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Neural Architecture and Regeneration in Three-Banded Panther Worm

July 22, 2020

A major transition in animal evolution is the origin of bilateral symmetry, which coincided with the evolution of organized nervous systems. Animals with bilateral symmetry are known to prominently feature a complex brain with many different neural cell types located near the front of the animal's head. To understand the appearance of the brain and its diverse neurons studies of the nervous system in animals that diverged early from their ancestor lineage are needed.

In a study...

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Min Ya Awarded GSAS Merit Fellowship

June 30, 2020
Congratulations to PhD Candidate Min Ya (Kramer Lab) awarded the GSAS Merit Fellowship in recognition of her academic talent and promise! 
Ryan Hulett

Ryan Hulett Awarded NIH Fellowship

June 29, 2020

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Ryan Hulett (Srivastava Lab) awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research for his project titled, "Identifying genetic pathways and cellular sources for neural regeneration in adult animals"

The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA program is to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the...

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Study Supports Key Insights into Fish Locomotion

June 8, 2020

Fish locomotion is characterized by waves of muscle electrical activity that proceed from head to tail, and result in an undulatory pattern of body bending that generates thrust during locomotion. However, isolating and studying these movements in live fishes is difficult and scientists often use robotic models instead. Most robotic fish models are either passive, flapping models that are simple but don't actively swim, or active, hard models that actively swim but take forever to construct. PhD candidate ...

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Study Aids in Understanding How Leaf Carbon Transport in Mature Trees Aids in Water Stress

June 1, 2020

Trees typically experience mid-day water depressions due to water evaporating out of the plant's stomata (a tiny opening or pore in plant leaves that intakes carbon dioxide, which is needed for photosynthesis). To understand how the water stress influences carbon's movement from the leaves (where production begins) to the roots, trunk and shoots (where the water is needed), PhD candidate Jessica Gersony (Holbrook Lab) measured carbon and water traits of five mature red oak trees over the course of 24 hours at Harvard Forest.

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Sang Il Kim

Sang Il Kim Recipient of the Graduate Student Research Enhancement Award

May 28, 2020
Congratulations to PhD Candidate Sang Il Kim (Farrell Lab), awarded the Graduate Student Research Enhancement Award (Program Award) from The Coleopterists Society for his project, "Target enrichment phylogenomics of longhorned beetle genus Anoplophora Hope, 1839 (Cerambycidae: Lamiinae) with emphasis on their adaptation to the temperate... Read more about Sang Il Kim Recipient of the Graduate Student Research Enhancement Award
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
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Fall 2019 Derek Bok Certificates of Distinction and Excellence in Teaching

May 25, 2020

Congratulations to OEB graduate students, postdocs and associates awarded the Fall 2019 Derek Bok Certificates of Distinction and Excellence in Teaching!

Certificates of Distinction for TFs, TAs and CAs: Abagail Burrus (OEB 10), Alyssa Hernandez (OEB 10), Austin Garner, Brock Wooldridge and Tianzhu Xiong (OEB 50), Richard Childers (OEB 54), Sarah Losso (OEB 56), Min Ya (OEB...

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