Sara Arganda, Postdoctoral Researcher and Marie Curie Fellow in the Traniello Lab, has been awarded the inaugural Seed Funding for Postdocs Grant from the Professional Development and Postdoctoral Affairs and the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Office. This $5,000 award provides support for postdocs to develop research projects that will allow them to learn new skills. Sara’s innovative project uses computational neuroimaging to create brain templates—a form of a brain atlas—together with phylogenetic reconstruction methods in order to understand the evolution of the morphology of ancestral social brains in ants.
A recent paper in Journal of Experimental Biology by Kristina Cohen, a PhD student in Dr. Karen Warkentin’s lab, has continued to receive extensive media coverage. BURST, a new Facebook page highlighting research at Boston University, featured the video above highlighting findings from the paper. The video was also shared on BU’s Facebook page and has been viewed 2.5 million times!
Former Biology undergraduates Curran Uppaluri and Arianna Medina have their work on conflict in clownfish societies published in the September edition of Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology in collaboration with Dr. Marian Wong and Dr. Peter Buston. Curran and Arianna’s research was supported by the UROP and SURF program. Since leaving BU, Curran has gone on the University of Vermont College of Medicine and Arianna has gone on to Duke Law School.
Former Biology undergraduate Bridget Chak has her work on offspring sex preference among the Mosuo of Southwest China published in this week’s edition of Royal Society Open Science in collaboration with Dr Siobhán Mattison and Dr. Peter Buston. Bridget’s research was supported by UROP. Since leaving BU, Bridget has gone on to work at the Center for Human Genetic Research at Mass General Hospital.
Richard Primack has been chosen as one of four 2016-17 Faculty Research Fellows by the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. Richard will establish a Pardee Center Working Group of researchers from BU and neighboring institutions on Leaf Emergence and Fall (LEaF).
Over the course of his project, Professor Primack will produce Pardee Center publications and lead Pardee Center-sponsored events related to his research.
Jerry Chen has been chosen for the Stuart and Elizabeth Pratt Career Development Professorship, funded by the generosity of one of the BU Trustees, Stuart Pratt, and his wife. The Stuart and Elizabeth Pratt Career Development Professorship highlights excellence within the College of Arts & Sciences.
Professor and Associate Dean Michael Sorenson received the Elliott Coues Achievement Award, recognizing outstanding and innovative contributions to ornithological research. The award was presented by the American Ornithologists’ Union at the 2016 North American Ornithological Conference in Washington, DC.
Lina Soto, a senior in Prof. Cyndi Bradham’s lab, won third place for Best Undergraduate Poster at the Society for Developmental Biology’s 75th Annual Meeting, an international conference that was held in Boston August 4-8 2016. The poster was titled: Proteinase K treatment radializes the dorsal-ventral axis in sea urchin embryos.
Lina has been a research student in the Bradham lab since her sophomore year, and served as a SURF student mentor during the summer of 2016. Lina is mentored by graduate student Daphne Schatzberg.
Biology undergraduates Kailyn Doiron and Mahsan Mohammadi were honored with the 2016/2017 Marion Kramer Award. This award is given to high-achieving female students majoring in Biology. The award was established in 2001 in honor of Dr. Marion Kramer who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Boston University in 1963 and went on to a long and satisfying career in biology and medicine.
Alla Yalonetskaya, a PhD candidate and member of the McCall Lab, was recently awarded a 2016-17 American Fellowship Award from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), one of the oldest and most prestigious fellowships in the world exclusively for women. AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, or finishing research for publication.
Alla’s current research aims to understand how the nucleus is dismantled during a non-apoptotic, or non-caspase-dependent, form of cell death. She employs an array of techniques, including genetics, live-imaging, and immunohistochemistry, to characterize nuclear degradation dynamics. She is also passionate about mentorship and serves as a mentor for undergraduate women pursuing careers in STEM fields, both in and out of the laboratory.