We are proud to share the news that Rachel Hartnett, a biology graduate student in the EEB program, was notified that she will receive a 2013 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. These are highly competitive, three-year awards for graduate students early in their programs. This is the second year in a row that a graduate student in the department has received one of these highly coveted awards.
Rachel is working with Dr. Larry Weider toward a PhD. She received her BS degree in Biology at UT Austin. In her PhD research, she is interested in life-stages of Daphnia populations (i.e. juvenile and adult instars) and how different populations might change their demographic structure in response to abiotic and biotic pressures. She is also interested in how changes in life-stage structure may impact community networks.
At the March 2013 Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society meeting, Biology Presidential Professor Caryn Vaughn was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for “singular accomplishments and long-term contributions that have advanced the conservation and science of freshwater mollusks at a national and international level”. This is the highest honor that this society gives, and Dr. Vaughn is the first woman to have received the award.
Associate Professor David McCauley is an author on a recent landmark paper describing the sequence of the lamprey genome that was recently published in Nature Genetics. OU had multiple roles in the project. In addition to Dr. McCauley's contributions, Sandy Clifton (who is now back at OU at the Advanced Center for Genome Technology), contributed to project management at the Genome Institute, Washington University School of Medicine. For more information, see this news release on the College of Arts and Sciences web site: Sea Lamprey Genome Mapped With Help From Scientists at OU
This spring, students in BIOL 1121 Introductory Biology and BIOL 4653 Parasitology will be using brand-new stereomicroscopes. In fall 2012, the department replaced ~75 stereomicroscopes and 3 projection stereomicroscopes (for displaying work to the entire class) for three of our teaching labs.
Many of the microscopes that were replaced were originally purchased in the 1960s and 1970s and were at the end of their useful service. This purchase was funded in part through a portion of the course fees that students pay for these lab courses. However, it would not have been possible without additional very generous funding from the College of Arts and Sciences. Please join the department in thanking Dean Paul Bell for his support. We are looking forward to putting these microscopes to good use this semester!
Microscopes pictured below.
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