2020

Jacob Suissa

Jacob Suissa Receives New England Botanical Club Award

May 26, 2020
Congratulations to Jacob Suissa (Friedman Lab), recipient of the New England Botanical Club Graduate Student Research Award! The awards are made to the graduate student(s) submitting the best research proposal dealing with systematic botany, plant ecology, genetics, plant conservation biology, or related fields pertaining to the New England flora. Jacob was chosen for his abstract, ... Read more about Jacob Suissa Receives New England Botanical Club Award
Peter Girguis courtesy of The Moore Foundation

Peter Girguis Awarded Petra Shattuck Excellence in Teaching

May 22, 2020

Congratulations to Peter Girguis, recipient of the 2020 Petra Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award!

Established by the Harvard Extension School in memory of Petra T. Shattuck, a distinguished and dedicated Harvard Extension teacher who died in 1988, these prizes are presented annually to honor outstanding teaching. 

Rewan Abdelwahab in Egypt

Rewan Abdelwahab's Studies and Interests Have Taken Her Around the World

May 20, 2020

Rewan Abdelwahab, Integrative Biology (IB) concentrator in OEB, says the four trips to five countries during her years at Harvard helped define and shape who she is.

As a first-year student, Rewan visited Santiago, Chile where she was immersed in the Spanish language and learned about health care and education in the country, often working with students from local schools. During her sophomore year, she traveled to Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia to learn about Islamic history and culture. The summer before her junior year, she was in Istanbul and Alexandria,...

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Pardis Sabeti Lab courtesy of Michael Butts

Pardis Sabeti Awarded Funding from TED's Audacious Project

May 14, 2020

Prof. Pardis Sabeti partnered with Christian Happi, Professor and Director of the African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases at Redeemer's University in Nigeria, to develop, Sentinel, an early warning system that detects and tracks viral threats in real time.

Sabeti and Happi plan to combine rapid CRISPR-based test results in different regions and countries with data-sharing technology to track outbreaks and share information to preempt a pandemic. The...

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Phil Fahn-Lai

Phil Fahn-Lai (S.Pierce Lab) Develops Lab 3D

May 5, 2020

When Harvard classes moved online, PhD candidate and teaching fellow, Phil Fahn-Lai (S. Pierce Lab), used his background in graphic and web design to tackle the online challenges for students in OEB 126: Vertebrate Evolution. The course's labs involve hands-on observation of the MCZ's Vertebrate Paleontology collection. Determined to make the classroom experience meaningful for the remote students, Phil approached the Derek Bok Center's Learning Lab to design a custom web app for the course. In collaboration with members of the Pierce lab, Phil used photogrammetry to scan and create...

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Scientific illustration of Spinosaurus by Davide Bonadonna, illustrator

The Fin is not Conjecture! Researchers Reveal Spinosaurus was Aquatic

May 1, 2020

Stephanie Pierce and George Lauder teamed with University of Detroit paleontologist, Nizar Ibrahim, to decipher how Spinosaurus aegyptiacus would have used newly found tail vertebrae fossils.

Ibrahim's team discovered Spinosaurus fossils in Morocco in 2014 that included tail vertebrae with meter-long spines that appeared to form a paddle. Ibrahim reached out to Pierce who worked with fish bio-mechanist, Lauder, to create a robotic model of the tail, complete with the top fin that would cover the meter-long bone spines....

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The blue regions are oil palm plantation, while the forest regions (yellows and greens) are colored by tree height, which is a proxy for carbon. Image courtesy of Global Airborne Observatory, ASU Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science

Deforestation in Tropical Forests Contributing to Carbon Decline

April 1, 2020

Postdoc, Elsa Ordway (Paul Moorcroft Lab) teamed with Greg Asner, Director of Arizona State University's Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science to investigate the impact of edge effects on forest structure and tree canopy characteristics along boundaries between lowland rainforests and oil palm plantations in Malaysian Borneo. One of the many consequences of tropical deforestation includes forest fragmentation, a process that involves dividing forests into smaller and smaller pieces, creating new borders between habitats. These borders are exposed to different...

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