News release # 44
15 December 2015

On 15 December 2015, the tractors and other heavy equipment of J&L contractors of Auburn, Alabama broke the ground of the future campus of the Bashan Institute of Science and practically started the construction process.

Bashan Institute of Science

Dadeville Forest 1-1-3
Prof. Yoav Bashan in the forest where
BIS campus will be constructed.

News release # 43
19 November 2015

On 19 November 2015, the Bashan Institute of Science signed a contract with J&L contractors of Auburn, Alabama to build the first laboratory/office/conference building of the new campus of BIS in the town of Dadeville, Alabama. Construction will start 1 December 2015 and the building will be delivered to BIS in May 2016.

News release # 42
November 11, 2015

On 11 November 2015, announcement of the RAS program (Retired Active Scientists) for senior scientists associated with The Bashan Foundation was released to the 85 member of the Foundation. Its main objective is to give retired scientists of the Bashan Foundation the opportunity to stay active and creative via The Bashan Institute of Science. Its mission is to promote senior scientists with significant experience to continue to contribute to society beyond retirement age.

The first senior scientists who joined the program are: Prof. Dr. Anton Hartmann from Helmholtz Zentrum, Munich Germany; Prof. Avigad Vonshak from Ben Gurion University, Sde Boker, Israel; Prof. Dr. Rainer Borriss from Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, and Dr. C.L. Laxmipathi Gowda from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, India.

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News release # 41
Octuber 16, 2015

The 13th student to be partly supported by The Bashan Foundation, Oskar Palacios, successfully defended his doctoral thesis at the Northwestern Center for Biological Research, La Paz, BCS, Mexico on 16 October 2015.He is the 250th graduate of this center.

Oskar, the son of a university professor and a teacher in pre-school education, successfully completed his thesis and expects to have four publications in high impact journals. The advisors and the juries of his thesis were impressed by his accomplishment and granted him a letter (in photo), recognizing his achievements. His thesis concerns exchange of metabolites between microalgae and bacteria during synthetic mutualism. After graduation, Oskar is having a postdoc period in the plant molecular biology unit at CIBNOR and intends to have another postdoc period in molecular microbiology abroad.

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Oskar presenting his thesis to the juries

Oskar answering the questions of his juries (from Left: Dr. Thelma Castellanos, Dr. Luz de-Bashan, Dr. Gracia Gomez, Dr. Macario Bacilio and Prof. Yoav Bashan). Oskar had great fun to answer the questions especially when he knows that with 4 publications for his thesis his chances of failure are literally zero.

Dr. Thelma Castellanos read the graduation document and instantly Mr. Oskar became Dr. Oskar.

The new doctor with his juries immediately after graduation (from left: Dr. Macario Bacilio, Dr. Thelma Castellanos, Prof. Yoav Bashan Dr. Luz de-Bashan and Dr. Gracia Gomez).

As is common in Mexico after graduation every participant in the ceremony gave Oskar a big hug.

The fanciest cake ever produced for graduation! In the shape and the exact cover page of Oskarís thesis, his coffee mug and his microscope.



When all is over, the reception for Oskar graduation offered by the personal culinary capacity of every member of Environmental Microbiology Group. Oskar is finally relax (only for a little brake) with his wife Claudia who took care of two children while Oskar made four publications.

News release # 40
Februry 27, 2015

The 12th student to be partly supported by The Bashan Foundation, Edisa Garcia, successfully defended her Masterís thesis at the Northwestern Center for Biological Research, La Paz, BCS, Mexico on 27 February 2015.

Edisa, the daughter of a businessman and a headmaster of a primary school in Mexico City successfully completed her thesis and expects to have two publications in high impact journals. Her thesis concerns the structure, diversity, and physiological profile of the bacteria community in the soil of arid land resource islands of mesquite related to plant diversity. After graduation, Edisa will be an associate researcher with the Environmental Microbiology Group at CIBNOR to complete her publication activity.

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Edisa answers questions from the juries (from left: Prof. Ann Hirsh from UCLA, USA;
Dr. Luz de-Bashan and Prof. Yoav Bashan of CIBNOR, Mexico)

A second before the declaration of approval of the thesis by the juries

Few minutes after the graduation Edisa very happy with the juries.

News release # 39
Februry 26, 2015

The 11th student to be partly supported by The Bashan Foundation, Cristina Galaviz, successfully defended her Masterís thesis at the Northwestern Center for Biological Research, La Paz, BCS, Mexico on 26 February 2015.

Cristina, the daughter of a specialist in aquaculture and a teacher in the State of Sonora, Mexico successfully completed her thesis on time and expects to have a publication in high impact journals. Her thesis concerned changes in the structure of the rhizophere microbial community of mesquite after inoculation with the plant growth-promoting bacteria Bacillus pumilus. After graduation, Cristina joined a research group in aquaculture as an associate researcher.

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Cris is presenting her thesis to the juries and to the public

Cris answers questions from the juries (from left: Prof. Ann Hirsh from UCLA, USA; Dr. Luz de-Bashan and Prof. Yoav Bashan of CIBNOR, Mexico)

Dr. Luz de-Bashan reads the formal graduation document.

Few minutes after the graduation Cris
obviously relieved with the juries.

A toast for the future of Cris by the group of
Environmental Microbiology at CIBNOR, Mexico

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