Congratulations to these PhD candidates in Biology labs, Fletcher Halliday (Charles Mitchell’s Lab), Rob Heckman (Charles Mitchell’s Lab), Anne-Marie Ladouceur (Paul Maddox’s Lab), Bianca Lopez (Plant Ecology Lab), Susan Lyons (Keith Sockman’s Lab), and Chris Payne (Plant Ecology Lab), who have been selected as recipients of “Dissertation Completion Fellowship Awards” from the UNC Graduate School for 2015-2016. Each award provides a stipend and a scholarship to cover all university fees, as well as tuition and health insurance, in order to allow each student to devote full time to dissertation completion. In addition, Alissa Brown (Plant Ecology Lab) was selected to receive “The Kevin Satisky and Judith Thorn Summer Research Fellowship” (for $4000), which will allow her to devote full time to conducting her dissertation research.
Family fun at the 2015 UNC SCIENCE EXPO, a free event of the North Carolina Science Festival. Saturday, April 11, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on campus. Enjoy a street-fair type atmosphere and participate in the science activities. VISIT THE BIOLOGY BOOTH!! PERFORMERS, FOOD TRUCKS, CAMPUS TOURS, ACTIVITIES. LEARN MORE >>
Congratulations to Matthew Powers, an undergraduate researcher (Junior, Biology Major) in Dr. Elizabeth Shank’s lab, whose first-author paper entitled “Inhibition of Cell Differentiation in Bacillus subtilis by Pseudomonas protegens” was published in the Journal of Bacteriology this week. This manuscript describes Matthew’s identification of a soil microbe that secretes an antibiotic that, at subinhibitory concentrations, inhibits biofilm formation and sporulation in B. subtilis. These findings have potential implications for understanding the interactions between these two microbes on plant roots in the natural world, as well as support the idea that many compounds thought of as antibiotics can also impact bacterial development at subinhibitory concentrations. READ MORE >>
Congratulations to Vishal Iyer (Biology undergraduate student), who has been selected as a recipient of a Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Award (SUTASA), given for excellence in teaching undergraduate students. Established in 1989, the SUTASA awards are the only teaching and staff awards funded, nominated, and selected entirely by undergraduates at the University, with $1000 given to each recipient. Vishal is a supplemental instructor for both BIOL101 and BIOL202 classes, working with both Dr. Blaire Steinwand and Dr. Jean DeSaix.