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.


Fall 2018 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., August 30
Science Cafe led by Patrick Cafferty
Discussion topic: Testing a Central Dogma POGIL activity

Thur., September 6
Robert Liu,
Emory Biology
Title: Neural predispositions and plasticity for social information processing

Thur., September 13
Science Cafe led by Pat Marsteller
Discussion topic: Diversity in science: a wicked problem

Thur., September 20

Thur., September 27
Patrick Guerra,
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati
Title: There and Back Again: understanding how monarch butterflies get to and return from Mexico during their annual long-distance migration
Host: Jaap de Roode

Thur., October 4
*Our newest faculty member hired will give a talk this day and time, so we have rescheduled the Biology talk.
Leila Rieder, Emory Biology
Title: Molecular Mechanisms to Coordinate Gene Expression in Drosophila
Host: Biochemistry Department, BCDB & GMB programs
*Location: Whitehead Auditorium

Thur., October 11
Gordon Berman, Emory Biology
Title: Measuring the hidden dynamics of animal behavior

Thur., October 18
Javier Stern, Neuroscience Institute, Georgia State
Title: Unraveling mechanisms underlying stimulus- secretion coupling at neuronal dendrites using novel cell biosensors
Host: Dieter Jaeger

Thur., October 25
Minsu Kim, Emory Physics
Title: Intricate aid mechanisms of transcription and translation underlie robust survival of bacteria under stress

Thur., November 1
Dave Civitello, Emory Biology
Title: Can host-parasite energetics improve disease management?

Thur., November 8
Yana Bromberg,
Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, Rutgers University
Title: Forget their names: understanding the microbiome without focusing on individual microbes
Host: Ilya Nemenman

Thur., November 15
Jared Wendte,
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Genetics, University of Georgia
Title: Explaining diversity in the epigenome
Host: Levi Morran

Thur., November 22
NO SEMINAR- Thanksgiving holiday

Thur., November 29
Harmit Malik, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Title: Genetic conflicts during meiosis drive centromeres and speciation
Host: Bill Kelly

Thur., December 6
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



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