At our annual honey extraction in the fall, Professor Jon Snow guides fellow colleagues and students through the process of extracting honey from his hives atop Barnard Hall. Using a hot, copper uncapping knife, he first removes the wax caps of the cells on each hive frame where bees have stored the ripened honey. Frames are then placed in a honey extractor, which is spun in order to remove the honey by centrifugal force. Every year, majors join the faculty and staff to extract then enjoy the delicious honey, pairing it with their favorite tea, cheese, or sourdough loaf.
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Planning to declare a major in biology? In our department, students choose their own major adviser by contacting them ahead of declaring their major.
Need help planning out your Biology major? Whether you want to pursue a General Biology major or specialize in one of our four tracks, the resources below will help guide you!
We're hiring TAs for Summer 2021!
Seminar & Coffee Hour Speaker Series: Dr. Kristin Hook
Post-copulatory Sexual Selection and the Evolution of Reproductive Traits
Seminar Watch Party: Tuesday, February 2nd | 12:00 pm EST
Coffee Hour: Friday, February 5th | 11:00 am EST
Email Melissa Flores (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the seminar recording!
Seminar & Coffee Hour Speaker Series: Dr. Juliet Girard
Genetic Control of Blood Cell Development in Fruit Flies
Seminar Watch Party: Tuesday, March 23rd | 12:00 pm EST
Coffee Hour: Friday, March 26th | 12:00 pm EST
RSVP by Thursday, March 25th using this form to receive the Zoom link.
Graduating this year? Just declared a major in biology? Join us on Tuesday, April 6th at 1 pm EDT for our Annual Majors' Toast! Meet fellow majors, faculty, and staff at our annual toast. All members of our community, from declared to prospective majors, are strongly encouraged to join us for this special event!
Get to know some of the familiar faces around Altschul in this interview with Olivia Anastasio, Lena Kogan, Nicole Rondeau, and Abby Ryckman.
Learn more about our course offerings for the upcoming academic year! We are hosting Program Planning for Summer & Fall 2021 on Tues, Mar 9th to answer student questions. Email the department administrator, Melissa Flores (email@example.com) for the recording(s) if you missed us!
Ahead of Antibiotic Awareness Week, we sat down with Dr. Allison Lopatkin and discussed antibiotic resistance, computational biology, and mentorship.
We strongly encourage students to get involved in research during the summer, academic year, or both. For many students, research is one of the most intellectually rewarding experiences at Barnard. In the summer, many students participate in the Summer Research Institute (SRI) and receive a stipend for their work, while during the academic year, they receive credit for their work.
The culmination of a year-long research project by students enrolled in Guided Research & Seminar and Senior Thesis Research, this year's Symposium will showcase the work of 20 students presenting their findings across biological disciplines. On Zoom, seniors will give 15-minute thesis presentations in the morning, followed by Guided Research students presenting posters in a virtual session in the afternoon. On Wednesday, May 6th, the program containing all Zoom links will be live at the link below.
Every semester, the department gathers for a short break from all of their hard work for coffee and pastries. In the spring, we toasted our graduating seniors and welcomed our newly declared sophomore majors to the Barnard Biology family on the Diana Center green roof.
Twenty years ago, Barnard’s Arthur Ross Greenhouse was dedicated as a state-of-the-art plant growth facility for the Department of Biological Sciences. Built on the roof of Milbank Hall, it replaced the original greenhouse constructed in 1928 as a laboratory for Professor of Botany Edmund W. Sinnott, who taught at Barnard from 1928 to 1940 and performed studies on the developmental genetics of squash. Today, the 3,400 square foot greenhouse is open to the Barnard and Columbia communities and houses a conservatory, which is home to the collection that both faculty and students use for teaching and research.
Four students studying environmental science, neuroscience, economics, and biology share what it means to pursue STEM-based research at Barnard in a pandemic.
Biology professor JJ Miranda counts on teamwork to research the mysteries of cancer-causing viruses.
On the heels of winning the Charles H. Turner Award from the Animal Behavior Society, Sinclair shares how neuroscience combines her love for the humanities and the sciences.
A year after COVID-19 became a national emergency, a campus-run project to monitor coronavirus in wastewater is part of a multi-pronged effort to keep the community safe during the pandemic.
Professor Miranda’s Microbiology course shifts gears this fall to focus on COVID-19.
In celebration of National Honey Bee Day (August 15), Professor Jonathan Snow chats with two mentees about the art of Barnard beekeeping, their buzziest facts, and more.