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Marquette University Department of Biology

June 27 | Issue 2, Volume 5


News From The Chair

At Marquette and other universities throughout the country, there is an emphasis on interdisciplinary studies. This makes sense: our society is not divided neatly into separate disciplines, so why should our students’ education be organized strictly by discipline? Several new programs and initiatives in the department reflect this focus. First, we have two new undergraduate majors starting this coming fall. The BS in Bioinformatics is a joint major with the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science and will give students both the skills to analyze the large datasets that have become so central to biology and the understanding of the underlying biology. The BA in Environmental Studies is a collaboration among almost every department in the College of Arts & Sciences and will allow students to understand the biological, policy, economic, ethical, and sociological issues relating to the environment.

This past semester saw several developments, many of which are described in detail in this newsletter. Of particular note was the start of our Internship program, which will give our students real-world experience with local companies and nonprofits. We also marked the “retirement” of long-time faculty member and former department chair Dr. Robert Fitts. I put the word in quotes because although he is now a professor emeritus, Bob was just awarded a major NIH grant last year and shows no signs of slowing down his research program. We look forward to having Bob as an active researcher in the department for many years to come! Also, Dr. John Bennett, who has served as an instructor for the last several years, left the department this summer. We wish him the best as he and his family relocate to Denver.

I hope you enjoy this newsletter, and please keep us updated on your personal and professional milestones!

Edward Blumenthal
Chair and Associate Professor



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