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  • 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!
  • October 6, 2007: Leah Brown-Wilusz has been awarded a travel grant by the Office of Undergraduate Research to present her summer research at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology's annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
  • September 10, 2007: Amy Weiss has been funded to work on a grant entitled "Genetic Analysis of Cabomba: Ecology and Spread" in cooperation with CSIRO Entomology and the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry (DAFF).
  • August 24, 2007: Charlie Yarish was selected by a review committee of his peers to receive the faculty recognition award, which recognizes sustained outstanding achievements in teaching, research and services benefiting UConn Stamford. Yarish has been teaching at the college for 30 years. In that time, he's established an seaweed research laboratory in Stamford and forged a relationship with Chilean scholar Alejandro Buschmann. The two professors are establishing a faculty exchange between the Chilean schools and the Bridgeport Regional Vocational Aquaculture School.
  • July 17, 2007: Justin Davis has accepted a position as a Fisheries Biologist with the Inland Fisheries Division, Eastern District.
  • June 8, 2007: Diego Sustaita received the D. Dwight Davis award for best student paper in the Division of Vertebrate Morphology, at the Society for Integrative and Compartive Biology 2007 annual meetings in Phoenix, Az.
  • May 23, 2007: Lori Benoit has been awarded a student scholarship by the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society for her research on Hydrilla. This competitive scholarship comes with a stipend for her research.
  • May 18, 2007: On another positive note.... Amanda Wendt was just notified that she is receiving a grant for $1500 from the Organization for Tropical Studies to support her proposed research on "Roosting behavior, foraging behavior, and seed dispersal by frugivorous phyllostomid bats in secondary forests at La Selva Biological Station." Amanda is at La Selva now, ready to go!
  • May 18, 2007: Congratulations to Logan Senack for receiving a 2007 SURF award for this summer!
  • May 16, 2007: Jadranka Rota was informed that she will be the recipient of a Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellowship--she will be leaving for very green pastures come January to continue her work on choreutids (metalmark moths).
  • May 15, 2007: Graduate Student Nanci Ross received the following note today: "Congratulations! Your research proposal was excellent and you have been selected by the Award Committee as the winner of the 2007 Schultes Award." The award is described as follows by this international society: The Society for Economic Botany announces the offering of annual Richard E. Schultes student research award (up to $2500). The award is intended to help defray the costs of field work on a topic related to economic botany. Recipients are expected to submit a manuscript based upon their proposed research for publication in Economic Botany (the official journal of the society).
  • May 8, 2007: Jessica Budke just learned that she won second place in the '2007 Conant "Botanical Images" Travel Award' competition for her colorized SEM of the peristome of Timmia megapolitana. This award is intended to support travel to the annual meetings of the Botanical Society of America.
  • May 8, 2007: Congratulations to Charlie Yarish who has been selected to receive the 2007 Faculty Recognition Award at the Stamford Campus. The award recognizes sustained outstanding achievements in teaching, research, and/or service benefiting the Stamford Campus
  • Apr. 24, 2007: Tsitsi McPherson has just learned that she has been awarded a Prance Fellowship in Neotropical Botany by the Kew Latin America Research Fellowships Committee (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew), for her proposal "Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Protecting Biodiversity in Guyana - a proposal for a flexible yet robust methodology for the design and evaluation of National Parks using spatially clustered data." The Fellowship covers all expenses for Tstsi to spend May-July at Kew, west of London, studying material from Guyana in the Kew Herbarium
  • Apr. 2, 2007: Congratulations to Jen Murphy for receiving the Northeast Regional One Academic Advising Excellence Award at the Northeast Advising meeting last week.
  • Apr. 2, 2007: Jason Hill won the Lynds Jones Award for Best Poster Presentation by a graduate student at the recent annual meeting of the Wilson Ornithological Society.
  • Mar. 27, 2007: Congratulations to Kent Holsinger for receiving this year’s AAUP Service Excellence Award, which recognizes his many contributions to the department, the University, the scientific community, and organizations such as AIBS, BioOne, and the Nature Conservancy, among many others.
  • Mar. 27, 2007: Trina Bayard is this year's recipient of the Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for native bird habitat from the Garden Club of America.
  • Mar. 26, 2007: Krissa Skogen just learned that she has been accepted to the Environmental Leadership Program Greater Boston Network Class of 2007. "ELP's primary goal is to train and support the next generation of environmental leaders both within and beyond its flagship national initiative, the ELP Fellowship".
  • Mar. 15, 2007: John Cooley was awarded close to $20,000 from National Geographic to map the locations of periodical cicadas in 2007 and 2008 using computer-based GPS dataloggers and detailed base maps. His web accessible database will allow users to plot range maps from self-selected data points.
  • Mar. 15, 2007: The EEB Greenhouses will be featured in the 2007 Premiere episode of CPTV's Positively CT hosted by Diane Smith. The program will air on March 26th at 9pm and again on March 31st at 6:30pm.
  • Mar. 15, 2007: Trina Bayard has been awarded one of the three Mewaldt-King Awards given out this year by the Cooper Ornithological Society.
  • Mar. 5, 2007: Michael Moody has accepted a faculty position at the University of Western Australia beginning July 2007.
  • Mar. 1, 2007: Rachel Prunier has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant.
  • Feb. 26, 2007: The EEB Greenhouses exhibited dozens of interesting specimens from the living collections at the CT Flower and Garden Show held this past weekend at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Greenhouse Manager Clinton Morse was on hand all four days to answer questions from the public. The Greenhouses will also be exhibiting at the 16th Annual CPTV Family Science Expo to be held at the Connecticut Expo Center in late April.
  • Feb. 10, 2007: The EEB Greenhouses donated numerous large carnivorous plants to the new Roger Williams Botanical Center in nearby Providence, RI. The new conservatory opens to the public on March 2nd. EEBs own Matt Opel took part in the installation of the carnivorous plant bog garden along with other members of the New England Carnivorous Plant Society.
  • Feb. 9, 2007: Susan Letcher is the first place winner of the Wallace Stevens Poetry Contest! Congratulations Susan.
  • Jan. 26, 2007: Doctoral student Hilary McManus successfully defended her dissertation research. Congratulations Hilary!
  • Jan. 22, 2007: A new special collections page was added to the EEB Greenhouse website listing the plants in our collections that are the national flowers of their respective countries
  • Jan. 12, 2007: Diego Sustaita was awarded the best student paper award from the Division of Vertebrate Morphology of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biologists for the talk he delivered last week at the annual meeting
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