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A Day in the Life of a URA at KBS: Alex Walus
A Day in the Life of a URA at KBS: Alex Walus

Environmental Biology-Zoology major, Alex Walus, participated in the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship (URA) Program at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station during summer 2016. Read about her research experience in the Brudvig Lab.

Conservation Medicine in New Zealand Study Abroad Launches Blog
Conservation Medicine in New Zealand Study Abroad Launches Blog

The new, semester-long Conservation Medicine in New Zealand Study Abroad is underway! The program has launched a blog so you can read about their adventures.

MSU Researcher Looks to Biological Evolution for Clues to Improve Artificial Intelligence
MSU Researcher Looks to Biological Evolution for Clues to Improve Artificial Intelligence

What could artificial intelligence mean for us in the future? And when might intelligent machines and technology be at a point where they become an integral part of our lives?Those are the questions that Arend Hintze explores. He's an assistant professor of Integrative Biology and Computer Science and Engineering, and he runs the Hintze Lab, where they research the evolution of natural and artificial intelligence.

Julia Ganz Publishes Foundational Research About Nervous System Development
Julia Ganz Publishes Foundational Research About Nervous System Development

Julia Ganz, who joined the Integrative Biology faculty in 2017, recently published a paper in the journal, Developmental Dynamics, about gene expression properties of stem cells in the enteric nervous system (ENS).

Matthew Porter: Making a Better World for Wild, Captive Penguins
Matthew Porter: Making a Better World for Wild, Captive Penguins

Alumna, Matthew Porter, was featured in the Fall 2016 edition of the MSU Alumni magazine. After graduating from MSU, Matthew landed an internship with the Detroit Zoo and found his niche. Today, he works as a zookeeper in the zoo's bird department. In 2015 he had the opportunity traveled to Antarctica to study the effect of climate change on Antarctic birds with field biologists. Matthew's trip to Antarctica allowed him not only to observe how the birds behave in the wild but also to apply his observations to the Detroit Zoo's new Polk Penguin Conservation Center. Matthew worked with the Detroit Zoo on the design of the new center.

Jeanette McGuire Recognized for Teaching Excellence
Jeanette McGuire Recognized for Teaching Excellence

Jeanette McGuire, was awarded the 2016 Lorena V. Blinn Endowed Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Natural Science. The Lorena V. Blinn Award is awarded to faculty members that demonstrate expertise in the teaching subject matter and integrate current research and/or new advancements relevant to the course topic into the pedagogy. Jeanette is the lead faculty member on the new Conservation Medicine in New Zealand study abroad program that provides an interdisciplinary approach to health while providing cutting-edge research opportunities for students on the program. 

Fitzpatrick Appointed as Assistant Professor
Fitzpatrick Appointed as Assistant Professor

Starting January 1, 2017, Sarah Fitzpatrick will begin as an Assistant Professor at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station and in our department. Her research integrates evolution, ecology, and conservation, in part by measuring long-term fitness, or reproductive success, in wild populations of vertebrate species, using a combination of genomic tools and mark-recapture. Her work rides the wave of recent advances in molecular technologies to examine biological phenomena in ways not previously possible.

Jenny Boughman Joins Society for the Study of Evolution Executive Board
Jenny Boughman Joins Society for the Study of Evolution Executive Board

Jenny Boughman as been elected Vice President of the Society for the Study of Evolution. The Society for the Study of Evolution is the premier international professional society for evolutionary biology.

Rhinos, Elephants and Leopards, Oh My! Kat Shupe's Summer Working on a Conservation Project in South Africa
Rhinos, Elephants and Leopards, Oh My! Kat Shupe's Summer Working on a Conservation Project in South Africa

Zoology major, Kat Shupe, spent six weeks in South Africa working in conservation and wildlife medicine through a program called African Conservation Experience (ACE). Read about her experience helping with leopard, rhino, and elephant conservation projects. 

Model Explains Barred Owls' Domination Over Northern Spotted Owls
Model Explains Barred Owls' Domination Over Northern Spotted Owls

Barred owls – unrivaled nocturnal predators and procreators – are moving into the Pacific Northwest. They’re encroaching on northern spotted owl territories and outcompeting this smaller, threatened cousin. A model developed at Michigan State University shows how it’s happening and gives wildlife conservationists a highly accurate, yet cost-effective tool to help shape management policies.

