News Archive for 2005
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- Jeff Kelly (Biology) and Mike Engel (Miller Professor of Geochemistry)
received a $225,000 grant, "Acquisition of an isotope ratio mass
spectrometer for biogeochemical research," from the multi-user
equipment program in the Earth Science Division of the National Science
Foundation. The new instrument will reside in Engel's lab in Sarkey's
Energy Center. This instrument will make it possible conduct multi-element
stable-isotope analyses of geological and biological materials.
- Dave Hambright received a 2-year, $269,349 grant, “Toxicological
and Ecological Role of Prymnesium parvum in Lake Texoma,”
from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. In this project,
the Hambright lab will attempt to gain a better understanding of the
toxicology of the recently invading heterotrophic protist Prymnesium
parvum on striped bass, other important Lake Texoma fish species,
and zooplankton, as well as P. parvum’s ecological role
as a food source for, and competitor with, major herbivorous zooplankton
in the lake.
- Congratulations to the recent graduates of the Biology Graduate Program.
Where did they go?
Aaron Best: Harvard Medical School (Neurobiology), postdoc
Sandy Dengler: Univ. Oklahoma (Geology/SNOMNH), postdoc
Max Fletcher: Yale Univ. School of Medicine (Neurobiology), postdoc
Chad Hargrave: Univ. Oklahoma (Biological Station), postdoc
Chris Leary: Univ. Utah (Biology), postdoc
Stephanie Moriceau: Univ. Oklahoma (Biology), postdoc
Stephen Richter: Eastern Kentucky Univ. (Biol. Sciences), Assist. Professor
Eric Roth: Univ. Texas-Houston Medical School (Neurobiology & Anatomy),
Tania Roth: Baylor College of Medicine (Neuroscience), postdoc
Melody Brooks: Student Services Assistant, Univ. Oklahoma (Biology)
Christine Edly: High school biology teacher, North Burlington, New Jersey
Heather Galbraith: PhD student, Univ. Oklahoma (Biology)
Sebastien Gauthier: PhD Student, Univ. Oklahoma (Biology)
Diane Jackson: Adjunct Professor, Oklahoma City Community College and
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (from Oklahoma State)
Joe Roberts: Homebuilder
Sarah Werning: Instructor, Univ. Oklahoma (Biology)
- Don Wilson received a 2 year $117,135 grant, "Functional consequences
of sensory gating deficits", from the National Alliance for Autism
Research. In this project, the Wilson lab will examine how disruption
of olfactory sensory gating affects odor-guided behavior and the anatomical
development of normal neural circuits in the olfactory system.
The goal of this work is to understand how a very simple disruption
of brain function during development could lead to a constellation of
behavioral and anatomical consequences similar to those observed in
autism spectrum disorder.
- Congrats to our grad students!
Jackie Paritte - 3 year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Jon Shik - NSF Graduate Research Fellowship honorable mention
PhD's completed this academic year: Dr. Aaron Best, Dr. Sandy Dengler,
Dr. Chad Hargrave, Dr. Chris Leary, Dr. Stephen Richter, Dr. Eric Roth,
Dr. Tania Roth Masters degrees completed this academic year: Melody
Brooks, Christine Edly, Heather Galbraith, Sebastien Gauthier, Diane
Jackson, Joe Roberts
- Congratulations to Victor Hutchison who was recently honored by the
Tulsa Interfaith Alliance with the Bill Wiseman Social Justice Award.
The award is in recognition of his work in founding Oklahomans for Excellence
in Science Education, and in support of public school teachers of evolutionary
- Michael Mares has recently been appointed to the Advisory Committee
for Biology of the National Science Foundation.
- Congratulations to Caryn Vaughn, who recently received a Presidential
- Mariëlle Hoefnagels won the College of Arts and Sciences Teaching
Scholar Award. It recognizes excellence in teaching and the “scholarship
of teaching,” including scholarly contributions such as leading
teaching-related workshops at OU and/or national conferences, and publishing
articles on teaching.
- Doug Gaffin received the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award from Sonoma
State University in California
- The Department of Biology welcomes its newest member of the faculty,
Assistant Professor Ingo Schlupp (from the University of Hamburg), and
his family to Norman. Dr. Schlupp's research interests include the stability
of mating systems, the evolution and maintenance of sexual reproduction,
sex selection, and population and conservation biology.
- Liz Bergey received notification of a Faculty Early Career Development
(CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation for her grant entitled
'Embedded subsidies: a test with crevice-dwelling algae'. The prestigious
five-year, $500,000 grant will support her research on the role of stream
algae in aquatic food webs and her educational plan that highlights
an ongoing biology outreach program for elementary school students.