Heidi Schutz, assistant professor of biology, and her two student assistants are are studying populations of three-spined stickleback fish (Gasterosteus aculeatus). They are about the size of an index finger and live throughout the Northern Hemisphere. They are similar to salmon, in that they live mostly in marine environments but travel to freshwater to spawn. However there are several populations that live out their lives in rivers or lakes close to the ocean. Their behavior, biology and body shape or skeletons shift depending on their environment, Schutz said. These various environments are ideal for studying how the sexes evolve differently.
Tarka Wilcox, assistant professor of geosciences, has traded the lab for mountain biking, cliffside rappelling and drones. Luckily for him, his two student research assistants have former military experience, perfect for their treks through Western Washington.
Katie Gardiner ’18, is one of the summer research assistants for Dean Waldow, professor of chemistry. Gardiner is working alongside Jacob Finney ’18 to build better, safer batteries.
Renzhi Cao and his team are working on applying machine learning to bioinformatics. They are writing an algorithm that will take huge amounts of data on protein sequences and produce conclusions, notice patterns and speed up analysis for scientists to use. It is a little bit of biology, statistics, mathematics and computer science. One application of this research is more efficient pharmaceutical drug design.
Good teachers know that so much of what matters in the classroom is not the actual content but the conversations that build rapport and connections with students. Shannon Seidel, assistant professor of biology, and her student assistants are studying “Instructor Talk;” in other words, everything an instructor says in a course that is not directly related to the content or topic of study.
Jon Freeman, assistant professor of chemistry and his student researchers spent the summer studying a species of green algae whose genes can be isolated and used for biofuel production. The team uses a fluorescent screen to identify high-producing algae strains, then puts those particular genes into an E. Coli host to optimize the gene production.
Over 1000+ community members join PLU on August 21 to celebrate this spectacular phenomenon! They brought their excitement - we provided the fun activities, eclipse glasses, and faculty experts.
The School of Nursing kept luring Molly Martin back. By the time she earned the university’s highest degree, she left with more than a shiny new title. The nurse practitioner for Providence Medical Group at Hawks Prairie Internal Medicine in Lacey, Washington, already earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing at Pacific Lutheran University. “PLU makes sure you’re in there and you’re getting your hands dirty, by experience not just by reading it in a textbook,” she said. “That’s what kept me coming back over and over again.” So, it was a no-brainer for Martin to return to the university as part of the first cohort of the new Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.
PLU offers 3100 students a combination of 44 academically rigorous liberal arts and professional programs. PLU students take part in student-faculty research, internships, lab work, field studies and numerous other hands-on learning experiences, and work closely with professors who are experts in their fields and passionate teachers. PLU graduates are prepared for success – 92% of the graduating class of 2014 was either employed or accepted into graduate school within 6 months of graduating. Nationally ranked for its study abroad programs and commitment to service, PLU lives its mission of educating for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care.
Create your own science magic by imparting photoluminescent properties onto noodles and other edible creations!
The combined Elliott Press and the Thorniley Collection of Antique Type at PLU now makes up the largest collection of printing equipment in the Pacific Northwest, both in size and variety of type styles and eras represented. https://www.plu.edu/artd/book-arts/