Winter Commencement is December 15
For those of you graduating this semester, the Winter Commencement ceremony is Sunday, December 15, at 2 p.m. at the Cam Henderson Center. For more information, visit the Registrar's website.
Congratulations to Student and Faculty NASA Scholarship Winners
The following BSC undergraduate student-faculty pairs have been awarded NASA-sponsored funding for research projects: Anna Lefevre/Dr. Brian Antonsen for Atrazine Toxicology and Histology; Stephen Phelps/Dr. Jeff Kovatch for Chemical Signal Among Freshwater Mussels; Heath Blankenship/Dr. Guo-Zhang Zhu for Epigenetic Role of MLL2 in Spermatogenesis; Akhil Gudivada/Dr. Nalini Santanam (Pharmacology, Physiology, and Toxicology, School of Medicine) for Leptin Mediated Appetite Regulation in Antioxidant Excess; Curtis Pelfrey, Jr./Dr. Kenneth O'Connor (Chemistry) for Green Chemistry in Undergraduate Labs; and the team of Aubrey Fleming (BSC) and Michael Parsons (Chemistry)/Dr. John Rakus (Chemistry) for Genes Involved in Mammalian C-linked Glycosylation.
Congratulations to all the students and faculty who have worked on their preliminary research and their proposals, which made it possible to apply for these awards. Watch for Sigma Xi Research Day in the spring, when these students will have research posters hanging in the hallways!
Are You Interested in Study Abroad Opportunities?
The School for Field Studies has numerous programs available to students interested in environmental field studies. Opportunities exist all over the world, including Costa Rica, Kenya, Mexico, and Australia.
Marshall's Study Abroad Program is part of our Center for International Programs. To participate, students must have completed their freshman year, and must have a 2.75 GPA or higher. A wide variety of programs are available to interested students!
Stuffed Cells by Zedmalia WolfeThe scientifically-correct adventures of an archaean, a plant cell, and an animal cell.
Research in Progress: Lyndsay Rankin
Lyndsay Rankin is from Royal Oak, Michigan. She earned her BS degree from Michigan State University in Environmental Biology and Zoology, and is now working on her MS degree with Dr. Anne Axel.
Lyndsay began working with Dr. Axel during her junior year at Michigan State when she participated in a study abroad program in Madagascar. After graduating, she worked as a field assistant for Dr. Axel, traveling throughout southern Madagascar for six months to measure the population density and distribution of two lemur species. Lyndsay was part of several research projects throughout the U.S., Gabon, and Guyana before joining Dr. Axel’s lab at Marshall in August 2012. Lyndsay has returned to southwestern Madagascar for her Masters research, where she is studying the effects of human disturbances on the biodiversity of the tropical dry forest. This region is known for high endemism (many organisms that are only found there), yet it is greatly impacted by human activities, especially livestock grazing. Lyndsay is using a combination of vegetation, acoustic, wildlife occupancy, and satellite imagery analyses to measure the effects of grazing pressure on the flora and fauna of this unique habitat. She has found that the gallery forest, one type of tropical dry forest, may be more resilient to grazing pressures than the more sensitive dry deciduous forest. By applying field measurements to satellite imagery she is examining whether the forests can be remotely identified by class and grazing condition. This could greatly help management decisions in the region and may be useful in other human-dominated but biodiverse landscapes.
Lyndsay is currently completing data analysis and writing her thesis. She hopes to enroll in a PhD program next fall to continue her research interests.
Brag Box An abbreviated list of recent BSC student and faculty accomplishments:
However you spend winter break, we hope that you enjoy yourselves!
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