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Wildlife biologist named Roger Tory Peterson Medal recipient, speaker

Russell Mittermeier, renowned wildlife biologist and president of Conservation International, has been selected to receive the 12th annual Roger Tory Peterson Medal presented by the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH). Mittermeier will deliver the Roger Tory Peterson Memorial Lecture on April...

K-State biologist collaborating with researchers in Africa on grassland sustainability, biodiversity

With a campus situated in the Kansas Flint Hills and access to the Konza Prairie Biological Station, Kansas State University researchers certainly know grasslands. They're using that expertise to collaborate with researchers in Botswana and South Africa on studies of African grasslands. "There ...

Evolutionary biologist will study HIV with grant from AIDS research foundation

AUSTIN, TexasDr. Sara Sawyer will use a $120,000 grant from the Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR) to study how the HIV virus and the cells it attacks have evolved together over time. The goal of her research is to discover new targets for drugs. When HIV infiltrates cells, the virus hijacks ...

NYU biologist Bonneau named among 20 "visionary" scientists under 40 by Discover magazine

New York University Biologist Richard Bonneau has been named one of 20 "visionary" scientists under the age of 40 by Discover magazine. Bonneau, 33, is an assistant professor who holds appointments at NYU's Center for Genomics and Systems Biology and the university's Courant Institute of Mathema...

Duke stem cell biologist wins 3 major awards in 1 month

DURHAM, N.C. Chay Kuo, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of cell biology at Duke University Medical Center, has won three prestigious awards in one fell swoop. His cutting-edge, noteworthy progress in stem cell research is the reason that three different organizations called him with good news thi...

Prominent German biologist wins EMBO Communication Award

Today, the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) announced that the German evolutionary biologist Axel Meyer from the University of Konstanz, Germany, will receive the 2008 EMBO Award for Communication in the Life Sciences. EMBO awards the prize annually to a practicing scientist in Europ...

Rutgers biologist to study worms in Amazon, glaciers

CAMDEN -- Look out, Indiana Jones. Dan Shain is redefining the term "summer action hero" with voyages to frozen glaciers and the steamy Amazon planned, all in the name of scientific research. Like the cinematic icon, Shain, an associate professor of biology at RutgersCamden, travels to exotic...

Queen's marine biologist investigates aliens beneath the waves

Queen's University Belfast is appealing for help from the public in looking at ways to detect and stop the spread of marine aliens. Activities such as aquaculture, shipping and recreational boating have led to an army of marine alien species hitchhiking around the globe. Now Queen's is attempt...

Leemor Joshua-Tor, PhD, CSHL biologist and WSBS dean, is named an HHMI Investigator

Leemor Joshua-Tor, Ph.D., a CSHL professor and Dean of the Watson School of Biological Sciences, has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator. Dr. Joshua-Tor, a structural biologist whose work is known and respected worldwide, is one of 56 new HHMI Investigators select...

The story of Max Perutz, a pioneering biologist with a remarkable passion for life

COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y. Max Perutz, a pioneer in the field of protein crystallography and a Nobel laureate, was one of the first to study the molecular structures of proteins. His life story, wonderfully told by Georgina Ferry, was recently published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. ...

Systems biologist finds novel solutions to fundamental biological problems

30 January 2008, Heidelberg, Germany and Rehovot, Israel The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) announced Naama Barkai of the Weizman Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel as the first-ever winner of the FEBS/EMBO Women in ...

University biologist publishes book on bird speciation

A University of Chicago biologist and world-renowned expert on bird speciation has compiled eight years of research and writing into a recently published book, Speciation in Birds. Trevor Price, professor of ecology and evolution at Chicago, evaluates the contributions of sexual selection and n...

UC Riverside biologist receives prestigious MacArthur Fellowship

RIVERSIDE, Calif. Cheryl Hayashi, a biologist at UC Riverside and a national expert of the genetic structure of spider silk, has won a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship, one of the most prestigious awards in the country. She is one of only 24 MacArthur Fellows for 2007 named by the John D. and Cathe...

