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September 5, 2019

 Dr. Ben Neuman

Dr. Neuman publishes “A Fusion Peptide in the Spike Protein of MERS Corona Virus” in a special “emerging viruses” edition of Viruses.  

August 1, 2019

Dr. Ben Neuman Discusses Properties of Dangerous Fungus on Radio Show

 Dr. Ben Neuman

This past weekend Dr. Neuman was interviewed live on a British radio show to give expert commentary about a dangerous and life-threatening fungus, Candida auris. It's a heat-resistant fungal infection that may be spreading more rapidly due to climate change.  To hear his segment on the Howard Hughes broadcast from yesterday click the "listen" button below. Dr. Neuman's commentary is from about the 7:05 mark until 7:14.


Dr. Sebastian Schmidl and colleagues publish important paper in Nature Chemical Biology.

Dr. Sebastian Schmidl      

Rewiring bacterial two-component systems by modular DNA-binding domain swapping




Jessica Proulx

Jessica Proulx '15 TAMUT Biology Graduate.  Jessica is a PhD student in Studies Cell Biology, Immunology, and Microbiology at UNT Health Science Center.  She just won an award for Innovative Research in the field of Neurobiology of Aging.

Jared Hambleton

TAMUT Biology Graduate Jared Hambleton '19 has been accepted into the Oklahoma State University Vet School.

People's Choice

QEP Student Showcase People's Choice Award Winners!

The People’s Choice Award, voted on by staff, faculty and students went to Roya Morakabian, Constance Byers, Neha Amberkar, and Vaishnavi Ramachar for their project “Micro-Plastic Pollution in East Texas Freshwaters and Water Treatment Plants. They are all Biology majors and Dr. David Allard is their advisor.


April 24, 2019

TAMUT Biology Graduate Kara Crane '17 has been accepted into the Oklahoma State University Vet School.

Kara Crane '17

April 5-7 2019

TAMUT Biology Majors attend Tribeta South Central Regional Conference April 5-7, 2019 at the Mt. Lebanon Retreat Center in Cedar Hill, Texas.

Pictured left to right are Vaishnavi Ramachar, Neha Amberkar, Essie-Elizabeth Pippins, Maritza Velazquez, Dr. Ben Neuman, Adrian Montemayor Roya Morakabian, Charles Cole, Constance Byers.


TAMUT Delta Chi Delta TriBeta Chapter wins $100 for booth display at recent Eagle Open House.

Pictured Left to Right are Roya Morakabian, V. Ramichar, Stephanie Mann and Neha AmberkarTriBeta is the National Biology Honor Society.

Delta Chi Delta Wins $100


Check out the TAMUT Biology Program at RELLIS in Bryan led by Dr. Sebastian Schmidl

Dr. Sebastian Schmidl


Dr. David Allard, Professor of Biology, presents on climate change.

Climate Reality Presentation

TAMUT Biology Grad Ms. Shelby Strawn coaches PGHS to first place in Texas Computer Association Area 8 Advanced Invention competition on Jan. 18, 2019

The Pleasant Grove High School Robotics Team recently placed first in Advanced Inventions at the Texas Computer Association Area 8 Advanced Invention competition. They will now compete in the state competition in April. Members include, from left, Zachary Iglesia, Patrick McMillan, Kadin Booker (kneeling) and Dillon Toler. (Submitted photo)

Story in the Texarkana Gazette.

May 22, 2018 -- Dr. Ben Neuman's speaks about Ebola Outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo. 


July 6, 2017 - Student Research

Check out the video of Alisa Robinson and Lara Jolley telling about their egg experiment!  Conduct under the supervision of Mr. Brandon Quaid of the A&M-Texarkana Biology Department.

 July 6, 2017 -- Dr. Ben Neuman presents on Viruses (From the Daily Eagle)

Dr. Benjamin Neuman, Chair of the Biology department at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, recently presented a secession new viruses at the XIVth InternationalNidovirus Symposium (Nido2017) in Kansas City, Missouri. The presentation titled “Novel nido-like virus genomes associated with eukaryotic intracellular RNA pools” focused on “new viruses discovered here at A&M-Texarkana by scanning sequence data from spiders, tiny crab-like marine creatures, frogs and a large sea slug,” Dr. Neuman said. “There is a world of new viruses out there,and new ones keep popping up - whenever anyone reads genetic data from aplant or animal, they will also pick up the viruses inside that organism. As it turns out, the average healthy-looking living thing is infected with around a dozen viruses at a time, most of which are new to science. In this study we were looking for a particular kind of giant virus calleda nidovirus, and what we found changes the way we look at this group of viruses,” Dr. Neuman said.

