Homecoming 2015

Alumni and friends of the Biology Department have several chances to meet up this year

Eric Yttri ‘04 and Jenny Yttri ’05 at the 2014 Biology Open HouseUpdate: Homecoming 2015 was a great success--Biology Departmnet faculty and staff than everyone who came. Even if you couldn't make it, check out our news story with photos of the event to see if you recognize anyone!


Below is a schedule of events for Biology Department events scheduled for this year's Homecoming. Alumni who are Biology majors, minors, and those who are otherwise friends of the department are welcome to join meeting each other and some of our current students and faculty. 

The W&M Biology Homecoming events (10/22 – 10/24/2015)

Thursday (10/22), 4pm in ISC1127 (old Rogers' Hall auditorium): Louis Burnett and Karen Burnett (W&M Classes of 1973 and 1972, respectively) will present the homecoming talk.  Jon Allen will host this event and there will be a Pizza reception for our current students following the talk. The seminar is entitled Ocean Acidification Enhances Performance in Crustaceans: The Physiology and Transcriptomics of Resilience.

Friday (10/23) Our alumnus Jen Yttri (pictured above) who recently completed a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship at NSF will host a luncheon for graduate and undergraduate research students.

Saturday (10/24) between 10 and noon, 3rd floor ISC1 & 2nd floor ISC2 & the Millington Greenhouse:

This year we will feature a reception in ISC3020 (Main Conference Room) and the following Biology attractions:

  • Confocal Open Lab (ISC3059):  William Buchser’s students will demonstrate state-of-the-art microscopy on our Nikon Confocal.
  • Electron Microscope (table top SEM in ISC 2107):  Let Abigail Reft show you how to check out that bug at 1,000,000x magnification!
  • Green House, Open House (Millington Hall, top floor): Patty White Jackson and her students will give tours of the most magical place on campus featuring fascinating and rare plants.
  • Trout Tank (ISC1, 3rd floor, Barksdale side foyer):  Patty Zwollo’s students will explain some of their research on how trout stay healthy! 
  • Fascinating insects in tightly closed cages (ISC1, 3rd floor, Barksdale side foyer):  Norm Fashing will present some of his favorite 8 (or more)-legged research subjects.
  • IGEM Synthetic Biology Team (teaching lab ISC1):  The victorious iGEM team will showcase their award-winning synthetic biology research.
  • Flies and Worms under the scope (teaching lab ISC1):  Students of Matt Wawersik and Diane Shakes will explain how worms and flies help us decipher some of the most fundamental and important, yet unsolved research problems. 
  • Student Research Posters (ISC1, 3rd floor, Barksdale side foyer):  Let some of our best students explain their research posters to you!

Disclaimer:  presentations and events may change without notice

Read more about college-wide events at alumni association's William and Mary's Homecoming page.