Celebrating our shared achievements in the biological sciences undergraduate and graduate programs!

Faculty and Student Kudos

Faculty and Student Publication

Kudos to Prof. Olga Zhaxybayeva and Milo Johnson '13 on their recent publication!

Caroline E. Whidden, Katrina G. DeZeeuw, Jackie K. Zorz, Andrew P. Joy,
David A. Barnett, Milo S. Johnson, Olga Zhaxybayeva, and Amanda M.
Cockshutt: "Quantitative and Functional Characterization of the
Hyper-Conserved Protein of Prochlorococcus and marine Synechococcus",
PLoS ONE, 2014, 9: e109327.

Student Kudos!

Jessica Trout-Haney

Jessica Trout-Haney, Ph.D. student in the EEB Graduate Program has received the Graduate Alumni Award for her work in Prof. Kathy Cottingham's lab on the effects of climate change on lakes in Greenland.  For the full story, please click here.

Student Kudos!

Drew Bridges

Andrew Bridges, Ph.D. student in the MCB Graduate Program has published his work on septins in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.  Drew works in the lab of Prof. Amy Gladfelter.  The lab is interested in understanding proteins called septins and how they work in cell division.

Student Kudos!

Elizabeth Wolkovich (GR '09)

Dr. Elizabeth Wolkovich (GR'09) joins faculty of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. 


Student and Faculty Kudos!

Serena Lui '14, Danny Wong '14 and Prof. Elizabeth Smith Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Biology majors, Serena Lui '14 and Danny Wong '14, were two of twenty three members of the Class of 2014 who were inducted as junior members into Phi Beta Kappa.   This honor was given to the Class of 2014 students with the highest culmulative grade point averages. 

Professor Elizabeth Smith, Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. 

Student Kudos!

Student Reseach Incorporates Linguistics with Ecology

Simone Whitecloud is a Ph.D. candidate in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program in the McPeek Lab.  Her research involves understanding how plants interact a the community level.  In her work with her collaborator Lenore Grenoble, a professor of linguistics at the University of Chicago.  They work to bridge the gap between humanities and ecology and allows them to determine “if the etymology of plant names and the uses of plants reflect the migration of people on the island [of Greenland] in the last 500 years.” Whitecloud’s research has gained popularity in Greenland, where the population is predominately Inuit.  Full story.

Simone was recently awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) from the National Science Foundation for her workk in ethno-botany and ethno-linguistics. 


Student Kudos!

Summer Research Experiences: Marine Biology in Woods Hole

Andrew Bridges and Molly McQuilken are Ph.D. students in the Molecular and Cell Biology Graduate Program and as members of the Gladfelter Lab, they spent the summer doing research at the Marine Biological Lab (MBL) in Woods Hole.  The Gladfelter Lab studies cell organization, cell division cycles and septin cytoskeleton assembly and function.  Each year members of the lab travel to MBL to work with collaborators as Molly describes the experience "fully immerse ourselves in science. We live with scientists, eat with scientists, and socialize with scientists. The rewards of such an experience are immense.”  Full story.

Student Kudos!

Elizabeth Wolkovich, Ph.D. (GR'09)

Elizabeth Wolkovich, Ph.D. (GR’09) is featured in Nature for her contributions to ecoinformatics, open science, and data sharing: e.g., via development of the Knowledge Network for Biodiversity (KNB). Link to Nature paper. Link to related review paper in Global Change Biology.

Student Kudos!

Cayelan Carey '06

Cayelan Carey '06 has just won the 2012 Best Oral Presentation in Applied Research at the Society for Freshwater Science meeting.

Student Kudos!

Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education

Katie Duryea, Samantha Roberts and Simone Whitecloud have been awarded NSF GK12 fellowships. 

Student Kudos!

Vivek Venkataraman and Tom Kraft

Biology graduate students, Vivek Venkataraman and Tom Kraft, published on "Tree climbing and human evolution" in Proceedings of the National Academy.