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School of Molecular Biosciences, a Quarterly Newsletter for Biochemestry, Genetics and Cell Biology, and Microbiology Alumni
Freshman Discover and Name Viruses in SEA Lab
James Bonner loves science. As a freshman, James knew he wanted to major in biochemistry, so when he was selected to be part of the new hands-on Science Education Alliance biology lab, or SEA lab, in the WSU School of Molecular Biosciences, he was thrilled. “The lab brings abstract scientific concepts into everyday learning,” said Bonner, one of 24 randomly selected freshmen admitted to the SEA lab in the fall 2011, the program’s pilot year.

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Freshman Discover and Name Viruses in SEA Lab
(l-r) Students Amy Nusbaum and James Bonner with Julie Stanton, clinical assistant professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences
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Paying it Forward: Dr. Herbert M. Nakata


Dr. Herbert Nakata








When it came to helping students, Dr. Herbert Nakata made it his life’s work. Beginning in 1970 and for the next 28 years, he helped establish 11 endowed scholarships fund that are still supporting students today.

“I have a lot of empathy for students,” said Dr. Nakata emeritus professor and former chair of the Microbiology department at WSU. “I know how tough it is for them, and college was a lot less expensive back then than it is today.”
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NIH funds scientists' work to unravel cell repair
Scientists Mick Smerdon and John Wyrick in the School of Molecular Biosciences, have been awarded a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. They have made it their mission to understand how the mechanisms of DNA packing and repair work and why, sometimes, they fail.

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Michael Smerdon and John Wyrick
Michael Smerdon, left, and John Wyrick with model of DNA double helix. (Photo by Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services)




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