News & Events
- Congratulations to Dr. Quentin Gaudry and Xiaonan Zhang, whose article “Functional integration of a serotonergic neuron in the Drosophila antennal lobe” has been published in e-Life: https://elifesciences.org/content/5/e16836 This work demonstrated that serotonergic neurons that innervate olfactory areas make dense reciprocal connections locally within these circuits, which challenges the conventional view that such neurons only act in a top-down modulatory fashion. Additionally, they found that release of serotonin from natural cellular sources has the opposite effect compared to applying synthetic serotonin to these circuits of olfaction.
- Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Simon, whose article, “Evidence of degraded representation of speech in noise, in the aging midbrain and cortex” will be published in the Journal of Neurophysiology. It was also highlighted as one of October’s “best of the best” in the American Physiological Society’s APS select program; each month, the Society’s editors choose a small number of recently published papers from their ten research journals. The articles are made available at http://apsselect.physiology.org. The American Physiological Society’s press release is at http://www.the-aps.org/mm/hp/Audiences/Public-Press/2016-44.html and it’s also been picked up already by Neuroscience News http://neurosciencenews.com/aging-speech-processing-5197/. Co-author Samira Anderson is faculty in the Hearing and Speech department. Co-author Alessandro (“Alex”) Presacco just received his PhD from the NACS program, having been co-advised by Drs. Anderson and Simon, and is now a postdoc at University of California, Irvine.
- Congratulations to Dr. Patrick Kanold, whose proposal entitled “Auditory Cortical Network Changes in Tinnitus” has received funding from the US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) in the amount of $303,981.
- Congratulations to Dr. David Inouye, whose paper entitled "Sex-specific responses to climate change in plants alter population sex ratio and performance" <http://science.sciencemag.org/content/353/6294/69> has been published in Science. There is also a commentary found here: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/353/6294/32
- Congratulations to Dr. Carlos Machado, whose proposal entitled "Uncovering the genetic basis of parthenocarpy: how can plants produce fruits without pollination?" has been awarded 1-year funding in the amount of $26,000 from the University of Maryland's Faculty Incentive Program, beginning July 5, 2016.
- Invite faculty, undergraduate researchers, graduate students, and post-docs to join Dr. Haag's Summer Research Learning Community.
- Congratulations to Dr. Arthur Popper, who has recently published two new books:
Pollack, Gerald S., Mason, Andrew, Fay, R. R., and Popper, A. N. (2016). Insect Hearing. Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, New York.
Bass, A. H., Sisneros, J. A., Fay, R. R., and Popper, A. N. (2016). Hearing and Hormones. Springer International Publishing, LLC, New York.
- 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.