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2014

  • An IU-led team of biologists has earned one of 12 biodiversity grants awarded by NSF: Associate Professor Jay T. Lennon and postdoc Ken Locey (in collaboration with Notre Dame assistant professor Stuart Jones) have been awarded over $1.9 million to fund research over the next five years aimed at better understanding the role of dormancy in maintaining microbial diversity. [ IU news release ]
  • Professor Ellen Ketterson received the Cooper Ornithological Society's Loye and Alden Miller Award for Lifetime Achievement at the society's annual meeting in September. The award has special significance since Alden Miller was an important figure in early junco science, as revealed in Chapter 3 of Ordinary Extraordinary Junco, which also documents the Ketterson lab's junco research.
  • Associate Professor Heather Reynolds, former graduate student Alex Smith, and colleague James Farmer's paper 'Think globally, research locally: Paradigms and place in agroecological research' has been published in a special edition of The American Journal of Botany.  [Side note: An organizing editor for the special issue is Briana Gross, who earned her PhD with Loren Reiseberg at IU and is now Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth.] [ article ]
  • Professor Xuemei Chen (Dept. of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside) will present the Carlos O. Miller Lecture on Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. in Myers 130.  The title of her talk is "Mechanisms of microRNA turnover in Arabidopsis." [ Miller Lecture web page ]
  • Biology to host events as part of IU College of Arts and Sciences inaugural community Science Fest Oct. 25; activities planned for all ages; free admission. [ Biology events | IU Science Fest web page | IU news release ]
  • Holland Lecture Oct. 20 to host scientist who studies gene inactivated in virtually every cancer; Joaquín Espinosa using global run-on sequencing to identify p53 genetic targets. [ IU news release ]
  • Professor Armin Moczek and colleagues in Nature: 'Does evolutionary theory need a rethink?' [ article ]
  • Distinguished Professor Keith Clay's service as IU Research & Teaching Preserve director praised; Associate Professor Rich Phillips is new science director for preserve. [ IU news release ]
  • On Dec. 12 Biology professors Roger Hangarter and Yves Brun and colleagues will give public presentations about their projects that earned each of their teams IU's Outstanding Faculty Collaborative Research Award. [ IU news release ]
  • Published in PLOS Genetics is the article 'The actomyosin machinery is required for Drosophila retinal lumen formation' by graduate student Jing Nie, research scientist Simpla Mahato, and Assistant Professor Andrew C. Zelhof. An image from the article was featured on the journal index page of the 09/18/2014 issue. [ article ]
  • Postdoc Natasha Sherman, undergrad Anna Victorine, Richard Wang, and Associate Professor Leonie Moyle's article 'Interspecific tests of allelism reveal the evolutionary timing and pattern of accumulation of reproductive isolation mutations' has been published in PLOS Genetics. [ article ]
  • Research associate Tiffany Ho-Ching Tsui and graduate student Michael Boersma (both in Winkler lab) authored 'Pbp2x localizes separately from Pbp2b and other peptidoglycan synthesis proteins during later stages of cell division of Streptococcus pneumoniae D39' in Molecular Microbiology. A microcommentary highlights the significance of the article. Other authors of the paper include staff Stephen Vella; students Erkin Kuru and Julia Peceny; faculty Sidney Shaw, Yves Brun, and Malcolm Winkler; and IU colleagues. [ article | microcommentary ]
  • Graduate student Daniel Schwab and Professor Armin Moczek in Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences: 'Resource allocation during ontogeny is influenced by genetic, developmental and ecological factors in the horned beetle, Onthophagus taurus.' [ abstract ]
  • An image was selected for the cover of Fly from graduate student Carolyn Spratford and Associate Professor Justin Kumar's article, 'Hedgehog and extramacrochaetae in the Drosophila eye: an irresistible force meets an immovable object.' [ cover | abstract ]
  • The Herald-Times and Bloom magazine both feature articles highlighting K-12 outreach efforts by Professor Armin Moczek together with IU Biology graduate students Daniel Schwab and Sofia Casasa and WonderLab museum. [ Bloom magazine article | IU news release (H-T article) ]
  • Professor Emeritus Milton Taylor's new book, Viruses and Man: A History of Interactions, describes the impact of viruses on human society. [ Springer Link ]
  • Associate Professor Heather Reynolds has been selected by the governor to serve the remainder of a three-year term on the state Invasive Species Council. [ news article ]
  • Members of the Department of Biology extend their condolences to the families of James Goodson, professor of biology, who passed away on Aug. 14, 2014, and Albert Ruesink, emeritus professor of biology, who passed away on Aug. 17, 2014. [ Goodson obituary | Ruesink obituary ]
  • Two biology faculty members and their collaborators have been selected to receive IU's inaugural Outstanding Faculty Collaborative Research Award: Professors Yves Brun and Michael VanNieuwenhze (Chemistry) and the group of professors Roger Hangarter, Margaret Dolinsky (Fine Arts), and John Gibson (Jacobs School of Music).
  • Professor Matthew Hahn is the subject of a feature in Science magazine. [ feature ]
  • Work from Irene Garcia Newton's lab to create the first metatranscriptome of the honey bee gut has shed new light on how organisms work together and apart from one another to carry out the dominant function of the gut microbiome: carbohydrate metabolism. [ IU news release | IU Science at Work article ]
  • Brandon Cooper (Montooth lab), Aubrey Kelly (Goodson lab), Breah LaSarre (McKinlay/Brun labs), and Amelia Randich (Brun lab) have been awarded NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellowships. Tanya Cheeke (Phillips/Bever/Ye labs) was awarded a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology (PRFB). [ news article ]
  • Graduate student Erkin Kuru (Brun lab) has been selected as a 2014 Baxter Young Investigator and chosen to receive an award in the program's highest category.
  • Eric Knox sequenced 52 plastid genomes in order to reconstruct the extensive rearrangements in the plant families Campanulaceae, Cyphiaceae, and Lobeliaceae. His work and discoveries are documented in the PNAS article "The dynamic history of plastid genomes in the Campanulaceae sensu lato is unique among angiosperms." [ abstract ]
  • Thom Kaufman extolls the virtues of Drosophila melanogaster in "IU leads the way in study of ‘genetic workhorse’: the humble fruit fly" in the local publication Bloom (June/July 2014). Kaufman identifies the vitality of research using this model system here at IU Bloomington—including the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center.
  • Graduate student Erkin Kuru (Brun and VanNieuwenhze labs) won the best poster prize at the Metabolic Engineering X conference held in Vancouver June 15-19.

