News & Events
- Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Butts, whose official promotion to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure will take effect in August of 2016.
- Congratulations to Ph.D. student Grace Capshaw (Carr lab), who has received a one-year, pre-doctoral training grant from UMD’s Center for the Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing (CCEBH). Grace is studying structural and functional evolution of the salamander auditory system. This award is funded by a training grant from the National Institute of Deafness and Communicative Disorders (NIDCD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- Congratulations to Sarahann Yeh, a senior majoring in biology and minoring in international development and conflict management, who has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Indonesia for the 2016-17 academic year. This will build on her 2013 experience, when she participated in the Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship program to study Indonesian. Ms. Yeh is a Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar and an alumna of the College Park Scholars’ Life Sciences program and of the Global Semester: Science Diplomacy program. While teaching English in Indonesia, Ms. Yeh plans to volunteer at local women and children’s clinics to better understand maternal and child health in Indonesia and further her knowledge of global health. After completing her Fulbright year, Ms. Yeh hopes to pursue a master’s degree in public health or international affairs, gain experience in international health development projects, and ultimately join the U.S. Foreign Service as a public diplomacy officer.
- Congratulations to Amira Collison, a senior majoring in Neurobiology & Physiology and minoring in Spanish, who has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Spain for the 2016-17 academic year. Ms. Collison is a member of the Integrated Life Sciences program of the University Honors College, has served as the chief student coordinator for a high school tutoring program, Foundations in Science and Health, as well as site leader for SHARE, a student-run organization that collects and donates medical supplies to developing countries. Since 2012 Ms. Collison has been a full Banneker Key Scholar and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi. While teaching English in Spain, Ms. Collison plans to volunteer at a local health clinic, building on her volunteer work at Silver Spring Community Clinic. After completing her Fulbright year in Spain, Ms. Collison plans to attend medical school. As a physician, she hopes to improve the quality and access of health care for minorities in underserved areas.
- Congratulations to Dr. Arthur Popper, whose book, The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II, is now available from Springer (Popper, A. N. and Hawkins, A. eds. 2016).
- Congratulations to Dr. Joshua Singer, whose NIH R01 grant has been renewed for one year in the amount of $405,957 through the end of February 2017.
- Congratulations to Biology’s Karen Lips and Ana Longo, as well as their colleagues Vance Vredenburg (San Francisco State University) and Patricia Burrowes (University of Puerto Rico), whose session at this year’s annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), titled “Advancing Knowledge of Global Amphibian Decline with International Collaboration," was featured in an official media briefing today. A press release featuring a short video produced by AAAS is featured here on the CMNS website: https://cmns.umd.edu/news-events/features/3424
- Congratulations to Dr. Hadiya Woodham and collaborators Gili Marbach-Ad and Kaci Thompson, who conducted a science curriculum research project in which they explored the benefits of using primary literature to enhance scientific literacy in cell biology laboratory classes. They will present a poster at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) conference this April in Baltimore, and the team also submitted a manuscript on this material to the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education (JMBE) which was accepted with revisions.
- Congratulations to Dr. Catherine Carr who has been elected chair of the Grass Foundation for 2018-2020. The Grass Foundation ( http://www.grassfoundation.org/ ) supports research and education in neuroscience, including, among other things, a research fellowship program at Woods Hole.
- Dr. Daniel Butts has been awarded a two-year R21 grant from the NIH in the amount of $304,000, along with his NIH collaborator, Dr. Bruce Cumming. They will be conducting ground-breaking work studying the part of the visual cortex responsible for processing vision at the center of the gaze.
- Congratulations to Professor Karen Lips, who has been named a 2016 Jefferson Science Fellow. More...
- Congratulations to Andy Foss-Grant (Fagan lab), whose paper "Hierarchical analysis of phylogenetic variation in intraspecific competition across fish species" was just accepted for publication in Ecology.
