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Sep 11, 2014: Frydman Lab students receive honors

MCBB students Michelle Toomey and Rama Simhadri, both of the Frydman Lab, received awards for their talks at the 8th International Wolbachia Conference in Austria

Toomey received 2nd best oral presentation with “Mechanisms of Wolbachia tropism to the stem cell niche in the Drosophila testis.”
Simhadri received 3rd best oral presentation with “Modulation of microbiome of Drosophila melanogaster by Wolbachia


Sep 11, 2014: Hansen Lab student wins Fellowship

Stoiber awarded

CM graduate student Patrick Stoiber of the Ulla Hansen lab was awarded a  Boston University Cross-Disciplinary Training in Nanotechnology for Cancer Fellowship.

Sep 11, 2014: Museum of Natural History Awards Lesneski

Kaufman/Finnerty student recognized by AMNH

EBE graduate student Katey Lesneski of the Finnerty and Kaufman labs was awarded a Lerner-Gray grant for Marine Research for her work in marine biology from the American Museum of Natural History.

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Faculty News

Sep 10, 2014: Petitioners seeking BU's divestment from fossil fuel companies

Prof. Ed Loechler involved in this Petition

Professor Edward Loecheler was featured in BU Today's article, "BU Faculty Petition Urges Diverstment from fossil fuel companies." He was one of the faculty members to present this petition to President Robert Brown.

"In an effort to combat climate change, 245 BU faculty members have signed a petition asking the University to divest oil, gas, and coal companies from its endowment.

The petition was presented by four faculty members and one student yesterday to President Robert A. Brown, who said he would forward it to the trustees when they meet in two weeks and to the University’s Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing, which was created last year."

Sep 09, 2014: Innovation Career Development Professorship

Awarded to Prof. Timothy Gardner

The Office of the Provost at Boston University has announced the awardees for both Peter Paul and Innovation Career Development Professorships. Boston University has the pleasure of recognizing a handful of talented junior educators emerging as future leaders within their respective fields through these awards.

Prof. Timothy Gardner, Assistant Professor of Biology, CAS and Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, ENG, has been awarded the Innovation Career Development Professorship. Prof. Gardner’s translational research in systems neuroscience bridges concepts of biology and physics to produce technology for recording neural activity in awake and behaving animals. The recipient of a Burroughs Welcome Fund Career Award and a Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research, he received dual doctorates in Physics and Biology from Rockefeller University and his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Princeton University. He completed his postdoctoral training at Rockefeller University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

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

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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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