Congratulations to Biology seniors Michael Auriemma, Connor Ifkovits, Shane Dulin, Brett Barnard and Stephen Santangelo, and to Biology graduate student Vincent Boudreau for winning the ACC Hockey League Championship hosted by the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. After posting a stellar eight wins, two losses and one tie during the second semester, the Tar Heels went on to win the Admiral’s Cup in the ACC championship game, defeating three time defending champions, the Georgetown Hoyas. This is the first ACC Hockey League championship title the Tar Heels have brought back to Chapel Hill in the program’s 40-year history!
Congratulations to the McKay, Strahl, Duronio, and Matera labs for their featured article published in the February issue of Developmental Cell entitled: “Interrogating the Function of Metazoan Histones using Engineered Gene Clusters”, which describes a new platform for histone gene engineering in Drosophila. Their approach improves upon previous approaches by directly testing the function of histone residues in vivo, rather than by relying on inferences from mutations in the enzymes that modify histone residues. The system will be used as part of an ongoing collaboration to unravel the basic mechanisms of epigenetic inheritance in animals. Lineberger Postdoc Stephen Klusza (Duronio and Matera labs) and GMB Graduate Students Taylor Penke (Duronio lab), Michael Meers (Matera lab), Katy Curry (Duronio lab), and Stephen McDaniel (Strahl lab), as well as former Biology Graduate Student Deirdre Tatomer (Duronio and Marzluff labs) and former Biology undergraduate Stephen Cooper (Matera lab) contributed to the work. READ MORE >>
Congratulations to Distinguished Professor Emeritus Alan Feduccia, whose July 2014 Journal of Ornithology paper was the top downloaded paper for that journal in 2014. His paper is entitled “Jurassic archosaur is a non-dinosaurian bird”. “Re-examination utilizing Keyence 3D digital microscopy and low angled illumination of the fossil Scansoriopteryx, a problematic sparrow-size pre-Archaeopteryx specimen from the Jurassic Daohugou Biotas, provides new evidence which challenges the widely accepted hypothesis that birds are derived from dinosaurs in which avian flight originated from cursorial forms.” READ MORE >>
“NatureServe’s Larry E. Morse Visiting Botany Fellowship for 2015 has been awarded to Alan Weakley—one of the country’s foremost botanical taxonomists—for his long-standing and ongoing dedication to plant conservation. Weakley, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina and herbarium director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, is also a longtime botanist and ecologist in the NatureServe Network. The Larry E. Morse Visiting Botanist Fellowship was established in 2012 to honor Morse’s legendary career, long-standing commitment to plant conservation, and dedication to mentoring botanists of all ages and at any stage of their career.” READ MORE >>