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DWU’s ‘spiderman’ discovers three new species
Brian Patrick, assistant professor of biology at DWU, and his summer intern, Dan Sitzmann, 22, Walnut Creek, Calif., discovered three new species of spider this summer during their grant-funded research study of spiders at the Fort Pierre National Grasslands (FPNG). The grant was funded by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program to continue Patrick’s research project, “The Spiders of the Fort Pierre National Grassland: Making a Guide to the Common and Unusual Spiders for the General Public.”
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Why BIO at DWU?

If you are interested in pursuing careers that our graduates have found rewarding, we can help you achieve that goal. Our graduates are enjoying careers as:
Occupational Therapists
College Professors
Fisheries Technicians
Physical Therapists
Nurse Anesthetists
University Researchers
High School Teachers
Lab Technicians

Our dedicated, experienced, teaching/research-oriented faculty are concerned about the academic well being of each student. Not only do we interact with students who are biology majors in class, we also serve as the academic advisers for these students.

We are continually updating our classrooms and laboratories with the latest in teaching and research instrumentation. We use these to promote thinking about concepts and problems in science and to develop explanations of data that these instruments provide.

Examples of our latest data acquisition/computer technology include Biopac Data Acquisition and Analysis Systems for animal physiology experiments and cuvette-infra red spectrophotometry for plant physiology experiments.

We support research experiences and other academic enhancements by annually providing money to students on a competitive basis through our Hughes Grant-in-Aid Program.

Since the inception of this program students have used this money to study the tropical rain forests in Belize, the marine ecosystems in the Bahamas, chimpanzee behavior at the University of Nevada, as well as other activities.

In the News

Dec. 11, 2012 DWU’s Brian Patrick publishes article in Journal of Arachnology
Sept. 20, 2012
DWU recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of best regional colleges
April 24, 2012
New majors, degrees offered at Dakota Wesleyan
Sept. 27, 2011
DWU professor overcame fear to focus career on spider research
Sept.9, 2011
DWU’s ‘spiderman’ discovers three new species
Aug. 25, 2011
With help of largest gifts ever received, DWU will break ground on
$11.5M science facility
May 10, 2011
DWU's Patrick awarded grant to study spiders in South Dakota
April 7, 2011
Least weasel discovered in Black Hills by DWU professor

For more information about biology at Dakota Wesleyan University, contact Brian Patrick at (605) 995-2712 (brpatric@dwu.edu).


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