Accomplishments: School of Life Sciences

May 24, 2022
Elizabeth Stacy (Life Sciences) has been awarded a $1,184,175 grant from the National Science Foundation to examine The Genetic Basis of Local Adaptation Across an Island Adaptive Radiation.  The project will combine gene expression, quantitative genetics, and evolutionary genomics analyses to uncover the major gene regions associated with…
April 28, 2022
Aude Picard, Nader Nabeh, and Cheyenne Brokaw (all Life Sciences) published a research article, "Quantification of Organic Carbon Sequestered by Biogenic Iron Sulfide Minerals in Long-Term Anoxic Laboratory Incubations," in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology. Organic carbon preservation in sedimentary environments is a critical process that…
March 24, 2022
Donald Price and Elizabeth Stacy (Life Sciences), along with a previous graduate student and colleagues from the USDA-ARS in Hawaii and at Eastern Mennonite University, published an article in the March issue of Scientific Reports titled "Phenotypic Disruption of Cuticular Hydrocarbon Production in Hybrids Between Sympatric Species of Hawaiian…
March 21, 2022
Kelly Ai-Sun Tseng (Life Sciences) was quoted in a New York Times article titled Frogs without Legs Regrow Leglike Limbs in New Experiment. Tseng was quoted as an outside expert commenting on the regeneration study.
January 19, 2022
Helen J. Wing (Life Sciences) starts a two-year term as an editorial board member for the Journal of Bacteriology. This journal publishes research articles that probe fundamental processes in bacteria, archaea, and their viruses and the molecular mechanisms by which they interact with each other and with their hosts and their environments. Journal…
November 23, 2021
Vanessa Booth (Political Science) and Aaron Cheng (Life Sciences and Psychology), both undergraduate researchers, are the recipients of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) 2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award in the arts and health and natural sciences, respectively. Each year during the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR)…
November 23, 2021
Erin Cassin (Life Sciences), a graduate student, was named a 2022 K. Patricia Cross Future Leader by the Association of American Colleges & Universities. She is one of eight people internationally who are selected for this honor.
November 16, 2021
Jeffery Shen (Life Sciences) has published, along with two other authors, “Dual activities of ACC synthase: Novel clues regarding the molecular evolution of ACS genes” in the journal Science Advances. The paper reports a paradigm-shifting discovery regarding the molecular evolution of ethylene biosynthesis genes in a time course of over 450…
October 28, 2021
Manoj Sharma (Environmental and Occupational Health) presented two posters at the American Public Health Association’s 149th annual meeting held as a hybrid virtually and in Denver.  The first presentation was “Technology Use to Improve Social Connectedness among Older Adults during COVID-19: Enhancing Educational Interventions,” and second one…
October 12, 2021
Frank van Breukelen, Helen Wing and Christy Strong (all Life Sciences) have been informed that their application for a Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship award has been funded.  The GAANN program provides fellowships to assist graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial…
September 10, 2021
Elizabeth Stacy (Life Sciences) co-authored a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences with collaborators from New York University, Princeton University, and Oxford Nanopore Technologies.  Their paper, "Ancestral polymorphisms shape the adaptive radiation of Metrosideros across the Hawaiian Islands" presents the first…
September 8, 2021
Mingon Kang (Computer Science), Ji Yoo (Medicine), Brendan Morris (Electronic and Computer Engineering), Zhaohuam Zhu (Physics and Astronomy), Qiang Zhu (Physics and Astronomy), Mira Han (Life Sciences), Kazem Taghva (Computer Science), and Shashi Nambisan (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) were awarded National Science…