“Before this conference, we thought it was mostly people, farm animals and mosquitoes that catch nidoviruses. These new viruses show that nidoviruses are in most kinds of animals, suggesting that this group of viruses is able to make big evolutionary leaps between very different kinds of hosts.”  Also participating were Khulud Bukhari, Saad T. Mutlk, Hasan S. H. Alrashedi, Ban O. Abdulsattar, all of the University of Reading, UK; Guocheng Shu, Lanying Zhao and Jianping Jiang, all of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu, China; Leonid L. Moroz of the University of Florida, Federica di Palma of The Earlham Institute, Norwich, UK, Nadia Ayoub of Washington & Lee University, Jessica Garb of University of Massachusetts-Lowell and Weilin Sun and Barry Pittendrigh of Michigan State University.

“As part of the conference, I also participated in the ICTV Nidovirus taxonomy study group, where I named 56 new taxonomic ranks including the new virus families Abyssoviridae, Euroniviridae and Tobaniviridae. Before the addition of the three new families, the nidovirus order was comprised of four families.”  The International Nidovirus Symposium is a prominent scientific meeting that focuses on a unique group of viruses infecting a wide range of animal species and humans.

June 20, 2017 -- A&M-Texarkana Professors present at NETnet 2017. (From the Daily Eagle)


May 17, 2017 - Jobs!

Recent graduates Javier Ordonez and Diane Wren have secured teaching jobs.  Javier at DeKalb HS and Diane at LE-HS.  Congratulations to them!

May 5, 2017 - Eagles make all conference

All Conference team

Biomajor Kolton Perfect (2nd from right) makes Gold Glove team with .981 fielding average and is honored with a character award. 
More information at http://www.tamuteagles.com/article/368.php.

May 2, 2017 - Biology major named all tournament.

Sammy Hogan

Second team all tournament at recent RRAC conference tennis tournament.

May 2, 2017 - Biofaculty recognized for scholarship.

Ben Neuman   Ben Neuman  David allard

May 1, 2017 - Biology majors rock at Student Awards Banquet

Makenzie Sangali and parents  Alec and Brian

Outstanding Biology student Makenzie Sangalli           Nominees for Bruner Award Alec Clairborne and Brain Huhyn 

April 25, 2017 - Biology majors excel at the Honors and Experiential Learning Showcase.

Lara Jolley and Alisa Robsion present their Duck Project.

Honors students Lara Jolley and Alisa Robinson present their "Duck Project."

Fei Zhao and her Experiential Learning Project   Brian Huyhn and his Experiential Learning Project.

Fei Zhao and Brian Huhyn present their Experiential Learning posters.

April 27, 2017 - Teaching award

Teaching Award

April 21, 2017

Shellby Elliott Thomas Strawn


Shelby Elliott (left) and Thomas Strawn (right) were second place winners in the graduate and undergraduate categories, respectively, in the 2016-17 PLACE Essay Completion.  Shelby's entry was The Public School Dilemma: Analyzing Student Prejudice Influenced by Geographic Isolation in the Texarkana Area.  Thomas' was The Good ‘Ol Boys: Internal Racism in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  Shelby was sponsor by Dr. David Allard and Thomas by Dr. Tom Jordan.  Shelby is a graduate student in Curriculum and Instruction with a content emphasis in Biology.  She was an undergraduate Biology graduate with a teaching certification.  Thomas is completing his undergraduate biology degree.

April 20, 2017

TriBeta Earth Day

Dr. Richard Parsons of TAMU-Texarkana speaks about birding at the First Annual TAMUT Earth Day Celebration.  Sponsored by the TriBeta Society in the A&M-Texarkana Biology Department.

April 6, 2017

PCR Instrument

Mr. Brandon Quaid, Dr. Ben Neuman and Dr. Nurul Alam of the A&M-Texarkana College of STEM are pictured with the Applied Biosystems 7000 Sequence Detection System recently donated by the U.S. Department of Energy through the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California.

The U.S. Department of Energy has donated an Applied Biosystems 7000 Sequence Detection System to the Texas A&M University-Texarkana College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California. “The ABI 7000 is a real-time polymerasechain reaction (PCR) that will allow the faculty at A&M-Texarkana to incorporate new instructional exercises with the equipment to prepare our students for future careers, propose new research projects for external funding, and allow for a connection with the DOE for future funding projects,” said Dr. David Reavis,interim Dean of the College of STEM.
Sometimes called “molecular photocopying,” PCR is a tool used to copy small segments of DNA and is applicable to many fields in biology and related sciences. “PCR is used every single day to diagnose illnesses, identify bacteria and viruses, process evidence from crime scenes and in many other ways,” Dr. Reavis said. “The equipment will allow our students to learn about genetic sequencing with a hands-on approach.” “The Laboratory Equipment Donation
Program (LEDP) was established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to grant surplus and available used energy-related laboratory equipment to universities and colleges in the United States for use in energy oriented educational programs.”
Dr. Reavis’s proposal for the Applied Biosystems 7000 Sequence Detection System, originally purchased by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for $43,540.73, was accepted on Jan. 12.
(From the Daily Eagle, April 11, 2017)
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