Michael Russello named 2012-1013 Hrdy Visiting Fellow in Conservation Biology. The fellowship is awarded to an individual who will engage in scientific study and work in the Department of Organismic and Evolutonary Biology.
President Barack Obama has appointed James J. McCarthy to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. McCarthy is recognized internationally for his fundamental contributions to oceanography and Arctic science. Full Story.
Hopi Hoekstrareceives First Estela Medrano Award for excellence in aging research. The award honors the memory and work of Dr. Estela Medrano a professor at the Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor College of Medicine and an internationally recognized expert in the regulation of aging and cancer development of human melanocytes, who died tragically in August 2010.
ArhatAbzhanov principal investigator in new study of Caribbean bullfinches in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that offers new insights into the development and adaptation of beak shape and shows the molecular signals that produce beak shapes show even more variation than is apparant on the surface.Full Story.
Kirsten Bomblies and Cassandra Extavournominated for the 2012 Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (HGWISE) Mentor of the Year Award. The HGWISE Mentoring Program pairs female graduate students with female faculty in order to promote strong mentoring relationships and nurture a new generation of scientists.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pleuni Pennigs (Wakeley lab), has published an article in PLoS Computational Biology that uses new computational modeling and suggests that pre-existing HIV drug resistance mutations may contribute more to drug failure than previously thought. Vimeo abstract, June 2012.
Yun Zhang andcolleagues from the Center for Brain Science studied C. Elegans (tiny, transparent worms) and demonstrated they have a more complex neural system than was previously thought. Their paper was published in the JournalNaturesuggesting a possible path for study of neurological disorders such as shizophrenia. Full Story.