Congrats to Biology graduate student, Lauren Fuller, for receiving a Lerner-Gray Memorial Fund grant. This is a grant for marine research given out by the American Museum of Natural History. Lauren is receiving this to help fund her research that focuses on increasing the survival of bycaptured sharks by alleviating stress.
Congratulations to graduate student, Chaz Hyseni, for winning 1st place in the Graduate Student Council's 7th Annual Research Symposium. Chaz won the podium session for the Physical and Life Sciences category.
Pictured here are some of our amazing graduate students along with our winner. From left to right: Jason Bohenek, John Banusiewicz, Amber Horning, Matt Pintar, Renan Bosque, CHaz Hyseni, Tyler Breech, and Isis Arantes.
Congratulations to undergraduate neuroscience minor, Mary Harvey, for winning 1st place for her poster presentation at the Mississippi Academy of Sciences, in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Division.
Mary's poster title: "Correlation of brain size and acrobatic display complexity in Manakins"
Congratulations to Mary Harvey and John Arron Howell who were selected for presentation of their posters to the Millsaps-HHMI Undergraduate Symposium. This symposium is for only the top 20% of abstracts submitted to MAS. Also pictured are Katelyn Duda, Blake McClure and Dr. Lainy Day, neuroscience minor director.
John Arron's poster title: "Egg Laying Male Has Androgynous Song System and Plumage Coloration"
Dr. Hom received a grant from UM and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to fund the development and integration of Open Educational Resources (OER) in the department's BISC 336 (Genetics) course. As part of the Z-Degree initiative, a three-year plan to expand adoption of OER in MS, Dr. Hom will create a curriculum based on openly-licensed teaching materials as a means to reduce student textbook costs and improve genetics instruction in our contemporary digital context. BISC 336 (Genetics) is a foundational course required by all majors in Biology as well as those pursuing a career in the health sciences; it is one of the first UM science courses to be funded by this initiative.