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When we get sick, our bodies launch a defense.

It’s a similar story with trees. But while these plants don’t have an immune system like humans, they do have a chemical response that helps protect from invading organisms. It’s this defense mechanism that Caterina Villari is exploring.… Read Article

A senior javelin thrower on the men’s track and field team, Alejandro Collins is passionate about environmentalism and human rights, which he attributes partly to growing up in Latin America. He follows the motto “more than my sport,” meaning that life is greater than sports. “We all need to set… Read Article

Opportunity to take part in international project offered new perspectives on research


The cloud forests of Mexico hold many secrets.

Occasional visitors to these lush forests—unique ecosystems located in high elevations—are welcomed by sprawling tree canopies, the tunes… Read Article

As students investigated terrapins’ tolerance for salty water, they also discovered turtles’ ability to learn—and remember—where to find fresh water


The idea began to take shape in John Maerz’s Animal Behavior class.

Lizzy Ashley, an undergraduate Honors student majoring in… Read Article

If part of being successful is asking the right questions, then Shelda Owens got off to an early start.

In middle school, inspired by a television show that featured daring mountain rescues, she wrote a letter to the U.S. Forest Service to learn more about working in forestry. The Mount… Read Article

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