Journal Club Nov 5, 2019

Please join us this Tuesday at 11:05 – 12:15 in Hutch 316. Omid and I will be presenting the papers “Genomic Evidence of Rapid and Stable Adaptive Oscillations over Seasonal Time Scales in Drosophila” by Bergland et al. (2014), and “Signatures of Environmental Genetic Adaptation Pinpoint Pathogens as the Main Selective Pressure through Human Evolution” by Fumagalli et al. (2011).

Bergland et al. Figure 2A. Allele frequency change at each of the ∼1750 seasonal SNPs

Journal Club Sept 17, 2019

Please join us this Tuesday at 11:05 – 12:15 in Hutch 316. Emery and Omid will be presenting the papers Field et al., 2016 “Detection of human adaptation during the past 2000 years” and Uricchio et al., 2019 “An evolutionary compass for detecting signals of polygenic selection and mutational bias”.

Journal Club Sept 12, 2019

To start a new semester of Journal Club, please join us this Thursday at 11:05 – 12:15 in Hutch 316. Nilima and Lauren will be presenting the papers Berg and Coop, 2014 “A population genetic signal of polygenic adaptation” and Turchin et al., 2012 “Evidence of widespread selection on standing variation in Europe at height-associated SNPs”.

The Uy lab relocates to E2G2

We’re happy to announce the recruitment of Drs. Al Uy and Floria Mora Kepfer Uy to Rochester’s E2G2 program!  Al and Floria will move their Tropical Biology Lab from the University of Miami to our own Biology Department in January 2020.  Al brings his research program on the ecology and genomics of speciation in birds, and Floria hers on the evolution and neural basis of cooperative behavior in social wasps.

Chen Lab Tea Madness Results

The winning tea of the Chen Lab Tea Bracket this year was Kusmi Anastasia. After weeks of rigorous tea tasting, Dr. Nancy Chen won the bracket and is said to still be basking in the coveted Tea Bracket glory. This Tea Madness is going to be an annual tradition, with other labs invited to participate with nominating tea challengers, filling out tea brackets, or just coming to tastings.

Howard Bryant Endowed Scholarship Cornhole Tournament

Please join us tomorrow at 3:30 in Genesee Valley Park to participate in a cornhole tournament and a BBQ dinner. All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Howard Bryant Memorial Scholarship Fund. Howard was a beloved member of the Department of Biology at the University of Rochester for over 40 years. The Howard Bryant Fund was established in 2004 to honor Howard’s legacy of caring and support by providing aid to students in need of financial assistance and who are interested in pursuing a career in sciences or engineering.

Jillian Ramos wins Three Minute Thesis competition

Jillian Ramos, a PhD student in Dragony Fu’s lab (part of the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology program) won first place in the Three Minute Thesis competition. To win this competition, students have to explain their complicated research in a way that a general audience can find accessible. The catch, you have to do this all in under three minutes! Jillian presented her work called: Modify or Die: When Protein Translation Goes Awry and successfully captured first place prize as well as the people’s choice award.

Congrats Jillian! Read an article about the competition and a transcript of Jillian’s presentation here.

Wardproject.org is live!

The specimen collection in the Biology Department (click here) is re-emerging even further into the public eye (see here for background) with the launch of the website wardproject.org.

The website links our collection to material in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and related catalogs, bulletins and correspondence housed in the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation. The combination of information on biological material with historical information will provide scientists, historians, and archivists a detailed look into the period between the Civil War and 1900 when the study of natural history grew rapidly worldwide. Powered substantially by undergraduate interest, the website at present is embryonic. However, the content will evolve rapidly. When you visit, be sure to check out the 3D images of specimens with technology developed in part by the River Campus Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Lab.