- Congratulations to Carly Muletz Wolz, a PhD candidate in biological sciences (Karen Lips’ lab) who has won the People’s Choice Award in the 2015 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition sponsored by Universitas 21, an international network of research universities. Muletz Wolz and the other competitors were judged on their ability to communicate the significance of their doctoral research to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes. This is the second consecutive year that a UMD doctoral student has won the People’s Choice award in the 3MT contest. More...
- Congratulations to undergraduate Sarahann Yeh, a 2015 Merrill Presidential Scholar, and her faculty mentor, Reid Compton, Director of Undergraduate Studies. The program honors the University’s most successful seniors for and designated faculty for their mentorship.
- Congratulations to Gerry Carter and his advisor Jerry Wilkinson, whose paper was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Link...
Their work was also featured in a National Geographic online news article.
- Dr. Jonathan Simon was featured as opening speaker in the Paris Workshop on Decoding of Sound and Brain. More...
- Congratulations to Bill Fagan (Biology) and Lyle Isaacs (Chemistry & Biochemistry) who received U.S. Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN). The awards will provide 13 three-year fellowships for graduate students in biology and chemistry. More...
- New book in honor of Dr. Arthur Popper. J. A. Sisneros (2015). Fish Hearing and Bioacoustics. Springer. Flyer
- College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences launched photo contest. Winner will get 4-pack suite tickets for Sept., 5 football game.
- Dr. David Inouye offers thoughts on the next century of ecology - Science.
- On July 8, 2015, Dr. Sigmund Grollman; Professor Emeritus of Biology and alumnus BS ’47 and PhD ’52 passed away at the age of 94 peacefully at the VA Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Grollman received the Purple Heart in WWII while serving as a medic in the US Army in Europe. He served as a professor of Biology for over 30 years, a teacher and mentor to hundreds of students. A prolific writer and researcher, he published dozens of papers and wrote a biology textbook in use for many years, The human body: Its structure and physiology. Funeral services and interment were be held at Anshe Emunah Aitz Chaim Cemetery in Baltimore. Contributions in his memory may be sent UMCP Foundation, Dept. of Biology, c/o Andrea Morris 2300 Symons Hall, College Park, MD 20742. There will be a memorial service at the Chapel at the University of Maryland at a later date.
- Congratulations to Dr. Catherine Carr who has just been named a Distinguished University Professor.
- It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the passing of a world-renowned and much beloved faculty member. Dr. Eugenie Clark, Professor Emerita of Biology and founder of the Mote Marine Laboratory in Southwest Florida, died on February 25 in Sarasota, Florida. Known as the “shark lady,” she earned her Ph.D. from New York University and joined the Zoology faculty at the University of Maryland in 1968, officially retiring in 1992. Returning to the Mote Lab in 2000 as Senior Scientist and Director Emerita, she continued the groundbreaking research she started 60 years ago. Read more about Dr. Clark here. Dr. Arthur Popper (Biology) wrote a tribute to her, The National Geographic published a biography here, and The New York Times also published a feature about her.
- Dr. Catherine Carr, co-director of the campus’ Center for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing, has been awarded a 5-year renewal of its NIH training grant (T32). This training program was the first ever awarded by NIH to the University and the funding for years 21-25 will support doctoral and postdoctoral students to study various hearing and related topics. This is the longest continuous NIH training program at UMD; Drs. Arthur Popper and Bob Dooling were the leaders of this training program for the first 20 years. The motivation behind CEBH is that more than 13% of the US population is afflicted with hearing disorders. The program is world-renowned for its contributions to understanding the mechanisms of hearing in healthy auditory systems as well as the mechanisms underlying a wide range of auditory disorders. A hallmark of the program is the collaborations across labs; CCEBH is campus wide, and the majority of members are from Biology, Psychology, Hearing and Speech, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. The new funding includes an otolaryngology surgeon from the UM School of Medicine who provides our students with new opportunities to understand hearing in a clinical context. CCEBH also includes an interactive collaboration with the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) of the NIH, and the majority of their researchers are adjuncts at UMD, and their director, Dr. James Battey, is a College Park Professor in the Biology department.