  • Congratulations to Nikki Rendon (Demas lab) who was awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. Rendon brings the total NSF DDIGs awarded to Biology students this year to seven.
  • MC-IRIS (Monroe County Chapter of Identify and Reduce Invasive Species) presented the 2014 Fightin' IRIS Action Award on June 7 to IU Herbarium Director Eric Knox in recognition of his efforts to eradicate invasive plant species in the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve. In completing the service learning environmental management component of their courses, Knox's students removed invasive garlic mustard and bush honeysuckle. "This award is really a tribute to the trained eyes and hard work of the students," said Knox.
  • Graduate student Chao Jiang (Brun lab) was named co-recipient of the 2014 Nat Sternberg Thesis Prize in Prokaryotic Molecular Biology for his work in evolutionary cell biology. [ about research | Nature paper ]
  • Biology congratulates more 2014 student award recipients: Three Department of Biology seniors were among the students recognized at the 2014 Founders Day Honors Convocation held on April 6.  [ news article ]
  • IU has been rated as the top biology graduate program in the country by GraduatePrograms.com. The extensive list of programs was compiled using information submitted by current and recent graduate students between Sept. 1, 2012, and Apr. 15, 2014. The rankings encompass reviews posted by more than 60,000 students participating in over 1,500 graduate programs. [ GraduatePrograms.com 'Best Biology Colleges' ]
  • Faculty members Mike Lynch, Patricia Foster, Jake McKinlay, and Jay Lennon received $6.2 million to study bacterial evolution in single species and in communities using high-power sequencing approaches. [ IU news release ]
  • IU President McRobbie recognizes Biology students Radhika Agarwal (Brun lab) and Emma Winkler (Kao lab) as well as faculty member Ellen Ketterson in his message 'Student, faculty honors highlight outstanding 2013-14 academic year.' [ Presidential update | IU news release (Agarwal and Winkler) | IU news release (Ketterson) ]
  • Biology congratulates the departmental award recipients honored at a May 2, 2014, awards ceremony.  [ List of award recipients and slideshow of reception photos ]
  • Graduate student Aubrey Kelly and Professor Jim Goodson show how hypothalamic peptide neurons promote monogamous pair bonding and gregariousness in highly social finches. [ PNAS article ]
  • Distinguished Professor Ellen Ketterson has been awarded the distinction of American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow. [ IU news release ]
  • The estate of the late IU Emeritus Professor of Biology Carlos O. Miller bequeathed to the Department of Biology nearly $4.2 million—the largest gift ever made to the department. [ IU news release ]
  • Graduate student Briana Whitaker (Clay lab) and undergraduate Olivia Schmidt (Hall and Lively labs) have each been awarded the 2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in EEB.  Graduate student Kim Elsenbroek (Reynolds lab) was recognized with honorable mention. [ IU news release ]
  • Faculty members Yves Brun, Brian Calvi, Pranav Danthi, Ke Hu, Nick Sokol, and Andrew Zelhof; affiliate/adjunct faculty members Kenneth Nephew and Claire Walczak; and graduate student Jessica Tang (Nephew lab) have been awarded grants through the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute throughout 2013 and the first part of 2014. The awards are given to facilitate and accelerate research discoveries that may improve the health of people in Indiana and beyond. [ IU news release | IDS article ]
  • Biology undergraduates Radhika Agarwal (Brun lab) and Emma Winkler (Kao lab) have been selected as 2014 Goldwater Scholars by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. [ IU news release | 2014 Goldwater Scholars (see Indiana) ]
  • Gene silencing instructions acquired through 'molecular memory' tags on chromatin: A team of 12 IU scientists led by Craig Pikaard identified the machinery of epigenetic inheritance, relevant to development and cancer.  [ IU news release ]
  • Brian Calvi and Ke Hu were each awarded a 2013 basic science pilot grant from Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Spring 2014 applications are due May 1. [ news release ]
  • Erkin Kuru (Brun lab) has been awarded a College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Year Fellowship.
  • Armin Moczek and former Ph.D. student Matthew Stansbury's work shines light on Hox genes responsible for firefly lantern development. [ IU news release ]
  • Study of complete RNA collection of fruit fly (Drosophila melanogasteruncovers unprecedented complexity. IU biologists, including Peter Cherbas and Thom Kaufman, played a key role in the consortium; 1,468 new genes were discovered. [ IU news release | article ]
  • Congratulations to the six EEB students awarded NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants this spring: Brandon Cooper (Montooth Lab), Amanda Gibson (Lively Lab), Rachel Hanauer (Ketterson Lab), Alex Strauss (Hall Lab), Brian Steidinger (Bever Lab), and Laura Weingartner (Delph Lab).
  • Two papers from Yves Brun's lab from graduate students Chao Jiang and Erkin Kuru are published in the same print issue of Nature. [ article 1 | IU news release 1 | article 2 | IU news release 2 ]
  • Climate change's longer growing season won't mean more carbon capture.  The tree canopy may be green, but the chronic water stress due to drier conditions predicted for the Midwest will reduce tree growth according to postdoc Eddie Brzostek, assistant professor Rich Phillips, former graduate student Dan Johnson, and colleagues. [ IU news release | article 1 | article 2 ]
  • Yves Brun and his wife Julie Auger (French Linguistics) have both been awarded a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant. 
  • Clay Fuqua has been elected as a Fellow to the American Academy of Microbiology, the honorific arm of the American Society for Microbiology.
  • Elise Morton (recent postdoc), Thomas Platt, Clay Fuqua, and Jim Bever are co-authors on a paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B about their study providing experimental evidence and a theoretical framework for interactions between independently replicating, genetic elements called plasmids that are co-existing within a single bacterium. [ article ]
  • Adjunct assistant professor Heather Hundley and graduate student Michael Washburn were part of the team that uncovered a key facilitator of mRNA editing, required for proper gene expression. [ IU news release ]
  • Bloomington Urban Woodlands Project is launching a children's woodland gardening initiative with Harmony School with funding obtained by Associate professor Heather Reynolds and graduate student Natalie Christian. [ IU news release ]
  • C. David Allis, a pioneer in the field of epigenetics and the relationship between genes and disease who received his master's degree and Ph.D. in biology from IU Bloomington, has received the Japan Prize, one of the most prestigious international prizes in science. [ IU news release ]
  • Graduate student Chao Jiang, former postdoc Pamela Brown, postdoc Adrien Ducret, and professor Yves Brun show how protein sequence changes drive species evolution in Nature article on the evolution of bacterial morphology. [ IU news release | article ]
  • Arthur Luhur, Geetanjali Chawla, Yen-chi Wu, Jing Li, and Nick Sokol in PNAS find a new RNA processing pathway that controls neuron morphology. [ article abstract ]
  • Former undergraduate researcher, Gina Gordon, is first author on a new paper from the McKinlay lab that addresses why CO2 fixation is needed during photosynthetic growth of bacteria on organic compounds. [ article abstract ]
  • IDS spotlights IU student Audrey Brinkers, a biology major interested in sustainable agriculture who founded the IU Bloomington Campus Gardens Initiative. [ IDS article ]

2013

