Celebrating our shared achievements in the biological sciences undergraduate and graduate programs!
Maria Hindt, Ph.D. student in the Molecular and Cell Biology Graduate Program, has been awarded a Graduate Alumni Research Award for her work on iron acquisition and storage in plants. Her work in the Prof. Mary Lou Guerinot's lab focuses on increasing the ability of plants to take up iron. Iron is an essential micronutrient in the human diet. Link to the full article.
EEB Graduate Program Alumnus!
Peter Marra, Ph.D. - Elected to AAAS
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 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.
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.
Elizabeth Wolkovich, Ph.D. (GR'09)
Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education
Katie Duryea, Samantha Roberts and Simone Whitecloud have been awarded NSF GK12 fellowships.
Cayelan Carey '06
Cayelan Carey '06 has just won the 2012 Best Oral Presentation in Applied Research at the Society for Freshwater Science meeting.