- Dr. Jonathan Simon received a new five-year NIH-NIDCD R01 grant in the amount of $1.5M for his proposal entitled "Auditory Scene Analysis and Temporal Cortical Computations.” The research will further the understanding of how in an environment with many sounds and voices, people are able to concentrate on an individual voice and what it is saying.
- Dr. Tom Kocher, whose proposal entitled “Closing the Tilapia Genome Assembly” has been awarded a new USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant in the total amount of $270,000 over three years (02/01/2015 - 01/31/2018).
- Dr. Philip Johnson, who successfully transitioned from the NIH postdoctoral K99 mentored phase to the R00 independent scientist phase with a grant in the amount of $249,000 from March 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016 for his proposal entitled “Population Genetic Inference from the Adaptive Immune System.”
- Dr. Karen Carleton et al.,whose article “Ancestral duplications and highly dynamic opsin gene evolution in percomorph fishes” was recently published in PNAS.
- Dr. Nathan Kraft et al.,whose article “Plant functional traits and the multidimensional nature of species coexistence” was recently published in PNAS.
- Dr. Keryn Bromberg Gedan, who was recently mentioned in The Frederick News-Post in an article about students from the University of Maryland’s Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability program who presented their recommendations for a more sustainable Frederick. Dr. Gedan guided some of the projects.
- Dr. Alison Howard (Fagan lab), who has received a “Graduate School Excellence in Research Award” from the University of Georgia for her dissertation at the interface of psychology and geography on the role of spatial memory in primate movement.
- Dr. David Inouye, who was recently quoted in Smithsonian magazine’s article “Best Places to See Wildflowers Around the United States.”
- University of Maryland, College Park is ranked # 46 in the world's top institutions for earth and environmental sciences (# 18 among public U.S. universities and # 24 among all U.S. universities) in the Nature Global Index 2014. Physical Sciences is ranked # 26 (# 7 among public U.S. universities and # 12 among all U.S. universities), and overall the university is ranked # 55 of the most productive scientific research institutions in the world. In addition, the Department of Biology is ranked 5th and the Department of Mathematics is 12th in the Top 25 Biology/Mathematics programs by GraduatePrograms.com. Fifteen ranking categories are assigned to each program at each graduate school, covering a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.
- Dr. Karen Lips and BISI-BEES student Carly Muletz (Biology), whose article “Recent introduction of a chytrid fungus endangers Western Palearctic salamanders” was published in Science. Karen was also quoted in a Science “In Depth” article, a Nature News article, and a Science News article on recently published research about a type of ranavirus (RV) responsible for the declining populations of a wide range of amphibians in the Picos de Europa National Park, Spain. Her research was featured in the Cornell Chronicle and National Geographic and the extensive media coverage included Christian Science Monitor, Daily Mail, LiveScience, The New York Times and Reuters, and is also detailed on the CMNS website.
- Dr. Keryn Bromberg Gedan and her fellow researchers on the publication of their Global Change Biology article entitled “Climate change and dead zones.” This recent study detailing how climate change may be contributing to larger, increased dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay and beyond has also received extensive media coverage as follows:
Associated Press (reprinted on dozens of sites)
- Drs. Bill Jeffrey and Li Ma, whose article entitled “The cavefish genome reveals candidate genes for eye loss” was published in Nature Communications.
- Drs. Hilary Bierman and Catherine Carr, whose article in the Journal of Experimental Biology was one of the top-5 most read in all of calendar year 2014.
- Dr. Carlos Machado received the Graduate School Research and Scholarship Award (RASA) for Fall of 2015. In addition, Carlos’ proposal was also selected by the committee as this year’s winner of the Graduate School’s RASA Enhancement Award.
- Dr. Thomas Kocher received the Graduate School Research and Scholarship Award (RASA) for Summer of 2015.
- Dr. Elizabeth Quinlan was quoted in The Scientist in an article on recent research that acutely disrupted paired immunoglobulin-like receptor B (PirB) function at specific ages, showing that PirB actively represses neural plasticity throughout life.
