master of Science Degree in Education from Old Dominion University, and a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of the Pacific.

Dr. Anne Scherer will be teaching BIOL 311: General Genetics on both the Fairfax and Prince William campuses. She comes to us after several years of teaching at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. Dr. Scherer earned her B.S. in Biology at Purdue University, her M.S. in Biology from the University of North Dakota, and her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from Indiana University.

Dr. Boris Sorkin will be teaching Human Anatomy and Physiology at both the Fairfax and Prince William campuses. He comes to us after many years of teaching, most recently at Queensborough Community College. He received his B.A. in Biology at New York University and his Ph.D. in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

Faculty on the move during the summer

Dr. Andrea Weeks, Dr. James Lawrey, and their students attended and gave presentations at the Meetings of the Botanical Society of America in Edmonton, Alberta.

Dr. David Luther and Dr. Larry Rockwood attended the Meetings of the Ecological Society of America in Baltimore. Dr. Luther helped organize a symposium entitled: “Ecological Acoustics: Conceptual and Technological Advances in Ecology through Sound.”

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Important Dates for Students

Spring 2016 Important Dates
First day of classes: Tue Jan 19
Last day to add classes: Tue Jan 26
Last day to file your Spring 2016 Graduation Intent: Fri Feb 19
Spring Break: Mon Mar 7 – Sun Mar 13
Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: Fri Apr 29
Last day of classes: Mon May 2
Exam Period (beginning at 7:30am): Wed May 4 – Wed May 11
Commencement and Degree Conferral Date: Sat May 14


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