Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Shank (Biology) and her co-PIs Dr. Jeff Dangl (Biology), Dr. Carol Arnosti (Marine Sciences), and Dr. David Berry (University of Vienna), who were recently awarded a $2,021,649, three-year grant from the Department of Energy. This grant will allow this multi-disciplinary team to develop an imaging platform using ‘transparent soil’ to non-destructively visualize the growth, metabolic activity, and carbon utilization of soil microbes and plants in native-like microcosms, and thus address key questions about community assembly and carbon cycling in soil ecosystems. [Transparent soil image obtained by Kriti Sharma, EEOB Graduate Student.]
Alan Feduccia is quoted in Duke Magazine’s summer 2015 issue on the new massive whole genome analyses of bird orders led by Erich Jarvis, which support Feduccia’s “Big Bang” theory of modern bird evolution following the extinction event that closed the Cretaceous Period (Feduccia, A. 1995. Explosive evolution in Tertiary birds and mammals. Science 267:637-638). This theory, formulated in the 1970s while working with the late Berkeley biochemist Allan Wilson*, was based on the mosaic nature of Eocene bird fossils (50 Ma), the absence of modern birds before the Cretaceous boundary (65Ma), and very small protein differences between modern orders. [*Wilson (a pioneer in the “molecular clock” field) and Vincent Sarich, also of Berkeley, proposed in the late 1960’s the provocative but now-accepted theory that apes and humans evolved from lineages that split off from one another five million years ago, The African Eve Hypothesis.] QUICK VIEW >>
Bob Goldstein’s lab members scatter around the world to present at conferences… PhD student Jenny Heppert was selected to give a short talk on mechanisms of spindle positioning by cell-cell signaling at the June Developmental Biology Gordon Research Conference in Massachusetts. Jennifer and PhD student Sophie Tintori presented posters on their research as well. Postdoc Dan Dickinson co-organized a workshop, spoke on improved CRISPR methods, and presented posters at the International C. elegans Meeting held in Los Angeles in June. Postdocs Frank Smith and Thomas Boothby spoke at the 13th International Symposium on Tardigrades held in Modena, Italy in June.
Professor Emeritus Haven Wiley’s new book, “Noise Matters: The Evolution of Communication”, has recently been published by Harvard University Press. The book’s comprehensive approach considers communication on many different levels of biological organization, from cells to individual organisms, including humans. READ MORE >>