Professors Scott Edwards and Cassandra Extavour are among the '1000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America' on Cell Mentor, a career development resource hosted by Cell Press. The post was compiled by The Community of Scholars, which is committed developing and promoting professional scientists from all backgrounds and to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion across STEM fields.
A project called "I Am A Scientist" is connecting middle and high school students with modern-day researchers with the goal of breaking down barriers like race, gender, and personal interests. Nabiha Saklayen, PhD '17, and Stephanie Fine Sasse, founder and director of educational design studio The Plenary, founded the project in response to the challenges they faced in their fields.
In nature, the timing of recurring annual lifecycle events affects many aspects of the ecosystem and ecology. In trees the timing of a leaf’sdeveloping bud dictates the length of the growing season and carbon cycling, it mediates competition among plants and controls interactions with pests and pathogens.
The timing of spring buds developing in woody plants – trees, shrubs – is mainly controlled by environmental cues...
Congratulations to Liming Cai, PhD ‘20 (Davis Lab) recipient of the Dorothy M. Skinner Award from the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology for her presentation, “Deeply altered genome architecture in the iconic endoparasitic flowering plant Rafflesiaceae”. The award recognizes women Ph.D. students and/or postdoctoral fellows who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship and show high potential for continued excellence in research.
Congratulations to Nikhil Chari (Taylor Lab) recipient of the Harvard Forest Long Term Ecological Research Program Award for his project “Assessing the impacts of root exudation on soil mineral-associated organic matter dynamics"
In the last decade, Neuroscientists have made major advances in their quest to study the brain. They can assemble complete wiring diagrams and catalogue the brain's many cell types. They've developed electrode arrays for recording electrical activity in individual neurons and placed itty bitty microscopes on the heads of mice to visualize their brain activity. However, almost shockingly, there are no tools to precisely measure the brain's principal output -- behavior - in freely moving animals.
Animal behavior is important to a broad range of disciplines, from neuroscience and...
Bacteria often show very strong biogeography – some bacteria are abundant in specific locations while absent from others – leading to major questions when applying microbiology to therapeutics or probiotics: how did the bacteria get into the wrong place? How do we add the right bacteria into the right place when the biogeography has gotten ‘out of whack’?These questions, though, have one big obstacle, bacteria are so tiny and numerous with very diverse and complicated populations which creates major challenges to understanding which subgroups of bacteria live...
When most people think of ferocious, blade-like teeth on prehistoric creatures they picture Smilodon, better known as the saber-toothed tiger. But in the world of dinosaurs, theropods are well known for having blade-like teeth with serrated cutting edges used for biting and ripping their prey. And until recently, the complex arrangement of tissues that gave rise to these terrifying teeth was considered unique to these meat-eating dinosaurs.
Tropical regions contain many of the world's species and scientists consider them hotspots due to their immense biological diversity. However, due to limited sampling our knowledge of tropical diversity remains incomplete, making it difficult for researchers to answer the fundamental questions of the mechanisms that drive and maintain diversity.
In a paper published December 10 in Science, an international team of scientists has produced the first complete,...
The water-to-land transition is one of the most important and inspiring major transitions in vertebrate evolution. And the question of how and when tetrapods transitioned from water to land has long been a source of wonder and scientific debate.
Early ideas posited that drying-up-pools of water stranded fish on land and that being out of water provided the selective pressure to evolve more limb-like appendages to walk back to water. In the 1990s newly discovered specimens suggested that the first tetrapods retained many aquatic features, like gills and a tail fin, and that...
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HarvardOEBJoin us Thursday, April 22, 3:30pm for OEB Seminar with Marie Dacke, Professor, Lund Vision Group, Lund University, Sweden. "As the crow flies and the beetle rolls: Straight-line orientation from behaviour to neurons"