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Apr 17, 2014: Students win prestigious NSF GRFPs

The 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships were announced and the Department of Biology is proud to acknowledge four graduate students for their awards:

Tiffany Dill (Naya Lab): characterizing the roles of Mef2 and the Gtl2-Dio3 cluster in regulating the cell cycle of terminally differentiated heart muscle cells. Also examining how these transcription factors and microRNAs affect the cell cycle of proliferating cell types, such as stem cells. Tiffany is in the Cell and Molecular Biology program.

Amanda Gallinat (Primack Lab): studying the effects of climate change on the autumn phenology of plants, insects, and birds in New England. Amanda is in the Ecology, Behavior and Evolution program

Andrew Hoadley (Traniello Lab): studying the relationship between division of labor, brain investment, and synaptic structure in the leaf-cutter ant A. cephalotes. Results will provide insight on how subcaste-related division of labor is controlled and how brain architecture underscores task specialization in complex social organisms. Andrew  is in the Ecology, Behavior and Evolution program

Bryan Matthews (Waxman Lab): to elucidate what global epigenetic and gene regulatory circuits drive sex-specific gene expression in mouse liver. Bryan is in the Cell and Molecular Biology program.

In addition, several students also received honorable mentions:

Katelyn Mansfield (Gilmore Lab)
Sandy Serizier (McCall Lab)
Sarah Yunes (Hansen Lab)


Congratulations, students!

Apr 15, 2014: Schneider & Warkentin lead herpetology trip to FL

BU Today

Prof. Chris Schneider and Prof. Karen Warkentin led a group of herpetology students to Florida for their spring break. For more information, pictures, and video, see BU Today's article, "Teachable Moments in Gator Country."

Feb 06, 2014: Run the Boston Marathon in Honor of Lu Lingzi

Lu Longzi (GRS'13)

In a tribute sure to be coveted by marathon runners around the world, the Boston Athletic Association has given the family of Lu Lingzi (GRS '13), the BU student killed in the bombing at last year’s Boston Marathon, 15 spots for runners in this year’s race. Read more from BU Today's article on "Run the Boston Marathon in Honor of Lu Lingzi"

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Faculty News

Apr 18, 2014: Prof. Jennifer Talbot published in PNAS

Prof. Jennifer Talbot's manuscript "Endemism and functional convergence across the North American soil mycobiome" was published in PNAS on April 17th. This study is about the distribution & function of soil microorganisms across N. America.

The Stanford News has made a press release, also published April 17th.

Apr 15, 2014: Schneider & Warkentin lead herpetology trip to FL

BU Today

Prof. Chris Schneider and Prof. Karen Warkentin led a group of herpetology students to Florida for their spring break. For more information, pictures, and video, see BU Today's article, "Teachable Moments in Gator Country."

Apr 03, 2014: Prof. Atema featured in Latin Post

Study Shows Sharks Combine All Their Senses to Hunt

"A first-of-its-kind study of how sharks hunt has found the long-feared fish are truly complete predators, using all of their senses in an array of different combinations and ways.

Led by scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla., the University of South Florida in Tampa and Boston University, the research sought to better understand how a shark's vision, touch, smell and other senses seem to combine and guide a detailed series of behaviors from start to finish."

Read full article from Latin Post

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Alumni News

Please visit the new Biology Alumni Newsletter, Summer 2013 edition.

 

Mar 24, 2014: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fellow Award

Eva Fast, a recent Ph.D. graduate (September 2013) who worked with Professor Horacio Frydman, has been selected for a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society FELLOW Award for a three year period. She is currently a postdoc in Professor Leonard Zon's lab at the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University. In her project she will elucidate novel pathways controlling self-renewal in hematopoietic stem cells.

In addition, Dr. Fast will be honored at the Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony by giving the student speech at the annual event to be held on May 16, 2014 this year.

Mar 10, 2014: Alum Josh Drew in Scienceline

Drew partners with fishermen to help conservation

 Every year for the past nine years, Drew has packed his bags and spent about a month in Fiji to collect fish samples and build ties with the local communities. “He studies the sociology of people, not just fish,” says Les Kaufman, an ecology professor at Boston University who oversaw part of Drew’s doctorate research. “You don’t see too many conservation geneticists do that. Very few get the human dimension and Josh is one of them.”...

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Feb 17, 2014: Dr. Starczynowski wins 2014 Research Achievement Award

at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Dr. Daniel Starczynowski was recently awarded the 2014 Research Achievement Award from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. This award is given to faculty who demonstrate research excellence over the past year. Dr. Starczynowski conducts research on Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a pre-leukemia disease for which there are currently few effective treatments. Dr. Starczynowski received his PhD with Dr. Tom Gilmore in 2005 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Experimental Hematology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and in the Department of Cancer and Cell Biology at the University of Cincinnati.

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