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Melanie Hundt '13, Max Vaickus '12 and Nicole Nietlisbach '13
Model Organisms Give Insight to Human Biology

When working with human afflictions such as hypothyroidism and diabetes, researchers find it beneficial to study model organisms that can exhibit the same conditions. Animals such as mice and turtles, for example, can provide insight about the biological traits and medical conditions they share with humans. This summer Melanie Hundt ’13, Nicole Nietlisbach ’13 and Max Vaickus ’12 examined hypothyroidism and diabetes in mice and tested for the hormone ghrelin in turtles. The students worked with Professor of Biology David Gapp.  More ...

The mouth region of the marine enoplid nematode Epacanthion sp.
Smythe Gives Invited Talk at Society of Nematologists Meeting

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Ashleigh Smythe gave an invited talk titled “Molecular Phylogeny of Enoplia: Implications for Classification and Stoma Evolution” at the 50th anniversary meeting of the Society of Nematologists held July 17-20 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore. Her talk was presented in the symposium “Freshwater and Marine Nematodes.”  More ...

Chun Yee Lau ’12, Ravi Jariwala ’13 and Wei Jen-Chang.
Study May Aid Freshwater Fishing

Ichthyopthirius (Ich), a unicellular parasite that attacks freshwater fish and causes “White Spot Disease,” often has deadly consequences for its host, yet there is no effective treatment for the disease. An Ich outbreak could claim as many as 18 million fish, harming aquacultures and economies around the world. Despite the disease’s prevalence, researchers have no definitive mechanism for Ich’s reproductive cycle, making it difficult to find effective vaccination and treatment. This summer, Chun Yee Lau ’12 and Ravi Jariwala ’13 are working under Assistant Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang to discover more about the Ich reproduction cycle.  More ...

Jinnie Garrett
Garrett Presents at Center for Genetics and Society Meeting

Jinnie Garrett, professor of biology, was an invited discussant at the dinner plenary talk "Education and the New Human Biotechnologies" given by Evelynn Hammonds, dean of Harvard University, at the Tarrytown Meetings of the Center for Genetics and Society held in Tarrytown, N.Y., July 23-25.  More ...

Ernest Williams
New York Times Quotes Williams on Monarch Decline

“This is the first time we have the data that we can analyze statistically that shows there’s a downward trend [in monarch butterfly populations],” said Professor of Biology Ernest H. Williams in a July 11 New York Times article titled “In Midwest, Flutters May Be Far Fewer.” Williams is the co-author of “Decline of monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico: is the migratory phenomenon at risk?” recently published in the journal Insect Conservation and Diversity.  More ...

Sue Ann Miller
Miller Participates in Biomechanics Symposium

Professor of Biology Sue Ann Miller participated in discussions about mechanisms of development at the Third Symposium on Frontiers in Biomechanics: Mechanics of Development.  More ...

Nematoda Eurystomina
Smythe Lectures at Invertebrate Morphology International Congress

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Ashleigh Smythe was invited to be a keynote speaker in a symposium titled “Meiofauna – Comparative Morphology and Evolution” at the second International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology, held in June at Harvard University. Smythe’s presentation was titled “Marine Nematodes:  Unfathomable Diversity or a Sea of Opportunity?”  More ...

Leaf mine on an aspen leaf. The trail is produced by the caterpillar of a small moth feeding inside an aspen leaf.
Williams Talks About His Nature Photos in Old Forge

Ernest Williams, the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor of Biology, presented a gallery talk on June 19 at the Arts Center in Old Forge, N.Y.  More ...

Abigale Koppa '12
Koppa ’12 Works to Preserve Endangered Butterfly in Rome Sand Plains

Butterfly populations, and the changes within them, can speak volumes about the ecosystem that these insects call home. Abby Koppa and Professor of Biology Ernest Williams will examine one particularly threatened species of butterfly in relation to its habitat in the Rome Sand Plains.   More ...

Wei-Jen Chang
Chang Publishes in BMC Evolutionary Biology

“The evolutionary history of histone H3 suggests a deep eukaryotic root of chromatin modifying mechanisms,” a paper co-authored by Assistant Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang, was published in the online journal BMC Evolutionary Biology.  In the paper, Chang and his collaborators present the results of their research into the evolution of histone proteins in eukaryotes.  More ...

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