• Suffolk Hosts 65th Annual Eastern New England Biological Conference

4/22/2007

In recognition of Suffolk University’s 100th anniversary, Suffolk is hosting the 65th Eastern New England Biology Conference (ENEBC) on Sunday, April 22, 2007.

The conference is organized each year to allow undergraduate students of biology an opportunity to present results of their research projects to fellow undergraduates from the nearly 50 member institutions. Several Suffolk University students plan to present results of studies completed at Suffolk’s Friedman Field Station in Cobscook Bay, Maine. 

The ENEBC was first organized in 1940 with 13 institutional members and has grown steadily since. Suffolk University became a member in 1966 and Dr. Beatrice L. Snow, long-time chair of the biology department, was ENEBC’s permanent secretary for 33 years before passing that responsibility to Dr. Jane Lopolito (Simmons College) at last year’s meeting at Simmons College. 

Suffolk University has acted as host several times and has an excellent record of student participation as presenters and attendees over the past 15 years. 

Dr. Karen Bollinger DeSalvo, who graduated from Suffolk with a B.A. in biology and political science in 1988, will give the keynote address, “Rebuilding health care after Katrina: Where we are now and where we are going.” Dr. DeSalvo is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and the Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. She is also the C. Thorpe Ray Chair in Internal Medicine at Tulane University’s School of Medicine.

Erica Polleys (president of the Chi Kappa Chapter of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society) is the student coordinator, Vicki Croce is the staff coordinator, and Dr. Carl Merrill is the faculty coordinator for the conference.

To register for the conference, visit the ENEBC online registration page. For more information, contact Carl Merrill (cmerrill@suffolk.edu) or Erica Polleys (epolleys@suffolk.edu).  

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