  • Gene transfer gone wild reveals driving force behind mitochondrial 'sex': Research led by Jeffrey Palmer and Danny Rice uncovers largest acquisition of foreign genes from other species in any organism.  A paper by Palmer and Rice; former Palmer-lab members Andy AlversonAaron Richardson, Greg Young, and Virginia Sanchez-Puerta; Eric Knox; and their co-authors titled "Horizontal transfer of entire genomes via mitochondrial fusion in the angiosperm Amborella" was released by Science Dec. 19. [ IU news release | article ]
  • IU-designed probe opens new path for drug development against leading STD: The new research, "A new metabolic cell wall labeling method reveals peptidoglycan in Chlamydia trachomatis," by Erkin Kuru, Yves Brun, and colleagues was published in Nature on Dec. 11, 2013. Their Nature paper is featured on the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) web page, and Kuru's Chlamydiae cell wall photo was featured in NIH NIGMS "Holiday Season Cells." [ IU news release | article | NIAID feature | photo feature ]
  • Two more publications from the Brun lab and colleagues:  (1) Molecular Microbiology cover article on protein localization in a bacterial organelle by Velocity Hughes, David Kysela, Gail Hardy, and Yves Brun and (2) Adrien Ducret and Yves Brun's PLoS Biology article on a collaboration with Tâm Mignot's lab on versatile directional motors in Myxococcus. [ article 1 abstract | article 2 ]
  • Adrian Land, Ho-Ching Tsui, Stephen Vella, Sidney Shaw, Susan Keen, Lok-To Sham, Malcolm Winkler, and colleagues' article "Requirement of essential Pbp2x and GpsB for septal ring closure in Streptococcus pneumoniae D39" is the Dec. 2013 Molecular Microbiology cover article. [ abstract ]
  • "A deliberate practice approach to teaching phylogenetic analysis" by recent Biology graduates Collin Hobbs and Dan Johnson (Clay lab) and IU CITL consultant Katherine Kearns was published in the Dec. 2013 issue of CBE Life Sciences Education. [ abstract ]
  • Two exceptional research images captured at IU’s Light Microscopy Imaging Center are among the 15 finalists in the international GE Healthcare Life Sciences 2013 Cell Imaging Competition.  Vote for your favorite image by Dec. 20. [ IU news release, including link to vote ]
  • Of the five IU faculty members recently awarded the distinction of fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, three are members of the Department of Biology:  Emeritus Professor Peter T. Cherbas and professors Elizabeth C. Raff and Malcolm E. Winkler. [ IU news release ]
  • Graduate student Erkin Kuru, Yves Brun, and collaborators provide the first direct evidence for peptidoglycan in environmental Chlamydiae in Nature Communications. [ article ]
  • NSF grant funds IU Bloomington effort to recruit, support undergrad science students. [ IU news release ]
  • Heather Reynolds, Roger Hangarter, Jonathan Bauer, and Natalie Christian, with other colleagues from Indiana University, Monroe County Identify and Reduce Invasive Species, City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation, and Sassafras Audubon Society, are recipients of a grant from Audubon's Toyota TogetherGreen program to conduct research, restoration, and outreach in Bloomington's urban woodlands. [ IU news release ]
  • IU Department of Biology ranks #2 among the Fall 2013 Top Graduate Biology Programs according to students. [ program rankings ]
  • IU Bloomington ranks 11th in the nation and second in the Big 10 in The College Database’s 50 Colleges Advancing Women in STEM programs. [ IU press release ]
  • Recent research from a team of IU biologists led by David Kehoe, in collaboration with Jeff Palmer, revealed that a ubiquitous translation initiation factor called IF3 also plays a role in the regulation of gene expression in many bacteria and possibly plants. [ IU press release ]
  • Armin Moczek, Guilherme Rocha (IU Statistics) and Cathy Olmer (WonderLab) have received a 4-year award from the National Science Foundation in support of their project titled Origin, diversification, and integration of sex- and nutrition-dependent development in horned beetles.
  • Armin Moczek and colleagues at IU's School of Education have received a 3-year award from the National Science Foundation to explore the learning and teaching of complex systems in young children.  [ press release ]
  • Award-winning microbiologist Margaret McFall-Ngai, an expert on host interactions with rare bacteria, will present the 2013 Joan Wood Lecture on Wednesday, September 11th, in Myers Hall 130 at 4pm. [ press release ]
  • Research from a team led by Michael Lynch shows for the first time how asexual lineages of a species are doomed from fast-paced gene conversion processes that simply unmask pre-existing deleterious recessive mutations. [ IU press release ]
  • The 2013 Jim Holland Summer Science Research Program has been featured on Research @ IU Bloomington, a website produced by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Indiana University. [ feature ]
  • David Kehoe and graduate student Adam Bussell uncovered a give-and-take communication system between and within photoreceptors in freshwater-dwelling cyanobacteria, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [ IU press release | abstract ]
  • Soni Lacefield with postdoc Dai Tsuchiya in Current Biology for their work entitled "Cdk1 modulation ensures the coordination of cell-cycle events during the switch from meiotic prophase to mitosis". [ abstract ]
  • David Kehoe and his team have uncovered how a control system produces the important light-harvesting antennae that power photosynthesis in cyanobacteria, an outcome of NSF-funded research. [ NSF highlight ]
  • Stephen Bell and collegues from Montana State University have discovered a striking connection between viruses such as HIV and Ebola and viruses that infect organisms called archaea that grow in volcanic hot springs. [ press release ]
  • Lecturer Rich Holdeman has been elected to the American Collegiate Hockey Association Hall of Fame. [ IDS article ]
  • American Scientist highlights the discovery by graduate student Erkin Kuru (Brun and VanNieuwenhze labs) of fluorescent tags that capture growth patterns in bacteria. [ article ]
  • Congratulations to the recipients of the 2013 NSF Graduate Fellowships: Jeff Adrion (Montooth Lab), Allison Bailey (Demas Lab), Jamie Kostyun (Moyle Lab), Freddie Lee (Newton Lab). In addition, four of our former undergraduates received NSF Graduate Fellowships: Kris BlairKimberly LongAshley Troth, and Joseph Welkin.
  • Jeff Palmer and team sequence tulip tree genome and discover 'molecular fossil' within. [ BBC article ]
  • Jim Bever is one of five IU Bloomington professors to be awarded the 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. [ press release | award profile ]
  • NPR's A Moment of Science highlights the discovery by graduate student Erkin Kuru, co-advised by Yves Brun and Michael VanNieuwenhze, of a new method to label the bacterial cell wall. [ abstract | moment of science article ]
  • Peggy Schultz, Tara Darcy-Hall, Diane Pikaard and Laura Mojonnier have received a grant from the 2013 Ostrom Grants Program in support of the development of the Biology Summer Institute.
  • Karen Innes and Armin Moczek have received a grant from the 2013 Ostrom Grants Program in support of a project titled Development, application and dissemination of teaching resources to K12 educators in South-Central Indiana.
  • Mary Ann Tellas, Jennifer Tarter, and Armin Moczek have received a grant from the National Science Foundation in support of the Jim Holland Summer Science Research Program.
  • Assistant Professor Kristi Montooth, Assistant Scientist Colin Meiklejohn, and former undergraduate researcher Mo Siddiq have mapped the interaction of an incompatible genotype that could be a better predictor of genetically complex human diseases. [ press release ]
  • Members of the Winkler lab, Kevin Bruce, Ho-Ching Tiffany Tsui, Lok-To Sham and Krystyna Kazmierczak, in cooperation with others uncover protein that protects a pneumonia-causing pathogen from copper poisoning.
    [ press release ]
  • Ph. D cadidate Chris Muir of the Moyle Lab on how the Monstera (or Swiss Cheese) plant got its holes featured in the American Society of Naturalists. [ feature | article ]
  • Microbiology undergraduate Leah Palmer has been featured in the Office of Scholarships' January Scholar Spotlight. [ spotlight ]

