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BIOFEEDBACK vol. 29(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

Congratulations to…

Carlos (Teddy) Huerta ’15 and Margit Mikkelsen ’15 received the Award for Excellence in Biology


Alison Hanson ’15 was presented the Award for Outstanding Research in Biology


Jennifer Loome ’18 and Zain Virk ’18 received the Award for Excellence in First-Year Biology


Tina Dao BMB ’15 received the Award for Outstanding Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Alison Hanson ’15 and Taylor Sieben ENVS ’15 received the Rhodes Early Career Award in Environmental Science and Studies


Brooke Rose ENVS ’16 and Catherine Miller ENVS ’16 received the Rosanna Cappellato Award in Environmental Science


Aubrey Schonhoff NEUR ’15 received the Hunter Award for Excellence in Neuroscience


Taylor Sieben ENVS ’15 was inducted into the Hall of Fame

Several students received presentation awards at the Western Regional Meeting of Tennessee Academy of Science, April 11, 2015. Oral presentation awards were received by Emily Hayward BMB ’16 (1st place in Health & Medical Sciences), Alisha Patel ’17, Aubrey Howard ’15, Patrick Leavey ’17 and Katherine Goebel ’17 (2nd place Organismal Biology) and Madeline Carwile ’16(3rd place Organismal Biology)


New Omicron Delta Kappa honor society members:

Robin Barrow BMB ’17, Carol Elsakr ’16, Douglas Fetterman ’16, Daniel Sumner Magruder NEUR ’16, Chloe Meriwether ’16, Catherine Miller ENVS ’16, Lauren Smith ’16,


New Mortar Board Honor Society members:

Aashray Singareddy BMB ’16, Alexis Smith NEUR ’16, Allison Limmer BMB ’16, Catherine Miller ENVS ’16, Chloe Hundman NEUR ’16, Chloe Meriwether ’16, Doug Fetterman ’16, Emily Hayward BMB ’16, Kathryn Roys ’16, Madhuri Prasad BMB ’16, Quentin Buck ’16, Sumner Magruder NEUR ’16, Will Porter ’16, Samantha Ouyang ’16


New Phi Beta Kappa society members

Tina Dao BMB ’15, Blake Harrell BMB ’15, Teddy Huerta ’15, Sarah Johnson ’15, Adam Petraglia ’15, Anna Stachura BMB ’15, Phuong Le BMB ’15, Katherine Robinson BMB ’15, Braden Taylor BMB ’15


Grants and Fellowships


Michael Collins: Haemosporidian parasites in a declining insectivorous bird, the Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica). Tennessee Ornithological Society, $700

Drs. Boyle and Jabaily received a Mellon Innovation Grant to work on an app for the Memphis Zoo.



Bailey A, Jaslow C, Kutteh WH.  2015. Minimally invasive surgical options for congenital and acquired uterine factors associated with recurrent pregnancy loss. Women’s Health. 11:161-7.


Boyle S. 2014. Pitheciids in fragmented habitats: land cover change and its implications for conservation. Online ahead of print. American Journal of Primatology DOI:10.1002/ajp.22325.

Boyle S, et al. 2015. Geographic comparison of plant genera used in frugivory among the pitheciids Cacajao, Callicebus, Chiropotes, and Pithecia. Online ahead of print. American Journal of Primatology DOI:10.1002/ajp.22422. (DuBose M ENVS ’14 was one of 38 coauthors on this article.)

Barnett A, Santos P, Boyle S, Bezerra B. 2015. An improved technique using dental prostheses for field quantification of the force required by primates for the dental penetration of fruit. Folia Primatologica 86:398-410.

de la Sancha N, Pérez Estigarribia P, McCulloch E, Boyle S. 2015. Micromamíferos. In: Guía de los Mamíferos de la Reserva Natural Tapytá. Velázquez, MCm Ramírez Pinto F, eds. pp. 91-124.

Ellis V, Collins M, Medeiros MCI, Sari E, Coffey E, Dickerson R, Lugarini C, Stratford J, Henry D, Merrill L, Matthews A ENVS’14, Hanson A ‘15, Roberts J ‘14, Joyce M, Kunkel M, and Ricklefs R. 2015. Local host specialization, host-switching, and dispersal shape the regional distributions of avian haemosporidian parasites. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. doi:10.1073/pnas.1515309112

Kutteh WH, Donnellan NM, Jaslow CR, Stephenson, MD.  2015. Chapter 59. Recurrent early pregnancy loss.  In: Bieber EJ, Sanfilippo JS, Horowitz IR, Shafi MI, editors. Clinical Gynecology 2nd Ed.  Cambridge, UK:  Cambridge University Press. 918-28.

Mulder C, Wardle D, Durrett M, and Bellingham P. 2015.  Leaf damage by herbivores and pathogens on New Zealand islands that differ in seabird densities.  New Zealand Journal of Ecology 39(2): 221-230.

Jackson-Hayes L, Hill T, Loprete D, DelBove C CHEM ’11 , Shapiro J CHEM ’13, Henley J, and Dawodu O.   2015.  Two amino acid sequences direct Aspergillus nidulans protein kinase C (PkcA) localization to hyphal apices and septation sites.  Mycologia 107: 452-459.




Hill T, Jackson-Hayes L, Haugen B BMB ’17, and Hohlt A MUS ’16.  A temperature-sensitive mutation in the actA gene affects cell morphology in Aspergillus nidulans.  Annual Meeting of the Mycological Society of America, Edmonton, Alberta. July 25 – 29, 2015.

Hill T, Jackson-Hayes L, and Wendt K BMB ’14.  The sepG gene in Aspergillus nidulans encodes an IQGAP homolog.  28th Fungal Genetics Conference.  Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA. March 2015.

Kabelik D. Invited Talk: Sex and Aggression: Signaling within the social behavior neural network. 22nd Annual Animal Behavior Conference at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. March 26-28, 2015.

Trychta M 16, Jackson E 16, Selman J BMB ’16, and Collins M. Poster Presentation: Disease ecology: Avian haemosporidian prevalence and its relationship to host life history. American Ornithologists’ Union. Norman, Oklahoma. (July 2015)

Trychta M 16, Jackson E 16, and Collins M. Oral Presentation: Ecological correlates of avian malaria in west Tennessee. Tennessee Ornithological Society. Manchester, Tennessee. (October 2014)

Western Collegiate Division Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences, Memphis, TN. Saturday, April 11, 2015


Oral presentations:

Hayward E BMB ’16, Herline K, Finckbeiner S, Guibao and Zheng J:  Expression and purification of active Bovine Morphogenetic Protein 4 (BMP4) for potential use as a novel anticancer therapeutic agent.

Patel A ’17, Howard A ’15, Lipman M, Leavey P ’17, Goebel K ’17, Perez P, Sancha N, Boyle S and Luque L:  Morphological characterization of hemoparasites from small mammals living in forest fragments in Paraguay.

Carwile M ’16 and Roberts B:  Sexual behaviors of a female Sumatran tiger at the Memphis Zoo following Deslorelin implant.