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News Headlines from SBS
Doug Barron, Ph.D. student in the Schwabl lab, put his recent student travel grant from the American Ornithologist’s Union and Cooper Ornithological Society to use presenting at conferences this summer. The presentations were titled:
Barron, D. G., M. S. Webster, and H. Schwabl. 2013. Do androgens link morphology and behavior to produce phenotype-specific behavioral strategies? Animal Behavior Society, Boulder, CO. Oral presentation.
Barron, D. G., M. S. Webster, and H. Schwabl. 2013. Body condition influences sexual signal expression independent of circulating androgens in male red-backed fairy-wrens. American Ornithologists’ Union, Chicago, IL. Oral presentation.
Dr. Patrick Carter was recently awarded WSU's Outstanding Achievement in Academic Advising Award for Faculty.
Dr. Andy Cavagnetto has been appointed to the State Professional Educator Standards Board to Revise the State Science Teaching Competencies.
Brian Roosien, Ph.D student in the Gomulkiewicz lab, has a publication in press with Environmental Entomology coauthored with Richard Gomulkiewicz, Laura L. Ingwell, Nilsa A. Bosque-Pérez, Dheivasigamani Rajabaskar, and Sanford D. Eigenbrode. The title of the publication is Conditional Vector Preference Aids the Spread of Plant Pathogens: Results from a Model.
Sarah Anderson, Ph.D student int the Evans lab, spent last summer in Washington D.C. working at the US Global Change Research Program with the Indicator Working Group. This was associated with the Science-Policy Fellowship through the NSPIRE IGERT Program. This role led her to be involved in selecting indicators for a pilot National Climate Indicator System, which is planned to launch in conjunction with the National Climate Assessment.
Dr. Andrew Storfer recently received a $2.25 million grant from NSF's Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease program to study Tasmanian devils and their facial tumor disease. The fastal disease is caused by a rare kind of infectious cancer and now threatens the devil with extinction. Dr. Storfer, with an international team of colleagues, will study the ecological genomics of the disease and its host to better understand disease transmission and spread."
SBS Seminar Series
Fall 2013 schedule
All seminars are in Abelson Hall Room 201 at 4:10 pm.
NSF IGERT Program
Nitrogen Systems: Policy-oriented Integrated Research and Education (NSPIRE). Interdisciplinary research focused on nitrogen cycle processes in the environment integrated with experiential learning of public policy.