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Biology Contact

Department Chair:

Dr. Dixie L. Smith

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Contact Person:
Kelly Borden

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Phone: 620-235-4732
Fax: 620-235-4194

Heckert-Wells Hall 223
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762-7552

Biology Stories

Visit Biology's Videos
Biology Faculty and Students in the Grants and Research Review


  • She Speaks for the Trees (KOAM)
  • PSU Grad Blossoms in Plant Biology (Globe)
  • Hannah Thomas finds her passion and charts a new path (PSU Story)
  • PSU students receive awards from the Via Christi Auxiliary (Morning Sun)
  • Garner gives PSU pre-med students a leg up (Morning Sun)
  • Hannah DeVries, biology major, earns Academic All-District Track & Field/Cross Country Honors (PSU Story)
  • A Pitt State alum is giving back by helping pre-med students (KSNF/KODE)
  • Biology major helping in national pollinator protection efforts (PSU Story | Globe)
  • Graduate: 'Having people who believe in me has made all the difference' (PSU Story)
  • Students win top awards for research (PSU Story)
  • 14 Students recognized, 15 received grants at the 2014 PSU Graduate School and Research
    Awards Banquet (The Grants and Research Review)
  • Students honored at bioscience symposium (KU News
  • College grad, 15, looks to the future (PSU Story | KSNF/KODE | KOAM | OzarksFirst)
  • Burke running for state BOE (Winfield Courier)
  • Nature Reach moves into temporary quarters (PSU Story)
  • PSU students share research projects at the Capitol (KOAM | PSU Story)
  • Online summer courses prove popular (PSU Story)
  • Outstanding seniors hope to inspire with addresses (PSU Story)
  • Thoughts about the quality of Undergraduate students at PSU by Professor Virginia Rider (YouTube)
  • PSU Science Day (PSU Story)
  • Olivia Wright - Pre-medicine (PSU Story)
  • John-Michael Watson - Biology Major (PSU Story)

Faculty and Staff

  • Christine Brodksy, avian urban ecologist and PSU assistant professor, is helping students in Baltimore study how a new wildlife habitat in the city will affect local birds (Baltimore Sun)
  • Faculty, Christine Brodsky quoted in: "Novel Ecosystem in Cities: Adaptations in 
    Urban Conditions" (PLOS)
  • Researcher attracts ticks-on purpose (PSU Story)
  • Pittsburg state researcher working on targeting cancer treatment (Globe)
  • Fighting cancer with nanotechnology (KOAM)
  • Bees aren’t the only pollinators you can attract (Aurora Sentinel)
  • Pittsburg Instagram user builds following of 26,000 (Globe)
  • Dr. Mandy Peak: Improving lives half a world away (Globe)
  • Steve and Cindy Ford prepare for annual winter bird count (Sun | French Tribune | PSU Story)
  • Dr. Virginia Rider and Lupus research at PSU (KSNF/KODE)
  • PSU recognizes University Professors (PSU Story)
  • Professor Neil Snow's find makes world top-10 list (PSU Story | KSNF/KODE | Globe | Science Codex | The Republic)
  • Delia Lister and the Nature Reach program (Sun)
  • Gorilla Spotlight: Delia Lister (YouTube)
  • Dr. Virginia Rider meets subject for the first time (PSU Story)
  • PSU's Nature Reach Outreach Program gets new wheels (Morning Sun)
  • Dr. Virginia Rider, the first winner of the Sidney A. McNairy, Jr., Mentoring Award through the National Institutes of Health (PSU
  • Story)
  • Who doesn't love a raptor named Apollo? (YouTube)

Alumni and Friends

  • PSU alumn, Dr. James Clark, opened Pet Care and Surgery Center, Eugenia Plant Species from Madagascar
    a new local veterinary practice (Globe)
  • PSU honors Outstanding Alumni for 2016 (PSU Story)
  • PSU accepts Prairies gift (PSU Story)
  • Some kids were getting up close and personal with nature on Monday (KODE)
  • New doctor returns to roots (Sun)
  • A bucketful of new Eugenia plant species from Madagascar (Terra Daily)
  • PSU honors four alumni for career achievements (PSU Story)
  • Dr. Jacqueline Orender begins year as chief of Via Christi medical staff (Sun)
  • PSU honors 2013 Dr. Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni Award recipient Gabe Bever (KRPS | KOAM | YouTube | PSU Story)
  • Lindsay Deringer will be the new Queen of the Nile (Sun)
  • Don Holsinger (B.S. 1960) receives the 2012 Ralf J. Thomas Distinguished Service Award (PSU Story)
  • Roy A. Jensen, Pre-Med graduate (PSU Story)
  • Roy Jensen - 100th Speaker of PSU's annual Apple Day Convocation (PSU Story)

Events, Speakers, and Lectures

  • Healthcare professionals share their knowledge with students (PSU Story
  • Nature Reach - Birds of prey land at library (Tribune)
  • Nature reach program (KSNF/KODE)
  • PSU's Nature Reach program includes tour (Joplin Independent)
  • PSU Nature Reach Program (PSU StoriesKSNF/KODE | KOAM)
  • Nature Reach visits Southeast schools (Cherokee County)
  • Bugging out (Morning Sun)
  • PSU Nature Reach summer overnight camp accepts registrations (Globe)
  • Science Day activities put students to the test (Sun | Photos)
  • Birds of Prey showin (Sun)
  • PSU Science Day (Sun)
  • Raptors Rock program was in Joplin (Video)

For more stories and press releases,
visit 'Stories of Pitt State' and the PSU 'Press and Media Center'