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Mills College, Oakland, United States
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The Departments of Biology and Chemistry are housed in the Betty Irene Moore Natural Science Building at Mills College.  Mills College Botanic Garden is the proud parent of a corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum). This species makes the largest flowering structure (an inflorescence can reach 3 m in height) and the largest leaf in the world. Named because of the stench produced by its bloom, our plant, nicknamed Persephone, is currently producing a leaf that is more than 1.6 m tall (over 5ft!!). This is especially exciting as very few (about 8) of these plants flower in any given year across the entire planet in botanical gardens!
Shown here is Persephone's leaf when it first emerged on October 5th (left) and again 8 weeks later on December 5th (right). Although it looks like a small tree, this is actually a single leaf.Already a Biology student? Are you using one of these books? If so you've already read something written by one of our esteemed Faculty, Dr. Lisa Urry. Dr. Urry is co-author on Cambell Biology and lead author on Campbell, Biology in focus.
Dr. Urry currently teaches General Biology and Evolution for Future Presidents.Students in microbiology have been learning to culture. Pictured here is a fungal culture (most likely Penicillium) from close to our NSB fountain. Isolated and stained by Leesa Daffeh and Ruby Fisher.We've for a lot of exciting things to show you very soon, including photos of our corpse flower. Persephone is growing very quickly right now!Will you be the next Lise Meitner, or Dorothy Hodgkin? Find out about these women of science! Have a hero? Feel free to let us know!Dr. Sylvia Earle was our graduation speaker yesterday. One of the most amazing conservationists on our planet today.As the semester comes to an end students are presenting. Here are some of the posters from evolutionFormer Mills biology student, now MD/PhD, doing some incredible work with microbiomes!Exciting things happening at Mills! :)Women in STEM getting recognized!!

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Students in microbiology have been learning to culture. Pictured here is a fungal culture (most likely Penicillium) from close to our NSB fountain. Isolated and stained by Leesa Daffeh and Ruby Fisher.

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Dr. Sylvia Earle was our graduation speaker yesterday. One of the most amazing conservationists on our planet today.

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As the semester comes to an end students are presenting. Here are some of the posters from evolution

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Mills College Botanic Garden is the proud parent of a corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum). This species makes the largest flowering structure (an inflorescence can reach 3 m in height) and the largest leaf in the world. Named because of the stench produced by its bloom, our plant, nicknamed Persephone, is currently producing a leaf that is more than 1.6 m tall (over 5ft!!). This is especially exciting as very few (about 8) of these plants flower in any given year across the entire planet in botanical gardens! Shown here is Persephone's leaf when it first emerged on October 5th (left) and again 8 weeks later on December 5th (right). Although it looks like a small tree, this is actually a single leaf.

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Already a Biology student? Are you using one of these books? If so you've already read something written by one of our esteemed Faculty, Dr. Lisa Urry. Dr. Urry is co-author on Cambell Biology and lead author on Campbell, Biology in focus. Dr. Urry currently teaches General Biology and Evolution for Future Presidents.

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