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TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY

ISSUE 4 JANUARY 2008

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Welcome Back New and Returning Students, Faculty & Staff Welcome

back! The Department of Biology is inviting you to a fun filled year, together we will make this year a success. As always it is refreshing to welcome our new and returning students, faculty and staff to the Department of Biology. Students, we hope that you will avail yourselves of the amenities that we offer including the tutoring services provided by the department. Advisors will be available to assist you during office hours. Please take advantage of these privileges. We need you to help us help you. We will also email you occasionally with important information, please look for [email protected] in your email. Texas Southern University was your choice and a degree in the Department of Biology is your goal and that's certainly is a great start for the New Year. Here in Biology our students are more precious than jewels. Welcome to the Department of Biology, 2008.

The Graduate

Class of 2007

Alex Major Sarah W. Munyu Vincent C. Nwabeke Kafilat A. Okusanya Annie H. Pham Linda T. Tran Rajeshwari Yog Carrie Z. Mays David T. Nguyen Nellen Chika Nwaobasi Anthony J. Paul Juliana B. Poleon Tiffany D. Vital Ibrahim J. Zaidan Angelica Rodriguez Medina Jade M. Noya Oluchi G. Okoronkwo Oluwatobi Peters Disiree A. Stelly Brittonie Washington David L. Allen Zachary L. Brown Brandon R. Cregler Emmanuel O. Ede Kevin A. Granderson Vinh T. Huynh Desiree R. Churchman Tiffany W. Dales

LaTonia O. Ehigiator Jaquay M. Hornbeak Ashley C. Judge Hussam M. Abughazaleh Krista A. Bethel Elias Corona Rodriquez Thi B. Doan Maria G. Gomez Shaunte Nicole Hulett Tamekia C. Littleton

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Department of Biology 2007 Accomplishments

· · · · · · · · · · · Appointed a New Department Chair -Dr. O. A. Jejelowo Biology Directory (3 locations) 2007 Homecoming Queen--Biology Major Learning Enhancement Center--Tutoring Services Student Opportunities--Latasha Hollins Monthly Newsletter Career Day--Over 200 students in attendance Graduated 38 undergraduates Recruited 2 EMSAP Students Computer Laboratory--Open daily Appointed New Directorates--reorganized to enhance academic excellence and professional development Biology Comprehensive Plan Directorate headed by Dr. Marion Hillar] Biology Pre-Health Professionals Directorate headed by Dr. Yvonne Hogan Human/Workforce Development Directorate headed by Dr. Debabrata Ghosh Academic Affairs Directorate -headed by Dr. Warren Williams

Our Goal

2008

· · · · · · · · · Continue to pursue in excellence Spring Semester Career Day--COST Career Day Attend scientific meeting and present research papers Submit new proposals Improve curriculum and delivery of instruction Evaluate and analyze student performance Impact on tutoring Recruit LMSAP and JAMP Student Invite potential employers to meet faculty and students

Thought for the Year

Commitment and dedication is the key to success!

Expressions

Dr. Jejelowo expresses her profound gratitude to the faculty and staff who helped make this past semester a brilliant success. The department couldn't have accomplished much without their contribution, leadership and initiative in various areas.

Grants submitted in January 2008

1. DNA Barcoding as a Tool to Learning Molecular Phylogenetics, Evolution and Conservation Agency: National Science Foundation; PI: Dr. Hector C Miranda Transcriptional silencing of DNA repair genes by estrogen-induced promoter hypermethylation and its role in estrogen-dependent breast cancer development. Agency: Department of Defense; PI: Dr. Kamaleshwar P Singh Preclinical Evaluation of Guggulsterone for Suppression of Breast Cancer Agency: Department of Defense; PI: Dr. Shishir Shishodia

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Department of Biology College of Science and Technology [email protected]

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January 2008

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Academic Calendar Spring 2008

January 6, Sunday Residence halls open at 8:00 a.m. January 7, Firsttime Freshman and New Transfer Stu dents Orientation Jan 711 Registration period for FirstTime Freshman and New Transfer Student January 14, Class Begin: Late Registration ($104.00 late free applied} Last day to apply for Spring Admission/ ReAdmission (eligible for late registration only) January 1418, Change of Program Period (Drop/Add) January 21, MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY HOLI DAY January 28, Twelfth Day Class (Registration Ends) February 6, LAST DAY TO PAY FEES February 8, Last day to file an application for May gradua tion March 8 14, Midsemester examinations March 1522, Spring Vacation March 24, Classes resume April 4, Last day to drop a course or withdraw ­receive a grade of "W" April 14May 2. Continuing Students Registration (Summer I and Fall terms only) May 39, Semester final examination May 10, Commencement

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Department of Biology of Biology College of and Technology [email protected] Department College of Science Science and Technology

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January Birthdays Faculty and Staff

to those who's got what it takes to be a member of this group... it takes

How many words can you make from the letters in DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID? No abbreviations allowed except those that can be found in a cell!

1 Deoxyribonucleic 2 Acid 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100

COURAGE!

January Birthdays will be featured in February Issue.

Happy Birthday

Apply for the EMSAP Program

Application for the Early Medical School Acceptance Program Program (EMSAP) is available online at http://www.utmb.edu/emsap Download and submit application as directed. You must also submit a copy of the application and all required documents to Dr. Yvonne Hogan in room 203L TSUSC. Application must be sent and postmarked by January 31, 2008 Slots are available for: High school students, College Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

Texas Southern University For additional information about Department of Biology call Mrs. Helen Pittman-Cockrell - 713 313 7005

Editorial Staff Dr. Olufisayo Jejelowo, Chair 713-313-1032 [email protected] Ms. Shirley Harris 713-313-7838 [email protected] Dr. Olumide Ogunmosin 713-313-7837 [email protected]

DepartmentDepartment College of Science and Technology [email protected] of Biology of Biology College of Science and Technology

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