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2016

  • The Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research awarded Translational Research Pilot Grants to Rich Hardy, Cheng KaoArmin Moczek, Dean Rowe-Magnus, and Mike WadeThe center works with IUB researchers to identify discoveries that hold commercial potential. [ IU news release ]
  • Developmental Biology cover article is "Two temporal functions of Glass: Ommatidium patterning and photoreceptor differentiation" by Xulong Liang, Simpla Mahato, Chris Hemmerich, and Andy Zelhof.  Liang (graduate student) and Mahato (research associate) are in Associate Professor Zelhof's lab; Hemmerich is a research associate with the IU Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics. [ article ]
  • Professor Armin Moczek and his former postdoctoral research associate Teiya Kijimoto have significantly advanced understanding of the genetic pathways controlling the appearance of different physical traits in the same species depending on nutritional conditions experienced during development. Their work is reported in PNAS. [ IU news release | abstract ]
  • A study—led by Professor David Kehoe and conducted by Ph.D. student Joseph Sanfilippo and former Ph.D. student Animesh Shukla (both in Kehoe Lab) in collaboration with researchers in the United States and France—is the first to show how a process that improves light capture in marine cyanobacteria is regulated. [ IU news release | abstract ]
  • "Scaling laws predict global microbial diversity" article in PNAS by Associate Professor Jay Lennon and postdoc Kenneth Locey (Lennon Lab) discusses largest-ever analysis of microbial data, revealing ecological law that concludes 99.999 percent of species remain undiscovered. [ IU news release | article ]
  • Sophomore Hannah Busey (Moczek Lab) has been named a 2016-17 Goldwater Scholar, a designation that recognizes outstanding college sophomores and juniors who have shown great promise in math, science, or engineering. [ IU news release ]
  • IU Science at Work blog highlights Lia Bobay's (SPEA) Sustainability Scholars research project, "Impact of annual variation in winter weather on differential migration," mentored by postdoctoral research associate Adam Fudickar (Ketterson Lab) and Distinguished Professor Ellen Ketterson. [ article | migration project ]
  • Professor Emeritus Paul Mahlberg, a prominent cannabis researcher, weighs in on the virtues of hemp in a NUVO article exploring the possibility of Indiana becoming a leader in sustainability through hemp. [ article ]
  • Grand Challenge finalists to make public presentations at IUPUI (Apr 26) and IU Bloomington (May 2). Distinguished Professor Ellen Ketterson is team leader for one of the five final proposals: "Preparing for Change: Sustaining Nature’s Assets, Public Health, and Human Well-Being." [ IU news release | video | Inside INdiana Business article ]
  • Journal of Neurophysiology editor-in-chief and a guest expert engage graduate student Sarah Keesom and Associate Professor Laura Hurley in a discussion about their recent work on whether serotonergic fluctuations in sensory regions reflect variation within a context like opposite-sex interaction. Keesom and Hurley's article "Socially induced serotonergic fluctuations in the male auditory midbrain correlate with female behavior during courtship" appears in the journal. [ podcast | article ]
  • As the inaugural recipient of the Hermann J. Muller Award for Contributions to Our Understanding of Genes and Society, leading geneticist and neuropsychologist Dr. Nancy Wexler will deliver her lecture “Mendel, Muller, Morgan, Mom, and me: an ever-expanding voyage of discovery" on Apr. 25 during the award ceremony. Wexler, whose research led to the identification of the Huntington’s disease gene, is president of the Hereditary Disease Foundation and Higgins Professor of Neuropsychology in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. [ IU news release ]
  • Professor Armin Moczek to co-lead an $8.7 million grant on evolutionary development: Moczek, Distinguished Professor Mike Wade, and IU colleagues will receive $1.25 million to lead three of 22 projects that span nearly 50 scientists at eight institutions in the United States, Great Britain, and Sweden. [ IU news release ]
  • Distinguished Professor Mike Wade explores the role of interaction in evolution in his new book Adaptation in Metapopulations: How Interaction Changes Evolution. [ book jacket ]
  • Congratulations to EEB graduate student Emma Oshrin (Reynolds Lab), winner of the best student poster at the 2016 Society for Ecological Restoration, Great Lakes Chapter Conference.  The title of her poster was "Co-occurring invasive plant species effects on plant community dynamics."
  • Distinguished Professor Roger Hangarter will be among those honored for excellence in teaching, research, and service to the university on Apr. 8 at the 2016 Celebration of Distinguished Teaching dinner. [ IU news release ]
  • Associate Professor Rich Phillips is a member of the NASA-led team that has developed a way to detect the presence of underground forest fungi by using satellite images. This information may help researchers predict how climate change will alter forest habitats. [ news release | abstract ]
  • Congratulations to EEB graduate students Elizabeth George (Rosvall Lab and Luke Henry (Newton and Clay labs), winners of 2016 NSF GRFP "predoc" fellowships.
  • EEB graduate student Brian Steidinger (Bever Lab) won the 2015 JBS Haldane Early Career Researcher Award, which recognizes the best paper in the BES journal Functional Ecology written by an author at the start of his/her career. [ winner announcement ]
  • Assistant Professor Erik Ragsdale has received NSF funding to identify the genetic mechanism that makes up a "switch" allowing some genetically identical species to develop strikingly different physical characteristics based on their environment—a phenomenon known as "polyphenism." [ IU news release ]
  • Congratulations to EEB graduate students Mikus Abolins-Abols (Ketterson Lab), Natalie Christian (Clay Lab), and Jamie Kostyun (Moyle Lab), winners of 2016 NSF DDIG awards. Natalie also won a Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Student Fellowship. Two EEB PhD students have recently won prestigious postdoctoral fellowships from NSF. Congratulations to Dean Castillo (Moyle Lab) and Delia Shelton (Martins Lab).
  • Luke Flory (former postdoc, Clay Lab), Professor Keith Clay, and colleagues have identified fungal pathogens that may suppress the spread of Microstegium vimineum—an aggressive, invasive grass commonly referred to as Japanese stilt grass. [ news release | article ]
  • Professor Armin Moczek and Karen Innes (Associate Executive Director, WonderLab) have been awarded an Ostrom Foundation grant in support of their project, "Institutionalizing K-12 Science Outreach in South-Central Indiana and Beyond: Resource development, teacher training, and mentoring the next generation of principal investigators."
  • The National Science Foundation invited IU Biology graduate student and NSF research fellow Lekeah Durden (Clay Lab/Bever Lab) to share insight into her research, why she chose a science career, and why she's proud of her work. [ article/profile | IU science blog ]
  • Genetics highlights the classic 1943 paper "Mutations of bacteria from virus sensitivity to virus resistance" by Salvador Edward Luria and Max Delbrück in its February 2016 issue as the journal celebrates its centennial.  Luria received the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (with Delbrück and Alfred Hershey) for discoveries made while working at IU (1943-50). His research exemplifies the long and rich history of genetics at IU. [ centennial article | IU science blog ]
  • Professors Leonie Moyle and Matthew Hahn, along with former IU graduate student James Pease and postdoc David Haak, examine the complex genomic changes that accompany rapid speciation among wild tomatoes. Their study was published in PLoS Biology. [ IU news release | article ]
  • IU Biology alumna Heather Bleakley (Stonehill College) to present Joan Wood Lecture on Mar. 2.  [ IU news release ]
  • Professor Roger Innes; postdocs Sang-Hee Kim, Dong Qi, and Tom Ashfield; and graduate student Matthew Helm have modified a plant gene that normally fights bacterial infection to confer resistance to a virus as well as diseases caused by fungi, oomycetes, and nematode worms. The method is described in their paper in Science. [ IU news release | article ]
  • Roger Hangarter has been promoted to distinguished professor, the highest academic rank within IU. [ IU news release ]
  • Professor Patricia Foster is the principal investigator and senior author on a study finding that a "gap in the armor" of DNA may allow an enzyme to trigger cancer-causing mutations. Also contributing to the study from IU Biology is Research Associate Jesse Townes. [ IU news release | article ]
  • Alumnus and former Holland Fellow Antiño Allen was named a 2016 Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. [ article (pg. 14) ]
  • Professor Rich Hardy is among IU experts called upon to comment on the risk posed by the Zika virus. [ IU news release ]
  • The Hu lab has published an article "An ensemble of specifically targeted proteins stabilizes cortical microtubules in the human parasite Toxoplasma gondii" in Molecular Biology of the Cell.  The work was led by Assistant Scientist Jun Liu and undergraduate student Phoebe (Yudou) He (co-first authors) and is featured as the cover of the Feb 1 issue of MBoC. [ cover | article ]
  • Graduate student Rachel Samson and Professor Steve Bell have published an article, "Mechanism of archaeal MCM helicase recruitment to DNA replication origins,” in Molecular Cell in which they describe the molecular basis of one of the very first steps in the initiation of DNA replication. [ article ]
  • Distinguished Professor Ellen Ketterson is team leader for the IU Grand Challenges research program proposal, "Preparing for Change: Sustaining Nature's Assets, Public Health, and Human Well-Being," Her team's was one of the five proposals selected for development into full proposals due in April. Announcement of the one or two to be funded is expected in June. [ IU news release ]
  • Professor Jeff Palmera world-renowned expert on plant molecular evolution and phylogeny, has been awarded the McClintock Prize for Plant Genetics and Genome Studies for his fundamental contributions to the understanding of genome structure, function, and evolution. [ IU news release ]
  • Professor Armin Moczek has been named a 2015 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a distinction that recognizes outstanding contributions to the progress of science and research. [ IU news release ]

2015

  • Development officer Kathy Wyss was among the university's 2015 Staff Merit Award recipients praised by Provost Lauren Robel. [ Inside IU Bloomington article ]
  • Professor Mike Lynch and postdoctoral researcher Georgi Marinov co-authored 'The bioenergetic costs of a gene,' reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, describing for the first time how much total energy is needed to build and maintain a cell and how this scales with cell size. [ IU news release | abstract ]
  • Graduate student Nikki Rendon (Demas Lab)—as lead author of an article in the Proceedings of the Royal Academy B—discusses a hormonal mechanism in hamsters that connects short winter days with increased aggression in females. It differs from the mechanism that controls the same response in males. [ IU news release | article | Discover magazine blog ]
  • Research Associates Anna Macagno and Oliver Beckers and Professor Armin Moczek on the cover of the Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: 'Differentiation of early ovarian development and the evolution of fecundity in rapidly diverging exotic beetle populations.' [ article | cover ]
  • Professors Rudy and Elizabeth Raff were presented the Distinguished Career Award while attending the 2015 Geological Society of America meeting in Baltimore Nov. 1-4. The award from the Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division of the organization was given for the Raffs' outstanding contributions to geobiosciences. [ announcement | IU science blog ]
  • Doctoral student Jessica Hite (Hall lab) is "fusing public art and science to not only provide an essential breeding habitat for Chimney Swifts but also engage multiple groups in environmental outreach and education, and to contribute to long-term local and national monitoring programs of these birds." Support for Hite's "Swifts in the City" project comes from an Elinor Ostrom Program Grant for which Hite applied and was awarded. [ IU news release | Herald-Times article ]
  • Members of the Department of Biology extend their condolences to the family of George Hudock, associate professor emeritus of biology, who passed away on January 24, 2015.
  • McKinlay lab members—Tim Kremer, Breah LaSarre, Amanda Posto, and Jake McKinlay—have a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describing an efficient bacterial process for ethanol production that uses nitrogen gas instead of industrial fertilizers. [ IU news release | article ]
  • A team of IU microbiologists (Yves Brun, Daniel Kearns, Sidney Shaw, and Malcolm Winkler) and chemists (Stephen Jacobson and Michael Van Nieuwenhze) have been awarded a major $3.4 million collaborative grant by the National Institutes of Health to develop new reagents and methods to study the bacterial cell wall, the main target for the design of new antibiotics. [ IU news release ]
  • The David Starr Jordan Prize for innovative contributions to the study of evolution, ecology, population, and organismal biology will be awarded to Daniel I. Bolnick, professor of integrative biology at the University of Texas at Austin, during a ceremony at IU in Jordan Hall A100 on March 2 at 4:00 p.m.  Bolnick will present a lecture. [ IU news release ]
  • Indiana University has promoted Craig Pikaard to distinguished professor, the highest academic rank the university can bestow upon its faculty. [ IU news release ]
  • World-renowned virologist Susana López, a professor of genetics and molecular biology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s Institute of Biotechnology, will present the 34th Joan Wood Lecture on March 11 at 4pm in Myers Hall 130. [ IU news release ]
  • Honey bees may be one example of an animal microbiome where mom does not know best and bacterial transmission is social, not maternal, according to Assistant Professor Irene Garcia Newton and colleagues in their "Characterization of the honey bee microbiome throughout the queen-rearing process" paper published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Listen to the Indiana Public Media "Earth Eats" interview of Newton about her research. [ IU news release | Indiana Public Media | abstract ]
  • The Animal Behavior Society announced that Professor Greg Demas has been elected a Fellow of the society. The award will be presented at the 2015 meeting in Anchorage. [ ABS newsletter ]
  • On the cover of Bioessays: graduate students Chao Jiang and Paul Caccamo with Professor Yves Brun on the evolutionary cell biology of bacterial morphogenesis. [ abstract ]
  • Evie Rynkiewicz (recent doctoral student), Chris Hemmerich and Douglas Rusch (Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics), and Professors Clay Fuqua and Keith Clay investigated the bacterial community composition of ticks and their shared rodent host to quantify bacterial diversity and concordance. Their results appear in Molecular Ecology. [ abstract ]
  • IU Biology students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants, and College Dissertation Completion Fellowship. [ list of recipients ]
  • Biology undergraduate Radhika Agarwal (Brun lab) has been chosen to receive the Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. The award recognizes undergraduates who collaborate on or spearhead excellent or original academic work. [ IU news release ]
  • "Wolbachia utilize host actin for efficient maternal transmission in Drosophila melanogaster" by Assistant Professor Irene Garcia Newton, technician Oleksandr Savytskyy, and research associate Kathy Sheehan has been published in PLOS Pathogens. [ article ]
  • Professor David Kehoe and colleagues Lin Li and Kevin Mandernack (IUPUI Earth Sciences) have been awarded an IU Collaborative Research Grant for their project, "Developing remote sensing techniques for detection of toxin-producing cyanobacteria." [ IU news release ]
  • Congratulations to professors Steve Bell and David Kehoe who have been elected Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology, the honorific wing of the American Society for Microbiology. [ IU news release | 2015 AAM Fellows ]
  • Biology students Radhika Agarwal, Leslie Lundewall, and Emma Winkler were among the outstanding IU Bloomington undergraduates recognized for exceptional achievement during the annual Founders Day Honors Convocation.  Winkler was the student speaker at the event. [ IU news release ]
  • IU news release 'Long-term study on ticks reveals shifting migration patterns, disease risks' features Professor Keith Clay and former doctoral student Evie Rynkiewicz's research. [ IU news release | 'IU Big News' blog ]
  • Graduate student Erkin Kuru, Professor Yves Brun, and collaborators have published an article in Nature Communications on the discovery of a peptidoglycan cell wall in Planctomycetes. The discovery ends a long-standing debate and has important implications for research on the evolution of prokaryotes and eukaryotes. [ article ]
  • Faculty members Spencer Hall, Justin Kumar, and Jake McKinlay have each received the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award.  The award is presented to recognize and enhance excellent teaching at the university. 
  • 'Bub3 promotes Cdc20-dependent activation of the APC/C in S. cerevisiae' by graduate student Yang Yang, postdoc Dai Tsuchiya, and Assistant Professor Soni Lacefield has been published in the Journal of Cell Biology. In the paper, they demonstrate that Bub3 has an unexpected role promoting metaphase progression in budding yeast. Their work was highlighted in the biobytes podcast for the journal. Listen to the interview of Lacefield on the podcast (starts at 11:07). [ article ]
  • 'A new quorum sensing system (TprA/PhrA) for Streptococcus pneumoniae D39 that regulates a lantibiotic biosynthesis gene cluster'—authored by IU Biology researchers Amilcar Perez, Tiffany Ho-Ching Tsui, Dhriti Sinha, and Malcolm Winkler along with Dave Smiley and Richard DiMarchi (IU Chemistry) and UCLA colleagues—has been published in Molecular Microbiology. The paper attracted a MicroCommentary on its importance. [ article | MicroCommentary ]
  • U.S. News and World Report features undergraduate Sarah Cummins' research in "Many skin bacteria are dead or inactive, study finds." Cummins is a member of the Lennon Lab. [ article | ASM release ]
  • Findings made by Irene Newton’s lab about Wolbachia genomes and the intracellular bacterium's adaptability to its host are featured in the July 2015 issue of Nature Reviews Microbiology. [ article ]
  • Professor Jeff Palmer led the study that discovered the first known instance of a plant or animal lacking several key genes involved in energy production in cells. Palmer, postdoc Elizabeth Skippington, research associate Danny Rice, and colleague Todd Barkman (W. Mich. Univ. at Kalamazoo) reported in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the parasitic plant Viscum scurruloideum, a species of mistletoe, has the apparent ability to survive and thrive without several genes involved in the primary energy-producing pathway of oxygen-respiring organisms. [ IU news release | abstract ]
  • Chao Jiang's (Brun lab) dissertation, “Evolution of Bacterial Morphology and Beyond,” has been selected as a winner of the Esther L. Kinsley Ph.D. Dissertation Award for 2015, the highest honor for research that IU bestows upon its graduate students. 
  • A gift of over $4.6 million to the College of Arts & Sciences from alumnus Larry Blatt (a pioneering virologist and founder of Alios BioPharma Inc.) will fund an array of new and ongoing endowments, including $2 million to endow a virology chair in the Department of Biology and $500,000 for the Milton Taylor Fellowship, initially created by Blatt in 2000 in honor of his mentor, Professor Emeritus Milton Taylor. [ IU news release ]
  • An evolutionary war between microorganisms affects human health according to Assistant Scientist Farrah Bashey-Visser in her recent article in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. [ IU news release | article ]
  • Kevin Cook, Thom KaufmanKathy Matthews, Annette Parks, and colleagues are co-authors on "Safeguarding gene drive experiments in the laboratory" in Science, urging caution in experiments driving genes into natural and laboratory populations. [ article ]
  • Professor Armin Moczek and co-authors in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B"The extended evolutionary synthesis: its structure, assumptions, and predictions." This publication has been selected by the editors of the Proceedings as a "Darwin Review," a once-a-year publication judged to be of "...very high interest to the whole diverse readership of Proceedings B, often being of particular relevance to strategic growth areas, importance to policy makers, and having a bearing on the public that fund our science."
    [ IU news release | article | Royal Society press release ]
  • From labs to fields, IU students and faculty are working to save honey bees.  IU's "Keepers of the Bees" story includes honey bee studies by Assistant Professor Irene Newton and her graduate students Freddy Lee and Kayla Miller and features long-time beekeeper Professor Emeritus George Hegeman. Also featured is the IU Beekeeping Club, for which Newton serves as the faculty advisor. [ IU story | Newton video | Hegeman video ]
  • Professor Emeritus David Dilcher and colleagues in Europe have identified a 125 million- to 130 million-year-old freshwater plant as one of earliest flowering plants on Earth. [ IU news release | IU Big News | NY Times ]
  • Amilcar Perez (Winkler Lab) won a best poster award for graduate students for his work on functional and genetic relationships of essential cell division proteins in Stretptococcus pneumoniae at the annual Midwest Microbial Pathogenesis Conference (MMPC) held in Indianapolis from August 28-30, 2015, and attended by over 260 scientists.
  • Congratulations to the presentation award winners at the IU Department of Biology's 2015 Microbiology Retreat. Poster awards went to Yen-Pang Hsu and Amelia Randich (Brun Lab) and to Madeline Danforth, Jack Ryan, and Jiaqi Zheng (Winkler Lab). Seminar awards went to Liz Czerwinski (Bauer Lab) and AJ Snyder (Danthi Lab).
  • Postdoc Cris Ledón-Rettig (Moczek Lab) and coauthors in Nature Reviews Genetics: "Eco-Evo-Devo: developmental symbiosis and developmental plasticity as evolutionary agents.” [ article ]
  • Professor Armin Moczek, former postdoc Emilie Snell-Rood, and colleagues contribute to special issue on developmental plasticity and evolution in Heredity. [ special issue | contributed manuscripts ]
  • Professor Craig Pikaard has been awarded the 2015 Martin Gibbs Medal from the American Society of Plant Biologists, one of the highest honors in plant biology. The medal is presented biennially to an individual who has pioneered advances that have served to establish new directions of investigation in the plant sciences. [ announcement ]
  • Graciela A. Unguez—an expert in nerve and muscle regeneration and professor of biology at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces—will deliver the sixteenth James P. Holland Memorial Lecture on Oct. 5. [ IU news release | Holland Lecture web page ]
  • Postdoc Eduardo Zattara (Moczek Lab) has been awarded the 2015 Gill Image Award for his image titled "Pre-metamorphic horned beetle brain." [ image | image description ]
  • Professor Greg Demas is co-author on a study that found that sexual activity (even outside the window of ovulation) causes immune system changes which increase chances of conception. The results could eventually influence recommendations for couples trying to get pregnant and could also potentially impact treatment for people with autoimmune disorders. [ IU news release ]
  • Professor Patricia Foster, Professor Haixu Tang, and colleagues have found that forces in the external environment and oxidation are the greatest threats to an organism’s ability to repair damage to its own DNA. The results are reported in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [ IU news release | article ]
  • On Oct. 16, more than 150 local high school students served as citizen scientists to monitor stream health as part of the Hoosier Riverwatch program. Lecturer Tara Darcy-Hall was one of several adult volunteers aiding the students with the project. [ article ]
  • IU seeks to inspire future scientists with second annual Science Fest on Sat., Oct. 24. Activities for all ages. Free and open to public.  [ IU news release | Biology Science Fest page ]
  • A photograph taken by graduate student Michael Boersma (Winkler lab) appears on the cover of the Journal of Bacteriology, vol. 197, no. 21, Nov. 2015. The photograph, which accompanies a paper on pages 3472-3485, shows peptidoglycan synthesis patterns in cells of encapsulated Streptococcus pneumoniae growing in a biofilm model of colonization on a stratum of human host epithelial cells. [ cover | article ]
  • Professor Keith Clay was quoted in Delaware Public Media iSeeChange article 'The Lone Star Tick.' [ article ]

2014

  • IDS spotlights IU student Audrey Brinkers, a biology major interested in sustainable agriculture who founded the IU Bloomington Campus Gardens Initiative. [ IDS article ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Yves Brun and his wife Julie Auger (French Linguistics) have both been awarded a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant. 
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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).
  • 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 ]
  • Armin Moczek and former Ph.D. student Matthew Stansbury's work shines light on Hox genes responsible for firefly lantern development. [ IU news release ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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) ]
  • Erkin Kuru (Brun lab) has been awarded a College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Year Fellowship.
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Distinguished Professor Ellen Ketterson has been awarded the distinction of American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow. [ IU news release ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Biology congratulates the departmental award recipients honored at a May 2, 2014, awards ceremony.  [ List of award recipients and slideshow of reception photos ]
  • 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) ]
  • 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' ]
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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.
  • 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 ]
  • Professor Matthew Hahn is the subject of a feature in Science magazine. [ feature ]
  • 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).
  • 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 ]
  • 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) ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Professor Emeritus Milton Taylor's new book, Viruses and Man: A History of Interactions, describes the impact of viruses on human society. [ Springer Link ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Professor Armin Moczek and colleagues in Nature: 'Does evolutionary theory need a rethink?' [ article ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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.
  • 'Last Lecture': Read thoughts by the late Albert Ruesink—an emeritus professor of biology—on faith, environmental ethics, and climate change. [ Inside IU Bloomington article ]
  • IU College of Arts & Sciences Luminaries program brings to campus biology alumnus Scott Hultgren, Ph.D. (B.A. '81). During his visit, Hultgren will present the Nov. 11 microbiology seminar. [ IU news release | microbiology seminar ]
  • "A social–ecological framework for 'micromanaging' microbial services" by Ariane Peralta, Associate Professor Jay Lennon, and colleagues is the cover article for the November issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. [ cover | article ]
  • Members of the Moczek Lab (Teiya Kijimoto, Emilie Snell-Rood, Melissa Pespeni, Armin Moczek) in collaboration with IU statisticians Karen Kafadar and Guilherme Rocha in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London examine "The nutritionally responsive transcriptome of the polyphenic beetle Onthophagus taurus and the importance of sexual dimorphism and body region." [ abstract/article ]
  • A new climate change modeling tool developed by postdoc Ben Sulman, Associate Professor Rich Phillips, and colleagues finds that carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere owing to greater plant growth from rising CO2 levels will be partially offset by changes in the activity of soil microbes that derive their energy from plant root growth. [ IU news release | article ]
  • Professor Matthew Hahn and colleagues have published two articles in Science on speciation and evolution in mosquitoes. Graduate student James Pease is co-first-author on one of them and graduate student Gregg Thomas contributed to the other. [ news coverage | cover ]
  • Graduate student Erkin Kuru, Professor Yves Brun, and collaborators have an article in Nature on a new mechanism for bacterial cell division that is regulated by phosphorylation. [ article ]
  • This Fri., Dec. 12, Biology professors Roger Hangarter and Yves Brun and colleagues will discuss their projects that earned each of their teams IU's Outstanding Faculty Collaborative Research Award. Presentations will be at 3:30pm in Woodburn 101; reception in Woodburn 200 after presentations. [ Research IUB news | invitation | IU news release ]
  • An image from Professor Greg Demas and graduate student Elizabeth Carlton’s article, "Ecoimmunology for psychoneuroimmunologists: Considering context in neuroendocrine–immune–behavior interactions," graces the cover of Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. [ cover | article ]
  • Beetle Mania: Indiana University Alumni Magazine covers Professor Armin Moczek, his research with beetles, and why beetles are a model system to
    learn more about various aspects of evolutionary developmental biology. [ IUAM cover | IUAM article ]

2013

  • Microbiology undergraduate Leah Palmer has been featured in the Office of Scholarships' January Scholar Spotlight. [ spotlight ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ]
  • Jim Bever is one of five IU Bloomington professors to be awarded the 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. [ press release | award profile ]
  • Jeff Palmer and team sequence tulip tree genome and discover 'molecular fossil' within. [ BBC 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.
  • American Scientist highlights the discovery by graduate student Erkin Kuru (Brun and VanNieuwenhze labs) of fluorescent tags that capture growth patterns in bacteria. [ article ]
  • Lecturer Rich Holdeman has been elected to the American Collegiate Hockey Association Hall of Fame. [ IDS article ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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.
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • IU Department of Biology ranks #2 among the Fall 2013 Top Graduate Biology Programs according to students. [ program rankings ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • "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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]

2012

  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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".
  • 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".
  • 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".
  • 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".
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Armin Moczek is featured on the new research website just released by Office for the Vice Provost for Research, research.iub.edu. [ feature article ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Yves Brun has been awarded a 4-year grant from the National Institutes of Health for his proposal "Control of bacterial morphology and differentiation"
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Michael Wade adds to 'nature vs. nurture' debate in 2012 Distinguished Faculty Research Lecture on April 5. [ press release ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Matthew Hahn, Keithanne Mockaitis, and colleagues on the cover of Genetics: 'Ecological genomics of Anopheles gambiae along a latitudinal cline.' [ article | commentary ]
  • 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.
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Armin Moczek and his collaboration with WonderLab and its Summer Science Institute inspire kids to love science. [ article | pdf ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Rudolf Raff has published the book Once We All Had Gills, exploring evolution and his experience becoming an evolutionary biologist. [ IU press ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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.
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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.
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Erkin Kuru, graduate student with Yves Brun and Michael VanNieuwenhze, is the Graduate and Professional Student Organization student of the month for November. [ 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 ]
  • Graduate student Velocity Hughes, Yves Brun, and collaborators in Cell discover general protein diffusion barriers that compartmentalize bacterial cells. [ article | preview | feature ]
  • 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 ]
  • Congratulations to Thom Kaufman who has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the University of Sapienza in Rome, Italy.

2011

  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Curt Lively has been awarded the title of Distinguished Professor. [ press release ]
  • 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 ]
  • Thom Kaufman, Peter Cherbas, Justen Andrews and colleagues in Nature: The developmental transcriptome of Drosophila melanogaster. [ abstract | news & views ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Visit our list of 2011 honors and awards announced at the Spring Reception.
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Pat Foster is interviewed in the National Public Radio piece "Study of Arsenic-Eating Microbes Finds Doubters" [ transcript and audio ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Jake McKinlay and colleague on the cover of Microbe: Harnessing Bacteria That Use Light To Produce Hydrogen. [ article ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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.
  • Marcy Kingsbury and colleagues on the cover of Science Translational Medicine: Lysophosphatidic acid signaling may initiate fetal hydrocephalus. [ abstract | Editor's Focus ]
  • 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) ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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.
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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.
  • 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 ]
  • 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.
  • 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 ]

2010

  • Mike Lynch and colleagues in Science: The rate and molecular spectrum of spontaneous mutations in Arabidopsis thaliana [ 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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.
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Velocity Hughes (graduate student), Yves Brun and colleagues in PNAS: Protein localization and dynamics within a bacterial organelle. [ abstract ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Featured in the Hoosier Times: IU’s Light Microscopy Imaging Center aiding researchers, drawing wows. [ LMIC | slideshow | article (pdf courtesy HT) ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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.
  • 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) ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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.
  • Visit our list of 2010 honors and awards announced at the Spring Reception.
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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.
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Wendy Taheri and Jim Bever in Applied Soil Ecology: Adaptation of plants and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to coal tailings in Indiana. [ press release ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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.
  • 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 ]
  • Justin Kumar has received a three-year award from the National Eye Institute to continue his studies on patterning events in Drosophila eye development.
  • Jim Bever and colleagues in Trends in Ecology and Evolution: Rooting theories of plant community ecology in microbial interactions. [ abstract ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Elizabeth Raff is profiled in Current Biology in a biographical Q&A. [ article ]
  • Loren Rieseberg's research on hybrid speciation is discussed in the New York Times article "Hybrids May Thrive Where Parents Fear to Tread". [ article ]
  • 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 ]
  • Leonie Moyle and Takuya Nakazato (Ph.D. '05) in Science: Hybrid Incompatibility "Snowballs" Between Solanum Species. [ abstract | Nature News feature ]
  • Mike Lynch in the PNAS: Scaling expectations for the time to establishment of complex adaptations. [ abstract ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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. »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Bill Niswander, carpenter for Biology for the past 30 years, has been awarded the 2010 IUB campus-wide Service Staff Merit Award.
  • Adam Zlotnick and Tuli Mukhopadhyay in Trends in Microbiology: Virus assembly, allostery and antivirals. [ abstract ]

2009

  • Visit our list of 2009 research honors and awards.
  • 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 ]
  • Brian Calvi and colleagues on the cover of Genes & Development: "Endocycling cells do not apoptose in response to DNA re-replication genotoxic stress." [ article ]
  • Francesco Catania and Mike Lynch in PLoS Biology: "Where Do Introns Come From?" [ abstract ]
  • 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 ]
  • David Kysela (Brun postdoc) has been awarded a NIH NSRA postdoctoral fellowship for his research on aging in bacteria.
  • Clay Fuqua has been awarded the 2009 American Society for Microbiology Indiana Branch Research Award.
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Joel Ybe and adjunct David Giedroc (Chemistry) have been granted $1.2 million from NIH for Huntington's disease research. [ press release ]
  • Curt Lively is featured in the same issue of Science, in the News Focus, addressing the origin of sexual reproduction. [ article ]
  • Curt Lively, Lynda Delph and colleagues in Current Biology: Parasitic worms make sex worthwhile.
    [ IU press release | abstract ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 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 ]
  • 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.
  • Rich Phillips has been awarded a grant from the USDA to study the effects of rhizosphere priming on soil nitrogen availability.
  • Joe Pomerening and colleagues in Science: "Robust, Tunable Biological Oscillations from Interlinked Positive and Negative Feedback Loops". [ article ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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.
  • The Department of Biology extends its deepest sympathies to the family of our former colleague, Karen Muskavitch, who passed away Monday, January 12, 2009
  • 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 Johanna Kolodziejski (Ph.D. '07), who passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2009.
  • The Department of Biology extends its deepest sympathies to the family of our colleague Mee-Rye Cha, who passed away Thursday, February 27, 2009.
  • Melanie Marketon runs the state's first select agent laboratory. [ IU press release ]
  • 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 ]
  • Leonie Moyle and colleague in Trends in Ecology & Evolution: Reproductive isolation grows on trees. [ abstract ]
  • Roger Hangarter and Sam Orr won an Emmy for their production of the PBS special "Natural Heritage of Indiana - Life in the Water"
  • 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 ]
  • Andy Zelhof has been awarded an American Cancer Society Research Scholar award.
  • 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 ]
  • Troy Wood, Naoki Takebayashi, Michael Barker, Loren Rieseberg and colleagues in PNAS: The frequency of polyploid speciation in vascular plants. [ abstract ]
  • Mike Lynch and colleagues in Science: Extensive, recent intron gains in Daphnia populations. [ abstract ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Weilong Hao (Palmer postdoc) and Jeff Palmer in PNAS: Fine-scale mergers of chloroplast and mitochondrial genes create functional, transcompartmentally chimeric mitochondrial genes. [ 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Xiang Gao (postdoc) and Michael Lynch in PNAS: Ubiquitous internal gene duplication and intron creation in eukaryotes. [ abstract ]
  • Wenli Li (grad student), Abe Tucker (postdoc), Michael Lynch and colleagues in Science: Extensive, recent intron gains in Daphnia populations. [ article | IU press release ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Pranav Danthi has been awarded a 2009 American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate Scientist Development Grant.
  • David Rollo is participating in the Clean Energy Ecology Forum held by the US Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. [ press release ]

2008

  • 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.
  • Greg Demas and Emilia Martins appear in the CCN.com headline article "Robotic squirrel helps decode animal behavior". [ article ]
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ke Hu has been awarded a Beckman Young Investigator Award from the Beckman Foundation.
  • Daniel Kearns and colleagues in Science: "A Molecular Clutch Disables Flagella in the Bacillus subtilis Biofilm". [ podcast | press release | article ]
  • Postdocs Patrick Curtis (Brun lab) and Xiang Gao (Lynch lab) were awarded NIH NRSA postdoctoral fellowships.
  • 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 ]
  • Gregory Velicer and colleague in Current Biology: Isolation by distance in the spore-forming soil bacterium Myxococcus xanthus. [ article summary ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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."
  • 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.

2007 and Earlier

  • 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 ]
  • Beth Raff, Rudy Raff, Rudi Turner and colleagues in Science: Cellular and Subcellular Structure of Neoproterozoic Animal Embryos. [ press release ]
  • 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 ]
  • One of our Biology advisors for undergraduates, Anna Bednarski, has been selected as an Outstanding Professional Advisor for the Indiana Academic Advising Network (IAAN).
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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.
  • Matthew Hahn, postdoc Jeff Demuth and colleagues, in Public Library of Science ONE: Human-chimp difference may be bigger. [ article | press release ]
  • Matthew Hahn and colleagues features in the Science news: "Evolutionary Sprint Made Us Human"
    [ Science Article | Genetics Abstract ]
  • 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.
  • Ke Hu and colleagues in Science: Differential Transmission of Action Motion Within Focal Adhesions. [ abstract ]
  • Matthew Hahn, postdoc Jeff Demuth and colleagues, in Public Library of Science ONE: Human-chimp difference may be bigger. [ press release | article ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Greg Demas, graduate student Tim Grieves and colleagues: Kisspeptin hormone signals mating season. [ press release | Washington Post coverage | Endocrinology preprint download ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Matt Hahn, Jeff Demuth (postdoc) and colleagues featured in the Science news: "Relative Differences: The Myth of 1%". [ press release | Science article ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Mike Lynch discussed in the New York Times: From Bacteria to Us: What Went Right When Humans Started to Evolve?
    [ article ]
  • Tim Greives, a graduate student in the Demas lab, was awarded an Indiana Academy of Science research grant.
  • Saul Nava, a graduate student working with Emilia Martins, was awarded a National Institute of Health (NIH) Predoctoral Fellowship.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • Gregory Velicer and colleague in PLoS Biology: Exploitative and hierarchical antagonism in a cooperative bacterium. [ synopsis | article ]
  • Roger Hangarter, Roger Innes, and Loren Rieseberg take on genetic modification's thorny issues. [ article ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Matthew Hahn, Jeff Demuth and colleagues, on the cover of Science: Evolutionary and Biomedical Insights from the Rhesus Macaque Genome. [ abstract ]
  • IU's EEB program ranked eighth in the nation, IU's biological sciences programs overall rise to 32nd. [ press release ]
  • Jared Strasburg (postdoc in the Rieseberg lab) in Nature: Large highways can seriously impede genetic exchange in large vertebrates. [ full text (requires subscription) ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Gregory Velicer and colleagues in PNAS: Comprehensive mutation identification in an evolved bacterial cooperator and its cheating ancestor. [ article ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Lynda Delph and Jeff Palmer have been awarded Guggenheim Fellowships for the coming year (2005-2006).
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Michael Lynch has been awarded the title of Distinguished Professor. [ article ]
  • 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.
  • 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 ]
  • 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 ]
  • Matthew Hahn and colleagues in Public Library of Science Biology: Genomic Islands of Speciation in Anopheles gambiae. [ Nature commentary | 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 ]
  • Keith Clay, Jenny Holah, and Jennifer Rudgers in PNAS: Herbivores cause a rapid increase in hereditary symbiosis and alter plant community composition. [ abstract ]
  • 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 ]
  • Our newest EEB faculty member, Jim Goodson, and colleague, in PNAS: Groups And Grumps: Study Identifies 'Sociality' Neurons. [ abstract | press release ]
  • Armin Moczek on the November 2005 cover of Bioscience: The Evolution of Novelties, or How Beetles Got Their Horns.
  • 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.
  • 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 ]
  • Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos (postdoctoral researcher) and M.A. Noor in Science: Evidence for a one-allele assortative mating locus. [ article ]
  • Daniel Kearns and Richard Losick on the cover of Genes and Development: Cell population heterogeneity during growth of Bacillus subtilis. [ article ]
  • 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.
  • Indiana University will use $53 million Lilly Endowment grant to boost life sciences in Indiana. [ 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 ]
  • Cook Inc. and IU develop innovative internship program. [ press release ]
  • 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.
  • Curt Lively was elected as a Fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. [ press release ]
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