News archive 2005-2006

Graduate student Shaw Gargis has received a Fulbright Scholarship and will spend a year studying and doing research at The University of Otago in New Zealand. (9/06)

Congratulations to the following faculty members for awards and special recognition:

Janis O’Donnell – Leadership Board Oustanding Commitment to Teaching, and College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Fellow.

Ron Hood – Fellow, Academy of Toxicological Sciences.

Martha Powell – Fellow, American Mycological Society.

Katrina Ramonell and Jane Rasco – National Academy Teaching Fellows for 2006. (8/06)

The first digital database featuring Alabamian seaweeds has been posted at the PhycoLab This database assists other scientists and the public in identification, and in developing an appreciation of a diverse marine algal flora. Work of the Phycolab has also been recently recognized by the National Geographic. (8/06)

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute features an article about student-published science journals, including the UA journal JOSHUA. (8/06)

Graduate student Mike Sandel received the Outstanding Student Presentation Award from the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Southeast Division for his talk, “Intraspecific Phylogeography of Elassomatidae: A Test of the Interglacial Refugia Hypothesis.” (7/06)

Faculty member Phil Harris has been elected to the Board of Governors of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. (7/06)

Sophomore Biology major Renee Rivas has been awarded the Benjamin Cummings Biology Prize for 2006. (7/06)

Former graduate student Songsong Cao (Ph.D. 2006) and Biological Sciences faculty members Guy and Kim Caldwell were part of a multi-investigator team that published a recent paper in the journal Science; the paper concerned a protein that may prevent the neural death that results in Parkinson’s Disease. (6/06)

Professor William Schroeder was part of a group of scientists that was awarded the Cooperative Conservation Award by the U.S. Department of Interior; the group investigated the biological consequences of deepsea shipwrecks. (6/06)

Biology, Microbiology and Marine Science undergraduate majors, and Biology graduate students were recognized for outstanding achievements during the spring 2006 Honors Day. (5/06)

Recent Biology graduate Cody Locke (B.S. 2006) has been recognized by the Epilepsy Therapy Development Project for his epilepsy genetics database CarpeDB. (5/06)

The laboratory of Drs. Guy and Kim Caldwell has been selected to participate in a large-scaleParkinsons Disease drug screening project. (5/06)

Sophomore Biology major Renee Rivas has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious national scholarship in the sciences, mathematics and engineering. Renee conducts undergraduate research in the labs of Drs. Kim and Guy Caldwell. (3/06)

Senior Biology major Cody Locke has been named USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team member. Cody conducts undergraduate research in the labs of Drs. Guy and Kim Caldwell. (2/06)

Dr. Stephen Secor, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, and researchers at Arizona State University are studying the digestive systems of Gila monsters to gain insights into diabetes. (1/06)

Sophomore Biology majors Meaghan Till (Greenville) and Crystal Ellis (Columbia SC) have been awarded Isabella Hummel Graham Scholarships by the University Women’s Club. (1/06)

Dr. Julia Cherry, a recent Ph.D. graduate, is among an international group of recent Ph.D. recipients invited to participate in the DISCCRS II Symposium (Pacific Grove, CA, March 26-April 2, 2006). DISCCRS (Dissertations Initiative for the Advancement of Climate Change Research), funded by NSF and NASA, helps build successful interdisciplinary careers dedicated to understanding climate and mitigating impacts. Julia is employed as an ecologist with the USGS National Wetlands Research Center in Louisiana. (1/06)

Geneticist Dr. Richard M. Myers was the featured speaker at UA’s winter commencement ceremonies. A Tuscaloosa native and one-time UA Biology major, Myers is professor and chair of the department of genetics at Stanford University School of Medicine and director of the Stanford Human Genome Center.(1/06)

Prof. Arthur Benke has published “Rivers of North America.” (5/05)