Accomplishments for 2016
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(2016-09-06) Dr. Ying Wang will join the Biological Sciences faculty as an Assistant Professor (Epigenetics)in January. Please follow the link for Dr. Wang's lab page
(2016-09-06) Dr. Ling Li will join the Biological Sciences faculty as Assistant Professor (Plant Physiology)in January 2017. See her lab page at the following link
(2016-08-24) The Department of Biological Sciences welcomes Dr. Angus Dawe as Department Head. Please see his listing under People/Faculty for a brief overview of his background and research interests.
(2016-08-24) Ms. Eranga Wettewa, Ph.D. student under the direction of Dr. Lisa Wallace, was awarded 2nd Place in the Botany in a Box Competition hosted by the Botanical Society of America. Her entry, called "My Little Herbarium", provided examples of pressed plants and highlighted the importance of herbarium specimens to document plant diversity and distributions. Botany in a Box is a program that provides ready-made materials to facilitate the public's understanding of plant biology. Congratulations to Ms. Wettewa!
(2016-07-08) Congratulations to Dr. Reichert! Please follow the link for the story
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(2016-06-23) Congratulations to the recipients of the Department of Biological Sciences 2016-2017 Scholarship Recipients. Ramsey & Elaine O'Neal Scholarship Christian Manganti Jacob Avery Roberts Hannah Lynn Hults Haley Nicole Jenkins Mary Ann Smith Jessica Lynn Milner Harned Memorial Scholarship-Microbiology Haley Nicole Jenkins John C. Longest Pre-Med Scholarship Jamelle V. Vance Coy E. Patton Memorial Scholarship Haley L. Derouen Mildred Watkins Brand Pre-Med Scholarship Madilyn Brooke Petty Scott Ferguson Memorial Fund Lachelle D. Vance William-Gardner Memorial Scholarship Mercedes S. Gaither
(2016-06-10) Biological Sciences Ph.D. student, Chathurani Ranathunge (Chathu) recently received a $500 Botanical Society of America (BSA) Graduate Student Research Award for her proposal, "Elucidating the adaptive role of microsatellites in natural populations of Helianthus annuus (Asteraceae). Chathu conducts research under the direction of Dr. Mark Welch, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences. The BSA Graduate Student Research Awards support graduate student research and are made on the basis of research proposals and letters of recommendations. Congratulations Chathurani!
(2016-05-04) Congratulations to the 21 Society of Scholars inductees (see link below for article). BIO students inducted were: Robert S. Billingsley (Biological Sciences) Madison L. Buras (Biological Sciences) Ridgeland Clay Dabbs (Microbiology)
(2016-05-04) Congratulations to the 19 MSU students receiving Spirit of State Awards. Biological Sciences recipients are Mikaela S. Gold (Biological Sciences/Pre-Med) Heidi Meeks (Biological Sciences/Pre-Med) Jeronn R. parker (Biological Sciences) Follow link for the full story.
(2016-05-04) Congratulations to Lindsey Brown--2nd Place Biological Sciences Graduate Research Award Winner. Lindsey is a 3rd-year Ph.D. student under the direction of Dr. Justin Thornton, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences. Her research focuses on understanding the role of metal ion availability, specifically zinc and cobalt, in Streptococcus pneumonia physiology and virulence.
(2016-05-04) Congratulations to Evelyn Windham, recent recipient of the Biological Sciences Graduate Teaching Award. She is a M.S. student under the direction of Dr. Gary Ervin, Professor of Biological Sciences. In addition to her teaching excellence, Ms. Windham also conducts research in Dr. Ervin's lab. She, along with doctoral student Cory Shoemaker, has spent the last two years studying wetland restoration projects in the Mississippi Delta to better understand factors influencing the success of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Wetland Reserve Program restorations.
(2016-05-02) Congratulations to Alexander (Alex) Tice, Ph.D. student under the direction of Dr. Matt Brown, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences. Mr. Tice received the Office of Research and Economic Development 2016 Graduate Student Research Award for the College of Arts and Sciences at the Annual Research Awards Banquet April 28, 2016. In addition, Alex received the Department of Biological Sciences 2016 Graduate Student Research Award. Alex is a second year Ph.D. student in Dr. Brown's lab where he pursues his passion for unique organisms that fascinated him in his early graduate work. A portion of his dissertation project involves investigation of the molecular mechanisms involved in the transition from unicellularity to multicellularity in the slime mold life cycle.
