Welcome New BSC Faculty Member, Dr. Habiba Chirchir
BSC is pleased to introduce our newest faculty member, Dr. Habiba Chirchir. In her own words:
"I earned my PhD from the George Washington University's Hominid Paleobiology Doctoral Program, where my research used comparative and experimental methods to understand how bones change with an elevated exercise regime, how human skeletal anatomy has evolved over the last 3 million years, and skeletal adaptions to cursoriality. Prior to this, I obtained an MA in Skeletal Biology from New York University and a BA from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.
"I have spent the last two years as a Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow in the Human Origins Program of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. The conceptual focus of my research is to understand the link between the evolution of skeletal anatomy and behavior. Are certain anatomical traits associated with behavior and when did they evolve in the human lineage? Specifically, I research the evolution of modern human skeletal anatomy and how we evolved anatomical features that distinguish us from our ancestors, and our similarities in those features with other mammals with whom we share certain behavioral traits. I study skeletons of humans and other primates, as well as skeletons of felids and canids. I utilize CT technology and X-ray imaging to examine morphological traits of interest.
"I also have experience working in paleanthropology and paleontological field sites in East Africa.
"I would like to encourage students interested in working in my lab to visit me in Science 279B."
Welcome, Dr. Chirchir!
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Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid Available
The Sigma Xi research society sponsors research experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students by awarding grants of up to $1,000. Funding may be used to support travel expenses to a research site, or for the purchase of necessary research equipment. The annual deadlines for application are October 15, and March 15. For complete information on this opportunity, visit Sigma Xi's website.
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For Seniors Graduating in December
The deadline to apply for December 2015 graduation is Friday, September 18. Applications can be picked up and returned to the College of Science office, S-270. A graduation fee of $50 must be paid at the bursar's office, and a copy of your receipt must accompany your completed application when you return it to the College of Science office. The ceremony will be Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.
Free Tutoring Available for BSC 104, 105, 120, 121, 227, 228, 322, and 324
Take advantage of free tutoring offered for several BSC courses! Graduate students who are GAs in the courses listed above offer free tutoring during their office hours or by appointment. A list of GAs' office hours and contact information will be posted on the door of the BSC Tutoring Center and GA Office, Science 209, by the end of the first week of classes. Don't be afraid to get help early on so that you can keep up with classes as the semester heats up!
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