The Annual Meeting of the National Society for Integrative and Comparative
Biology was held in Boston on January 5-7, 2009. Sara Lewis, Kelly McLaughlin,
Jan Pechenik, Michael Reed, Michael Romero, Philip Starks, and Barry Trimmer
are the mentors and co-authors of this very impressive list of those who
presented posters and talks: graduate students Michael Simon, Noah Wilson-Rich,
Molly Dickens, Christine Lattin, David DesRochers, Jenny Lenkowski, Brian Tavernia,
Adam South, Susan Weiner, Natasha Tigreros, Jessica Brubaker, Huai-Ti Lin;
post-doctoral fellows William Woods, Qinglei Ming, Luke Butler; undergraduates
Jessica Awerman*, Alyssa Corbett*, Laura Glassman* and Sophia Kostelanetz*.
Graduate alumna Randi Rotjan also presented.
*Undergraduate in Biology
The Biology Department would like to welcome Michael Levin, Professor
and Director of Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology! Mike
and his staff of Post-Doctoral Associates and graduate students are located
at 200 Boston Avenue.
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In November 2008, George Ellmore was awarded $6,000 by the Hummingbird
Cay Foundation to support the Tropical Field Ecology trip to a remote field
station in the Bahamas, for ten days of exploration, field research, and seminars.
In addition to ten undergraduates, Dr. Sara Lewis and Dr. George Ellmore
are faculty participants this year, aided by recent Biology alumna Dr. Randi
Rotjan and current Biology graduate student Tegan Morton. This award
brings the total value of this foundation grant to $119,000.
Prof. Sergei Mirkin was a co-organizer of the 6th international
conference "Unstable Microsatellites and Human Disease" that was held in
Costa Rica in January.
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Prof. Jan Pechenik's 6th edition of "Biology of the Invertebrates"
has been published by McGraw-Hill and is now the most widely-used textbook in
Professor Michael Reed and graduate student, Alexander "Sasha"
Keyel received a grant from the Nuttall Ornithological Club for grassland
bird research this past fall.
Graduate Student News
Huai-ti Lin, PhD candidate in the Trimmer Laboratory,
received an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant "Mechanics of
Soft-bodied Legged Locomotion: Are Caterpillars Worms with Legs?"
Adam South, PhD candidate in the Lewis Laboratory, received
a grant from the NSF to participate in the East Asia and Pacific Summer
Institute for the summer. He will be working with Dr. Ping Shih Yang at
National Taiwan University, investigating sexual selection in various
species of Asian fireflies. Adam also received a Student Research Grant from
the Animal Behavior Society.
Colleen Butler and Shoni Caine each
received a Graduate Student Travel Award to attend conferences in
Albuquerque, NM, and San Francisco, CA, respectively.
At the 11th Annual Presentation of Graduate Student Awards, held on May
1, 2009, the following Biology Department graduate students received awards:
- Molly Dickens, Outstanding Academic Performance
- Minda Berbeco, Jiahui Yang,
Colleen Butler, Anne Madden and
Adam South were recipients of Graduate Student Research
Adam South, helped to create, in conjunction
with the Museum of Science, the Firefly Watch, and won the Massachusetts Innovation
and Technology Exchange Award in the education and learning category. Many people
are listed on the award, but Adam and two Tufts alums, Chris Cratsley
and Kristian Demary, actually were the genesis of the idea as well as
the site designers. Next spring, the Museum plans to re-launch the website for
a second season of firefly watching.
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Biology Graduate Student, Christine Surka, attended the Unstable Microsatellites
and Human Disease conference in Costa Rica. She presented a poster on replication
stalling and stabilization at Fragile X CGG repeats and received an award from
the poster contest selection committee and $500 from the University of Costa
Noah Wilson-Rich is the $10,000 winner of the Dow Chemicals Student
Sustainability Challenge. Project title: Development of Broad Spectrum Vaccines
for Honey Bees
Amy Yu received a travel award from the Keystone Symposia in order
to present her research at the Genome Instability and DNA Repair Conference
in March 2009.
2008-2009 publications by Faculty and
Graduate Students >