(2016-05-02) Dr. Brian Counterman, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, received the Office of Research and Economic Development 2016 Faculty Research Award for the College of Arts & Sciences at the Annual Research Awards Banquet April 28. Dr. Counterman's research studies the amazing diversity found on butterfly wings to better understand genetic changes responsible for the origin of new species. He has published 22 papers in some of the top scientific journals including Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Since joining MSU, Counterman has been awarded nearly $1 million in external research funds and has given 20 invited presentations of his research at other universities and conferences. He is part of an international consortium of butterfly biologists that, together, were the first to identify the genes that control differences in color and shape of patterns on butterfly wings. His research has led Dr. Counterman on numerous field expeditions across South and Central America to collect butterflies for genome sequencing.
(2016-04-22) Biological Sciences Ph.D. student, Chathurani Ranathunge, received 2nd Place in Oral Presentation at the MidSouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society Annual Meeting March 3-5, 2016, in Memphis, Tennessee. Ms. Ranathunge's presentation was entitled, "Differentially Expressed Genes between Latitudinal Populations of Sunflowers are Enriched with Microsatellites." Her research is performed under the direction of Dr. Mark Welch, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences. For more information about Dr. Welch's research lab:
(2016-04-22) Congratulations to Jonathan Belanich, M.A. student in Anthropology (Advisor: Dr. Molly Zuckerman) and Ph.D. student in Biological Sciences (Advisor: Dr. Heather Jordan), was recently inducted to the Graduate School Honors 2016 Hall of Fame, along with 7 others. Jonathan conducted research in Dr. Jordan's lab. Follow the link for the rest of the story...
(2016-04-22) Jackson Coole (right) and Jaslyn Langford (left) earned first and third place awards, respectively, for their presentations at MSU's Spring 2016 Shackhouls Honors Undergraduate Research Symposium and Community Engagement Symposium. Both students presented posters of their research being conducted in the lab of Dr. James A. Stewart, Jr., Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences. Mr. Coole's presentation was entitled, "Persistant Organic Pollutants Increase Rage Signaling and Oxidative Stress in Diabetic Hearts," and Ms. Langford's presentation was entitled, " Rage Signaling is Intersected by RAP1A Crosstalk in Fibroblasts in Diabetic Hearts." Congratulations to both these students for their outstanding work!
(2016-04-07) Dr. Evan Kaplan, Instructor, Biological Sciences recently received the College of Arts & Sciences Natural and Physical Sciences Teaching Award. Congratulations, Dr. Kaplan!
(2016-04-07) Biological Sciences Doctoral student, Cory Shoemaker, was awarded the Best Student Oral Presentation at the 2016 Mississippi Water Resources Conference, held April 5-6, in Jackson. His presentation, entitled "Effects of land use on wetland plant diversity in Mississippi," was selected for the First Place award. Cory's research, conducted under the supervisions of Dr. Gary Ervin (Professor of Biological Sciences), has been funded by approximately $100,000 of external support from the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute and the U.S. Geological Survey. Cory and Master's student, Evelyn Windham, have spent the last two years studying wetland restoration projects in the Mississippi Delta, to better understand factors influencing the success of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Wetland Reserve Program restorations. CONGRATULATIONS CORY!
(2016-03-29) Please follow the link for the article about Dr. Outlaw's grant award:
(2016-03-28) Jaslyn Langford, undergraduate Biological Sciences-Microbiology major is one of two MSU undergraduates chosen for the honor. Please see full story at the following link: http://biology.msstate.edu/pdf/bio_student_research-rotunda.pdf.
(2016-01-26) Dr. Matthew Brown is Principal Investigator on an NSF Grant entitled "Examining the macroevolutionary trajectories in Amoebozoa, a major lineage of eukaryotes." The National Science Foundation grant in the amount of $825,000 began in May of 2015 and will continue through April 2018. Follow the link to learn more