Andrew Biewener and colleagues at the Concord Field Station published research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showing the common city pigeon, Columba livia, uses a technique similar to a helicopter's to negotiate low-speed tight aerial turns.
A.W. (Fuzz) Crompton, OEB Professor Emeritus, awarded the 2011 Romer-Simpson Medal of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. The society's highest award honors sustained and outstanding scholarly excellence in the discipline of vertebrate paleontology.
The description of three new tropical families of arachnids and a phylogeny of the suborder Laniatores by graduate student Prashant Sharma (Giribet Lab) featured on the cover of Invertebrate Systematics.
Farish A. Jenkins, Jr. inducted into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences on October 1, 2011. The Academy is an international learned society dating back to the American Revolution. It elects to membership men and women of exceptional achievement, drawn from science, scholarship, business, public affairs, and the arts.
Hopi Hoekstra awarded the 2011 Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching. A faculty committee comprised of members from across the sciences at Harvard recommends recipients based on their ability to inspire students, instill in them a passion for science, and effectively communicate complex ideas. Full Story.