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Jun 17, 2014: Eva Fast wins Belamarich Seminar Award

For outstanding doctoral dissertation in Biology

Eva Fast of the Horacio Frydman Lab was selected as the winner of the Belamarich Award for outstanding doctoral dissertaion in Biology for her thesis "Wolbachia Dynamically Affect Cellular Events During Drosophila Oogenesis and Coorginate Infection of the Germline Stem Cell Niche with Host Development".

Post-defense, Fast is currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University in the Zon Laboratory.

Jun 17, 2014: Sanders-Demott wins WISE@Warren Scholarship

Templer graduate student to mentor undergraduates

Rebecca Sanders-Demott of the Pam Templer Lab has been appointed the graduate student advisor of the WISE@Warren program.

WISE@Warren, the Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) Residence Program, is Boston University's unique living experience for freshmen women who intend to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

The graduate student advisor designs and implements a year-long twice monthly First Year Seminar for WISE@Warren participants

 The advisor coordinates seminars to expose WISE@Warren students to guidance, support, and inspirational seminars and workshops presented by a range of speakers.


Jun 17, 2014: BUWG Awards Caitlin McDonough Scholarship

Primack Lab graduate student receives award

Graduate student Caitlin McDonough, of the Primack Lab has received a scholarship from the Boston University Women's Guild. McDonough is conducting field research to measure the impact of climate change on over 700 species of wildflowers at Acadia National Park over 115 years. In addition, she is linking her field work in Maine to changes in the flora of Concord, MA, from Henry David Thoreau’s time to the present.

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Faculty News

Jun 13, 2014: Paul Lipton, New UROP Director

Paul Lipton, a College of Arts & Sciences professor of neuroscience and director of the undergraduate neuroscience program, has been named the new director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), which provides funding for faculty-mentored research by undergrad students in the humanities, natural sciences, medicine, arts, and education. Effective in August, Lipton succeeds Thomas Gilmore, a CAS professor of biology and a School of Medicine adjunct professor of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, who has led UROP for the past seven years.

BU TODAY: Paul Lipton Named New UROP Director

Jun 10, 2014: Kaufman teams up with Conservation International

In the New York Times Science section

Jun 03, 2014: Prof. Baum Receives Achievement Award

The 2014 Daniel S. Lehrman Lifetime Achievement Award

SBN is pleased to award the Daniel S. Lehrman Lifetime AchievementAward in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology to Michael J. Baum, Professor of Biology at Boston University. Dr. Baum received a PhD in Psychology from McGill University and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Erasmus, The Netherlands. He was on the faculty in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at MIT, and then joined the faculty at Boston University in 1985.

Dr. Baum has made many seminal contributions to our understanding of the mechanisms underlying sex differences in the brain and behavior. His work on the organization of sexually dimorphic neural circuits by gonadal hormones has been particularly transformative in generating new conceptual frameworks that have stood the test of time. His influence on the field reverberates through the numerous successful behavioral neuroendocrinologists that he has trained and mentored. Many of these scientists wrote compelling testimonials to the inspiration, encouragement and wisdom that Dr. Baum provided and continues to provide them. During his almost ten-year service as Editor-in-Chief of Hormones and Behavior, Dr. Baum single-handedly brought back the journal's reputation for scientific rigor and publishing high-quality, high-impact papers. Dr. Baum has been an active member of SBN since its inception, and served as the third President of SBN from 2001 to 2003.

We are delighted to recognize and honor Dr. Baum for his leadership, passion and long-lasting scientific contributions to the field of behavioral neuroendocrinology. The award will be officially presented at the 2014 SBN Annual Meeting in Sydney. Our heartfelt congratulations to one of the best our community has to offer!

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Alumni News

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


Jul 28, 2014: BU PhD Alum Named Executive Director

Dr. Noemi Custodia-Lora excells at Northern Essex Community College

Dr. Noemi Custodia-Lora, a former doctoral student of Dr. Ian Callard, will be the new face of Northern Essex Community College in Lawrence.

Custodia-Lora has been appointed executive director of Northern Essex Community College’s Lawrence campus and community relation.

She has been a member of the faculty in the Natural Sciences Department since 2003.

She was appointed assistant dean of Foundational Studies and Liberal Arts & Sciences in 2011.

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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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