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.