UCR plant cell biologist to study how plant stem cells maintain and change their identity

RIVERSIDE, Calif. A plant cell biologist at UC Riverside has received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate how plant stem-cells maintain their identity and how they eventually get specialized into different cell types. According to G. Venugopala Reddy, the pri...

Williams College biologist explores photosynthetic apparatus

The National Science Foundation has announced the award of $263,274 to Williams College biologist Claire Ting. It will support her work in exploring the structure, function and evolution of the photosynthetic apparatus in one of the most important marine primary producers of the world. Her proje...

BGSU biologist trying to crack microscopic code

Dr. Ray Larsen is trying to learn a second language. The Bowling Green State University biologist wants to crack the communication code of proteins, especially the ones whose "talking" aids and abets disease. "Proteins interact; they 'talk' to each other," the associate professor says. "It's how ...

FSU biologist says new dinosaur is oldest cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex

Florida State University paleobiologist Gregory M. Erickson sliced up some ancient dinosaur bones uncovered in China to help an international team of scientists identify a new genus and species. Despite striking skeletal differences and only subtle similarities, the FSU researcher determined that t...

Jefferson biologist coaxing human embryonic stem cells to make dopamine with simpler, faster method

For clinicians, the ability to look routinely inside the body and see -- at the level of the cell -- how it confronts disease is a distant dream. But in a series of experiments with genetically engineered mice, a team of researchers from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) at the University ...

'Green' energy from algae

...oto-bioreactors are arranged verti-cally. "Every alga sees a little bit less light, but the plant is operated at increased efficiency", emphasizes the biologist and electrical engineer. Modern designs under investigation will find more intelligent ways to light distribution. Consequently, algae production d...

National assessment done on potential invasive snail and slug pests in US

...he environment, should they ever be introduced in the U.S. The July 2009 article in the American Malacological Bulletin is authored by snail/slug biologist Robert H. Cowie of the UH Manoa Center for Conservation Research and Training (CCRT) and his team. They evaluated all known snail and slug pests glob...

Biologists rediscover endangered frog population

...e in the Tahquitz Valley area the week of June 21 when Drew Stokes, a field biologist with the museum, found and photographed a single mountain yellow-legged fro...rare frogs were rescued from a drying creek. Anne Poopatanapong, a wildlife biologist for the San Jacinto Ranger District in the San Bernardino National Forest w...

After dinosaurs, mammals rise but their genomes get smaller

...ld have led to the contraction of their genomes. "Larger population sizes make natural selection more efficient," said IU Bloomington evolutionary biologist Michael Lynch, who led the study. "If we are correct, we have shown how to bring ancient genomic information together with the paleontological record ...

121 breeding tigers estimated to be found in Nepal

...ging species like the tiger, it is important to undertake the survey simultaneously in all potential habitats," says Dr. Rinjan Shrestha, Conservation biologist with WWF Nepal. Previous studies had been undertaken in different time periods and at different spatial scales. "To derive information on both ab...

URI researcher sheds light on 'man-eating' squid; finds them timid, nonthreatening

...st week about scuba divers off San Diego being menaced by large numbers of Humboldt's or jumbo squid have raised the ire of University of Rhode Island biologist Brad Seibel. As a leading expert on the species who has dived with them several times, he calls the reports "alarmist" and says the squid's man-eatin...

Red List overlooks island species

...ened simply because they are iconic or because powerful pressure groups are fighting for them does not help efforts to prevent biodiversity loss", the biologist concludes. ...

Parasitic worms make sex worthwhile

...ividuals in the clone can directly produce offspring," said IU evolutionary biologist and coauthor Curt Lively, who has been working on the system for 25 years. ...e parasite can infect both sexual and asexual snails," said IU evolutionary biologist Lynda Delph, who also coauthored the Current Biology report. "What matter...

URI researcher sheds light on 'man-eating' squid; finds them timid, non-threatening

...st week about scuba divers off San Diego being menaced by large numbers of Humboldt's or jumbo squid have raised the ire of University of Rhode Island biologist Brad Seibel. As a leading expert on the species who has dived with them several times, he calls the reports "alarmist" and says the squid's man-eatin...

