Dr. Kelly Dyer will be giving a talk titled, ” Species interactions and the evolution of mate choice in Drosophila,” on Friday, April 4. Kelly earned her B.S. in Evolution and Ecology from UC Davis, her M.S. from the University of Arizona, and finally her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. She spent three years at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland as a Royal Society USA Research Fellow before founding the Dyer Lab at UGA in November of 2007. While at UGA, Kelly has been a Lilly Teaching Fellow and she has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation and also a New Scholar in Aging Award from the Ellison Medical Foundation. Kelly is broadly interested in evolutionary genetics and molecular evolution.
Please join us for the departments annual March Madness bracket challenge. Brackets are due by Thursday at noon before the games start (we will not be counting the first four play in games). Entrance is $5 per bracket and you can enter as many brackets as you would like! Also, please participate in our no-bracketology-needed lottery contest where $1 will get you team drawn out of a hat. The person with the team who goes farthest wins!
The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, place winners the bracket challenge will receive 60, 30, and 10 percent of the total pot. For the lottery, champion, runner up, and first 1 seed team to lose will receive 60, 30, and 10 percent of the total pot.
Blank brackets can be found in the mailroom, front office, and stockroom. Make sure you turn your bracket in to Adam in Hutch 338 by Thursday 3/20 at noon!!
Lorraine Symington, professor of microbiology and immunology at Columbia University, will present two talks at the Medical Center Thursday, March 20. At 2 p.m., she’ll present “Mechanism and Regulation of DNA Double-Strand Break Repair” at 2 p.m. in Auditorium K-307 (3-6408) for the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics Seminar Series. At 3 p.m., she’ll discuss “The Joy of Cooking: From Cookies to Plasmids” at the Graduate Women in Science meeting in the Case Method Room (1-9576).
Longjun Wu, a graduate student in the Lambert lab, will be giving a talk entitled, “Lineage-specific genes in Spiralia,” on Friday, March 7. Longjun comes from the Southeast coast of China, where he received his B.S. in Biology from Xiamen University, studying genome evolution of Amphixous in Dr. Yiquan Wang’s lab.
Cara Brand, a graduate student of the University of Rochester and member of the Presgraves Lab, is presenting a talk titled, “Evolutionary Genetics of the Selfish Segregation Distorter Complex,” on Friday, February 14. Cara received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She then spent a year as research technician in Jerry Wilkinson’s lab, working on hybrid male sterility and meiotic drive in stalk-eyed flies. She is now studying the evolution and genetics of recombination and the selfish Segregation Distorter complex.
Dr. Hernán López-Fernández will be giving a talk titled, “Ancient adaptive radiations and morphological convergence in Neotropical cichlid fishes,” on Friday, February 7. He is a Curator of Ichthyology in the Department of Natural History at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada. As a Curator at the ROM, Hernán’s research focuses on the evolutionary biology of South and Central American cichlids. The freshwaters of South and Central America are estimated to harbor well over 6,000 species of fishes, more than any other biogeographic region on Earth. Among this great diversity, cichlid fishes are remarkable for their morphological, ecological and behavioral diversity. Although cichlids are well-known models of adaptive evolution in lakes, little is known about their diversification in rivers. Hernán combines field and laboratory research in systematics, biogeography and evolutionary biology to study the radiations of American cichlids as models of the evolutionary history of Neotropical fishes. Comparative evolutionary studies of cichlids and other groups should provide a powerful tool to understand the origin of the most diverse freshwater fish fauna on the planet.