Department News for 2016

April 22
Chathurani Ranathunge Receives Oral Presentation Award
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:

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April 22
Jonathan Belanich Inducted to Graduate School Honors Hall of Fame
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... - external link

April 22
Jackson Coole and Jaslyn Langford Awarded Spring 2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium Presentation Awards
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!

April 7
Dr. Kaplan Receives A&S Teaching Award
Dr. Evan Kaplan, Instructor, Biological Sciences recently received the College of Arts & Sciences Natural and Physical Sciences Teaching Award. Congratulations, Dr. Kaplan!

April 7
Cory Shoemaker Receives Best Student Oral Presentation
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!

March 29
Dr. Diana Outlaw Receives NIH $80,000+ Grant
Please follow the link for the article about Dr. Outlaw's grant award:

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March 28
BIO Student Jaslyn Langford Selected to Present Research at the Rotunda in the State Capitol
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:

January 26
Dr. Matthew Brown Awarded NSF Grant
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

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