2012

  • Congratulations to Thom Kaufman who has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the University of Sapienza in Rome, Italy.
  • Film tracing history of the Junco songbird inspired by research done by Post-doctoral researcher Jonathan Atwell and Ellen Ketterson to premiere at IU Cinema. [ press release ]
  • Graduate student Velocity Hughes, Yves Brun, and collaborators in Cell discover general protein diffusion barriers that compartmentalize bacterial cells. [ article | preview | feature ]
  • Postdoctoral Researcher Teiya Kijimoto, Armin Moczek, and Justen Andrews in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA investigate the role of the gene doublesex in the regulation and evolution of sexual dimorphisms and male polyphenisms in horned beetles. [ abstract | press release ]
  • Erkin Kuru, graduate student with Yves Brun and Michael VanNieuwenhze, is the Graduate and Professional Student Organization student of the month for November. [ feature ]
  • David Kehoe with graduate students Animesh Shukla and Andrian Gutu, and collaborators in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, uncover process for chameleon-like changes in world's most abundant phytoplankton with potential biotechnology applications. [ press release | SA podcast | Micro 3 article | CNRS article ]
  • Graduate student James Klatt and Jim Goodson in Proceedings of the Royal Society, series B:  "Oxytocin-like receptors mediate pair bonding in a socially monogamous songbird." [ abstract ]
  • Yves Brun with graduate students Erkin Kuru and Velocity Hughes and postdoc Pamela Brown, and collaborators Michael VanNieuwenhze and Miguel de Pedro in Angewandte Chemie on a collaboration to film bacterial life in multicolor as a new diagnostic and antibiotic discovery tool. [ abstract | press release | CEN feature | NIH feature | Nature Reviews feature ]
  • Yves Brun with postdocs Pamela Brown and David Kysela, and collaborator Stephen Jacobson with graduate students Seth Madren and Michelle Hoffman in Analytical Chemistry on a collaboration to automate synchronization of bacterial cells in microfluidics devices. 
    [ article | feature ]
  • Jing NieAndrew Zelhof, and collegues on the cover of Developmental Biology for their work entitled "Cross species analysis of Prominin reveals a conserved cellular role in invertebrate and vertebrate photoreceptor cells." [ article ]
  • Kimberly Rosvall and Ellen Ketterson of Biology with Haixu Tang of Informatics have been awarded a 2-year exploratory grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how social challenges prime the brain and body for social instability.
  • Patricia Foster and colleagues have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences for producing one of the most extensive pictures ever of mutation processes in the DNA sequence of an organism. [ press release ]
  • Undergraduates are encouraged to attend the first IU Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair on September 12th, where students will be able to live chat with recruiters. This event is free for students who register to attend. Please send any questions to the Graduate Office. [ details ]
  • The members of the Department of Biology extend their condolences to the family of Carlos Miller, distinguished professor emeritus of biology, who passed away on August 18, 2012. [ obituary ]
  • Jim Goodson, Aubrey Kelly, Marcy Kingsbury and Rick Thompson in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; U.S.A.: "An aggression-specific cell type in the anterior hypothalamus of finches." [ abstract | Discover magazine ]
  • Heather Reynolds, Roger Hangarter, Reynolds lab graduate student Jonathan Bauer, and colleagues have received a TogetherGreen Innovation grant from Audubon and Toyota for research, teaching, and outreach activities focused on conserving the natural and cultural heritage of Dunn's Woods and Latimer Woods. [ pdf | grant info ]
  • Yves Brun and collaborator Bogdan Dragnea have received a 4-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the regulation and biophysical properties of the holdfast, a bacterial adhesin with impressive adhesive force.
  • Jake McKinlay has been awarded a 5-year early career award from the US Department of Energy to study the metabolism and evolution of a biofuel-producing microbial co-culture. [ press release ]
  • Rudolf Raff has published the book Once We All Had Gills, exploring evolution and his experience becoming an evolutionary biologist. [ IU press ]
  • Richard Phillips is lead author on "Roots and fungi accelerate carbon and nitrogen cycling in forests exposed to elevated CO2," published in Ecology Letters and covered in Scientific American.
    [ press release | abstract | article ]
  • Jim GoodsonLeah Wilson, and Sara Schrock in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A. "To flock or fight: Neurochemical signatures of divergent life histories in sparrows. [ abstract ]
  • Armin Moczek and his collaboration with WonderLab and its Summer Science Institute inspire kids to love science. [ article | pdf ]
  • Research associate Thomas Doak in PLoS Genetics: "Diverse CRISPRs Evolving in Human Microbiomes" exposes battle history between bacteria, viruses in human body. [ abstract | press release ]
  • Kimberly Rosvall and co-authors, including Christy Bergeon Burns, Jim Goodson, and Ellen Ketterson in Proceedings of The Royal Society B. "Neural sensitivity to sex steroids predicts individual differences in aggression: implications for behavioural evolution." [ article | press release ]
  • Kristi Montooth has been awarded a 5-year National Science Foundation CAREER Award entitled "The physiology and genetics of adaptation to a complex environment" that will support research in her lab and in the classroom. [ press release ]
  • Graduate students Dan Johnson and Wes Beaulieu with faculty members Jim Bever and Keith Clay have been published in Science, showing for the first time that specices diversity is influenced by how well tree seedlings survive under their own parents. [ abstract | press release ]
  • Bethany Wasik (Moczek graduate student) and Armin Moczek on the cover of Genesis: "pangolin expression influences the development of a morphological novelty: Beetle horns" [ abstract ]
  • Deidra Jacobsen-Castillo (Delph Lab), Nikki Rendon (Demas Lab) and others selected by the National Science Foundation to receive prestigious awards through its Graduate Research Fellowship Program including funding for the next 3 years. [ article ]
  • The members of the Department of Biology extend their condolences to the family of Howard Gest, distinguished professor emeritus of microbiology, who passed away on April 24, 2012.
  • Matthew Hahn, Keithanne Mockaitis, and colleagues on the cover of Genetics: 'Ecological genomics of Anopheles gambiae along a latitudinal cline.' [ article | commentary ]
  • Kevin Cook and group have been published to Genome Biology, describing the culmination of work in Bloomington "to bring together a second generation deficiency kit with increased genome coverage, improved resolution and precise breakpoint mapping" of the Drosophila genome. [ article | commentary ]
  • Spencer Hall, David Civitello (Hall lab graduate student), and colleagues on the cover of Science: "Ecological context influences epidemic size and parasite-driven evolution." [ press release | article ]
  • Michael Wade adds to 'nature vs. nurture' debate in 2012 Distinguished Faculty Research Lecture on April 5. [ press release ]
  • David Nelson has been awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health to genetically modify variants of the human pathogen chlamydia in hopes of finding a vaccine for the most commonly reported bacterial infectious disease in the United States. [ press release ]
  • Irene Newton and colleagues in PLoS One: "Characterization of the active microbiotas associated with honey bees reveals healthier and broader communities when colonies are genetically diverse". [ article | New York Times article | press release ]
  • Yves Brun has been awarded a 4-year grant from the National Institutes of Health for his proposal "Control of bacterial morphology and differentiation"
  • Craig Pikaard, with coauthors Ek Han Tan and Thomas Ream (former Pikaard grad students), and Todd Blevins (Pikaard postdoc), in Cell Reports: "Functional Consequences of Subunit Diversity in RNA Polymerases II and V" [ press release | abstract ]
  • Sid Shaw and Jessica Lucas (Shaw postdoc) are featured in a front page story in Bloomington's Herald-Times newspaper, for their work with an AP Biology class at Bloomington High School South. [ article pdf ]
  • Armin Moczek is featured on the new research website just released by Office for the Vice Provost for Research, research.iub.edu. [ feature article ]
  • The Department of Biology extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Bill Niswander—carpenter and general craftsman for the department for close to 30 years—who passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2012.
  • Thomas Platt (Bever and Fuqua postdoc), Jim Bever, and Clay Fuqua in Proceedings of the Royal Society: "A cooperative virulence plasmid imposes a high fitness cost under conditions that induce pathogenesis." [ article | press release ]
  • Pamela Brown and David Kysela (Brun postdocs), Yves Brun, and Clay Fuqua in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: "Polar growth in the Alphaproteobacterial order Rhizobiales". [ article | Science Editor's Choice highlight | press release ]
  • Melissa Pespeni has received a 3-year NSF postdoctoral fellowship to work with Armin Moczek on a project entitled "Mechanisms of diversification: integrating comparative genomics, transcriptomics, and functional developmental approaches in horned beetles".
  • Brent Lockwood has received a 3-year NIH NRSA postdoctoral fellowship to work with Kristi Montooth and Thom Kaufman on a project entitled "Coping with stress: the cellular maintenance of embryonic development".
  • Armin Moczek has been awarded a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation entitled "Integrating evolution and development of novelty and diversity through the study of horned beetles".
  • Richard Phillips has received a research grant from the National Science Foundation to fund "A belowground framework for predicting how plant-microbe interactions couple carbon and nutrient economies of forests".
  • Claudio Casola (Hahn postdoc), Ugne Zekonyte (undergrad), Matthew Hahn and colleagues in Genome Research: Interlocus gene conversion events introduce deleterious mutations into at least 1% of human genes associated with inherited disease. [ abstract | Nature Reviews Genetics highlight ]
  • Pamela Brown (Brun postdoc), Yves Brun, Clay Fuqua, and colleagues on the cover of Molecular Microbiology: Surface contact stimulates the just-in-time deployment of bacterial adhesins. [ abstract | MicroCommentary | press release | NIGMS Biomedical Beat highlight ]

2011

  • Armin Moczek, Harald Parzer (Moczek grad student) and colleagues in PLoS ONE: "Shape – but Not Size – Codivergence Between Male and Female Copulatory Structures in Onthophagus Beetles" [ article | press release ]
  • Pat Foster, Carl Bauer and David Dilcher have all been selected as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. This is a terrific honor for Pat, Carl, and David, and brings increased recognition to the Department of Biology (Pat and David) and the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry (Carl) for the outstanding quality of the research programs of our faculty. The addition of Pat to our list of currently active faculty members named as AAAS fellows brings Biology's count to 15, or nearly 25% of our faculty. [ press release ]
  • Michael Wade has been named the 2011-2012 Distinguished Faculty Research Lecturer by Indiana University.  Previous recipients include Ellen Ketterson, John Preer, Howard Gest, and Tony Mahowald.
  • Leonie Moyle, Matthew Hahn, and David Haak have received a four-year NSF 'Dimensions of Biodiversity' grant for their project entitled "Integrating dimensions of Solanum biodiversity: leveraging comparative and experimental transcriptomics to understand functional responses to environmental change." [ press release ]
  • The Department of Biology extends its deepest sympathies to the family of William Zimmerman—local artist whose 'Birds of Indiana' paintings line the central hallway of Jordan Hall—who passed away Saturday, November 19, 2011.
  • Karen Bush and and 29 other global experts in antibiotic resistance discuss possible interventions to counteract the increasing crisis of antibiotic resistance in Nature Reviews Microbiology. [ abstract ]
  • Lok-To Sham (Winkler grad student), Skye Barendt (Ph.D. '10), Kimberly Kopecky (former Winkler undergraduate researcher), and Malcolm Winkler in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: Essential PcsB putative peptidoglycan hydrolase interacts with the essential FtsXSpn cell division protein in Streptococcus pneumoniae D39. [ abstract ]
  • Kristi Montooth and undergraduate researcher Mo Siddiq are profiled in IU's new undergraduate recruiting materials, and will appear in both online and in print advertising campaigns. [ advertisment | IU Admissions campaign ]
  • Rhea Datta (Ph.D. '10), Brandon Weasner (Kumar research associate) and Justin Kumar on the cover of Developmental Biology: A dissection of the teashirt and tiptop genes reveals a novel mechanism for regulating transcription factor activity. [ abstract ]
  • Ryan Bezy (Ph.D. '10), Lisa Wiltbank (Kehoe grad student), and David Kehoe in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: Light-dependent attenuation of phycoerythrin gene expression reveals convergent evolution of green light sensing in cyanobacteria. [ abstract | press release | NSF story ]
  • Armin Moczek and a collaborator have received a conference grant from NSF to fund "The SICB 2012 Society-Wide Symposium: The Impacts of Developmental Plasticity on Evolutionary Innovation and Diversification" at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology annual meeting in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Daniel R. Schrider (Hahn grad student), Jean-Francois Gout (Lynch postdoc), and Matthew Hahn in PLoS: Very Few RNA and DNA Sequence Differences in the Human Transcriptome. [ article | Nature feature ]
  • Michael Lynch and Matthew Hahn will serve as co-PIs of the National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS), being established at IUB with a grant from the National Science Foundation. [ press release ]
  • Joe Pomerening is featured in the faculty spotlight of the October newsletter from IU's Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning: Making Connections in a Large Lecture Class. [ article ]
  • Distinguished Professor Emeritus John Preer has been awarded the President's Medal by IU President Michael McRobbie.  The President's Medal, first presented in 1985, recognizes individuals for distinction in public service, service to IU, achievement in a profession and/or extraordinary merit and achievement in the arts, humanities, science, education and industry. [ press release ]
  • Emilia Martins has been elected a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society, in recognition of her pioneering work on combining phylogenetic analyses with meticulous comparative analyses of behavior across lizard taxa to gain insight into the evolution of behavior. [ newsletter pdf (p.8) ]
  • Marcy Kingsbury and colleagues on the cover of Science Translational Medicine: Lysophosphatidic acid signaling may initiate fetal hydrocephalus. [ abstract | Editor's Focus ]
  • Kayla King (Ph.D. '11) has been awarded a Newton International Fellowship by the Royal Society and British Academy, which provides two years of postdoctoral funding and up to 10 additional years of research funding.
  • Robert Niescier (graduate student), Tai Min, and colleague in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: Mitochondrial matrix Ca2+ as an intrinsic signal regulating mitochondrial mobility in axons. [ abstract ]
  • Aoife Heaslip (former Hu postdoc), Manami Nishi (Hu postdoc), Barry Stein, and Ke Hu in PLoS Pathogens: The motility of a human parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, is regulated by a novel lysine methyltransferase. [ article ]
  • Ellen Ketterson received the 2011 Distinguished Faculty award from the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association and was recognized at the College’s Annual Recognition Banquet in October. [ press release ]
  • Nicole Gerlach (Ketterson postdoc), Ellen Ketterson, Joel McGlothlin (Ph.D. '07), and colleague in Proceedings of the Royal Society (highlighted article): Promiscuous mating produces offspring with higher lifetime fitness. [ press release | article | Nature news & views ]
  • Ben Blackman (Ph.D. '09), Loren Rieseberg, and colleagues in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: Sunflower domestication alleles support single domestication center in eastern North America. [ press release | abstract ]
  • Jake McKinlay and colleague on the cover of Microbe: Harnessing Bacteria That Use Light To Produce Hydrogen. [ article ]
  • Elizabeth Middleton (Ph.D. '10, Bever/Schultz postdoc) and her research in a Chicago park are highlighted in the Outdoor Illinois article "Burhham Centennial Prairie". [ article pdf ]
  • Anna Rosling, a visiting researcher in the Phillips lab, and colleagues in Science: Archaeorhizomycetes: unearthing an ancient class of ubiquitous soil fungi. [ abstract | press release ]
  • Matthew Hahn and collaborators from the IU School of Informatics and Computing in PLoS Computational Biology: Testing the Ortholog Conjecture with Comparative Functional Genomic Data from Mammals. [ article | Nature Reviews Genetics highlight ]
  • Behavior 2011, the first-ever joint meeting of the International Ethological Conference (IEC) and the Animal Behavior Society (ABS), is expected to draw more than 1,100 researchers from around the world for the July 25-30 conference on campus. [ press release ]
  • Joel McGlothlin (Ph.D. '07), a member of Ellen Ketterson's lab during his time at IU, and now a postdoc with Butch Brodie, was awarded the 2011 Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize by the Society for the Study of Evolution, a prize given to recognize the accomplishments and future promise of an outstanding young evolutionary biologist. [ awardee biography ]
  • Curt Lively and lab members Levi Morran (postdoc), Olivia Schmidt, Ian Gelarden, and Raymond Parrish in Science: Running with the Red Queen: Host-Parasite Coevolution Selects for Biparental Sex [ article | NPR piece ]
  • Susanne Kraemer (Velicer grad student) and Gregory Velicer in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science: Endemic social diversity within natural kin groups of a cooperative bacterium. [ article ]
  • Four of our longest-serving staff members retire at the end June: Joel McCoy (41 years working in Biology), Chris Willen (37 years working in Biology), Ken Sauerheber (34 years in Biology), and Betty McGlocklin (31 years at IU, 22 in Biology). Combined this represents 143 years of experience! They have each made a lasting impact on the Biology Department and we have all greatly benefited from their dedication and service.
  • The collected field notes of Emeritus Professor of Law and Biology Val Nolan (1920-2008) have been published in digital format through the IU Scholar Works repository. [ field notes | Smithsonian news article ]
  • Biology faculty members Keith Clay, Ellen Ketterson, and Heather Reynolds, and graduate students Jonathan Atwell and Dawn O'Neal (Ph.D. '10), as well as faculty and graduate students from IU SPEA, IU Law, and IU's Conservation Law Center are among the authors in the latest issue of Environmental Law, the nation's oldest law review dedicated solely to environmental issues.  The work stems from a two-year symposium on animal migration conservation led by IU law professor Robert Fischman. [ issue 42 contents | Atwell, O'Neal & Ketterson article | Reynolds & Clay article | Meretsky, Atwell & Hyman article ]
  • Craig Pikaard is one of 15 plant science researchers to be selected for five years of research support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. [ IU press release | HT article | HHMI-GBMF program ]
  • Matthew Hahn and his students Dan Schrider (grad student) and Jonathan Hourmozdi (undergrad) in Current Biology: Pervasive Multinucleotide Mutational Events in Eukaryotes [ abstract | press release ]
  • David Haak (Moyle postdoc) and colleagues in Science: Increased Structure and Active Learning Reduce the Achievement Gap in Introductory Biology [ abstract | Chronicle of Higher Education report ]
  • Pat Foster is interviewed in the National Public Radio piece "Study of Arsenic-Eating Microbes Finds Doubters" [ transcript and audio ]
  • Pauline Manhes (Velicer grad student) and Gregory Velicer in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: Experimental evolution of selfish policing in social bacteria. [ press release | article ]
  • Bethany Wasik (Ph.D. '10) and Armin Moczek on the cover of Development, Genes and Evolution: Decapentaplegic (dpp) regulates the growth of a morphological novelty, beetle horns. [ abstract ]
  • Heather Reynolds and colleagues in American Naturalist: Resource Heterogeneity, Soil Fertility, and Species Diversity: Effects of Clonal Species on Plant Communities. [ article | ASN press release | Nature coverage ]
  • Roger Hangarter and collaborator in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: Intracellular invasion of green algae in a salamander host. [ article | IU press release | Nature | Science | BBC | Wired ]
  • David Dilcher and colleagues on the cover of Nature: A eudicot from the Early Cretaceous of China. [ article | press release ]
  • Undergraduate Biology and French double-major Kimberly Long has been named a 2011 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. [ Goldwater Scholarship ]
  • Craig Whippo (Hangarter postdoc), Stacy DeBlasio (former Hangarter grad student), Roger Hangarter, and colleagues in Current Biology: THRUMIN1 is a light-regulated actin-bundling protein involved in chloroplast motility. [ abstract ]
  • Thom Kaufman, Peter Cherbas, Justen Andrews and colleagues in Nature: The developmental transcriptome of Drosophila melanogaster. [ abstract | news & views ]
  • Microbiology graduate student Adrian Land (Winkler Lab) has been awarded the City of Bloomington's Commission on the Status of Black Males 2011 Outstanding Black Males Leader of Tomorrow award. [ HT article ]
  • Roger Innes has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. [ press release | 2011 AAM fellows ]
  • Curt Lively has been awarded the title of Distinguished Professor. [ press release ]
  • Mike Wade, Jacob Moorad (Ph.D. '05) and colleagues in Evolution & Human Behavior: Mating system change reduces the strength of sexual selection in an American frontier population of the 19th century. [ press release ]
  • John Colbourne and collaborators, including 19 other IUB coauthors, in Science: The Ecoresponsive Genome of Daphnia pulex. [ abstract | Nature feature | NPR interview | Colbourne profile | press release ]
  • Clay Fuqua served as co-editor of a special issue of Chemical Reviews, on the special theme of bacterial signals and chemical communication. [ editorial introduction ]
  • Claudio Casola (Hahn postdoc), Daniel Schrider (Hahn grad student), Matthew Hahn and many colleagues in Nature: Comparative and demographic analysis of orang-utan genomes. [ article ]
  • Lynda Delph, Roger Hangarter, Roger Innes, and Rudy Raff have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, joining ten other currently active AAAS fellows on the IU Biology faculty. [ AAAS announcement | IU press release ]
  • Visit our list of 2011 honors and awards announced at the Spring Reception.

2010

  • Adam Zlotnick and Tuli Mukhopadhyay in Trends in Microbiology: Virus assembly, allostery and antivirals. [ abstract ]
  • Bill Niswander, carpenter for Biology for the past 30 years, has been awarded the 2010 IUB campus-wide Service Staff Merit Award.
  • The Fall issue of IU's College Magazine, features Biology faculty Yves Brun, Ellen Ketterson, and Joe Pomerening, along with several of our star undergraduate researchers.  Joe is featured for his outstanding teaching, while Ellen and Yves are featured for their mentoring as part of the IU STARS program. [ online article | magazine pdf ]
  • The Department of Biology extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Rosemarie (Rosie) Barkus (Ph.D. '07), who passed away Sunday, November 28, 2010. [ obituary ]
  • Idelle Cooper's (Ph.D. '08) doctoral research on sexual dimorphism in the damselfly is featured prominently in a Current Biology dispatch: Sexual Dimorphism: Why the Sexes Are (and Are Not) Different. [ CB dispatch | Cooper's article ]
  • Ellen Ketterson is featured in a 1-hour interview by Provost Karen Hansen on IU's radio series "Profiles", which features local and national figures impacting our community. [ Profiles episode page | Audio feed ]
  • The Department of Biology extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Dick Repasky—IU employee and former Biology postdoctoral researcher—who passed away Friday, October 22, 2010.
  • The Department of Biology extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Charles Stutsman—former Biology Facilities Coordinator and IU employee for 26 years—who passed away Sunday, October 10, 2010.
  • Jordan, Myers and Simon Halls are competing in IU's first fall Energy Challenge, October 6–November 3, 2010. To help your building, follow our tips on how to reduce your energy consumption in the lab and office. »
  • A video documenting Peggy Schultz's outreach project with a local third grade class has been awarded 1st place in the Inside our Schools competition of the International Student Media Festival. [ video ]
  • Mike Lynch in the PNAS: Scaling expectations for the time to establishment of complex adaptations. [ abstract ]
  • Leonie Moyle and Takuya Nakazato (Ph.D. '05) in Science: Hybrid Incompatibility "Snowballs" Between Solanum Species. [ abstract | Nature News feature ]
  • Keithanne Mockaitis and colleagues at the Center for Genomics & Bioinformatics, Don Gilbert, and other collaborators have announced their first draft of the cacao genome is complete and has been deposited into a database freely-accessible to researchers who agree not to pursue patents from the data.  The Mars-funded consortium beat a rival group funded by Hershey, assuring that the genome will remain in the public domain. [ Science Daily publication of IU press release | Cacao Genome Database site | NY Times article on the race ]
  • Loren Rieseberg's research on hybrid speciation is discussed in the New York Times article "Hybrids May Thrive Where Parents Fear to Tread". [ article ]
  • Elizabeth Raff is profiled in Current Biology in a biographical Q&A. [ article ]
  • Roger Hangarter's time-lapse photography documenting algae cohabiting with salamander embryos in their eggs is mentioned in a Nature news article about collaborator Ryan Kerney's research on the first example of a photosynthetic organism living inside a vertebrate's cells. [ article ]
  • Jim Bever, Sott Mangan (Ph.D. '06), Keenan Mack (Bever graduate student) and colleagues in Nature: Negative plant–soil feedback predicts tree-species relative abundance in a tropical forest. [ abstract | news & views commentary ]
  • The Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center has been awarded a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to more than double the capacity of its facility.  When complete, the renovated facility with be able to curate 60,000-70,000 different genetic fruit fly variants of importance to research. [ press release ]
  • Pat Foster, Mike Lynch, Haixu Tang, and a collaborator at USC have been awarded a 5-year award from the Department of Defense to investigate prokaryotic genomic instability. [ DOD press release | IU press release | IU news article ]
  • Emilie Snell-Rood (Moczek postdoc), Tami Cruickshank (Wade and Moczek grad student), Armin Moczek and colleagues in Trends in Ecology and Evolution: Phenotypic plasticity's impacts on diversification and speciation. [ abstract ]
  • Jim Bever and colleagues in Trends in Ecology and Evolution: Rooting theories of plant community ecology in microbial interactions. [ abstract ]
  • Justin Kumar has received a three-year award from the National Eye Institute to continue his studies on patterning events in Drosophila eye development.
  • Miriam Zolan, Claire Burns (postdoc), Heather Palmerini (former student) and colleagues on the cover of PNAS: Insights into evolution of multicellular fungi from the assembled chromosomes of the mushroom Coprinopsis cinerea (Coprinus cinereus). [ abstract | commentary ]
  • Cécile Berne (postdoc), David Kysela (postdoc) and Yves Brun in Molecular Microbiology: A bacterial extracellular DNA inhibits settling of motile progeny cells within a biofilm. [ abstract | commentary | press release ]
  • Spencer Hall and coauthor Megan Duffy have been awarded the Mercer Award by the Ecological Society of America, for their paper "Selective predation and rapid evolution can jointly dampen effects of parasites on Daphnia populations," published in American Naturalist in 2008.
  • Jeff Smith (former Velicer postdoc), David Van Dyken (Wade and Velicer grad student) and Peter Zee (Bever and Velicer grad student) in Science: A Generalization of Hamilton’s Rule for the Evolution of Microbial Cooperation. [ abstract ]
  • Wendy Taheri and Jim Bever in Applied Soil Ecology: Adaptation of plants and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to coal tailings in Indiana. [ press release ]
  • The Department of Biology extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Charles Heiser, who passed away Friday, June 11, 2010. [ obituary ]
  • Biology major Ellen Weinzapfel and Biology minor (Anthropology major) Rebeca Hernandez, along with three other graduating IU seniors, were awarded the Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity this spring. [ press release ]
  • Loralyn Cozy (graduate student) and Dan Kearns on the cover of Molecular Microbiology: Gene position in a long operon governs motility development in Bacillus subtilis. [ article ]
  • Fred Pontvianne (postdoc), Todd Blevins (postdoc), Craig Pikaard, and colleagues in Genes & Development: Complex roles of Arabidopsis HISTONE DEACETYLASE 6 in developmental silencing of rRNA gene variants: suppression of intergenic Pol II transcription and differential effects on maintenance versus siRNA-directed cytosine methylation. [ article ]
  • Craig Pikaard and colleagues in Nature: A novel methyl DNA binding protein interacts with AGO4 and RNA polymerase II and functions in RNA-directed DNA methylation in Arabidopsis. [ article ]
  • Ben Blackman (grad student), Jared Strasburg (postdoc), Scott Michaels, and Loren Rieseberg in Current Biology: The role of recently derived FT paralogs in sunflower domestication. [ article | commentary ]
  • Richard Hardy, Justin Kumar, and Tuli Mukhopadhyay have been awarded a 5-year grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study the response to alphavirus replication in an arthropod host.
  • The Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center has received a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute that will fund facility renovations necessary to double the number of strains maintained by the facility. [ BDSC | HHMI ]
  • Heather Reynolds, Jonathan Bauer, and campus and community colleagues have been awarded a Sustainability Research Development Grant by the University to remediate exotic invasive species in Dunn's Woods. [ press release ]
  • Distinguished Professor Loren Rieseberg has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society, joining the ranks of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth's leading scientists as the Society celebrates its 350th anniversary. [ press release ]
  • Yuen-Tsu Nicco Yu, Greg Velicer, and Xi Yuan (grad student) in Science: Mutation of a small noncoding RNA drives adaptive evolution in a social bacterium. [ press release | article ]
  • Wenli Li, a graduate student of Mike Lynch, has been awarded a dissertation year fellowship by the IU College of Arts and Sciences, as well as an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant.
  • The National Institutes of General Medical Sciences at the NIH has awarded the IU Department of Biology 5 years of funding at over 4 million dollars to continue the Genetics, Cellular and Molecular Sciences T32 Training Grant.  This award will continue the program through its 36th year.  The GCMS training grant supports 16 graduate students per year, working with nearly 50 different training faculty associated with Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry and Medical Science graduate programs. [ GCSM site ]
  • Danielle Whittaker (postdoc), Jonathan Atwell (grad student), Ellen Ketterson and colleagues in Behavioral Ecology: "Songbird chemosignals: volatile compounds in preen gland secretions vary among individuals, sexes, and populations." [ BE article | ScienceLives interview with Danielle | IU press release ]
  • Congratulations to former Biology Department faculty Tom Blumenthal and Susan Strome, who were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this week.  Tom  spent the majority of his career at IUB, from 1973 to 1996, including 7 years as Chair of the department, and is now Chair at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  Susan was at IUB from 1983 through 2007, was named a Chancellor's Professor in 2005, and served as head of the GCDB section for many years.  She now is on the faculty at U.C. Santa Cruz. [ GSA press release | full list of new AAAS fellows (pdf) ]
  • The Department of Biology extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Jerry Warthan—Building Supervisor for Jordan and Myers Halls and an IU employee for over 24 years—who passed away Monday, April 19, 2010.
  • And the winner is...Biology graduate student Sarah Shannon-Firestone, whose winning design for the Biology Green Team logo will grace our initiatives for years to come. [ see the logo on the Green Team page ]
  • Congratulations to our NSF Graduate Fellowship recipients—Elizabeth Carlton (Demas Lab), Dean Castillo (incoming first year student), Amy Dapper (Moczek / Wade labs), Amanda Gibson (incoming first year student), Jessica Hanson (Hurley Lab), James Klatt (Goodson Lab)—and to Rachel Hanauer (Ketterson Lab), who received an honorable mention. [ NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program ]
  • Undergraduates Erika Cannon Anderson (Biology major), and Jennifer Kulow (Biology and Astrophysics double-major) have been awarded Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, along with two other IU undergraduates.  Awarded to only 300 undergraduates nationwide each year, the scholarship is widely considered to be the most prestigious award for undergraduates studying science in the U.S. [ Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship ]
  • Featured in the Hoosier Times: IU’s Light Microscopy Imaging Center aiding researchers, drawing wows. [ LMIC | slideshow | article (pdf courtesy HT) ]
  • Keith Clay has accepted IU's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, awarded in recognition of the energy saving construction and design of the IU Research and Teaching Preserve field lab building. [ IURTP field lab | Hoosier Times article | USGBC LEED info ]
  • Graduate student Velocity Hughes from Yves Brun's lab has been awarded the McCormick Science Grant by the IU College of Arts & Sciences. This grant is awarded to the graduate student member of a faculty/graduate student team whose research is judged most creative, visionary, and innovative. Some of her research is described in her recent paper in PNAS, "Protein localization and dynamics within a bacterial organelle." [ PNAS abstract | McCormick Science Grant ]
  • An article by Keith Clay and former postdoc Jen Rudgers in the Journal of Applied Ecology, "Managing plant symbiosis: fungal endophyte genotype alters plant community composition", is featured in a News & Views article in the March 11 issue of Nature. [ JAE article | Nature article ]
  • Velocity Hughes (graduate student), Yves Brun and colleagues in PNAS: Protein localization and dynamics within a bacterial organelle. [ abstract ]
  • Heather Reynolds' course, "The City as Ecosystem", is featured in an article about service-learning in the February 2010 issue of IU Home Pages. [ article ]
  • Armin Moczek has received a Long-Term Sabbatical Fellowship from the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center for the 2010-2011 academic year, in support of a project entitled "The nature of nurture: How environmental and genetic information interact to shape development and evolution." [ NESCent ]
  • Soni Lacefield and Ke Hu have both been awarded Basil O'Connor starter scholar research awards from the March of Dimes Foundation. [ March of Dimes ]
  • Jonathan Atwell (graduate student in Ellen Ketterson's lab), has been awarded the Wells Graduate Fellowship for the 2010-2011 academic year.  Established by the late Herman B Wells, the fellowship is awarded annually to an IU graduate student who demonstrates the qualities for which Chancellor Wells was renowned: leadership abilities, academic excellence, character, social consciousness, and generosity of spirit. [ University awards for graduate students ]
  • Don Gilbert is among 200+ coauthors on a new paper published by the Pea Aphid Genomics Consortium in PLOS Biology: Genome Sequence of the Pea Aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum. [ article ]
  • Matthew Hahn has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship in recognition for his work in the field of Computational and Evolutionary Molecular Biology.  The prestigious fellowship is intended to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. [ Alfred P. Sloan Foundation ]
  • Students and faculty from Biology (Jonathan Atwell, Christy Bergeon Burns, Ellen Ketterson, Roger Hangarter, Craig Nelson) and Telecommunications (Steve Burns, Ron Osgood) are collaborating on an interactive educational media project on the dark-eyed junco, titled "Rapid evolution in a backyard songbird–coping with environmental change." [ Junco Project website ]
  • Yves Brun has been elected to the American Academy of Microbiology, the honorific leadership arm of the American Society for Microbiology, the world's oldest and largest life science organization. [ press release | American Academy of Microbiology | American Society for Microbiology ]
  • The Department of Biology has formed the Biology Green Team, as part of IUB's sustainability efforts.  The Green Team will hold monthly "green bag" lunches, and has kicked things off with a logo design competition. [ Biology Green Team page | IU Office of Sustainability | IU press release ]
  • Three new teaching laboratories are now open in Jordan Hall, seating up to 100 students simultaneously at benches supplied with state-of-the-art equipment. [ IU press release ]
  • IU microbiologist Dan Kearns has been awarded an Outstanding Junior Faculty Award by Indiana University.  The award, presented annually by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, enables faculty to enhance their research and recognizes junior faculty members who have devoted considerable time to IU's teaching, research and service missions.
  • The Nasonia Genome Working Group in Science: Functional and Evolutionary Insights from the Genomes of Three Parasitoid Nasonia Species.  Co-authors include IU researchers John Colbourne (major contributor), Jeong-Hyeon Choi, Jacqueline A Lopez, and Don Gilbert; and IUB graduate students Bobak Kechavarzi, Heewook Lee, Anoop Mayampurath,  Vikas Pejaver, and Andreas Rechtsteiner. [ news focus | abstract ]
  • Heather Reynolds, Briana Gross (Ph.D. '07 from the Rieseberg lab) and colleagues have a new book out with IU Press: "Teaching Environmental Literacy: Across Campus and Across the Curriculum," featuring essays by Keith Clay, Keith Vogelsang, Craig Nelson, Whitney Schlegel, and Eric Baack (former Rieseberg postdoc), among others. [ IU Press page ]
  • Mike Lynch and colleagues in Science: The rate and molecular spectrum of spontaneous mutations in Arabidopsis thaliana [ abstract ]
  • Visit our list of 2010 honors and awards announced at the Spring Reception.

2009

  • Ellen Ketterson has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Ellen joins eight current IU Biology faculty as an AAAS Fellow: Keith Clay, Thom Kaufman, Curt Lively, Mike Lynch, Jeff Palmer, Craig Pikaard, Mike Wade and Mimi Zolan. [ press release ]
  • Mike Lynch and colleagues in Science: Extensive, recent intron gains in Daphnia populations. [ abstract ]
  • Mike Hibbing (graduate student), Clay Fuqua and colleagues on the cover of Nature Reviews Microbiology: Bacterial competition: surviving and thriving in the microbial jungle. [ article ]
  • The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded Joe Pomerening $1.39 million over five years to study the biochemical controls of cell division. [ press release ]
  • Nicholas Sokol has received the Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) awarded by the NIH National Institute of Mental Health. [ press release | award photo ]
  • Wenli Li (grad student), Abe Tucker (postdoc), Michael Lynch and colleagues in Science: Extensive, recent intron gains in Daphnia populations. [ article | IU press release ]
  • Xiang Gao (postdoc) and Michael Lynch in PNAS: Ubiquitous internal gene duplication and intron creation in eukaryotes. [ abstract ]
  • Greg Velicer and colleague on the cover of Current Biology: Social conflict in centimeter- and global-scale populations of the bacterium Myxococcus xanthus. [ abstract | IU press release ]
  • Andy Zelhof has been awarded an American Cancer Society Research Scholar award.
  • David Rollo is participating in the Clean Energy Ecology Forum held by the US Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. [ press release ]
  • Leonie Moyle and colleague in Trends in Ecology & Evolution: Reproductive isolation grows on trees. [ abstract ]
  • Tai Min and colleague in PNAS: Upregulation of three Drosophila homologs of human chromosome 21 genes alters synaptic function: Implications for Down syndrome. [ abstract ]
  • Roger Hangarter and Sam Orr won an Emmy for their production of the PBS special "Natural Heritage of Indiana - Life in the Water"
  • Weilong Hao (Palmer postdoc) and Jeff Palmer in PNAS: Fine-scale mergers of chloroplast and mitochondrial genes create functional, transcompartmentally chimeric mitochondrial genes. [ abstract ]
  • Brandon Weasner and Justin Kumar on the cover of Genesis: The non-conserved C-terminal segments of Sine Oculis Homeobox (Six) proteins confer functional specificity. [ abstract ]
  • James Goodson, Sara Schrock, James Klatt, David Kabelik and Marcy Kingsbury in Science: Mesotocin and nonapeptide receptors promote songbird flocking behavior. [ IU press release | abstract ]
  • Troy Wood, Naoki Takebayashi, Michael Barker, Loren Rieseberg and colleagues in PNAS: The frequency of polyploid speciation in vascular plants. [ abstract ]
  • Melanie Marketon runs the state's first select agent laboratory. [ IU press release ]
  • Pranav Danthi has been awarded a 2009 American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate Scientist Development Grant.
  • Mike Lynch and colleagues in the first issue of Genome Biology and Evolution: After dinosaurs, mammals rise but their genomes get smaller. [ IU Press Release | Abstract ]
  • Curt Lively, Lynda Delph and colleagues in Current Biology: Parasitic worms make sex worthwhile.
    [ IU press release | abstract ]
  • Joe Pomerening has been selected as a 2009 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, a competitive, 4-year honor reserved for early-career scientists.  [ press release ]
  • David Nelson, Qunfeng Dong, and collaborators at the IU School of Medicine have received funds from NIH to conduct the first health study of teenage boys using cellular telephones. [ press release ]
  • Jim Goodson, postdoc David Kabelik, and students Aubrey Kelly and James Klatt in PNAS: Midbrain dopamine neurons reflect affiliation phenotypes in finches and are tightly coupled to courtship.
    [ article ]
  • Armin Moczek and Debra Rose on the cover of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: Differential recruitment of limb patterning genes during development and diversification of beetle horns [ press release ]
  • Heather Rupp (former Ketterson postdoc), Ellen Ketterson, and colleagues from the Kinsey Institute and Psychological and Brain Sciences have received a $423,500 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to study the mechanisms behind postpartum depression. [ press release ]
  • John Colbourne and Mike Lynch are featured in news articles in the 5 June 2009 issue of Science, reporting on their presentations at the Cold Spring Harbor meeting on "The Biology of the Genome" [ article ]
  • Curt Lively is featured in the same issue of Science, in the News Focus, addressing the origin of sexual reproduction. [ article ]
  • Distinguished Professor of Biology Mike Lynch has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences. He is the 5th current member of our department elected to membership in the National Academy, joining Charley Heiser, Thom Kaufman, Jeff Palmer, and John Preer. This is in addition to 12 past members of our department, including such luminaries as Nobel Laureate Herman Muller, Tracey Sonneborn, Marcus Rhoades, and Carl Eigenmann. [ article ]
  • Joel Ybe and adjunct David Giedroc (Chemistry) have been granted $1.2 million from NIH for Huntington's disease research. [ press release ]
  • Clay Fuqua has been awarded the 2009 American Society for Microbiology Indiana Branch Research Award.
  • Michael Wade and Jeff Demuth of U. Texas-Arlington (IU Ph.D. '04) have been awarded $2 million by NIH to study speciation of the grain pest Tribolium castaneum, the red flour beetle. [ Press Release ]
  • Carl Bauer and Malcolm Winkler have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology [ press release ]
  • Kim Storvik and Rose Byrne won "best poster" in the graduate and undergraduate categories, respectively, at the April 2009 meeting of the Indiana Branch of the American Society for Microbiology. Kim was also chosen to give an oral presentation, along with Kyle Hetrick. All three students are associated with the Foster lab.
  • Two of our undergraduate Biology majors, Ellen Weinzapfel and Kaleb Naegeli, both juniors, have been selected as 2009 Goldwater Scholarship recipients. Only 287 scholarships were awarded nation-wide this year [ article ]
  • Carolina Peñalva-Arana (Lynch postdoc) has been awarded an NIH NRSA Fellowship to do work on the evolution and expression of chemoreceptor genes in Daphnia.
  • Matthew Hahn and Melanie Marketon are featured in the "Sciences at IU" special focus topic of the February 2009 issue of IU Home Pages, as is the move of Carl Bauer's lab from Myers to Simon Hall [ Hahn article | Marketon article | Bauer article ]
  • Scott Michaels' 1999 article in Plant Cell with colleague R. Amasino, entitled "FLOWERING LOCUS C encodes a novel MADS domain protein that acts as a repressor of flowering", has been selected out of more than 4200 articles as one of the journal's top 5 most influential articles in the past 20 years. [ 1999 abstract | press release pdf ]
  • The Department of Biology extends its deepest sympathies to the family of our colleague Mee-Rye Cha, who passed away Thursday, February 27, 2009.
  • The Department of Biology extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Johanna Kolodziejski (Ph.D. '07), who passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2009.
  • Armin Moczek and colleagues have been awarded a grant by the US-Israel Binational Science Fountation entitled "Proteome Profiling of the Horned Beetle Onthophagus taurus".
  • David Kysela (Brun postdoc) has been awarded a NIH NSRA postdoctoral fellowship for his research on aging in bacteria.
  • Beth Raff, Kaila Schollaert (Nelson grad student), David Nelson, Rudy Turner, Barry Stein, Rudy Raff and colleagues in PNAS: Embryo fossilization is a biological process mediated by microbial biofilms. [ article ]
  • Brian Calvi and colleagues on the cover of Genes & Development: "Endocycling cells do not apoptose in response to DNA re-replication genotoxic stress." [ article ]
  • Rich Phillips has been awarded a grant from the USDA to study the effects of rhizosphere priming on soil nitrogen availability.
  • Francesco Catania and Mike Lynch in PLoS Biology: "Where Do Introns Come From?" [ abstract ]
  • Joe Pomerening and colleagues in Science: "Robust, Tunable Biological Oscillations from Interlinked Positive and Negative Feedback Loops". [ article ]
  • The Department of Biology extends its deepest sympathies to the family of our former staff member, Jerry Wilson, who passed away Friday, January 16, 2009
  • The Department of Biology extends its deepest sympathies to the family of our former colleague, Karen Muskavitch, who passed away Monday, January 12, 2009
  • Visit our list of 2009 research honors and awards.

2008

  • Daniel Kearns and colleagues in Science: "A Molecular Clutch Disables Flagella in the Bacillus subtilis Biofilm". [ podcast | press release | article ]
  • Greg Demas and Emilia Martins appear in the CCN.com headline article "Robotic squirrel helps decode animal behavior". [ article ]
  • Mike Wade has been elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Thom Kaufman has been elected fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. [ press release ]
  • Justen Andrews and Armin Moczek have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and apply genomic resources to study the development and evolution of horned beetles.
  • Roger Hangarter has won funding from the American Society of Plant Biologists 2008 Grant Awards Program for plant science programming on the IU radio program, A Moment of Science.
  • The Department of Biology extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Anthony (Tony) San Pietro, who passed away Saturday, September 13, 2008.
  • EEB graduate student Thomas Platt (co-advised by Jim Bever and Clay Fuqua) has been awarded the McCormick Science Grant for 2008. Two grants are awarded each year among all the science disciplines at IUB. [ details ]
  • EEB graduate students, Chris Muir (advisor: Leone Moyle), Casey McGrath (advisor: Mike Lynch) and Kristal Cain (advisor: Ellen Ketterson), have been awarded 2008 National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships.
  • A symposium honoring Gerald Gastony (emeritus) was held during the Botany 2008 meetings in Vancouver, entitled "From Gels to Genomics: The Evolving Landscape of Pteridology. A Celebration of Gerald Gastony's Contributions to Fern Evolutionary Biology."
  • Postdocs Patrick Curtis (Brun lab) and Xiang Gao (Lynch lab) were awarded NIH NRSA postdoctoral fellowships.
  • Ke Hu has been awarded a Beckman Young Investigator Award from the Beckman Foundation.
  • Gregory Velicer and colleague in Current Biology: Isolation by distance in the spore-forming soil bacterium Myxococcus xanthus. [ article summary ]

