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BIOFEEDBACK vol. 28(2)

The Newsletter of the Biology Department at Rhodes

Is now available
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Rhodes College Biology Department "Then and Now", September 1998



WELCOME TO THE DEPARTMENT

Dr. Kelly Dougherty
Dr. Mel Durrett
Dr. Christopher Lupfer
Dr. Cynthia Ryder
Dr. Thilina Surasinghe

CONGRATULATIONS!

Anna Kushnir ’14 received the award for Outstanding in Research in Biology

Carlos T. Huerta ’15 received the Award for Outstanding Research in Biology

Albert Vacheron ’17 and Maria Youself ’17 received the Award for Excellence in First-Year Biology

Kristen Wendt BMB’14 received the BMB Outstanding Research Award

Alix Matthews ENVS’14 received the Rhodes Early Career Award in Environmental Sciences and Studies

Madeline Carwile ’16 received the Rosanna Cappellato Memorial Award

Matthew Roberts NEURO’14 and Elizabeth Bigus NEURO’14 received the Outstanding Senior in Neuroscience Major

Caroline Elbaum NEURO’14 received the Hunter Award for Excellence in Neuroscience

Anna Kushnir ’14 was awarded Honorable Mention in National Russian Essay Contest Competition of the American Council of Teachers of Russian

Maggie Blake ’14 won 1st place poster in Western Regional Meeting of Tennessee Academy of Science

Aubrey Howard ’15 won 3rd place poster in Western Regional Meeting of Tennessee Academy of Science

Aubrey Howard ’15 received a Marc Dresden Student Travel Award to help defray the cost of his trip to New Orleans to present his research at the 2014 meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists

Carlos T Huerta ’15 received a Goldwater Scholarship

Carlos T. Huerta ’15 was selected into the American Society for Microbiology’s Undergraduate Research Capstone Program.  This award provides a two-year membership to ASM and $1500 for travel to the 2014 ASM Meeting in Boston

Carlos T.Huerta ’15 was recognized for his research participation in the St. Jude Summer Plus Program in the January issue of Cancer, the research journal published by the American Cancer Society

Stephen Leavelle ’14 won 2nd place talk in Organismal Biology at Western Regional Meeting of Tennessee Academy of Science

Braden Taylor ’15 received a travel award to the International Society for Cell Biology Meeting in New Orleans, LA

Kristen Wendt BMB’14 won 1st place talk in Health and Medical Sciences at the Western Regional Meeting of Tennessee Academy of Science

Alison Hanson ’15, Alix Matthews BMB’14 and Jackson Roberts ’14 won 1st place talk in Organismal Biology at the Western Regional Meeting of Tennessee Academy of Science



New Omicron Delta Kappa honor society members:

Maggie Blake ’14, Matt Cannavo BMB’15, Shelley Choudhury NEURO’15, Blake Harrell BMB’15, Jordan Infield BMB’14, Liz Karolczuk NEURO’14, Richard McGuire BMB’15, Taylor Sieben ENVS’15, Lauren Stokes BMB’14, Katherine Robinson BMB’15, Secretary

 

New Mortar Board Honor Society members:

Matthew Cannavo BMB’15, Shelley Choudhury NEURO’15, Kathryn Cyrus NEURO’15, Blake Harrell BMB’15, Alyssa Johnson NEURO’15, Sarah Johnson ’15, Katherine Robinson BMB’15

 

New Phi Beta Kappa society members

Elizabeth Bigus NEURO’14, Maggie Blake ’14, Noah Stephen Brown BMB’14, Mary Dubose ENVS’14, Caroline Elbaum NEURO’14, Anna Kushnir ’14, Stephen Leavelle ’14, Jake Magness ENVS’14, John Menz ’14, Roberta Moore ENVS’14, Matthew Sommers NEURO’14

 

Grants and Fellowhips

David Kabelik, Kim Gerecke, Rebecca Klatzkin, Mauricio Cafiero, and Katherine White:  Rhodes Neuroscience Summer Research Fellowship, $12, 274.

David Kabelik:  The Bold-Shy Continuum:  Neural Regulation of Social Behavior.  Faculty Development Endowment Grant, $5,000.

Mary Miller:  Understanding regulated cell division through genetic and biochemical one-on-one mentored independent project.  Rhodes College Cell Cycle Fellow, $4,341.46.

 

Publications

Miller M.  2014.  Budding Yeast for budding Geneticists:  A Primer on the Saccharomyces cerevisiae Model System.  Genetics. 197:33-48; doi:10.1534/genetics. 114.163188.

 

Meetings

Boyle S. Oral presentation: Pitheciid primates in fragmented habitats: land cover change and its implications for conservation. Society for Conservation GIS. Monterrey, CA (July 2014).

Howard A ‘15, Lipman M ‘16, Patel A ‘17, Pérez-Estigarribia P, de la Sancha N, Boyle S, Luque L. Oral presentation: Forest fragmentation’s effects on hemoparasites in small mammalian populations from Paraguay. American Society for Parasitologists. New Orleans, LA (July 2014).

Matthews, A ENVS’14, Ellis V, Hanson A’15, Roberts J’14 and Collins, MD.  Avian malaria in East Tennessee.  Association of Field Ornithologists and Wilson Ornithological Society.  Newport, Rhode Island, 2014.

Miller M.  Cell Cycle Defects Asociated with the Ruthenium Based Anti-Cancer agent KP1019. Hendrix College, AR.  February 13, 2014.

 


Western Collegiate Division Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences, Memphis, TN. Saturday, April 5, 2014

Oral Presentations

Hanson A ’15, Matthews A ’15, Ellis V, Roberts J and Collins M.  Avian malaria in East Tennessee.  1st Place, organismal biology.

Wendt K ’14 and Hill T.  SepG in Aspergillus nidulans encodes an IQGAP protein.  1st Place, health and medical sciences.

Leavelle S’14, Pisacane C and Miller L.  Eau de Tigres:  Effects of specialized scent enrichment on tiger behavior and physiology and visitor perception.  2nd Place, organismal biology.

Poster Presentations

Blake M ’14 and Cohen J. Visual mechanisms in copepod mating behavior:  the effect of light on mating frequencies in Labidocera aestiva.  1st Place

Howard A ’15, Lipman M and Patel A, Estigarribia P, Sancha N, Boyle S and Luque de Johnson L. Morphological characterization of hemoparasites from small mammals living in forest fragments in Paraguay.  3rd Place

Other poster presenters

Mattancheril S ’14, Moore R ENVS’14 and Boyle S.  The influence of kinship on the presence of aggressive behaviors between Nile hippopotamuses (Hippopotamus amphibious) in captivity. 

DuBose ME ENVS’14, Sieben T ENVS’14, Menz J ’14, Moore R ENVS’14, Jabaily RS, Shepherd C and Boyle S.  Arboreal mapping of the Memphis Zoo.