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Mariah Meek Joins IBIO
Mariah Meek Joins IBIO

We are pleased to announce that Mariah Meek has joined our department as a new faculty member! Meek is a geneticist, fisheries ecologist, and conservation biologist. She is particularly interested in the evolutionary and ecological processes that generate and maintain diversity within and among populations.

From Witches to Evolution: Making the Case for Scientific Literacy
From Witches to Evolution: Making the Case for Scientific Literacy

Matt Rowe and Marcus Gillespie (Sam Houston State University) shared a mutual concern about the gap between a student's understanding of science and the level of understanding required for true scientific literacy. They took action by developing a "Foundations of Science" course designed to help students think critically about scientific questions using a set of over-arching principles. 

Katherine Magoulick Becomes Undergraduate Research Ambassador
Katherine Magoulick Becomes Undergraduate Research Ambassador

Zoology major, Katherine Magoulick, has been selected as an MSU Undergraduate Research Ambassador. The Undergraduate Research Ambassador program prepares current undergraduate researchers to facilitate workshops, assist at UURAF, and provide feedback to the UR staff on current and proposed program offerings. Magoulick’s research focuses on animal species recovery efforts around the world.

Biologist Litchman Named MSU Foundation Professor
Biologist Litchman Named MSU Foundation Professor

Elena Litchman, professor of integrative biology and faculty member at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, has been named an MSU Foundation Professor. Elena is internationally recognized for her research on phytoplankton communities in both freshwater and marine environments. 

Katie Licht Becomes an International Newsletter Editor
Katie Licht Becomes an International Newsletter Editor

Recently the IBIO Communications Manager, Katie Licht, was elected to an international board member position at the 2016 Association of Zoo and Aquarium Docents and Volunteers Conference in El Paso, Texas.

Studying the Genetic Basis of Adaptation
Studying the Genetic Basis of Adaptation

New IBIO faculty member, Gideon Bradburd, has teamed up with David Lowry in Plant Biology (PLB) and other colleagues from across the country to develop a major analysis and synthesis of the state of the art in efforts to use modern genomic methods to understand the evolution of adaptations. The paper is in the October issue of the American Naturalist.

2016 Department Award Winners Announced
2016 Department Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to all the 2016 award winners: Steve Roels, Lily Johnson-Ulrich, Nikki Cavalieri, Kaycee Morra, Eli Strauss, Sean Williams, Taylor Schoen, Nicole Thompson, Casey Geisland, Meghan Bugaj, Ryan Grady, Michael Killewald, Matthew Welc, Lindsey Whitlock, and Ana Wodek.

2016 Department of Integrative Biology Newsletter for Alumni and Friends
2016 Department of Integrative Biology Newsletter for Alumni and Friends

This summer the Department of Integrative Biology Newsletter was sent through the postal service to our alumni and friends. A copy of this newsletter is now available on our Department website for readers to enjoy.

Big Science? It's in Our Nature
Big Science? It's in Our Nature

Richard Lenski, called “The Man Who Bottled Evolution” by Science Magazine, was able to pinpoint the genes that give bacteria the beneficial mutations to outperform their ancestors, information important for human health.

MSU Faculty Named to Second Cohort of MSU STEM Fellowships
MSU Faculty Named to Second Cohort of MSU STEM Fellowships

Congratulations to Terri McElhinny, who has been named to the second cohort of fellows of the STEM Gateway Teaching Fellows Program!

Nicole Thompson: Pursuing Her Childhood Aspirations
Nicole Thompson: Pursuing Her Childhood Aspirations

Nicole’s curiosity about the natural world began at an early age. She spent countless days of her youth turning over logs in search of salamanders, stirring up river beds to catch crayfish, and fishing with her father in western Michigan. According to Nicole, “Such a fascination with the natural world came from being raised in a family that celebrated every neat creature I captured. At a young age, I recognized the beauty and intrinsic value of earth and its inhabitants.” Despite her early interests, Nicole never planned to study Zoology in college. 

NSF Grant will Help Decipher Cells' Electric Properties
NSF Grant will Help Decipher Cells' Electric Properties

Jason Gallant will use a National Science Foundation grant to decipher the secrets of electric organs in fish and apply the insights to human electrically excitable tissue.

Jim Atkinson: Professor and Artist
Jim Atkinson: Professor and Artist

Dr. Jim Atkinson has a long history working with invertebrates: as a researcher, teacher, and artist. The convergence of Jim’s research, teaching, and art first blossomed during his tenure at Michigan State University. 

Michael Kuczynski: Pursuing His Passions
Michael Kuczynski: Pursuing His Passions

As an undergraduate, Michael Kuczynski discovered his passion for research, specifically the field of behavior ecology. He joined the lab of Tom Getty as a doctoral student to study individual variation in sexual signaling and sexual selection in gray treefrogs. Michael discovered a second passion during his time at MSU - teaching. Consequently, he accepted a position as a non-tenure track assistant professor at Truman State University where his primary responsibilities include teaching introductory biology lectures and labs.

Rohan Maddamsetti: Harvard Bound
Rohan Maddamsetti: Harvard Bound

2016 was an outstanding year for Rohan Maddamsetti: he earned his doctorate in Zoology from Michigan State University, he was the first author on a paper that earned accolades for being one of the top three articles published in the journal Genetics in 2015, and this fall he will start a postdoc at the Harvard Medical School.

Integrative Biology to Offer New Semester Long, Faculty-Led Study Abroad: Conservation Medicine in New Zealand
Integrative Biology to Offer New Semester Long, Faculty-Led Study Abroad: Conservation Medicine in New Zealand

We are pleased to announce the formation of a new study abroad program in Conservation Medicine (Spring semesters every year)!

MSU Researchers Honored for Outstanding Genetics Article
MSU Researchers Honored for Outstanding Genetics Article

Richard Lenski, Rohan Maddamsetti, and Jeffrey Barrick have been honored for having one of the top three articles published in the journal Genetics in 2015. The paper reconstructed the dynamics of 42 mutations over 20,000 generations of bacterial evolution.

Courtney Hughes Wins Dan Bolin Undergraduate Award
Courtney Hughes Wins Dan Bolin Undergraduate Award

Courtney Hughes was recently awarded the 2016 Dan Bolin Undergraduate Award in recognition of her leadership, academic excellence, and commitment to community. Hughes is a junior studying zoology with a concentration in animal behavior and neurobiology.

What's on Tap?
What's on Tap?

Chances are, wherever there is water there are Spartans. Researchers from dozens of disciplines across the globe study, monitor and protect our waters—from joining the front lines of the Flint water crisis response to combating the effects of climate change to ensuring access to safe, plentiful water for all. Integrative Biology graduate student, Kateri Salk, is featured.

In Memory of Professor Lynwood G. Clemens
In Memory of Professor Lynwood G. Clemens

Colleagues, staff, and students in the Department of Integrative Biology; the Neuroscience Program; Integrative Studies in Biology; and across MSU and around the world are saddened by the death of Lyn Clemens, following a long, quiet struggle with cancer.