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! Maria Hindt

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.

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.