Professor Mark McPeek Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Professor Mark McPeek has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  The Academy is one of the oldest learned societies.  Its mission is to serve the "nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge."*   Professor McPeeks joins a distinguished group of more than 4,600 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members.

Prof. McPeek is an ecologist and evolutionary biologist who uses empirical and theoretical approaches to understand the processes that determine organism distribution and abundance.  His work also looks at how processes have influenced organism adaptation and diversification over time.  Currently, he is studying the influence of species interactions on species coevolution and the biological community structure. 

Milo Johnson'13 wins 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Milo Johnson'13 is one of the 17 Dartmouth students (hyperlink to who were awarded 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

Milo Johnson'13 graduated with a Bachelor degree in Biology (magna cum laude) and currently is the first-year graduate student at Harvard University in Dr. Michael Desai (hyperlink to laboratory. Using experimental evolution approaches, Milo studies interplay between deleterious mutations and adaptation using budding yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) as a model system.

While at Dartmouth, Milo was engaged in independent research in the laboratories Prof. Olga Zhaxybayeva and Prof. Matt Ayres.

"Meet Me in the Middle of the Air"

Professor Eric Schaller has published a collection of short stories, titled "Meet Me in the Middle of the Air." His fiction has appeared in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Fantasy: Best of the Year, SciFiction, Postscripts, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Polyphony, New Genre, Shadows & Tall Trees, as well as others.

Meet Me in the Middle of the Air:

“Eric Schaller’s stories hover in between dreams and realities, making the real surreal and the surreal frightfully difficult to wake from. These stories are the work of a mad scientist writing in a single moment of sanity, or perhaps of a sane man experimenting madly on our imaginations. Here is a writer whose pen is a sharp-tipped instrument that digs beneath the skin. The air of these stories is always full of ghosts and screams, but if you listen carefully, you’ll hear laughter, too … or is it the cackling of the damned?”

—Matthew Cheney, Hudson-prize winning author of Blood

To read more about the collection, visit

Jennifer Conrad Awarded USDA-NIFA Predoctoral Fellowship

Molecular and Cellular Biology graduate student, Jennifer Conrad, has been awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture for her work on the role of plant hormone cytokinin in the architecture of rice root systems.  Jennifer works in the laboratory of Prof. G. Eric Schaller.  The lab is interested in the roles played by the plant hormones cytokinin and ethylene in plant growth and the responses plants have to changes in their environment.

FASEB BioArt Image Winners!

Prof. Mary Lou Guerinot's lab and Prof. Thomas Jack's lab are two of eleven winners of the FASEB BioArt Competition. 

The image of a heat map of zinc in a plant leaf from the Guerinot lab represents work done by Prof. Mary Lou Guerinot, Prof. Tracy Punshon, former MCB graduate student, Dr. Maria Hindt and current MCB graduate student Suzana Car.

Prof. Thomas Jack, his former post-doctoral scholar, Dr. Nathanael Prunet and Dr. Elliot Meyerowitz of Caltech submitted the winning image of a developing flower.

Winning images will be displayed at the National Institutes of Health Visitor Center next year.  To view all winning images please click here.  To read the full press release, please click here.

Sarah Colon '17, "Obesity and Food Insecurity: A Public Health Paradox"

Sarah Colon '17 and former US Assistant Surgeon General, Susan Blumenthal, published an opinion piece in the Huffington Post about the paradox of the high rates of childhood obesity and food insecurity in America.  The article states "While 15.3 million children live in food insecure households, one-third of all American children are obese or overweight."  The authors discussed ideas for using established federal programs that target food insecurity to improve food choices made by recipients of the programs. Sarah is an undergraduate researcher in Prof. Mary Lou Guerinot's laboratory and a Health Policy Intern at New America. Click here to read the piece in the Huffington Post.

Prof. Amy Gladfelter receives prestigious ASCB Award

Prof. Amy Gladfelter is being honored with a Women in Cell Biology Mid-Career Award for Excellence in Research work by the American Society of Cell Biology.  Elizabeth F. Smith, Associate Dean of the Sciences, says of Prof. Gladfelter's work “She has had a consistent track record of outstanding research, pushing the limits of imaging technology and its application to addressing important questions in cell biology. In terms of Women in Cell Biology awardees, she finds herself in the company of numerous National Academy of Sciences members as well as a Nobel laureate.”  For the full Dartmouth Now article, please click here.