"Science starts with an observation," Hopi Hoekstra told the crowd of more than 400 Harvard alumni at the Miami Faena Forum for the Your Harvard series. Your Harvard are discussions sponsored by the Harvard Alumni Association throughout The Harvard Campaign that take place around the world and bring members of the global Harvard community together to connect with one another and with Harvard scholars and experts across a wide range of topics and research. Read more about Your Harvard: Lessons in Observation with Hopi Hoekstra
Congratulations to OEB graduate students Tauana Cunha (Giribet Lab), "Integrative Research in Gastropods: Phylogeny and Shell Shape Evolution", Mara Laslo (Hanken Lab), "Evaluating the Role of Thyroid Hormone in Embryonic Limb Development in Direct-Developing Frogs", Brianna McHorse (Biewener Lab), "Macroevolutionary Drivers of Digit Reduction in Fossil Horses'", and Zach Morris (S.Read more about OEB Graduate Students Awarded NSF DDIG Grants
Congratulations to the Harvard Branch of SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) for receiving HILS funding to work with underrepresented minority high school students to improve their understanding of careers in STEM fields! The Harvard SACNAS branch is led by OEB PhD students Jasmin Camacho (Hoekstra Lab), Clara Meaders, (Kramer Lab), and Mary Salcedo (Mahadevan Lab).
Postdocs, Rosa Fernandez and Ana Lucia Tourinho, former graduate student, Prashant P. Sharma and Gonzalo Giribet used transcriptomics on the broadest taxonomic sampling to shed light on the harvestmen (Opiliones) interrelationships. As well, they pieced together an overview of the general biogeographic patterns of the ancient arthropod group that dates back at least to the times of Pangea. Read more about The Giribet Lab Sheds Light on The Opiliones Tree of Life
Charles Davis first encountered the Rafflesia arnoldii flower in a small village in northern Borneo while studying the region's plant diversity. Many years later, Davis, Director of the Harvard University Herbaria and Curator of Vascular Plants, continues his research on the mysterious, beautiful bloom that attracts flies with its surprising scent of rotting meat. Davis's research is featured in the current issue of Harvard Magazine.
David R. Foster's book, "A Meeting of Land and Sea. Nature and the Future of Martha's Vineyard" is based on 20 years of study by Harvard researchers. Foster will be reading from his book and signing copies at various upcoming events. You can find a list of these events and sign up to be notified of events here.
Hopi Hoekstra joins hosts, Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello on This Week in Evolution (TWiEVO) Podcast. In "From Cockroaches to Grizzly Bears" Dr. Hoekstra talks about her career and work on developmental mechanisms of stripe patterns in rodents.
Nautilus's "Spark of Science" series interviews Pardis Sabeti on her inspiration to pursue work in computational genetics, which led to her important role in sequencing virus genomes of the 2014 African Ebola outbreak.