When children have breathing problems

... The UFZ researchers, who work in the Division of Health Research in Leipzig, concentrated on three courses of analysis: "Firstly," says Leipzig-based biologist Andrea Mller, "we used measurement techniques to draw accurate conclusions about the actual pollution of breathing air. We filtered out particulate ma...

New theory on why male, female lemurs same size

... to investigating mysteries, Sherlock Holmes has nothing on Rice University biologist Amy Dunham. In a newly published paper, Dunham offers a new theory for one ...us strategy," said Dunham, who co-authored the paper with Rice evolutionary biologist Volker Rudolf. To test their hypothesis, Dunham and Rudolf examined 62 p...

US-Mexico border wall could threaten wildlife species

...at will result in fewer animals interacting," said Clinton Epps, a wildlife biologist at Oregon State University and co-author on the study. "A major barrier suc...should not only promote permeability, agreed lead author Aaron D. Flesch, a biologist from the University of Arizona they may be critical. "Movement of pygmy...

Nitrogen research shows how some plants invade, take over others

...invade and take over native plants. In an article published July 6 in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , UNL biologist Johannes "Jean" Knops demonstrates why one invasive plant species is replacing native species -- it's because of its ability to take up and hold on to...

Ben-Gurion U. researchers reveal connection between cancer and human evolution

... survival. But today, these same mutations predispose us toward complex diseases such as cancer," according to researcher Dr. Dan Mishmar, a molecular biologist from the Department of Life Sciences at BGU. "Although mitochondria's role in the emergence of new species has been investigated recently, the idea th...

Working to conserve endangered 'Playboy' bunnies

...y affecting the evolutionary potential of the species," Tursi said. UCF Assistant Professor Eric Hoffman and Philip Hughes, an endangered species biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Big Pine Key, landed a grant to study the bunnies. Tursi joined the team and is conducting fieldwor...

In the warming West, climate most significant factor in fanning wildfires' flames

...l us that the effectiveness of fuel reductions in reducing area burned may vary in different parts of the country," said David L. Peterson, a research biologist with the Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station and one of the study's authors. "With this information, managers can design treatments ap...

T-STAR grant funds genetic studies on shrimp and papaya and endangered cycad rescue

... says Wall. WPTRC research scientist Thomas Marler is known internationally as an expert on cycad plants. Marler, in collaboration with pollination biologist Irene Terry, was awarded $120,318 to study the pollination process of Cycas micronesica, a plant endemic to the Mariana Islands. This cycad is current...

Corals stay close to home

...the mobile juvenile stage of corals so that the natural processes that maintain healthy populations can be encouraged. A recent study by Australian biologist Jim Underwood has found surprisingly that despite the fact that corals cast their eggs and sperm haphazardly into the oceans, certain species of coral...

UC Davis grant zeroes in on novel asthma diagnosis and treatment

...ase Control. Surveillance for Asthma. Hammock's current research sprang his initial work on fundamental insect biology. He and UC Riverside cell biologist Sarjeet Gill discovered the enzyme in 1969 at UC Berkeley. Hammock holds a joint appointment in Cancer Research with the UC Davis Medical Center...

Discovery of a water snake that startles fish in a way that makes them flee into its jaws

...r different snakes, in fact, he discovered that an amazing 78 percent of the fish turned toward the snake's head instead of turning away. Next, the biologist noticed that the first part of its body that the snake moves is not its head. Instead, it flexes a point midway down its body. Using a sensitive hydro...

Why do we choose our mates? Ask Charles Darwin, prof says

...question is, "What have we learned since then?" asks a Texas A&M University biologist who has studied Darwin's theories. Adam Jones, an evolutional biologist who has studied Darwin's work for years, says that Darwin's beliefs about t...

'Honey bee health' of concern at Western Apicultural Society conference

... faculty member of the UC Davis Department of Entomology, will cover "Native Bees in Crop Production in Eastern States." Claire Kremen, a conservation biologist at UC Berkeley and an affiliate with the UC Davis Department of Entomology, will discuss "Native Bees in Crop Production in Western States." On Th...
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