Diane Lebo, PhD candidate in the McCall Lab, has been elected as the 2019 Graduate Student Organization (GSO) President. Diane has been the Biology GSO Representative since September 2017 and has been the GSO Treasurer since December 2017. Recent successful events that Diane helped run with the Executive Board members include several coffee hours for underrepresented graduate student groups as well as a large coffee hour for the entire graduate student population.
The Graduate Student Organization strives to ensure Boston University continues to be a safe and enriching environment for carrying out graduate education. Find out how you can get involved with GSO as a graduate student at Boston University: https://www.bu.edu/gso/get-involved/
The Loren E. Wold Research Awards have been established by Biology alumnus Dr. Loren E. Wold (CAS ’97), a distinguished research scientist and Professor at Ohio State University. Dr. Wold is a strong advocate of undergraduate research and mentoring.
Each award supports summer research projects in the amount of $4,800 for salary and a $200 Conference Travel Award. Four awards will be given annually beginning in 2019. The award is open to high-achieving Biology undergraduates working in research labs of faculty in the Department of Biology and other departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Medicine, or the School of Public Health, as well as Boston University undergraduates from other majors working with a Department of Biology faculty member.
Awardees will be selected from the funded UROP applicant pool, in consultation with the Chair of Biology and the Biology Honors Committee.
Katey Lesneski, Ph.D. candidate co-advised by Dr. John Finnerty and Dr. Les Kaufman, was recently awarded the Best Poster Award for “Best Use of Quantitative Methods in Conservation Research” at the 2018 Student Conference on Conservation Science in NYC. Her poster titled “Identifying resilient individuals of an endangered coral for reef restoration” focused on the physiological outcomes of a multi-year experiment she has been conducting at Turneffe Atoll, Belize.
Nahomie Rodriguez-Sastre Receives Outstanding Poster Award at Developmental Biology of the Sea Urchin (DBSU)
Nahomie Rodriguez-Sastre, Ph.D. student in the Bradham Lab, recently received the “Outstanding Poster Award” at the Developmental Biology of the Sea Urchin (DBSU) in Woods Hole, MA for her poster titled: “Ethanol treatment perturbs skeletal patterning during sea urchin development.”
Nahomie’s research uses the sea urchin to identify the pathway that EtOH is affecting that gives rise to physical defects and some neurological problems that might be similar to fetal alcohol syndrome.
BU Biology Department alum Dr. Babak Mehrara (CAS ’89) is featured in this month’s issue of Science, where he discusses his team’s ongoing work on lymphedema and the immune system. The article can be read here.
Ph.D. candidate Leah Williams from Dr. Tom Gilmore’s lab gave an invited talk at Cnidofest: The Cnidarian Model Systems Meeting, held at the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience in St. Augustine, Florida from September 6-9, 2018. The title of her talk was “Cnidarian Toll-like Receptor Signaling.” Leah’s research explores the evolutionary origins and molecular mechanisms of immunity in basal marine organisms such as coral and sponges. Her research has been supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the National Science Foundation.
Shawna Henry, Ph.D. candidate in the Ho Lab, recently received the “Best Poster Award” at the Gordon Research Conference: Neurobiology of Brain Disorders in Barcelona, Spain for her poster titled: “Conformational Switch of Mint1 Controls APP Binding and Processing.”
Shawna’s research examined how perturbing the interaction between Mint1, a neuronal adaptor protein, and amyloid precursor protein (APP) can decrease Aβ production associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Joana Barbosa Teixeira and Rose Zhao, both Biochemistry & Molecular Biology majors, were recently honored with the 2018/2019 Marion Kramer Award. This award is given to high-achieving female students majoring in the biological sciences. 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.
Biology Department Research Assistant Professor and Lecturer Randi Rotjan has received two grants that will support work in the Phoenix Islands in Kiribati. One grant, awarded by National Geographic, supports fieldwork in the South Seas. Another grant, awarded by the Waitt Foundation, is in support of a documentary of the fieldwork being completed.
Professor Sarah Davies has been awarded an Early-Career Research Fellowship from the National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program. This two year fellowship supports emerging scientific leaders as they take risks on research ideas not yet tested, pursue unique collaborations, and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving offshore energy system safety and the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems.