On October 11th at 10 a.m. CST, Dr. Lukasz Ciesla will present an NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) seminar entitled Dietary Supplements and Neurological Resilience in Aging. Dr. Ciesla will talk about a major focus of his research, the potential of chemicals present in plants abundant in the human diet to increase neurological and cognitive resilience to aging. Download the seminar flyer for more information. Zoom meeting number: 161 487 8886Meeting passcode: ODSseminar (63773646 from phones)Audio connection: 1-669-254-5252 call-in […]
The Cambrian Explosion was a dramatic event during which almost all major animal groups emerged simultaneously, making it a challenge to reconstruct the relationships between different branches of the animal tree of life. To better understand the early evolution of Mollusca, the second most diverse group of animals, a new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences co-authored by Dr. Kevin Kocot and PhD candidate Meghan Yap-Chiongco in Department of Biological Sciences and Alabama Museum of Natural History […]
Drs. Christie Staudhammer, Carla Atkinson, Arial Shogren, Greg Starr, and Kaleb Heinrich have been awarded an NSF-RaMP grant. This is a $3 million grant to train postbaccalaureates in field ecology, targeting participants who have been traditionally under-represented in ecology and natural resources. The team will be recruiting 3 cohorts of 10 students for year-long training that will occur at our local NEON sites and the Jones Center at Ichauway in southwest Georgia, with integrated classroom exercises and workshops. Units will […]
It is with great sadness that we notify our alumni, faculty and staff, as well as the broader community, that our former Department Chair, Dr. Martha Powell, passed away on June 20th after battling a debilitating condition for a few years. Dr. Powell joined the department in 1997 and oversaw unprecedented growth in both student enrollment and faculty numbers during her time as chair. Under her leadership the department greatly expanded its research profile and her impact on our success is […]
Doctors Ciesla, Chtarbanova and Maitra were informed that NIH is funding their proposal. The project titled “Centella asiatica effects on neuroinflammatory responses in Drosophila models of acute inflammation and aging” is a two-year project with a total amount of $149,000. The project will help BENFRA Botanical Dietary Supplements Research Center at OHSU to investigate biological activity of a preparation they have formulated there. Data generated in this two-year project will lead to a subsequent R01 submitted together with OHSU. Project […]
Dr. Kevin Kocot has been notified that an NSF proposal he submitted with Dr. Sarah Gerken (University of Alaska Anchorage) has been selected for funding. This award is for $757K with Dr. Kocot’s share being $413K. This three-year award started this August. Details: NSF. Collaborative Research: ANT LIA Cumacean -Omics to Measure Mode of Adaptation to Antarctica (COMMAA) (total amount: $757,226). Kocot share: $413,773. Co-PI: Dr. Sarah Gerken (University of Alaska Anchorage). Timeframe: 8/15/2022 to 07/31/2026 (36 months). The overarching […]
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Dr. Heinrich and his team just received news that their proposal “Evolving the culture of biology: Promoting graduate teaching assistant professional development to foster inclusion, efficacy, and evidence-based practices” was funded by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education. The project focuses on developing training for graduate teaching assistants (TAs) to engage in intentional, inclusive, evidence-based teaching practices. Most undergraduates that begin college intending to earn a STEM degree drop out of their STEM programs before graduating. This may […]
Congratulations to Dr. Greg Starr who was selected as an Alabama Water Institute Distinguished Faculty Fellow! His fellowship will start August 16, 2022 and end August 15, 2025.
A new study in the journal npj Parkinson’s Disease co-authored by BSC PhD student Jenny Thies and Drs. Guy and Kim Caldwell has identified an enzyme in fatty acid production as a new target to help fight Parkinson’s Disease. Read UA News coverage of the paper and the paper itself. Congratulations to the Worm Shack!