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BIOFEEDBACK vol. 28(2)

The Newsletter of the Biology Department at Rhodes

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Congrats to Braden Taylor ′15

Join me in congratulating Braden Taylor ’15 (Biology) for being awarded an American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Undergraduate Travel Award to support his travel to the 2013 ASCB Annual Meeting which will be held this December in New Orleans.  Braden will be giving a poster presentation about his work in my lab titled “Exposure to ruthenium-based chemotherapeutic KP1019 induces a RAD9-dependent DNA damage response in S. cerevisiae.”    Be sure to wish him luck when you see him!


This semester, Dr. Carolyn Jaslow assumes the responsibility of chairing the Department of Biology.  Dr. Jaslow succeeds Dr. Gary Lindquester, who served as department chair in 2003-2004 and from the fall of 2006 to summer of 2013.


Dr. Mary Doherty will join the department in the Fall 2013, teaching Environmental Science and Microbiology...

Dr. Andrew Gardner joins Rhodes Biology as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Rachel Jabaily′s lab. Andrew is a cheesehead; he grew up in Green Bay, WI and gained his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After completing his undergraduate degree, Andrew lived in Austin, TX for a year, working at a retail garden center during the day and moonlighting in Beryl Simpson′s lab at the University of Texas at Austin. The opportunity to work with Eve Emshwiller brought Andrew back to the midwest to gain a PhD.

Back in Madison, Andrew studied the history of the ~60 million year old plant genus Oxalis using molecular phylogenies to reconstruct morphological, niche, and geographic evolutionary transitions. His research incorporates DNA sequence data, morphological data from museum specimens and live plants, and environmental niche modeling. Andrew developed his teaching and mentorship skills. In addition to being a teaching assistant in several courses, he has lectured in Plant Anatomy, developed several teaching tools, and mentored several UW-Madison undergraduates.


Now, Dr. Gardner is switching from neotropical Oxalis to the paleotropical Goodeniaceae. This Australian plant family contains a wide array of flower morphologies, with some species even mimicking the flowers of different genera! With the help of their visiting Australian collaborator, Dr. Kelly Shepherd, and Rhodes undergraduate Eden Johnson, the lab generated DNA sequence data for over 400 species from this diverse plant family.


This fall, Dr. Gardner will teach a senior seminar on biogeography. He′ll help a small group of students navigate their inquiry into life′s distribution through space and time. He looks forward to teaching his first seminar-style course in a subject he loves. Andrew has settled in Midtown with his wife Sasha and their cat Finn. They are eagerly exploring all that Memphis has to offer and look forward to life in the Mid-South.


Ellen Dahl, ′14 received an Outstanding Presentation Award for her talk at the Society for Developmental Biology′s southeast regional meeting at Vanderbilt University.

Ferguson, Sarah ’13 won second place in the Environmental Science category for her oral presentation at Western Regional Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences.

Jones, Kimber ‘13 won first place for her poster presentation at the Western Regional Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences.

Emily Cerrito ′16 & William Porter ′16 received the Award for Excellence in First-Year Biology

Shannon Blair ′13, Harrison Daniel ′13 received the Outstanding Biology Senior Award for 2012-2013 academic year

Madeline Scott ′13 was presented with the award for Outstanding Senior in Neuroscience

Adiha Khan ′13 was presented the Award for Outstanding Research in Biology

Sarah Beth Taylor ′13 & Xiao Wang ′13 received the Outstanding Achievement Award in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology



Wendt, Kristen BMB ’14 received stipends from the National Science Foundation to do summer research with Dr. Terry Hill.

Dr. Sarah Boyle DigitalGlobe 8-band multispectral imagery (PI, high-resolution imagery)—“Conservation applications of multiband spectral imagery in forest fragmentation analysis”

Dr. Michael Collins Training Grant, Malaria Research Coordination Network. $5,120

Dr. Michael Collins Conservation and Research Grant, Tennessee Ornithological Society. $2,200

Dr. Rachel Jabaily and co-PI Dr. Dianella Howarth (St. John’s University, Queens NY) were awarded a National Science Foundation research grant for their project, “Phylogenetics and Floral Symmetry Evolution of the Core Goodeniaceae.”  This 3-year project will fund undergraduate researchers in Dr. Jabaily’s lab, fieldwork in Western Australia, and a postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Andy Gardner, who will be a welcome addition to the department faculty.

Dr. Carolyn Jaslow recipient of a $1,500 Frank Ling Research Grant in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.


Drs. David Kabelik and Lauren O’Connel (Harvard University) submitted a National Science Foundation research grant preliminary proposal for their project “Behavioral Regulation via Anxiety Signaling within the Social Behavior Neural Network”.


Drs. Sarah Boyle, Noe de la Sancha (Field Museum of Natural History), David Kabelik, and Laura Luque de Johnson submitted a National Science Foundation research grant preliminary proposal for their project “Assessing Ecological Health of Fragmented Landscapes: Interactions within Biodiversity, Parasitology, Endocrinology, and Conservation”.


Dr. Mary Miller, who was awarded a grant from the American Colleges of the South (ACS) to support inter-institutional collaboration in teaching Cancer Biology.   Other collaborators in this grant are Jonathon King (Trinity College), Renee Chosed (Furman College), and  Pam  Hanson (Birmingham Southern College).




Kabelik D, Alix VC CHEM’12, Burford ER BIO‘10, Singh LJ PSYC’11. 2013. Aggression- and sex-induced neural activity across vasotocin populations in the brown anole. Hormones and Behavior. 63: 437-446.



Boyle SA, Zartman CE, Spironello WR, Smith AT. 2012. Implications of habitat fragmentation on the diet of bearded saki monkeys in central Amazonian forest. Journal of Mammalogy 93: 957-976.

Davis JR†, Boyle SA†, Khan A ‘13, Gay ALJ ‘11, Grisham JM ‘13, and Luque LE† 2012. Snake parasitism in an urban old-growth forest. Urban Ecosystems 15: 739-752.


Barnett AM. Boyle SA, Norconk M, Palminteri S, Santos RR, Veiga LM, et al. 2012. Terrestrial activity in Pitheciins (Cacajao, Chiropotes, and Pithecia). American Journal of Primatology DOI:10.1002/ajp.22068.


Barnett AA, Pinto AP, Bicca-Marques JC, Ferrari SF, Gordo M, Guedes PG, Lopes MA,  Opazo JC, Port-Carvalho M, dos Santos RR, Soares RF, Spironello WR, Veiga LM, Viera TM, and Boyle SA. 2012. A proposal for the common names for species of Chiropotes (Pitheciinae: Primates). Zootaxa 3507: 79-83.


Barnett AM, Boyle SA, Pinto L, Lourenço WC, et al. 2012. Primary seed dispersal by three Neotropical seed-predating primates (Cacajao melanophalus ouakary, Chiropotes chiropotes, and Chiropotes albinasus). Journal of Tropical Ecology 28: 545-555.


Jaslow CR, Kutteh WH.  2013. Effect of prior birth and miscarriage frequency on the prevalence of acquired and congenital uterine anomalies in women with recurrent miscarriage: a cross-sectional study. Fertil Steril. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2013.01.152. [Epub ahead of print].

Jabaily RS and Sytsma KJ. 2013. Historical biogeography and life-history evolution of the Andean Puya (Bromeliaceae). Bot J Linn Soc. 171:201-24.

Kabelik D, Alix VC ’12, Burford ER ‘10, Singh LJ ’11. 2013. Aggression- and sex-induced neural activity across vasotocin populations in the brown anole. Hormones and Behavior. 63: 437-446.

Johnson KM, González ML, Dueñas L, Gamero M, Luque LE, and Caniza MA (2013) Improving waste segregation while reducing costs in a tertiary-care hospital in a lower–middle-income country in Central America. April 16 [Epub ahead of print].


Davis JR†, Boyle SA†, Khan A ‘13, Gay ALJ ‘11, Grisham JM ‘13, and Luque LE† 2012. Snake parasitism in an urban old-growth forest. Urban Ecosystems 15: 739-752.


Miller, Stevens, Strehle, Gammons, McCarty, Miller, Stultz, and Hanson. (2013) The Anticancer Ruthenium Complex KP1019 Induces DNA Damage, Leading to Cell Cycle Delay and Cell Death in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Molecular Pharmacology Jan;83(1):225-34.



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