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Tidbits, May 2013
To Jennifer Hofmeister who was recently awarded a Philomathia Scholars Graduate Fellowship of $20,000 for tuition, fees and/or stipend for the 2013-2014 academic year. This is a one-year award with the possibility of a second year of funding based on research progress.
To Emily Lindsey and her husband Martin on the birth of their new son, Christopher Darwin Lindsey Tomasz.
To Kevin Padian and Ellen-Thérèse Lamm of the Museum of the Rockies on the recently published Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods: Advancing Methods, Analysis, and Interpretation, the first comprehensive summary of the field of fossil bone histology; and to alum Andrew Lee and grad student Sarah Werning, two of the many contributors to the volume.
To Judy Scotchmoor on receipt of the 2013 Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Chancellor's Award for Public Service.
To Sarah Werning as the 2013 winner of the American Microscopical Society best student oral presentation competition at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Her talk was entitled Osteohistological differences between marsupials and placental mammals reflect both growth rates and life history strategies; and to Jenna Judge, one of two students to receive an Honorable Mention. Her talk was entitled A 3D investigation of the morphology of the lepetellid limpets (Lepetella sierral): Hypotheses on feeding ecology and symbiosis.
Our student award winners
Our soon to be Ph.D.s!
Theresa Grieco (Hlusko Lab) spoke on Adding anurans to our understanding of vertebrate dental development.
Joey Pakes (Caldwell/Lindberg Labs) spoke on Life in lightless underwater caves: A story of blind crustaceans and associated microbial communities.
Sarah Werning (Padian Lab) spoke on The evolution of growth and metabolic rates in archosaurs and mammals.
Welcome Minda Berbeco
Around 10,000 years ago, glyptodons (ancient, Volkswagon-sized armadillos) went extinct, along with many other large, South American mammals. But why? UCMP scientist Tony Barnosky just kicked off a scientific collaboration to find out. The group, which includes more than 20 researchers from all over the Americas and scientists of many stripes, from archaeologists to radiocarbon dating experts, just held their first meeting in March 2013 at the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford University. The team will put together data from many different sources to narrow down the possible causes of the extinctions. Were they caused by climate change as the Earth exited the last ice age? Can we blame them on humans, who were arriving in South America at about the same time? Was there a destructive synergy between these two factors? Stay tuned to fine out! The group's work will continue for the next three years.
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