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The annual event highlights endeavors that encompass the broad range of bioscience inquiry at the BIO5 Institute.
 
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In this episode, hosts Brooke Moreno and Sean Cadin talk with Dr. Kate Rhodes about her research on gonorrhea, funded in part by the BIO5 Postdoctoral Fellowship.
 
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By mashing up brains from various insect species, neuroscientists at the University of Arizona introduce a practical technique for quantifying the neurons that make up the brains of invertebrate animals. In addition to revealing interesting insights into the evolution of insect brains, the work provides a more meaningful metric than traditional studies measuring brain size or weight.
 
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Together, the BIO5 Institute and the UArizona Commission on the Status of Women funded two high-impact projects aimed to provide resources and mentorship.
 
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Match Day, which annually occurs on the third Friday in March, caps off four years of intense study, volunteering, research, clerkships, sub-internships and clinical rotations for medical and pharmacy students. Separate ceremonies were held for students in the College of Medicine – Tucson and College of Medicine – Phoenix, where students tore open their match envelopes privately and then joined events that were livestreamed online to announce their picks.
 
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In this episode, hosts Brooke Moreno and Sean Cadin talk with Dr. Felicia Goodrum about her research, passion for science communication, and mentorship.
 
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The annual Student Industry Networking Event is co-hosted by the BIO5 Institute and the Bioindustry Organization of Southern Arizona (BIOSA).
 
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The University of Arizona has a vast ecosystem of expertise and knowledge, stored in the brains of 16,000 faculty and staff members. Many might say it's one of the University's biggest strengths. But our experts are spread across more than two dozen colleges, schools, programs, and other units. The new KMAP site, accessible to anyone, organizes the University's experts into a map, allowing users to see who has collaborated with whom. KMAP also has overlays that show where grant funding has gone and how many citations researchers have received. A search feature allows users to type or paste in keywords, sentences, or even entire articles and abstracts to see a list of colleagues with relevant expertise.
 
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Past BIO5 KEYS interns continue to excel in the STEM fields by achieving prestigious awards, pursuing advanced degrees and giving back to the program.
 
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Six women representing various education and career stages openly shared their struggles, triumphs and advice with attendees at the virtual BIO5 Inspiring Women in STEM event on February 2.
 
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UArizona College of Pharmacy Dean Dr. Rick Schnellmann shares about his journey to pursuing academic research and his plans and goals for the college as he looks to the future of the field. Dr. Schnellmann also discusses the expansion of the college with six new endowed chairs and new certificate/dual degree programs for students.
 
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Students' course evaluations have long been problematic, then Covid-19 hit. No doubt, many professors don't want to be judged harshly for teaching in a less-than-ideal environment. So how are colleges handling evaluations during the pandemic? Teaching-and-learning experts provide their insights, including UArizona associate vice provost for instruction and assessment and BIO5 member, Dr. Lisa Elfring.
 
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Dr. Purnima Madhivanan’s global research experience has taught her that evidence-based interventions, aligning with community cultural patterns and values, are an important determinant of success when targeting diseases caused by HIV, HPV and SARS-CoV-2.
 
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The third annual BIO5 Postdoctoral Fellowship, this year awarded to eight outstanding postdoctoral researchers, grants financial support and facilitates guidance to enrich research and career growth.
 
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Dr. Bruce Walsh received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2020 International Congress in Quantitative Genetics in honor of his foundational textbooks, teaching, and outreach efforts.
 
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The BIO5 Institute successfully pivoted another student engagement program to a virtual format amid the COVID-19 pandemic with a fruitful first semester of the BIO5 Ambassadors Internship.
 
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Dr. Lisa Elfring draws inspiration from K-12 instructional methodology to place value on the student, improve their performance, and revive the joy of teaching.
 
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Music, metals and microbes are connected by more than just a leading consonant – for Dr. Michael Johnson, these three subjects harmonize to inspire his creativity and discovery.