Boughman and Colleagues Investigate the Evolution of Icelandic Sticklebacks
Boughman and Colleagues Investigate the Evolution of Icelandic Sticklebacks

The National Science Foundation awarded Jenny Boughman and a team of researchers a “Dimensions of Biodiversity” grant to pursue novel research studying the evolution of threespine stickleback throughout Iceland. 

Mittelbach Receives Outstanding Faculty Award
Mittelbach Receives Outstanding Faculty Award

The College of Natural Sciences (NatSci) recognized 25 faculty and staff members at the annual award ceremony on November 11, among them Gary Mittelbach. Gary received a 2017 NatSci Outstanding Faculty Award.

James Smith Honored as AAAS Fellow
James Smith Honored as AAAS Fellow

Two Michigan State University scientists have been named AAAS Fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, James Smith. This national recognition is awarded to researchers for their efforts to advance science or its applications. 

Jeanette McGuire and Gary Mittelbach Accoladed at the NatSci Awards Presentation
Jeanette McGuire and Gary Mittelbach Accoladed at the NatSci Awards Presentation

Jeanette McGuire and Gary Mittelbach were among the twenty-five NatSci faculty and staff members recognized for their achievements and contributions during 2016 at the annual College of Natural Science awards ceremony. Jeanette was recognized for her excellence in teaching with the Lorena V. Blinn Endowed Teaching Award while Gary received an Outstanding Faculty Award. 

Elena Litchman Becomes a MSU Foundation Professor
Elena Litchman Becomes a MSU Foundation Professor

Elena Litchman is internationally recognized for her research on phytoplankton communities in both freshwater and marine environments. Elena's many accolades include the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and a National Science Foundation Career Award. Now she can add MSU Foundation Professor to the list.

Mobs are, Sometimes, Good
Mobs are, Sometimes, Good

Submitting to mob mentality is always a risky endeavor, for humans or hyenas. A new Michigan State University study focusing on the latter, though, shows that when it comes to battling for food, mobbing can be beneficial.The findings, featured in the journal, Current Zoology, fully describe for the first time, cooperative behavior during fights between two apex predators ­– spotted hyenas and lions.

Tayler Chicoine Wins Grant to Support Her Sustainable Agriculture Research
Tayler Chicoine Wins Grant to Support Her Sustainable Agriculture Research

Tayler Chicoine has always been passionate about improving the state of our agricultural system. In fall 2016 Tayler began her graduate research in the lab of Sarah Evans at MSU's W.K. Kellogg Biological Station. Tayler is exploring plant-microbial interactions and hoping to better understand how, through selecting for beneficial plant-microbial systems, we can naturally improve agricultural systems. To support her research interests, Tayler Chicoine has been awarded the C.S. Mott Predoctoral Fellowship in Sustainable Agriculture.

Mariah Meek Harnesses the Power of New Genomic Tools to Address a Real-World Conservation Problem
Mariah Meek Harnesses the Power of New Genomic Tools to Address a Real-World Conservation Problem

Mariah Meek, a new faculty member, has published new research in the journal, Ecology and Evolution. In this study, Mariah and her collaborators demonstrated the usefulness of genomic resources for identifying genetic markers that allow fast and accurate identification of the imperiled Chinook salmon in the Great Central Valley of California.

Michigan State University Seminar in Zoo and Aquarium Science Includes the Academy
Michigan State University Seminar in Zoo and Aquarium Science Includes the Academy

In spring 2016, we began a partnership with San Diego Zoo Global Academy to incorporate the Academy's Animal Care Fundamentals certification into IBIO 369: Introduction to Zoo and Aquarium Science, taught by Dr. Richard Snider. Integration of these modules into the university's course curriculum was so successful that Academy modules have also been incorporated into a section of IBIO 489: Seminar in Zoo and Aquarium Science in fall 2016. 

Clara Lepard Nominated for Prestigious Marshall Scholarship
Clara Lepard Nominated for Prestigious Marshall Scholarship

Zoology major and Honors College senior, Clara Lepard, is one of six MSU students nominated for a prestigious graduate school scholarship, the Marshall Scholarship. The Marshall Scholarship provides support to approximately 40 of the most outstanding undergraduates in the country to study at any university in the United Kingdom.