The UNM Biology Department hosts its 24th Annual Research Day and Open House this Thursday and Friday, March 26-27. The annual event is a showcase of student research celebrating discovery and education in the biological sciences.

On Thursday, student posters will be displayed for judges' preview in the hallways of Castetter Hall throughout the day. Thursday afternoon events include an open house, a community lecture titled, "Breaking Dawn: Hunting Lizards in the Race Against Daylight," by Dr. Steve Poe, associate professor, Biology, from 3:30–4:30 p.m. in room 55 of Castetter Hall. Additionally, a silent auction with refreshments will also be held from 4:30–6 p.m. in the Castetter Hall basement.

On Friday, March 27, students present posters and oral presentations from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. The keynote speaker is Dr. Janine Caira, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut. Her lecture, titled "On the Implications of Going Global for Our Understanding of Biodiversity and Coevolution: The Case of Sharks, Rays and Their Tapeworms," will be from 4 to 5 p.m. in room 103 of Regener Hall. An awards presentation follows at 5 p.m.

For a complete schedule of events, visit: UNM Biology Research Day. For more information, contact Donna George at (505) 277-1715 or email