2007 and Earlier

  • Pat Foster has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Election to the Academy recognizes excellence, originality, and creativity in the microbiological sciences.
  • Graduate student Qian Niu and Joel Ybe are breaking down Huntington's disease one protein at a time, in the Journal of Molecular Biology. [ JMB abstract | press release ]
  • IU Biology faculty members Thom Kaufman, Mike Wade, and Mimi Zolan have been selected to become fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. [ press release ]
  • IU Biologists Thom Kaufman and Matthew Hahn are among the many coauthors in Nature's special issue on Drosophila biology, genomics and evolution. [ press release ]
  • Armin Moczek has been awarded $540,000 by the National Science Foundation to continue his research into the evolutionary developmental genetics of horned beetles. [ press release ]
  • Ellen Ketterson, Joel McGlothlin (former grad student) and Jodie Jawor (former postdoctoral researcher) in the American Naturalist: Testosterone turns male juncos into blustery hunks—and bad dads. [ IU press release | AmNat press release ]
  • One of our Biology advisors for undergraduates, Anna Bednarski, has been selected as an Outstanding Professional Advisor for the Indiana Academic Advising Network (IAAN).
  • The acquisition by Tuli Mukhopadhyay and Bogdan Dragnea of a new 300 kV field emission Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) from JEOL distinguishes Indiana University as a major U.S. research facility where scientists can examine both biological and materials science structures at nanoscale resolution. [ press release ]
  • The Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index survey ranks the IU Biology program in Plant Biology second in the country, and the IU Biology program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology as third in the country. As a whole, IU ranked 10th among public universities. [ press release ]
  • Matthew Hahn and colleagues features in the Science news: "Evolutionary Sprint Made Us Human"
    [ Science Article | Genetics Abstract ]
  • The U.S. Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute has accepted a proposal by Yves Brun to sequence the genome of six bacterial to study their potential for bioremediation of toxic compounds in water sources. [ press release ]
  • Yaniv Branvain, Michael Barker (graduate students), and Mike Wade in Science: Mitochondrial genes move to the nucleus -- but it's not for the sex. [ press release | abstract ]
  • Matt Hahn, Jeff Demuth (postdoc) and colleagues featured in the Science news: "Relative Differences: The Myth of 1%". [ press release | Science article ]
  • Roger Hangarter has been named the Class of 1968 Chancellor's Professor in recognition of his achievements in the lab as well as in the classroom.
  • Matthew Hahn, Jeff Demuth and colleagues, on the cover of Science: Evolutionary and Biomedical Insights from the Rhesus Macaque Genome. [ abstract ]
  • J. Ade, B. DeYoung, C. Golstein (all postdocs in the Innes lab) and Roger Innes in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: Indirect activation of a plant NBS-LRR protein by a bacterial protease. Insights from this work may enable scientists to transfer disease resistance traits from one plant species to another, even when these plant species are very distantly related. [ abstract ]
  • Yves Brun and colleagues' discovery of nature's strongest glue produced by the bacterium Caulobacter crescentus was selected as one of the Top 2006 Stories in Science by the online science magazine The Future of Things. The discovery was also highlighted by the National Science Foundation in their "Discovery 2006: Year in Review".
  • Yves Brun and colleague Jay Tang from Brown University have received a $1.25 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the mechanisms of bacterial adhesion to surfaces, including the biosynthesis of the Caulobacter crescentus adhesive holdfast, the strongest known glue of biological origin.
  • Ke Hu and colleagues in Science: Differential Transmission of Action Motion Within Focal Adhesions. [ abstract ]
  • Greg Demas, graduate student Tim Grieves and colleagues: Kisspeptin hormone signals mating season. [ press release | Washington Post coverage | Endocrinology preprint download ]
  • Matthew Hahn, postdoc Jeff Demuth and colleagues, in Public Library of Science ONE: Human-chimp difference may be bigger. [ article | press release ]
  • Matthew Hahn, postdoc Jeff Demuth and colleagues, in Public Library of Science ONE: Human-chimp difference may be bigger. [ press release | article ]
  • Armin Moczek, graduate student T.E. Cruickshank, and undergraduate T. A. Shelby have presented a surprise function of beetle horns. [ Nature news piece | press release | AmNat abstract | Evolution abstract ]
  • Our newest EEB faculty member, Jim Goodson, and colleague, in PNAS: Groups And Grumps: Study Identifies 'Sociality' Neurons. [ abstract | press release ]
  • Beth Raff, Rudy Raff, Rudi Turner and colleagues in Science: Cellular and Subcellular Structure of Neoproterozoic Animal Embryos. [ press release ]
  • NSF has awarded David Kehoe, and George Weinstock of the Baylor College of Medicine, over $550,000 to sequence the entire genome of the cyanobacterium Fremyella diplosiphon, a prokaryote that has color vision. [ press release ]
  • Richie Madewell, an undergraduate student working with Armin Moczek, has won the annual Genesis Award for the best undergraduate poster presentation at the Annual Animal Behavior Society meetings in Snowbird, Utah.
  • Jennifer Wagner, Yves Brun and colleagues in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: A nutrient uptake role for bacterial cell envelope extensions. [ press release | abstract | commentary ]
  • Carl Bauer has been awarded a MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) grant by the National Institutes of Health, which will provide up to $5 million in research funding over the next ten years. [ press release | IDS article ]
  • The spring 2006 issue of the IU publication Teaching and Learning highlights Biology faculty Matthew Hahn, Leonie Moyle, Mike Wade, and adjuncts Frederika Kaestle, Vicky Meretsky, among others. [ T&L issue ]
  • Gregory Velicer and colleagues in PNAS: Comprehensive mutation identification in an evolved bacterial cooperator and its cheating ancestor. [ article ]
  • Gregory Velicer, Nicco Yu and colleagues on the cover of Nature: Evolution of an obligate social cheater to a superior cooperator. [ abstract | news and views commentary | podcast ]
  • The spring 2006 issue of the IU publication Research and Creative Activity , "On the Human Condition", highlights Biology faculty Greg Demas, Ellen Ketterson, Michael Lynch, and Rod Suthers, among others. [ RCA issue ]
  • Jared Strasburg (postdoc in the Rieseberg lab) in Nature: Large highways can seriously impede genetic exchange in large vertebrates. [ full text (requires subscription) ]
  • Whitney Schlegel, Heather Reynolds, Briana Gross (graduate student) and colleagues have been awarded the 2006 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Leadership Grant ($30,000). The grant will develop and test a novel model of cross-disciplinary service-learning, promote new and integrative models for assessing student learning, and foster the development of learning communities that bring together faculty, students, and the Bloomington community. [ SoTL award ]
  • Loren Rieseberg, Troy Wood (graduate student), and Eric Baack (postdoc) in Nature: Plant species are just as easily categorized as animal species. [ press release | editor's summary | abstract ]
  • Yves Brun and colleagues in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science: Nature's strongest glue could be used as a medical adhesive. [ abstract ]
  • IU's EEB program ranked eighth in the nation, IU's biological sciences programs overall rise to 32nd. [ press release ]
  • Beth Raff, Rudy Raff, Jeff Villinski, Rudy Turner and colleagues in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science: Fossilized sea urchin embryos tell story of Earth's earliest animals. [ press release ]
  • Thomas Danhorn (graduate student), Clay Fuqua, and colleagues in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science: Quorum sensing and motility mediate interactions between Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Agrobacterium tumefaciens in biofilm co-cultures. [ abstract ]
  • Lauren Young, a graduate student working with Heather Reynolds, is one of two 2006 recipients of the Ecological Society of America Graduate Student Policy Award. She will be going to Capitol Hill in March to learn first hand about federal funding and its impact on the sciences.
  • Saul Nava, a graduate student working with Emilia Martins, was awarded a National Institute of Health (NIH) Predoctoral Fellowship.
  • Lina Li, a graduate student working with David Kehoe, was one of 20 life sciences graduate students world-wide who was invited to speak at the 4th International Student Seminar of the 21st Century Center of Excellence Program at Kyoto University, Japan.
  • Tim Greives, a graduate student in the Demas lab, was awarded an Indiana Academy of Science research grant.
  • Mike Lynch discussed in the New York Times: From Bacteria to Us: What Went Right When Humans Started to Evolve?
    [ article ]
  • Daniel Kearns and Richard Losick on the cover of Genes and Development: Cell population heterogeneity during growth of Bacillus subtilis. [ article ]
  • Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos (postdoctoral researcher) and M.A. Noor in Science: Evidence for a one-allele assortative mating locus. [ article ]
  • Matthew Hahn and colleagues in Public Library of Science Biology: Selection on a Neural Gene Regulator Sheds Light on Human Evolution. [ article | synopsis | Science Commentary ]
  • Mimi Zolan discussed biological science as a career on JobTraks during the week of Nov 28, 2005. JobTracks is a radio program for high schoolers about careers and professions, which is produced by the IU Division of Broadcast & Electronic Media. JobTraks is also available as a podcast on iTunes.
  • Armin Moczek on the November 2005 cover of Bioscience: The Evolution of Novelties, or How Beetles Got Their Horns.
  • Gregory Velicer and colleague in PLoS Biology: Exploitative and hierarchical antagonism in a cooperative bacterium. [ synopsis | article ]
  • Keith Clay and Jeff Palmer are among the 2005 class of fellows who will be inducted into the American Association for the Advancement of Science during the annual AAAS meeting 0n February 18, 2006. They will join other AAAS fellows on the IU Biology faculty, including: Howard Gest, Curt Lively, Mike Lynch, Val Nolan, and Loren Rieseberg. [ press release ]
  • Roger Hangarter's sLowlife exhibit is on display at the US Botanic Garden Conservatory in Washington, D.C. from October 27, 2005 through March 26, 2005. [ press release ]
  • Roger Hangarter and documentarian Samuel Orr have been awarded first prize by Science Magazine and the NSF for their short video about Brood X cidadas. [ press release | movie ]
  • Keith Clay, Jenny Holah, and Jennifer Rudgers in PNAS: Herbivores cause a rapid increase in hereditary symbiosis and alter plant community composition. [ abstract ]
  • Matthew Hahn and colleagues in Public Library of Science Biology: Genomic Islands of Speciation in Anopheles gambiae. [ Nature commentary | article ]
  • Roger Hangarter and his time-lapse movies are featured in the Spring issue of the IU Research and Creative Activity Magazine [article], as well as the 22 May issue of the Herald Times. [ RCA article ]
  • Lynda Delph and Jeff Palmer have been awarded Guggenheim Fellowships for the coming year (2005-2006).
  • Roger Hangarter is creating a video from his plant and plant cell movies that will accompany a dance choreographed by Iris Rosa, director of the African American Dance Company, entitled "Rooted, Grounded and Manifested". The dance will be part of a show being put on by the IU African American Arts Institute on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at the Buskirk Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington.
  • Roger Hangarter, Roger Innes, and Loren Rieseberg take on genetic modification's thorny issues. [ article ]
  • Michael Lynch has been awarded the title of Distinguished Professor. [ article ]
  • Jennifer Wagner (graduate student in the Brun lab) had her paper in the Journal of Bacteriology featured on the cover of the second January 2005 issue (187(2):544-53). [ cover | article ]
  • Indiana University will use $53 million Lilly Endowment grant to boost life sciences in Indiana. [ press release ]
  • Thom Kaufman was awarded the 2005 George W. Beadle Award by the Genetics Society of America for outstanding contributions to the community of genetics researchers. [ profile ]
  • Cook Inc. and IU develop innovative internship program. [ press release ]
  • Jeff Mower (graduate student), Sasa Stefanovic (postdoc), Greg Young (graduate student), and Jeff Palmer (distinguished professor) in Nature: Gene exchange between species is aided by parasitism. [ press release ]
  • Curt Lively was elected as a Fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. [ press release ]
  • Loren Rieseberg and five colleagues were awarded a $5.5 million, three-year grant (estimated) by the National Science Foundation to identify some of the key genes that cause lettuce, sunflower, thistle, knapweed, and several other crops and weeds in the sunflower family to differ from their wild ancestors. [ press release ]
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