Accomplishments: School of Life Sciences

March 20, 2018
Scott Abella (Life Sciences) has partnered with University Libraries to showcase his research on conservation in America's national parks system in the digital exhibit space in the Leisure Reading Zone on the second floor of Lied Library. "Conserving America's National Parks" pulls images and information from Abella's 2015 book of the same name, examining the status of conservation challenges and successes in America’s 408 national parks from 1916-2016. Each screen in this digital gallery...
March 14, 2018
Lawrence Walker and Fred Landau (both School of Life Sciences) recently published a book,  A Natural History of the Mojave Desert. In it, the authors explore how a combination of complex geology, varied geography, and changing climate has given rise to intriguing flora and fauna — including almost 3,000 plant species and about 380 terrestrial vertebrate animal species. Of these, one quarter of the plants and one sixth of the animals are endemic. Walker and Landau, who, combined, have spent more...
March 13, 2018
Matthew Le Claire (Liberal Arts), Erdogan Kaya (Education), and Michael Isaacs (Life Sciences) are this year's recipients of the Graduate College's Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Awards. 1st Place - Matthew Le Claire (College of Liberal Arts) 2nd Place - Erdogan Kaya (College of Education) 3rd Place - Michael Isaacs (School of Life Sciences)
March 1, 2018
The National Science Foundation will fund Kurt Regner and Eduardo Robleto's (Life Sciences) proposal, REU SITE: Mechanisms of Evolution (DBI 1757316 - $333,830).  REU Sites offer paid summer undergraduate research internships supplemented with workshops on careers in science.  The overarching goal of this proposal is to engage undergraduates with hypothesis-based research projects that examine one or more mechanisms of evolution. Since 2007, the REU program has sponsored 110 undergraduates with...
February 27, 2018
Erin Cassin (Life Sciences) attended and presented her work at the Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM in Washington D.C., earlier this month. Her work is based on a collaborative project between the lab of professor Philippos Tsourkas and the lab of professor emeritus Penny Amy in the School of Life Sciences. Cassin, an undergraduate researcher, earned first place at this national conference in the poster presentation category for microbiology with her poster presentation, "...
February 15, 2018
Jacklyn Newsome (Life Sciences) successfully defended her master's thesis in the Schiller Laboratory of Applied Bioinformatics in December. She worked on personalized diets and a new single-cell technology called the GigaAssay. Both have been licensed commercially.  
February 8, 2018
Ai-Sun "Kelly" Tseng (Life Sciences) and members of the Tseng laboratory recently published a research article titled "A Model for Investigating Developmental Eye Repair in Xenopus" in the journal Experimental Eye Research. This study showed the unexpected finding that frog embryos can fully regrow their eyes after injury. The authors also identified a method to control eye regrowth. Further studies of this model can lead to new strategies for eye repair and regeneration. This study was...
January 24, 2018
Jenifer Utz (Life Sciences) has been awarded $649,407 from the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education for a project titled "Developing the Skill and Will to Succeed in STEM." Katie Rafferty, Christy Strong, Donald Price (all Life Sciences), and Matt Bernacki (Educational Psychology and Higher Education) are Co-PIs.  The new program provides three years of scholarship support to a total of 25 academically talented undergraduate biology majors with documented financial...
November 22, 2017
Alexis Sauceda-Quintero (Life Sciences) was selected to give an oral presentation of his research at the recent 2017 annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Phoenix. An undergraduate researcher in the lab of Kelly Ai-Sun Tseng (Life Sciences), Sauceda-Quintero presented “Regrowing a Tail: Does Regeneration Catch up to Normal Size?” in which he described his findings on determining if natural tadpole tail regeneration resulted in a normal-sized appendage. He...
November 9, 2017
Donald Price (Life Sciences) is one of the authors of a research paper, "Mapping Genomic Scaffolds to Chromosomes Using Laser Capture Microdissection in Application to Hawaiian Picture-Winged Drosophila," that was published in Cytogenet Genome Research. His fellow authors are Lin Kang, Phillip George, Igor Sharakhov, and Pawel Michalak, all of Virginia Tech.        
November 7, 2017
School of Life Sciences associate professor and associate dean of the College of Sciences Javier A. Rodríguez was appointed Affiliated Researcher of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. “Affiliated Researcher” is an official designation conferred to a small number of investigators with strong ties to the museum, one of the best curated natural history museums in the country, and a leading institution in evolutionary research and in biodiversity and museum...
October 2, 2017
Lauren Galloway (Sociology), Jillian Socea (Life Sciences), Kimberly Stevens (Psychology), and Monia Kazemeini and Sogol Pirbastami (both Mechanical Engineering) have been chosen to receive the fall 2017 Southwest Travel Awards. Recipients of the awards receive a round-trip travel voucher from Southwest Airlines to allow them to travel to a conference or workshop related to their studies. Doctoral student Galloway will present at the Stardom, Fandom, and Celebrity Conference in Fort Worth,...