Department of Biology Partnerships
The Department of Biology has partnerships with several professional organizations, corporations and individuals from the biomedical and biotechnology community. Listed here are some of the examples of these partnerships that add vitality, purpose and connectivity for our students and our program.
The Center for Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences
Massachusetts Biotechnology Council
The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MBC), founded in 1985, is a not-for-profit organization that provides services and support for the Massachusetts biotechnology industry. The MBC is committed to advancing the development of critical new science, technology and medicines that benefit people worldwide. Representing over 500 companies, academic institutions and service organizations involved in life sciences and health care, the MBC works with public leaders to advance policy and promote education, while providing member programs and events, industry information, and services.
Faculty Research Partnerships
- Dr. Mark Birnbaum has been collaborating with Dr. Paul Odgren in the Department of Cell Biology at UMASS-Medical School in Worcester. He also has collaborated with Dr. Baruch Frenkel at the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Orthopedic Surgery, Institute for Genetic Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.
- Dr. Janine LeBlanc-Staceski has been collaborating with the Tufts University Dental School, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.
- Dr. Jon Lyon is a co-principal investigator on an Environmental Protection Agency/Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Grant entitled the Martins Pond Shoreline Restoration and Sediment Reduction Project. This is a $218,000 project located in North Reading, Mass. Dr. Lyon works in partnership with the Town of North Reading and the Martins Pond Association on the project. The 3-year project runs through 2010. He has also been involved in a long-term collaboration with Community Conservation, a not-for-profit organization that promotes global biodiversity and sustainable land use, by catalyzing, facilitating and empowering local people to manage and conserve natural resources within the social, cultural and economic context of their communities.
Sigma Xi – The Scientific Research Society
The Department of Biology at Merrimack College has an active Sigma Xi chapter on campus. Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 to honor excellence in scientific investigation and encourage a sense of companionship and cooperation among researchers in all fields of science and engineering. The Merrimack College chapter sponsors a symposium each year highlighting the best senior thesis research projects. Selected individuals are nominated for Associate Membership into the Society. Students have also been successful in obtaining Grants-in-Aid-of-Research for their research project
Campus Ecology Program
The Campus Ecology Program of the National Wildlife Federation promotes climate leadership and sustainability among colleges and universities by providing resources and technical support, creating networking opportunities and organizing education events. The Biology Department is a member of this group and is using the Merrimack campus as a site for both ecological investigation, and for developing new sustainability initiatives.
Marine Studies Consortium
Merrimack College has been an active member the Marine Studies Consortium for over two decades. The consortium teaches evening undergraduate courses in marine/aquatic sciences and environmental management. The consortium is an association of Massachusetts’ higher education and research institutions whose mission is to increase understanding of coastal and marine ecosystems, and to promote policies that protect aquatic resources. Their undergraduate academic program offers unique learning opportunities in marine and aquatic sciences, environmental policy, and environmental management.