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Image Created by Chaise Gilbert to be Featured in Prestigious "Images from Science 3" Exhibition

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The work of OEB student Chaise GIlbert will be showcased as part of Images From Science 3, an exhibition organized to showcase the world's best and most compelling images originally made to document, reveal or discover aspects of research, treatment, or scientific discovery. At its core mission, the project seeks to explore the interface of science, technology, art, design, and communication. Science images, unlike most other genres of images, rarely find their way into art museums. This prestigious exhibition is comprised of entries from all around the world and judged by an international panel of doctors, scientists, and imaging experts. Chaise's work will be showcased as part of this exhibition at the RIT’s City Space in downtown Rochester NY. It will then travel to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore MD, and from there it will go on international tour. Later this year, RIT Press will reproduce the exhibition in print. (Read more)

OEB Graduate Student Lian Guo Named Runner-up of the UMass 2019 Three-Minute Thesis

OEB graduate student Lian Guo was named the runner-up of the UMass 2019 Three-Minute Thesis. Judges were very complementary of Lian’s speaking skills and ability to talk about her work in an accessible manner. Video of Lian’s presentation will be posted to the UMass YouTube channel when production is complete. Lian will give her 3MT presentation again on Saturday, March 23rd at 3 P.M. at the Jones Library during the UMass inaugural 3MT Community Day. More information is available on the Jones Library website.

Two OEB Students Awarded 1st and 2nd Place in the 8th annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium

Alison Fowler won first place and John Swenson won second place for their oral presentations in the 8th annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium on November 30. Alison presented her research on the effects of sunflower pollen on wild bumble bee health and reproduction. John, who is a first year student, presented his Master's research research into the evolution and development of cephalic lobes aka the 'horns' of the devil ray. (Link to associated paper) 

Chaise Gilbert selected as a winner in FASEB's 2018 BioArt competition

OEB student Michael Chaise Gilbert was selected as one of the winners of this year's BioArt competition at the Federation of American Societies For Experimental Biology (FASEB). His "Zebrafish Skeletal Image Showing Bone and Cartilage" image won in the Anatomy category. The image of the zebrafish (Danio rerio) shows the bone (green) and the cartilage (red) that comprises the skeleton. Researchers are using this image, and ones like it, to better identify how a mutation in the primary cilia can affect skeletal development, structure, and morphology.(Read more...)

Ragweed may follow climate change northward

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A new predictive model suggests that climate change may allow common ragweed to extend its growing range northward and into major northeast metro areas, worsening conditions for millions of people with hay fever and asthma. 

Plant ecologist Kristina Stinson, Environmental Conservation, who leads a research team that has been studying this plant for over a decade – particularly how it responds to elevated CO2 levels – worked with climate modeler and corresponding author Michael Case at University of Washington on this project. Details appear online in the journal PLOS One, and were also featured in The Daily Hampshire Gazette, as well as University of Washington News. Read more

Eyes on the prize: What jumping spiders do with eight eyes

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Using a specially designed eye-tracker for use with spiders, biologists Elizabeth Jakob, OEB Alumna Skye Long and Adam Porter at UMass, along with colleagues in New York and New Zealand, report in a new paper that their tests in jumping spiders show a secondary set of eyes is crucial to the principal eyes’ ability to track moving stimuli. Read more

Mariamar Gutierrez Ramirez wins Best Student Presentation Award at the 2018 National Diversity in STEM Conference

OEB PhD student Mariamar Gutierrez Ramirez won the Best Student Presentation Award at the annual Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) meeting which was held in San Antonio, TX in October 2018.  Her work “Evaluating the Impact of Overnight En Route Weather over the Gulf of Mexico on Lean Mass of Spring Migrants” investigates direct impacts of temperature and humidity on the body condition of migratory birds after flying non-stop across the Gulf of Mexico, a minimum distance of almost 1000 km.  Mariamar captured songbirds during spring migration on a barrier island off the coast of Florida and measured body condition using Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Body Composition Analysis, and investigated the climatic variables that explained arrival lean body mass. Mariamar is a fourth year PhD candidate in Dr. Alexander Gerson’s lab. 

8th Annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium

Bees’ Medicine Chest Should Include Sunflower Pollen, UMass Amherst Study Suggests

A new study by Jonathan Giacomini and his former advisor, evolutionary ecologist Lynn Adler at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with others, found that eating sunflower pollen dramatically and consistently reduced a protozoan pathogen infection in bumble bees and reduced a microsporidian pathogen of the European honey bee, raising the possibility that sunflowers may provide a simple solution to improve the health of economically and ecologically important pollinators. Read more

Kristen M. DeAngelis Interviewed on the NPR Program "Science Friday" 

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Professor Kristen DeAngelis discusses her work on a soil-warming experimental plot of hardwoods in Central Massachusetts and its effect on carbon loss. The segment begins at 5:50. Read more

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