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Help MSU Mara Hyena Project Flood Disaster Relief
Help MSU Mara Hyena Project Flood Disaster Relief

Dear friends of the hyena project,

The Talek River jumped its banks shortly after sundown on 13 June, rising at the shocking rate of 8 feet/hr. Everyone was safely rescued, but it happened so fast that camp was badly flooded, and we lost a fantastic amount of stuff, ranging from books, food and shoes to tents, car parts and very expensive pieces of scientific equipment. For more of the story, please visit our camp blog, which has compelling entries by the students who experienced the flood themselves.  
 
To help camp recover, we have developed a "wetting" registry to replace lost or ruined items. If you can manage it, we would be deeply grateful for your help as we attempt to rebuild camp and resume normal data collection from our beloved hyenas. 
 
Thanks very much,
Kay Holekamp

 

Kay Holekamp Earns Prestigious Honor
Kay Holekamp Earns Prestigious Honor

Kay Holekamp, a world-renowned hyena researcher, has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is one of 197 new members. According to AAAS, “They include some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, business, and philanthropic leaders.” Past inductees include Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

International Team Discovers Elusive New Bird in China
International Team Discovers Elusive New Bird in China

Pam Rasmussen is among a team of researchers who have discovered a new bird, the Sichuan bush warbler, in China. To date, Rasmussen has helped document and scientifically describe ten new species of birds.

Department of Integrative Biology Welcomes Gideon Bradburd
Department of Integrative Biology Welcomes Gideon Bradburd

Gideon Bradburd will join the Department of Integrative Biology as a new faculty member in Fall 2016. Gideon's research is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of genetic variation. 

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