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Debashish Bhattacharya and his post-doctoral associate Jeferson Gross report the following abstract in Nature Reviews Genetics AOp, published online 9 June 2009; doi:10.1038/nrg2610
Nina Fefferman gave the keynote address on Virtual Worlds and Health to
the annual Games for Health Conference (
David Ehrenfeld's latest book, Becoming Good Ancestors: How We Balance Nature, Community, and Technology (Oxford University Press, 2009), was reviewed in Nature (vol. 459, June 4, 2009) under the heading "Averting environmental crisis."
Julie Lockwood reports that her latest book has been published:
Tim M. Blackburn, Julie L. Lockwood, and Phillip Cassey
Julie Lockwood reports the following publications in press:
Henry John-Alder has had a symposium
paper “Hormones, Performance and Fitness:2 Natural History and Endocrine Experiments on
a Lizard (Sceloporus undulatus)” accepted for publication in the
journal Integrative and Comparative
Biology. The paper is based on the invited presentation Henry made at the
SICB meeting in
Nick Skowronski, a Ph.D. candidate in the Ming Xu lab, has the following publication:
Lena Struwe has the following publication:
Andrew (Pete) Vayda, professor emeritus (Department of Human Ecology) has had the following book published :
Faculty Achievements and Activities:
David Bushek, (IMCS and the Haskins Shellfish Research Lab) and The Delaware Estuary Living Shoreline Initiative were in the news. Josh Moody, an E&E master’s student in Dave’s lab, and Kurt Cheng, an undergraduate intern from Marine Sciences, were involved in the work as well.
Steven Handel was interviewed in Christian Science Monitor about his labs ecological restoration work: http://features.csmonitor.com/environment/2009/06/17/when-nature-gets-a-second-chance/. Steven’s work and his award from the American Society of Landscape Architects were also written up in Architecture Week , June 17, 2009.
Jody Hey, (Department of Genetics), was elected president of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution.
Lena Struwe was elected Professor of the Year by the students of the Plant Biology Graduate Program for her outstanding service to the program (June 2009).
participated in the Science Career Fair Day at
Lena Struwe served as Scientist Mentor for a science team at two high schools within the national PlantingScience web-based educational project during Spring 2009.
Marisol Gutierrez, a post-doc working with Henry John-Alder, was invited to
participate as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the FIRST (Faculty Institutes for
Reforming Science Teaching) IV Program.
FIRST IV is a national dissemination project designed to reform
undergraduate science education through professional development of post-docs
in teaching and learning. Marisol
attended a four-day workshop at
Student Awards, Achievements, and Activities:
Congratulations to the following DEENR undergraduate students. They have each been awarded a $1000 scholarship from the Smoyak Hoffman Scholarship Fund:
Julian Avery, a Ph.D. candidate in Julie Lockwood's lab, received a
Special Travel Award of $400.00 from the Graduate School–New Brunswick to
attend The Animal Visual Ecology Symposium in
Steven Gray, a Ph.D. candidate in the Rebecca Jordan lab, was named the winner of the American Fisheries Society Writing Contest. His paper “Are Robots and Satellites the Future of Fisheries Management?’ will be published in Fisheries.
Joe Paulin, a Ph.D. candidate working with David Ehrenfeld, has been
Ai Wen, a Ph.D. candidate co-advised by David and Joan Ehrenfeld, attended the Great Swamp Biennial BioBlitz as a group leader and biologist on May, 12th. The public was invited to participate in many planned outdoor activities during the BioBlitz. The BioBlitz was described as part contest, festival, educational experience and scientific endeavor.
Ai Wen, a Ph.D. candidate co-advised by David and Joan Ehrenfeld, and Linda Rohleder, a Ph.D. candidate working with Claus Holzapfel, attended the Hillside Intermediate School Annual BioBlitz on May 29th. They led several bird and plant identification groups during the day. This annual event provides an educational forum for young people to learn about the animals and plants in their schoolyard.
Congratulations to Kathleen McCarthy on the successful defense of her master’s degree on June 4th. Kathleen was advised by Rick Lathrop.
Congratulations to Tavis Anderson, advisor Mike Sukhdeo, on the successful defense of his doctorate on June 25th.
Stacey Lettini, (Ph.D. 2009, advisor
Michael Sukhdeo) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at
Jorge Saliva (Ph.D.1995, advisor Joanna Burger) has the following publication: