Featured TA of the Week: Ethan Degner

Meet Ethan Degner, Sections 403 and 410

Where are you from, and how long have you lived in Ithaca, NY?

I’m from a small town in Minnesota, nestled within a sea of corn and soybeans with the occasional lake.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself! 

 I have grapheme-color synesthesia, which means letters and numbers all show up in technicolor in my head.


What is the focus of your professional research? If you have any published scientific writing, where can we read it?

I study mosquito sex. I published a paper on females that mate more than once (check it out here ) and a review paper on mosquito sperm (yes, mosquitoes have sperm, and they’re pretty cool. Check it out here).




Staff Attends EdTech Day

Staff Attends EdTech Day

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KC Ryan, Assistant Laboratory Coordinator, and Dr. Mark Sarvary, Laboratory Director attended the 2015 EdTech Day at Ithaca College. This event features faculty and staff demonstrating how they are making use of educational technology. Our staff got to sample a variety of educational technology, including but not limited to the video game software OculusRift, as well as adaptive note-taking tech. The Investigative Biology staff continues to attend this event on a yearly basis.





From the Desk of the Director: Tour-guides on a Journey Called Biology

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 2.11.52 PMHave you ever watched the campus tour-guides walking backwards, telling cool stories about your university? If a tour group is too big, the people in the back lose interest quickly. Our graduate student lab instructors face a similar challenge: multiple student research groups design, set-up, and analyze different experiments in our teaching labs. It is easy to get too involved with assisting one group while accidentally ignoring others, who therefore do not receive similar guidance on their scientific journey.  Continue Reading