- Dr. Arthur Popper, whose article “Gaps in understanding the effects of noise on fishes and invertebrates,” was published in Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries.
- Dr. David Inouye, who gave a plenary lecture at the International Symposium on Weather and Climate Extremes, Food Security and Biodiversity, sponsored by the WMO and FAO, at George Mason University. He talked about his research into climate effects on plants.
- Dr. Sharon Bewick (Fagan lab) received a new grant, “Understanding the Skin Microbiome Through the Integration of Metagenomics, Bioinformatics, Spatial Ecology and Synthetic Biology.” This is a 5-year award funded through the Department of Defense/Army Research Office MURI Award. The total grant is for $4.5 million, with just over $1M coming to Maryland.
- Dr. Fabian Casas Arenas (Fagan Lab), who received the Andalusian Talent Hub Postdoctoral Fellowship, which will allow him to pursue innovative studies of the spatial dynamics of Spanish birds in agricultural landscapes.
- BISI-BEES graduate student Noor D. White, author on a recently published paper in Molecular Ecology Resources entitled "Target enrichment of ultraconserved elements from arthropods provides a genomic perspective on relationships among Hymenoptera".
- BISI-BEES graduate student Alyssa Stewart, who gave an award-winning presentation entitled titled "Resource Partitioning & Pollinator Importance among Old World Fruit Bats" at the North American Society for Bat Research meeting in Albany, NY. Alyssa was awarded the Bat Conservation International Award, sponsored by Bat Conservation International for a platform paper on any aspect of the biology of bats.
- BISI-BEES graduate students Danielle Adams, Gerald Carter, and Edward Hurme, who also each gave well-received talks at the North American Society for Bat Research meeting in Albany, NY. Here are their titles:
Danielle Adams – Olfactory Signals Reveal Body Condition in Male Phyllostomus Hastatus
Edward Hurme – Bats Fat on Ants: Estimating the Energy Expenditure and Storage of Rhinopoma Microphyllum
Gerald Carter – Complex Cooperation: Food Sharing in Vampire Bats is Not Simply “Tit For Tat”
- BISI-BIOL graduate student Gerald Carter, who was a presenter at the Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders + STEM (ATLAS) symposium. Hosted by the MdBio foundation and Tech Council of Maryland, the symposium encourages the interest of high school juniors, seniors and college undergraduates in STEM fields.
- Undergraduate senior Biological Sciences major Fang Cao (Butts lab), who has been elected a 2015 Rhodes Scholar, and will pursue a Master of Science degree in medical anthropology at Oxford University. Cao was also awarded a Truman Scholarship in 2014 and a Goldwater Scholarship in 2013. This inspiring student is “passionate about solving the national crisis in community healthcare for the underserved.” Read more at http://cmns.umd.edu/news-events/features/2625
- Undergraduate Biological Sciences major Adip Bhargov, who along with fellow undergraduate students Iowis Zhu, Pavel Vlasov, and Janine Taira was a member of the UMD team that earned a gold medal in the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) held in Boston during the fall semester. They developed a biosensor to detect the presence of the oyster pathogen Perkinsus marinus, commonly found in the Chesapeake Bay. Read more at http://cmns.umd.edu/news-events/features/2575
- Alumnus Dr. Scott Ruhren (Dudash Lab), who was awarded the “Professional Conservationist of the Year” award for southern Rhode Island, in part for his leadership in restoration and habitat preservation within New England.
- Alumnus Dr. Akiva Cohen (1985 BS Microbiology/1989 MS Zoology), who recently received a prestigious MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health. A concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI) expert, he has been investigating using an amino acid-based dietary therapy to mitigate TBIs’ long-term effects. Dr. Cohen, who earned his Ph.D. in Biophysics at the University of Maryland Baltimore in 1994, works at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is also a Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.
- UMD alumnus Dr. Bryan Arnold (2011 Ph.D. BEES, advisor Dr. Gerald Wilkinson), currently a biology professor at Illinois College studying the behavior of bats, who was featured in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier.