Missouri Western’s Biology Department provides a collaborative learning environment where students work alongside faculty to explore all forms of life at the molecular, organismal and population levels. Top-notch lab facilities, outdoor natural areas, internships and research grants give student scientists the real-world experience they need.
NEWS AND EVENTS
The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) state-wide “Share the Harvest Program” provides healthy animal protein through venison donated by sport hunters each year.
When a hunter donates a harvested deer to a designated meat processor, the deer is processed just like beef. The meat is then given to charitable organizations to distribute to the needy directly and through meal outlets.
The Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society is designated by MDC to pick up loads of readied venison from the meat processors and deliver the meat to Second Harvest the region’s main charitable distribution center.
From 2010-2014, the Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society distributed an average of 1800 lbs. of venison annually. This enabled the serving of an average of 14,400 meals annually over this time period (based upon current USDA recommendations of 2 oz. meat protein/meal; USDA Food and Nutrition Service website: www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/meal-
In 2019, The Student Chapter of TWS distributed 3366 lbs. of venison to Second Harvest Food Bank, thereby enabling the delivery of a record 26,928 meals to the needy in the St. Joseph and surrounding area.
January 25, 2020
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Agenstein Remington Halls
$3 for students and adults, children 5 and under are free
The annual Super Science Saturday event to benefit the St. Joseph Museums will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, in Agenstein and Remington Halls on the campus of Missouri Western State University.
Science educators from Missouri Western and local high schools will present a full day of hands-on interactive science activities for children of all ages. The event also includes weather-related experiments courtesy of KQ2 and KNPN Fox 26 as well as a math maze, glow wall, 3D holograph area and live reptiles.
Missouri Western’s chemistry faculty will present chemistry shows every 15 minutes starting at 10:30 a.m. There will also be weather center activities as well as a weather forecasting technology studio where participants can practice giving weather reports in front of a green screen. Reptile programs will be held at 11 a.m., noon, 1 pm. and 2 p.m. There will also be shows every 10 minutes in the Bushman Planetarium.
Tickets are available in advance at www.stjosephmuseum.org/
Dr. Mark Mills, professor in the Biology Department, was featured on the PBS episode Hidden Diversity. Watch the episode here: http://coastalkingdom.com/
Dr. Thomas Rachow, emeritus, will be receiving the 2019 Distinguished Faculty Award at the Alumni Awards Banquet. Dr. Rachow started at Missouri Western in 1968 and retired this year.
Established in 1983, the Distinguished Faculty Award is given to a current faculty member by the Missouri Western State University Alumni Association in recognition of one’s lasting influence on students, excellence in teaching, professional/career accomplishments, and professional and ethical standards. https://www.missouriwestern.edu/alumni/distinguished-faculty/
To attend the Alumni Awards Banquet, please register here: https://www.missouriwestern.edu/alumni/awards-banquet-office-use/
Going Beyond Your Undergraduate Degree
Join the Alchemist Club and Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Math Departments in exploring graduate school, industry, inclusivity in STEM, and Post-graduate options.
Pizza and snacks will be provided
Eighteen MWSU biology students and three biology professors attended the Missouri Natural Resource Conference in Osage Beach, Missouri. Students presented their own research and internship experiences, as well as attending seminars and networking with professionals. Dr. Cary Chevalier received the E. Sydney Stephens Award. The E. Sydney Stephens Award is the highest honor presented by the Missouri Chapter of The Wildlife Society to one of its members and dates back to 1969. It is annually presented to a voting member of the Missouri Chapter who has developed, applied, administered, or completed an especially significant program of management, education, research, or communication that results in an outstanding contribution to the wildlife resources of Missouri. Students and faculty were also able to spend time catching up with retired MWSU biology professor Dr. David Ashley.