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This future doctor to focus on patients of four-legged variety
Rachel Rielinger is on her way to becoming making her dream of becoming a veterinarian a reality — thanks to an Akron Experience that included undergraduate research opportunities.
Akron researcher receives federal funding to help save North America bats from extinction
UA's Dr. Hazel Barton is among the researchers being awarded $1.8 million in grants by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for her work on the management of white-nose syndrome, a fungal infection decimating the North American bat population.
Stephen McNulty: Finds his calling is in medicine
After traveling the world as a photographer, this biolgy major plans to add M.D. to his name. He is one of the students chosen to speak on behalf of the graduating class at spring commencement ceremonies.
Bumpy eggshells thwart bacteria
Akron scientists say Australian brush-turkey eggs inspire ideas for germ-resistant coatings.
New discovery finds missing hormone in birds
A finding by Akron researchers, led by biology professor R. Joel Duff, may offer insight into the mystery behind birds’ lengthy migrations and winter fasts.
Research Spotlight: Biology
Studying "Obese" Whales to Understand Human Obesity
How do mammals get fat and stay fat? Specifically, how do whales do it? That’s what researchers in UA Biology are trying to finout out. To do so, Hope Ball, a PhD student in the Integrated Biosciences program is looking at tiny protein called leptin that’s involved in how the body regulates how much it eats and how much energy it burns. The goal for mammals is typically to find a balance between food intake and energy burn. Whales, and other obese mammals, have found a way to build large fat stores despite this balance but rather than being obese they appear to be healthy and happy as fat mammals. Learn More