The Thomas H. Kunz Fund in Biology
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
One of the world’s leading authorities on the biology of bats, Professor Thomas H. Kunz, has for the past 40+ years been an inspiring teacher to thousands of undergraduates, an enthusiastic proponent for bats and science in the public arena, and an exceptional mentor to dozens of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty. Recently named a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, the highest academic honor conferred by Boston University, Tom has also been one of our most productive and highly regarded scientists.
In recognition and appreciation of Tom’s mentorship, his current and former graduate students recently established the Thomas H. Kunz Fund in Biology, which will become a permanent endowment that honors Tom’s career and supports graduate education in ecology at Boston University. Rising to a challenge from Tom’s students, the Biology faculty has joined this effort and helped push the fund past the $50,000 mark .We are now reaching out to Tom’s friends and colleagues around the world and to you, our BU Biology alumni. With the fund currently at the $70,000 mark, we would like to ask you to join us in supporting the Thomas H. Kunz Fund in Biology and help push it past $100,000. The positive response we have received from Tom’s students and fellow BU faculty has been exceptional – almost 100% participation! We hope we can add you to the list of contributors.
As you may know, Tom officially retired in May 2013. He is working hard to recover from the serious brain injuries he suffered in a tragic accident at the end of October 2011. While the future remains uncertain, Tom has made amazing progress since then. He rose to the occasion and delivered a touching and memorable speech at a luncheon for retiring faculty in early May 2013.
Please consider making an online contribution. To ensure that your donation goes to the Kunz Fund in Biology, select "Other Fund" in the pull-down menu under "Your Gift Designation" and then write in box below "Thomas H. Kunz Fund in Biology." Please see the BU Alumni page for information on other ways to give. For BU employees, a payroll deduction option is available.
Please feel free to contact us with questions or simply to let us know that you've made a contribution - it would be great to hear from you and learn about your connections to Tom.
Tom’s Graduate Students and Postdocs
c/o Prof. Peter V. August (Tom’s first PhD student)
firstname.lastname@example.org, (401) 874-4794
Tom’s Colleagues in BU Biology
c/o Prof. Michael D. Sorenson (Chair, Biology Department, Boston University)
email@example.com, (617) 353-6983
Jelle Atema's laboratory focuses on three research areas: chemical ecology of lobsters, navigation in sharks, and dispersal in larval reef fishes.
Michael Baum's research is aimed at the mechanisms controlling the sexual differentiation and adult display of courtship behaviors in mice.
Cynthia Bradham's research is focused on understanding secondary (dorsal-ventral) axis specification and patterning in the sea urchin.
Pete Buston's research grapples with questions at the frontiers of behavioral ecology, population ecology and marine ecology.
Gloria Callard's research focuses on the biosynthesis and actions of estradiol.
John Celenza's research focuses on plant development, molecular biology, and genetics.
Lecturer Elizabeth Co focuses her passions on teaching and learning about the structure of human body and its diseases.
Geoffrey Cooper's laboratory studies the roles of proto-oncogene proteins in the signal transduction pathways that control proliferation and survival of mammalian cells.
Vincent Dionne's research examines the cellular mechanisms underlying detection, discrimination, and encoding of sensory information.
William Eldred's research is studying how the neurons in the retina communicate with one another using biochemical pathways.
Horacio Frydman's research generally focuses on understanding how microorganisms and their hosts interact at different biological levels (e.g., molecular, cellular, genetic, ecological and evolutionary).
Adrien Finzi's research focuses on the factors regulating productivity and nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems.
Wally Fulweiler's laboratory is focused on understanding the impact humans have on marine systems.
Tim Gardner's laboratory studies neural circuits and their development, specifically vocal learning in songbirds.
Thomas Gilmore's research focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which certain genes can transform normal cells into malignant cells, and the normal control of cellular growth by these genes.
Ulla Hansen's research involves understanding how regulation of gene expression in mammalian cells controls cell growth and responses to hormones.
Angela Ho's research concerns the molecular and cellular basis of synaptic function and alzheimer’s disease.
Les Kaufman's laboratory is devoted to understanding the creation, maintenance, extinction, and conservation of aquatic diversity.
Hans Kornberg's current research focuses on the metabolic routes by which mutants of E coli, which are devoid of the genes that normally affect utilization of fructose are able to grow on fructose as sole carbon source.
Trevor Siggers's laboratory uses integrative biochemical and genomic approaches to study gene regulation in the immune and inflammatory systems.
Jen-Wei Lin's main research focus is on the biophysical events underlying neurotransmitter release.
Phillip Lobel is interested in fundamental concepts of fish biology and in applying this knowledge to scientific issues and to societal concerns of fisheries management and conservation.
Edward Loechler's lab investigates the DNA polymerases involved in mutagenic and non-mutagenic bypass of DNA damage.
Hengye Man is interested in understanding the cellular/molecular mechanisms underlying AMPAR synaptic localization and synaptic plasticity.
Kim McCall's laboratory is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of programmed cell death and its role in development.
Sean Mullen's laboratory is focused on understanding how adaptive phenotypic variation arises and is maintained in natural populations.
Frank Naya's research includes dissecting the in vivo role of the myocyte enhancer factor-2 (MEF2) family of transcription factors in muscle development.
Richard Primack's lab is investigating the impact of climate change on the flowering times of plants and the spring arrival of birds in Massachusetts, Japan, and South Korea.
Christopher Schneider's laboratory combines field studies with a variety of molecular genetic and phenotypic analyses to study adaptation, population biology, systematics, biogeography, and speciation of amphibians and reptiles.
Daniel Segrè develops theoretical approaches and computational models for the study of complex biological networks.
Michael Sorenson's research emphasizes molecular genetic approaches to problems in avian systematics, population biology, and behavioral ecology.
Kathryn Spilios is a lecturer and the director of instructional labs for the Department of Biology.
Nathan Stewart is a lecturer and focuses his interests on the influence of habitat complexity, potential prey quality, and predator avoidance on resource selection in animals.
John Finnerty studies coastal marine invertebrates in order to answer fundamental questions concerning biodiversity.
Pamela Templer is interested in ecosystem ecology and the influence that plant-microbial interactions have on nutrient cycling, retention, and loss.
Dean Tolan is interested in biochemistry, enzymology, molecular and human genetics, evolution, and the developmental biology of aldolases.
James Traniello studies the ecological factors that have influenced the genetics of colonies and populations, the behavioral mechanisms of cooperation, and the neural basis of social behavior.
Karen Warkentin's laboratory examines developing organisms in an ecological context.
Fred Wasserman's area of research is in Animal Behavior.
David Waxman is interested in molecular endocrinology and cell signaling through transcriptional networks, cancer gene therapy and pharmacology, liver genes and transcriptional control, and orphan receptors and responses to environmental chemicals.
Eric Widmaier is primarily interested in the molecular and behavioral mechanisms that result in obesity or weight gain in mammals.