News & Announcements

 OEB faculty awarded UMass Industry-Academic Grant to support OEB students

A UMass Industry-Academic Grant with New England Biolabs, submitted by a trio of OEB faculty (Jeff Blanchard, Kristen DeAngelis and David Sela), has been funded by the UMass Grad School. The grant will provide significant research and mentoring experiences in the private sector for a trio of OEB students (Grace Pold, William Rodriguez and Lauren Alteio) as they conduct their global warming projects at Harvard Forest.

Fall schedule for OEB Science Cafés announced

Monday, September 8
In search of the genes that make us human, with Dr. Courtney Babbitt Adults drinking milk, complex thought, paying taxes, and other uniquely human activities.

Monday, October 6
Builders, farmers, and relationship cultivators: how ants are more like us than you think, with Scott Schneider They were farming long before we even began drawing in caves.

Monday, November 3
A bat’s guide to strange sex, with Dr. Teri Orr Sperm storage, penis spines, and other oddities of mammalian reproduction.

Monday, December 8
Bird brain: the science of learning songs, with Dr. Luke Remage-Healey Neural circuits on steroids!

Science Cafés, organized by OEB grad students, are held at Esselon Café on Route 9 in Hadley on Monday nights. All events start at 6:00pm. For more info, check the Science Café website or click on the mug below.

Gilman chosen to participate in Science Communication Workshop

Gilman presents at ComSciCon 2014

Casey Gilman (OEB doctoral candidate) was one of 50 graduate students from across the country chosen to attend the Communicating Science 2014 workshop for graduate students (ComSciCon) June 12-14. ComSciCon, held at the Microsoft NERD Center, was organized by graduate students at Harvard and MIT, and sponsored by Harvard, MIT, and Microsoft. The workshop, first held in 2013, was designed to train STEM students as scientific ambassadors to the public by increasing their science communication skills. The June 2014 workshop included panel discussions with expert science communicators including journalists, authors, public policy advocates, educators, producers, and artists. As part of the workshop, attendees gave a one-minute oral, popular-science presentation of their research, and had peer and expert reviews of popular science pieces they had written. In 2014, a total of 878 students applied to attend the workshop. For more information about ComSciCon, visit http://comscicon.com/

Goodwin and Moseley win grad student paper awards

Sarah Goodwin (OEB Doctoral Candidate) and Dana Moseley (OEB PhD 2014) recently presented papers at the joint meeting of the Association for Field Ornithologists and Wilson Ornithological Society. Goodwin presented her chipping sparrow work, "Team of Rivals: alliance formation in a territorial songbird is predicted by vocal signal structure," and was awarded the AFO's best graduate student talk. Moseley's paper, "Evidence of innate predispositions and learning of female preferences in swamp sparrows", garnered the Wilson Society's best graduate student talk. Both are members of Jeff Podos's lab, making this a Podos lab sweep!

Winners of 'OEB in Action' photo contest

Mr. Mole

Winners of the 'OEB in Action' photo contest were announced at our 20th Anniversary reception on Friday, April 25. The winning photos will be framed and displayed in the OEB seminar room.

May Science Cafe: Sex and Drugs and Plants and Bugs

Bumble bee

Monday, May 5th at 6:00PM Esselon Cafe

Dr. Lynn Adler’s research integrates plant-animal interactions across mutualisms (e.g. pollination) and antagonisms (e.g. herbivory) to arrive at a more complete understanding of how multiple species select on resistance and attractive traits. Come on out and hear all about this fascinating research!  

Also, this will be the last Cafe for the Spring series.  Check back over the summer for our fall line-up.

OEB:  20 years of big ideas

OEB:  20 years of big ideas

Photos from OEB's birthday celebration can be found here

Lord's work featured in upcoming NOVA  episode

The dissertation research of Kathryn Lord (OEB PhD '10) will be featured in an upcoming NOVA special Animal Minds: Dogs which will be broadcast on April 16 at 9:00 p.m.. Lord is currently a visiting professor at Gettysburg College, PA.

Congratulations to Straley, Broadley and Pold!

Two first year OEB students and an incoming student have good news from NSF! Kit Straley, a student in the Warren lab, has awarded a 3-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her project “Changes in the Neighborhood: Suburban Food Availability and Behavioral Plasticity of Foraging Behaviors in Nesting Songbirds." Hannah Broadley, a student in the Elkinton lab, received Honorable Mention for her project ” Pupal Predation and Population Dynamics of an Invasive Defoliating Moth (Operophtera brumata).” Incoming OEB student Grace Pold, who will work with Kristen DeAngelis, also received Honorable Mention for her project "From the lab to the computer to the field – determining the extent to which lab-based ecology studies can be used to build models which accurately describe ecosystem carbon cycling.”

Yi-Fen Lin awarded NSF DDIG

Congratulations to Yi-Fen Lin, a doctoral candidate in the Dumont lab, who has received a NSF DDIG to fund her dissertation research on Burrowing Behavior of Eastern Moles.

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