Department of Biology
Biology Department News
Even tarantulas get the blues
UA researchers helped discover tarantulas evolve the same color blue using different mechanisms. They are now working to reproduce it for potential use in such applications as wide-angle viewing systems and other optical devices.
Sticky when wet — spider glue tightens grip in high humidity
UA scientists say nature’s phenomenon could lead the way to developing smart adhesives.
Breaking the Mold — TEDx talks feature game changers
The University of Akron announces speakers for Sept. 29 TED talks.
Scientists unearth ecosystem puzzle piece
In northeast Ohio's "backyard," UA biologists discover plant varieties sprout in moderation as part of worldwide study.
UA partners with land conservancy for Haley’s Run Trail restoration assessment
The University of Akron is partnering with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy to offer hands-on activities to community members at the Haley’s Run Trail BioBlitz and Birthday Bash July 11.
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