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  • Nanci Ross, Ph.D. student of Greg Anderson from the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, won the Edmund H. Fulling Award for best student contributed oral paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Economic Botany. This, the 49th annual meeting of the Society, was held during the week of 2 June at Duke University. The title of Ms Ross' presentation was: "Impacts of ancient Maya forest gardens on Mesoamerican tree species composition".
  • A paper by Rahbek, C., N. Gotelli, R. K. Colwell, G. L. Entsminger, T. F. L. V. B. Rangel, and G. R. Graves. 2007. Predicting continental-scale patterns of bird species richness with spatially explicit models. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 274:165-174 has won The Smithsonian Institution's "2007 National Museum of Natural History Science Achievement Award," which is given to the best 3-5 papers authored by staff in the NMNH.
  • Trina Bayard has been awarded one of this year's Chapman Grants from the Frank M. Chapman Memorial Fund of the American Museum of Natural History.
  • Congratulate Roberta Engel and Tobias Landberg, who both received awards from the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant program.
  • Juan Carlos Villarreal received a $1,000 grant from the International Association of Plant Taxonomists.
  • Suegene Noh has been awarded a grant from Sigma Xi for her work in lacewings, entitled "Investigating species boundaries and the role of mating signals during lineage divergence in European green lacewings of the Chrysoperla carnea group (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae)"
  • March 1, 2008: Graduate Student Symposium This is an all day event where graduate students present their research to other students and faculty. Any EEB graduate student can present: BSMS, masters, or PhD students. New graduate students typically present research ideas or preliminary data, while those more ‘seasoned’ students present their most recent results, often in preparation for upcoming spring and summer meetings. See more at Symposium 2008
  • Congratulate Clinton Morse on being this year’s winner of the University of Connecticut Award for Excellence in Outreach and Public Engagement (staff category), for his many public-outreach activities associated with the greenhouses.
  • EEB in the Blogosphere. Three members of EEB are communicating to the outside world by blogging about science. Amy Weiss is proving biology matters by searching out the gummy tapeworms and bacterial art in popular culture at Cells in Culture. Kent Holsinger, at Uncommon Ground is blogging on academics, the environment, and biodiversity. Don’t miss his post on the change in USDA hardiness zones since 1990; soon we’ll be able to grow live oaks in CT, instead of maples. Jessica Budke, at Moss Plants and More is providing research reports, information and commentary on all things bryological. Moss mugshots are up!

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