View this interesting segment from CNN that features Vincent Ciavatta (Lab Lead Instructional Specialist in Biology) teaching monks a lab course he developed. The monks are studying here for the Emory Tibet Science Initiative. There are also interviews with Biology faculty, Arri Eisen and Anthropology faculty, Carol Worthman.
Read about the research of Cassandra Quave, the curator for the Emory herbarium, located in the Biology Department, and an Associated Faculty member here.
"The red berries of the Brazilian peppertree – a weedy, invasive species common in Florida – contain an extract with the power to disarm dangerous antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria, scientists at Emory University have discovered." Read more.
Congratulations to Sam Sober who just learned that he is the junior scientist selected to receive the 2017 Albert E. Levy Award for outstanding science!
The Albert E. Levy Scientific Research Award was established to recognize the contributions of Emory faculty members to the advancement of scientific knowledge. It was created by Edith Levy Elsas, a civic and academic activist, while she was a member of Emory University Board of Visitors in memory of her father, Albert E. Levy. The award is overseen by the University Research Committee. Each year, awards for junior and senior faculty are selected by the University Research Committee to recognize outstanding research publications.
Congratulations to Ilya Nemenman and Sam Sober for recently receiving a $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative! Read more here.
Megan Cole is a lecturer in the biology department in addition to her role as director of undergraduate laboratories. "...leaving the cookbook labs behind creates students who are more confident in their research, and much more interested in careers that will include it. Turning the frustration over a module into curiosity may make a scientist. But it also teaches critical-thinking skills to anyone following the latest findings in the news, Cole says." Read more here.
Read articles about some Biology faculty's research:
Research led by Steve L'Hernault establishes a connection between fertilization in nematodes and mammals. The conclusion provides new insights into the basic underpinnings of fertility that could eventually lead to oral contraceptives for men. Read more.
“Cells talk to nearby cells and compare notes before they make a move,” says Ilya Nemenman, a theoretical biophysicist at Emory University. Read more.
(Roger) "Deal says most plants have a kind of memory for stress. When experiencing water shortage, for example, plants close the holes in their leaves, called stomata, to reduce water loss from their tissues". Read more.
"In terms of vocal control, the bird brain appears as complicated and wonderful as the human brain," says biologist Samuel Sober, shown in his lab with a pair of zebra finches. Read more.
Dieter Jaeger recently received a grant from the National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative to explore questions about neural circuitry. He shares the $1.7 million award with Garrett Stanley, a neuroscientist in the Emory-Georgia Tech Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME). Read more.
Read this article in Science featuring the work of Leiling Tao, a postdoctoral researcher in the de Roode lab.
Spring 2017 Biology Seminar Series
The seminars & Science Cafe talks will continue to be on Tuesdays every week in Rm. 1052 of O. Wayne Rollins Research Center at 9 a.m. (unless otherwise noted).
Science Cafe talks are to have informal discussions on science- and education-related topics over a light breakfast.
Tues., January 17th George Dimopoulos, Dept. of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins University
Title: Exploring mosquito – pathogen interactions for disease control
Host: Jaap de Roode
Tues., January 24th SCIENCE CAFE with Mark Lee, Department of Biology, Spelman College Discussion topic: Mentoring Matters Host: Eladio Abreu
Tues., January 31st Sam Sober, Emory Biology
Title: Vocal control, sensorimotor learning, and the dynamics of birdsong
Tues., February 7th Science Cluster Hire candidate talk
John Lindo, Department of Human Genetics, Univ. of Chicago Title: Ancient DNA: Insights into Human Demographic Histories and Evolution
Location: Nursing School, Room 203
Tues., February 14th Science Cluster Hire candidate talk
Nic Vega, Department of Physics, MIT Title: Stochastic and deterministic microbial community assembly in a C. elegans model
Location: Whitehead auditorium
Tues., February 21st Lucia Carvelli, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Univ. of North Dakota
Title: Mechanisms of Action of Amphetamine: Insights from C. elegans Epigenetics and Physiology
Host: Bill Kelly
Tues., February 28th Milo Fasken, Emory Biology Postdoc in Corbett Lab Title: Insight into the RNA Exosome Complex Through Modeling Neurological Disease Mutations in Yeast
Tues., March 7th
SPRING BREAK- will not meet
Tues., March 14th Karen Levy, Dept. of Environmental Health, RSPH, Emory
Title: What is a pathogen?
Tues., March 21st Rohan Palmer, Emory Psychology
Title: The Etiology of Substance Use Disorders: Contextual Considerations for Complex Traits
Host: Robert Liu
Tues., March 28th David Hofmann, Emory Physics Postdoc in Nemenman Lab
Title: A thorough analysis of myoelectric signals
and Damian Hernandez, Emory Physics Postdoc in Nemenman Lab
Title: Bayesian Ising approximation for learning dictionaries of multispike timing patterns in premotor neurons
Tues., April 4th Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Autism Center
Title: How To Measure the Life of a Child: Developmental Profiling of Early
Vocal Behavior in Infants at Risk of ASD
Host: Gordon Berman
Tues., April 11th Sarah Eddy, Department of Biology, Florida International University
Title: Reducing inequities in college biology classrooms: Consider Pedagogy and Student Affect
Host: Eladio Abreu *Location: Whitehead auditorium
*Time: 2:00 p.m.
Hopi E. Hoekstra, Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology and Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology, Harvard University
Wed., April 19th
Rhodes Lecture in Biology
Title: Digging for genes that contribute to behavioral evolution Location: Whitehead auditorium
Thur., April 20th
Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium Keynote
Title: From Darwin to DNA: adaptation in the wild Location: White Hall, Room 208
Tues., April 25th Kate O'Toole, Emory Biology
Title: Drawing in the classroom as a model-building skill