Last weekend a few graduate students went over to Mendon ponds to catch a glimpse of local birds. They encountered a large mixed flock of nuthatches, titmice, chickadees and sapsuckers as well as a downy woodpecker. Many birds even came to a hand to feed. We plan to go back next week to repeat the walk and bird feeding. We are also keeping an eye on the ephemeral ponds with the hopes of seeing the salamanders emerge to breed when conditions are right.
Many Rochester Alums met up at this year’s Fly Meetings in Chicago. We sure to like our Drosophila here at Rochester!
From Left to Right: David Loehlin, JP Masly, Nitin Phadnis, Rob Unckless, Amanda Larracuente, Andrea Betancourt, Colin Meiklejohn
Next week we will be reading two papers about GWAS in humans, including one empirical paper that’s been cited over 3,000 times, and a thoughtful short perspective.
Burton, PR, Clayton, DG, Cardon, LR, Craddock, N, Deloukas, P, Duncanson, et al. (2007). Genome-wide association study of 14,000 cases of seven common diseases and 3,000 shared controls. Nature. 447(7145): 661-678.
Goldstein, DB. (2009). Common genetic variation and human traits. New England Journal of Medicine. 360(17): 1696.
Today Binshuang will be presenting some work from his dissertation research. His talk is titled “Characterization of the locus controlling wing dimorphism in male pea aphids”. See you all in Hutch316 at 3pm! Happy hour to follow!
This semester a group of EEB undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs and faculty will read and discuss chapters from a new edited volume on Phylogenetic Comparative Methods. The book is available online through the University of Rochester River Campus libraries here.
The group will meet weekly on Tuesdays at 4pm in the graduate student lounge starting next week (24 Feb). If you are interested in attending, click more below to see the reading schedule.
Please join us today at 4pm for our belated celebration of Darwin’s birthday in the graduate student lounge. We’ll have beer and cookies!