Department of Biology

Congratulations to Michelle Skelton for winning the 2018 Darrell Stokes Award for excellence in Biology.

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Congratulations to Arri Eisen for presenting his book, 'Enlightened Gene', to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.

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Baohua Zhou, a graduate student in the Nemenman lab, and collaborators in the Nemenman and the Sober labs propose and experimentally validate a new  theory of sensorimotor learning, which is able to explain why learning certain motor skills is hard, while the others are easy.

The Biology Department is advertising a new open tenure-track position in “Neural Circuit Mechanisms of Behavior” with an application deadline of Dec. 1, 2018.  The full job ad is available here.  Please spread the news.

A hearty congratulations to Dr. Roger Deal who successfully navigated the tenure and promotion process and is now Associate Professor of Biology September 2018!

Congratulations to Dr. Rachelle Spell who has been promoted to Professor of Pedagogy September 2018!

Congratulations to Dr. Arri Eisen who presented his book, "The Enlightened Gene: Biology, Buddhism, and the Convergence that Explains the World", to a packed room Sunday, September 2 as part of the Decatur Book Festival. Read more here.

Congratulations to Dr. Amanda Gibson in the Morran lab!

The Society for the Study of Evolution just announced Amanda Gibson (FIRST postdoc) as the winner of this year's Dobzhansky Prize, one of the two most prestigious awards in evolutionary biology awarded to an outstanding young biologist.

Dr. Gibson also won the John Maynard Smith Prize in 2017 from European Society for Evolutionary Biology, the other most prestigious award given to an outstanding young biologist. She is one of only a handful of individuals to win both awards. Further, she is the first woman to do so.  Read more here.


Spring 2019 Biology Seminar Series

The seminars & Science Cafe talks have changed to be on Thursdays every week in Rm. 1052 of O. Wayne Rollins Research Center at 12 p.m. (unless otherwise noted).

Science Cafe talks are to have informal discussions on science- and education-related topics over a light snack.

Thur., January 17
Science Cafe led by Anita Corbett
Discussion topic: A Discussion of Implicit Bias

Thur., January 24
Ming-fai Fong,
Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, MIT
Title: Experience-dependent plasticity in disability, recovery, and discovery
*Biology faculty search candidate
Host: Astrid Prinz

Thur., January 31
Malavika Murugan,
Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University
Title: Investigating social spaces: Role of the prefrontal cortex in mediating social behaviors
*Biology faculty search candidate
Host: Sam Sober

Thur., February 7


Thur., February 14
Michele Insanally,
Departments of Otolaryngology, Neuroscience and Physiology, New York University School of Medicine
Title: TBA
*Biology faculty search candidate
Host: Dieter Jaeger

Thur., February 21
Astrid Prinz lab, Emory Biology
Title: Of flies, mice, and machines - the Prinz lab explores new territory

Thur., February 28
Stephen Town, Ear Institute in the Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London
Title: TBA
*Biology faculty search candidate
Host: Sam Sober

Thur., March 7
Gray Crouse, Emory Biology
Title: TBA
*Seminar honoring Dr. Crouse's retirement

Thur., March 14
NO SEMINAR- Spring Break

Thur., March 21
Nancy Manley, Department of Genetics, University of Georgia
Title: The Rise and Fall of the thymic microenvironment – from embryos to aging to rejuvenation
Host: Andreas Fritz

Thur., March 28
Mike Perry,
Title: TBA
Host: Jaap de Roode

Thur., April 4
NO SEMINAR- Biology external review meetings

Thur., April 11
Eugene Koonin, National Center for Biotechnology Information, NIH
Title: TBA
Host: Daniel Weissman

Thur., April 18

Charlie Baer, Department of Biology, University of Florida
Title: Mutation as a lens on natural selection in C. elegans
Host: Levi Morran

2019 Distinguished Rhodes Lectureship
April 25 & 26
Jo Handelsman, Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thur. April 25
Biology Undergraduate Research Poster Session
2:00- 2:50, 3:00- 3:50 in School of Medicine lobby

Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium Keynote by Dr. Handelsman
4:00 p.m. in School of Medicine, Room 120
Title: TBA

Fri,, April 26
Rhodes Lecture by Dr. Handelsman
10:30 a.m. in Whitehead Auditorium
Title: TBA

Thur., May 2
Andrea Duina, Department of Biology, Hendrix College
Title: Breaking chromatin to understand it: a genetic approach in yeast provides new insights into the transcription process
Host: Anita Corbett

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